Theatre

Upper School Drama

 

Advanced Theatre students will be trained in the fundamental skills of the theatre arts, including improvisation techniques, body control, voice, diction, pantomime, learning of lines, creation of character, projection of ideas and emotions and preparation and acting of scenes from plays.  Acting projects will provide positive groups experiences in collaborative assignments, developing self-discipline, evaluating the performances of others, and accepting constructive criticism.  Instruction develops language skills and appreciation through reading dramatic literature; using written critiques; writing dramatic scenes, character analyses, play reports, and introductions; observing with sensitivity; listening critically; and speaking effectively.

Advanced Theatre II provides students with further growth in a balanced theatre arts program that addresses National and State Standards in Theatre, emphasizing artistic perception, creative expression, historical and cultural context, aesthetic valuing and the interconnections of the arts and other disciplines and careers. Students in Theatre II will receive advanced level training in the skills of the theater arts, including improvisation techniques, body control, voice, diction, pantomime, study of text and subtext, creation of character, projection of ideas and emotions and the preparation and live performance of dramatic scenes.  Acting projects will provide positive group experiences in collaborative assignments, developing self-discipline, evaluating the performances of others and accepting constructive criticism.  Instruction develops language skills and appreciation through the reading of dramatic literature; the writing of original scenes, critiques, character analyses, play reports, and introductions; observing with sensitivity; listening critically and speaking effectively.  Students will prepare and perform scenes from the works of Shakespeare, contemporary monologues and intensive scene study.

Musical Theatre students will explore the distinctive challenges of the musical theatre genre through survey work with songs, characterizations, vocal work and movement. Works will be presented in a showcase performance with limited technical support during the Spring Semester.  The class includes acting technique class, vocal ensemble studio work and movement ensemble studio.  This class is designed to help students understand how to fully prepare a song in a way that will allow the performer to create a specific, personal, and active story to tell through song.  While exploring entire process of breaking down a song, using various exercises to establish an intellectual, emotional, and physical understanding and knowledge of the piece and connect this understanding to oneself, students will work on combining Acting and Singing to show themselves off at an audition in the best possible light. Students will take away the knowledge of the steps and elements of how to prepare and understand a song and then how to perform it and create their own unique “take” on the song.   The following are examples of topics to be covered by the course; Vocal Ensemble Studio Work, Acting Technique, Interpretation of music and dialogue, Musical Theatre staging, Movement Technique and Audition techniques for the musical theatre.
* Admittance to the class is through audition or teacher recommendation.