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Drama Course Offerings
Drama 1- Beginning Theater Arts: This course introduces and provides experience in all aspects of theater arts. Students study basic principles of acting including character analysis, textual interpretation, voice, movement, collaboration, improvisation, and critical analysis of performance. Additionally, students gain a working knowledge of theater history and the multiple forms of theatrical performance, as well as the technical aspects of theater and theatrical design. Special emphasis is placed on theatrical vocabulary and codes of conduct, as well as the creation, production, direction of monologues and scenes.
Drama 2 – Theater Production and Performance: This course focuses on styles of acting and performance and theatrical Production. Class work focuses on scene study (including research, direction, stage management, character analysis, setting analysis, and design) and monologues from various theatrical eras and genres.
Prerequisite: Drama 1 - Beginning Theater Arts
Drama 3 - Directing for the Stage: This course provides critical and theoretical opportunities for the student of theater. Students focus on production elements including directing skills, playwriting, and stage management as well as acting technique using the students enrolled in Drama 2 as the acting ensemble. This course integrates theater skills for the career-oriented student featuring extensive amount of work in play/script analysis and the evolution of theatrical art, as well as the study of advanced acting techniques, character analysis, and auditioning methods. Students attend drama seminars, direct portions of a full-length play in the fall, study, explore and finally present a lesson on the historical and cultural content of theater for a specific period in the winter, and produce several one act plays in the spring. Rehearsals for class projects and productions extend beyond the class, and students are expected to work outside of class time on a semi- regular basis.
Prerequisite: Drama 2 - Theater Production and Performance
Technical Theater 1- Theater Technology and Design: This course develops knowledge of and experience in all the technical (nonperformance) aspects of theatrical production. Special emphasis is placed on the elements of theatrical design (scenery, lighting, properties, sound, costumes, and hair and make-up), design analysis, stage management, and production management. Additionally, students gain hands-on experience in all aspects of technical theater. Students design or crew on two productions.
Technical Theater 2- Stage Design: Technical Theater 2 continues to refine those concepts and skills outlined in Technical Theater 1. The course broadens the focus of design to include lighting and costumes and expands the student‘s understanding of the inter-relatedness of the various design aspects. The topics covered include research techniques and tools, play analysis for visual interpretation, graphic techniques of expression including sketching, drafting, rendering and model building. Students are directly involved in the technical aspects of the productions as they design and construct sets, costumes and makeup; hang lights, create special effects; paint; and build props for the productions. Students learn specialized vocabulary and explore set design, lighting design, and costume design. Students reflect on design elements found in school an outside production with design analysis and critiques. In the second semester, students explore mood, color, application and perspective. Problem solving, leadership, and working well under pressure are stressed as the students are exposed to the history of theatrical design and current trends in technical theater.
Prerequisite: Technical Theater 1 - Theater Technology and Design