Theater Courses

Intro to Theater

Suggested Age:

12-18

Purpose

Introduction to Theatre provides opportunities for students to explore basic theatre skills and techniques as well as theatre history. Students will learn the fundamentals of theatre through projects, including the creation and performance of monologues, short scenes, reader’s theatre and radio theatre. Additional studies will include theatre history, technical theatre, basic stage make-up, costumes and theatre critique.


Topics to be covered are

  1. Basic theater skills and improvisation

  2. Theater history

  3. Technical theater

  4. Costumes and basic stage make-up

  5. Monologues, scenes and reader’s theater

  6. Theater critique

Course Requirements

Homework includes:  A character analysis assignment, a memorized monologue, a memorized scene, a costume project, stage make-up assignment, a theater history quiz and a theater critique.


Students will not receive a grade for Theatre unless requested, but they will get credit for the course based on the following criteria:

  1. Attendance

  2. Participation and attentiveness

  3. Completion of all homework assignments

Advanced Theater Production

Suggested Age:

12-18

Process

Production Theatre 2 will focus on staging a full two act play for the public. The student will experience all facets of theatrical production and will grow in his ability to express himself confidently and joyfully, nurturing his self-esteem while at the same time inspiring a love of classical literature. By learning to portray noble characters with genuine emotion and by exploring and communicating noble ideas and themes, the student may lift himself, his audience, and his fellow actors to a higher moral plane where beauty and truth shine more brightly, and God is seen more clearly.


Purpose

Theatre 2 will continue to develop skills learned in Theatre I through engaging exercises, games, and instruction. Topics previously introduced will be studied in more depth and principles will be applied in the staging of two full-length plays to be performed – one in the Fall and one in the Spring.


Topics to be covered are

  1. Pantomime and Improvisation

  2. The Theatrical Cue

  3. Elements of Good Drama

  4. Staying in Character

  5. Voice for the Stage

  6. Sense Awareness and Memorization

  7. The Art of Characterization

  8. Stage Make-up, Props, Sets and basic Technical Theater

  9. Staging the Play


Course Requirements

Homework assignments to be prepared for class will include character study, and students will be required to memorize their lines according to a schedule.
Once we begin staging the play, attendance at all classes and rehearsals will be extremely important. Additional rehearsals may be necessary in preparation for the end-of-year performance, and students may want to participate in outside-of-class opportunities for set construction and design.


Students will not receive a grade for Theatre, but they will get credit for the course based on the following criteria:

  1. Class attendance

  2. Class participation and attentiveness

  3. Completion of all homework assignments and preparedness for class.

Community Theater

Suggested Age:

10-18

Process/Purpose

This course is designed to allow students to use their God given talents to glorify the Lord through the performing arts. Unique to this class will be the opportunity to create, develop, and perform an original Christmas play for the public. Students will be sharing their talents with the community as they travel to various locations to perform. The emphasis will then shift to participation in the Spring Production. Community Theater will join talents with Theater Production to perform an end of the year show. Students will be guided to build up and encourage one another in an atmosphere of Christian fellowship.


Through improvisation, teamwork, encouragement, and direction the class will learn how to develop their own play. The elements of what makes a play interesting and entertaining along with plot, conflict, characterization, conflict resolution, and the concept of having a beginning, middle, and end will be explored. They will develop the skills necessary to create a show from brainstorming, and discussion to final production. During class these topics will be covered stage presence, gestures, enunciation, projection, blocking, pantomime, improvisation, character development, memorization, auditioning, vocal techniques, and stage direction.

Musical Theater

Suggested Age:

9-18

Purpose/Process

Musical Theater combines instruction with 'doing', to best help your child internalize and master the skills taught in class.  Students will be trained in stage presence, projection, development of acting skills, dancing and vocal music skills, as well as auditioning skills.  To complement and reinforce the learning process, students will spend time rehearsing for a Musical production to be presented in March.  This course is designed to allow students to develop and use their God-given talents to glorify God through the performing arts.

Theater Production

Suggested Age:

8-18

Purpose/Process

This course is designed to allow students to use their God given talents to glorify God through the performing arts. The focus will be on staging a play for the public. In the process of developing theatrical skills it is my hope that each actor/actress will grow in their ability to express themselves confidently and joyfully. A sense of teamwork in the process will be encouraged as it is a Christian’s duty to build up and not tear down. Through exercises, scene work, and games each student will attain the skills necessary to perform on stage in front of a live audience. The topics we will cover during class are stage presence, gestures, enunciation, projection, blocking, pantomime, improvisation, character development, memorization, auditioning, vocal techniques, and stage direction.