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Theater Courses

Introduction to Theater
Suggested Age

12-18

 

Prerequisites

none

 

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

 

Curriculum/Materials
  • a binder to hold scripts and handouts

  • pencils

  • a highlighter.
     

Theater 1
Suggested Age

10-18

 

Prerequisites

none

 

Process/Purpose

This engaging course is designed to teach fundamental acting skills through instruction, theater games, script analysis, an optional off-campus drama competition, and an end-of-year Parent performance. The student will develop self-expression skills and foster his love of classical literature through a staging of an adaptation of Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare.

 

Topics to be covered are
  1. Vocal Variety

  2. Character Analysis

  3. How to Score a Script

  4. Stage Movement

  5. Blocking and Stage Vocabulary

  6. Group Improvisation (optional event offered at Celtic Tournament)

  7. Prose Interpretation (optional event offered at Celtic Tournament)

  8. Stage Pictures

  9. Makeup, Prop Creation and Costuming

  10. Staging the Play (10 minute competition Scene- Waxahachie Renaissance Faire in early May AND Parent Performance in late May)

 

Course Requirements

Homework includes a group improvisation project, a Prose interpretation piece, and a character analysis project. Students will not receive a grade for Theatre, 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

 

Curriculum/Materials
  • Students who wish to compete at the Celtic Invitational Speech Tournament (held in Temple in late January) will need a small (6 by 8 inch) black binder to hold their scripts.

  • For the May performance, Mrs. Holle will provide basic costumes, although parents are expected to alter to fit.

  • Needed props will be made in class or provided by the instructor.

  • Students pay no extra fee to compete at Waxahachie, but will need to pay per event for Celtic Tournament if student wishes to compete. Celtic events are approximately $7 per student and registration occurs in December.

Theater 2
Suggested Age:

12-18

 

Prerequisites

Participation is by audition and/or successful completion of a Theatre class.

 

Process

Theatre 2 will focus on staging a 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 a full-length play to be performed at the end of the year.

 

Topics to be covered are
  1. Golden Rules of Theatre

  2. Improvisation

  3. The Theatrical Cue

  4. Elements of Good Drama

  5. Staying in Character

  6. Voice for the Stage

  7. Sense Awareness and Memorization

  8. The Art of Characterization

  9. Mime and Pantomime

  10. Staging the Play

 

Course Requirements

Homework assignments to be prepared for class will include an action mime, a recitation, and a 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.

 

 

Curriculum/Materials
  • a binder to hold scripts and handouts

  • pencils

  • a highlighter

  • Each student will be responsible for his own costume. However, plenty of help and counsel will be available.

  • Any props or set pieces needed will be made, borrowed, and/or purchased out of tuition proceeds.

Community Theater
Suggested Age

10-18

 

Prerequisites

 

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.

 

Curriculum/Materials
  • Notebook for handouts

  • Provide your own costume

Performance Theater
Suggested Age

9-11

 

Prerequisites

none

 

Process/Purpose

Students develop a broad theatre arts perspective while exploring performing scenes from Children’s theatre. Students will explore the disciplines of acting techniques, script memorization stage direction, and stage movement. Students will perform short ensemble scenes in class and in costume at the end of the year for parent performance. Students have the option to compete at Celtic with the older students from competitive class in January in Storytelling or Prose Interpretation.

 

Curriculum/Materials
  • Provided.

  • Students need a 3 ring binder for scripts and handouts.

     

 

Theater Production
Suggested Age

8-18

 

Prerequisites

none

 

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.

 

Curriculum/Materials
  • Notebook for handouts

  • Responsible for providing your own costume

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Intro to Competitive Theater
Suggested Age

8-12 years

 

Prerequisites

none

 

Purpose/Process

Students in this class may be beginners. Although they may have performance experience, it is expected that they have not competed in speech events. All students are required to prepare for and attend the Celtic Invitational Speech Tournament in Temple, which has events for 4th-9th grade. The content of the class will be geared towards prepping the students for the “easier” events offered in this tournament. These events include “binder events” which require little to no memorization.  Some fun events for this age group include Storytelling, Bible Reading, Lip Sync and Soapbox Speaking. After Celtic, we will focus on preparing for Students will stage selections of their favorite events for the Parent Performance at the end of the spring semester.

 

Curriculum/Materials
  • Students need a normal (1 or 1.5 inch) 3 ring binder for scripts and handouts

  • A small, black (5 X 8 inches) speech binder for competitions

  • Recommended: parents purchase a pack of white cardstock for their small speech binders as well

Advanced Competitive Theater
Suggested Age

10-15 years  *Parents of exceptionally mature or interested 5th graders are encouraged to contact me to discuss placement

 

Prerequisites

none

 

Purpose/Process

Students in this class may be beginners or advanced students.  All students are required to attend at least TWO speech tournaments.  Our class is built around three competitive school year events.  8th and 9th graders are required to attend the fall Austin area tournament, given at a local high school. This last January our ODA team won (for the 4th year in a row) the Celtic Invitational Speech Tournament held in Temple the last weekend in January. Lastly, I encourage as many students as possible to register for Shakespearean Idol, a celebration of Shakespeare’s finest scenes, held at the Long Center in April.  The content of the class will be geared towards prepping the students for the specific events offered in these tournaments such as: Impromptu Speaking, Oratory, Storytelling, Prose Interpretation, Group Improvisation, Reader’s Theater, Lip Synch, Solo and Duet Acting and, for those interested in Shakespeare, great works of the Bard.  We wrap up the school year with a parent performance in May where the class shares their favorite scenes from the year.

 

Curriculum/Materials
  • Students need a normal (1 or 1.5 inch) 3 ring binder for scripts and handouts

  • A small, black (5 X 8 inches) speech binder for competitions

  • Recommended: parents purchase a pack of white cardstock for their small speech binders as well

Musical Theater
Suggested Age

9-18

 

Prerequisites

None

 

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.  

Curriculum/Materials
  • Script (provided)

  • Folder for handouts

  • Students responsible for their costume.  

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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