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Theater Courses
Improvisation I
0400620
1 year, Grades 9-12
Students learn to communicate effectively, both  verbally  and  non-verbally;  develop and build critical listening and collaborative  skills,  and think and solve problems quickly  and  appropriately  on  the   spot, which transfers well to academic, career, and social arenas. Through collaboration, communication, and performance activities, students engage in improvisation as a stand-alone art form and as an acting methodology. Public performances may serve as a culmination of specific instructional goals. Students may be required to attend and/or participate in rehearsals and performances outside the school day to support, extend, and assess learning in the class- room.

Theatre I
0400310
1 year, Grades 9-12
This course is designed for students with little or no theatre experience, and pro- motes enjoyment and appreciation for all aspects of theatre.  Classwork focuses on the exploration of theatre literature, performance, historical and cultural connections, and technical requirements. Improvisation, creative dramatics, and beginning scene work are used to introduce students to act- ing and character development. Incorporation of other art forms in theatre also helps students gain appreciation for other art forms, such as music, dance, and visual art.

Technical Theatre Design & Production 1-4
0400410
0400420
0400430
0400440
1 year, Grades 10-12
Students focus on developing the basic tools and procedures for creating elements of technical theatre, including costumes, lighting, makeup, properties (props), publicity, scenery, and sound. Technical knowledge of safety procedures and dem-onstrated safe operation of theatre equip-ment, tools, and raw materials are central to success in this course. Students explore and learn to analyze dramatic scripts, seek-ing production solutions through historical, cultural, and geographic research. Students also learn the basics of standard conven-tions of design presentation and docu-mentation; the organizational structure of theatre production and creative work in a collaborative environment; and the result-ing artistic improvement. Public perfor-mances may serve as a culmination of spe-cific instructional goals. Students may be required to attend or participate in technical work, rehearsals, and/or performances be-yond the school day to support, extend, and assess learning in the classroom.

Acting 1
0400370
1 year, Grades 10-12
Through improvisation, simple scripted scenes, performance projects, and/or prac-tical application, students learn to identify what makes performances believable and explore the tools used to create, articulate, and execute them. Upon completion of this course, students have a strong foundation for future scene work, script analysis, and play production. Public performances may serve as a culmination of specific instruc-tional goals. Students may be required to attend and/or participate in rehearsals and performances outside the school day to support, extend, and assess learning in the classroom.

Acting 2
0400380
1 year, Grades 10-12
Students examine the various dimensions of characters through analysis, discussion, and classroom performance, working with scripts from a variety of time periods and cultures. They learn to break down a scene from a character’s point of view, and also learn to sustain a character and build the relationship between actor and audience. Public performances may serve as a cul-mination of specific instructional goals. Students may be required to attend and/or participate in rehearsals and performances outside the school day to support, extend, and assess learning in the classroom.

Musical Theater 1
0400700
1 year, Grades 10-12
Teacher recommendation required
Students’ course work focuses on, but is not limited to, acting, vocal performance, dance, non-dance movement, and staging, which transfer readily to performances in musicals and other venues. Students survey the evolu-tion of music in theatre from ancient Greece to modern Broadway through a humanities approach and representative literature. Music theatre students explore the unique staging and technical demands of musicals in contrast to non-musical plays. Public performances may serve as a culmination of specific in-structional goals. Students may be required to attend and/or participate in rehearsals and per-formances outside the school day to support, extend, and assess learning in the classroom.