Courses in theater arts are designed to be equally relevant to all students whether or not they participate in the school’s after-school drama program. Through study in theater arts, students gain self-confidence in public, greater clarity of speaking, improved interpersonal skills, and spontaneity. Classroom approaches to performance skills and technical work are designed to be appropriate for the novice as well as the experienced performer or technician.
Technical Theater Arts
Course 751 TECHNICAL THEATER ARTS Semester 2 Credits
Students in this course will study the theory and practice of technical theater, with concentrations in set design, lighting design, costume design, scene construction, and rigging and stage management. In addition, students will study major movements in theatrical design and become familiar with stage technology and materials. Project work in the course will include design models as well as hands-on work in the scene shop and stage area.
Course 754 ACTING I Semester 2 Credits
Students will study the craft of acting with a focus on improvisation, acting exercises and activities and an introduction to the basics of scripted drama. Units in the course will be designed to develop the performance skills of spontaneity, listening and creating with a group as well as an understanding of the working and the aesthetics of theater. Students will learn the skills involved in safe voice production for the stage, stage combat and the building blocks of comedy improvisation. The culminating experience of the course will be the performance of a scripted scene, in class.
Course 755 ACTING II Semester 2 Credits
Prerequisites: Acting I, MS Scene Study class or permission of the instructor.
Students develop skills in scene work and performance by focusing on the interpretation of dramatic structure, building strength and variety in their vocal work and making strong and specific choices in characterization. Students will work with scripted material and generate their own texts for performance. The culminating experience is an in-class performance of a oneperson, self-scripted work in which each student portrays multiple characters clearly and distinctly.
Course 756 ACTING III/IV Semester 2 Credits
Prerequisites: Acting II or permission of the instructor
Students will act and direct challenging material (Shakespeare, Pinter, Chekov, et al.) with a goal of staging an evening of student-directed one-act plays in the spring. Students will learn audition techniques and etiquette, techniques of staging and blocking and the creation of a director's script/notebook. The culminating event will be a series of one-act plays performed for the public, planned, produced, acted and directed by students in the class.
-from the 2013-14 WHS Program of Studies