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Theatre Class Course Descriptions
Theatre Arts I Acting
This course introduces and provides experience in all aspects of theatre 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 theatre 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.  
Course # 17750 
Course Term: Yearlong 
Grade Levels: 9-12 
Graduation Credit: Visual & Performing Arts General electives 
CSU/UC: Visual & Performing Arts(f)
 
 
Theatre Arts II Production & 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: Theatre Arts 1
Course # 17780 
Course Term: Yearlong 
Grade Levels: 10-12 
Graduation Credit: Visual & Performing Arts General electives 
CSU/UC: Visual & Performing Arts(f) Electives(g)
 
Theatre Arts III Directing for the Stage
This course provides critical and theoretical opportunities for the student of theatre. Students focus on production elements including directing skills, playwriting, and stage management as well as acting technique using the students enrolled in Theatre 2 as the acting ensemble. This course integrates theatre 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 theatre 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: Theatre 2 - Production and Performance
Course # 17740 
Course Term: Yearlong 
Grade Levels: 11-12 
Graduation Credit: Visual & Performing Arts General electives 
CSU/UC: Visual & Performing Arts(f) Electives(g)
 
Theatre Arts IV Honors - Producing for the Theatre
This advanced level course is designed to prepare the serious theatre student for life in the theatre beyond the high school arena. Through a rigorous series of creative projects, the Drama Honors student is challenged to work as an actor, a director, a theater technician, and a drama teacher. Students study advanced principles of acting and character analysis including an exploration of objectives, obstacles, choices and given circumstances, basic stage and rehearsal terms. Students teach theater etiquette to their peers, serve as a casting director during an audition process, and are expected to lead improvisations, exercises, and class discussions. From time to time, students are engaged in technical theatre experiences and workshops. Students are also required to work on set construction outside of class.
Prerequisite: Theatre 3 - Directing for the Stage
Course # 17770
Course Term: Yearlong
Grade Levels: 12
Graduation Credit:
Visual & Performing Arts
General electives
CSU/UC:
Visual & Performing Arts(f)
Electives(g)
Schools:
Branham, Leigh, Prospect, Westmont