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Theatre

All potential course offerings in the subject of Theatre are listed alphabetically below.   Please Note: In any given year, whether a course is offered depends on the number of requests received for that course. 
 
ADVANCED ACTING/ PERFORMANCE | Credits: 1 | Terms: 2 | Course #: 50551

Grades: 11, 12

Prerequisites: Theatre Arts and Audition

Description: This course is open to junior and senior acting students by audition only. It is designed for the serious acting student, and the emphasis is working as a team to develop acting skills. The academic is integrated with the practical, as students delve into advanced acting theory, audition techniques, scene and character work, play study, acting styles, comedy, forum theatre, devised work, and theatre history. Students are required to see all school plays. Students may take the class for two years; each year will offer new areas of study, as it is taught on a two-year informational rotation.

 

 

INTRODUCTION TO DRAMA | Credits: 0.5 | Terms: 1 | Course #: 50530

Grades: 9, 10, 11 12

Prerequisites:

Description: Introduction To Drama is an exploratory course designed to integrate acting and technical skill; it is a prerequisite for other acting courses. In addition to developing vocal, movement, memorization, auditioning, and improvisational skills, students are introduced to basic Stanislavskian and other acting theory, character development and play criticism. Students are required to see the school play which is onstage during the semester.

 

PLAY PRODUCTION | Credits: 0.5 | Terms: 1 | Course #: 50971

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12

Prerequisites:

Description: This course provides students with a way of earning credit for their hours that they put into the theatre. This course also acts as an independent study for the students to work with their mentor and really get advice on a one-one basis. The student also gets to explore many different aspects of theatre through actually performing/designing/teching for an audience.

 

STAGE DESIGN | Credits: 0.5 | Terms: 1 | Course #: 50561

Grades: 10, 11, 12

Prerequisites: Tech Theatre or Teacher approval

Description: Stage Design will focus on the design process for theatre lighting, set, costume, publicity artwork and sound, and will cycle through these topics over the course of a year. Students will focus on hands-on learning as they create their own designs for various productions. Students will create two-dimensional and three-dimensional set designs, learn to edit and mix sound, and design workable lighting plots. Computer skills, organizational competence, and artistic interest or ability will all contribute to a student?s success in the class. A student who repeats the course will have the opportunity to specialize in an area and develop a portfolio of work.

 

STUDIO‐ACTING PRODUCTION | Credits: 0.5 | Terms: 1 | Course #: 50551

Grades: 11, 12

Prerequisites: Audition

Description: In Studio-Acting Production, advanced actors and technicians will work together to showcase their talents by mounting a full-scale main stage theatre production. Auditions for the play will take place at the beginning of each course, and all acting and tech work done in class will be geared toward mounting the play. During the last three weeks of rehearsal time, students will be required to attend rehearsals after school. Studio-Acting Production?s upperclassman play is the culmination of all of the skills taught through the years of theatrical study at DHS. And it is also REALLY fun!!!!

 

STUDIO‐TECH PRODUCTION | Credits: 0.5 | Terms: 1 | Course #: 50563

Grades: 11, 12

Prerequisites: Teacher recommendation

Description: Studio-Tech Production develops experience and skill in technical theatrical production, concentrating on stagecraft (such as lighting, costuming, set construction, makeup, stage management, and so on) - in the context of an actual theater production. After school hours, evening, and weekend work are required including being present at all scheduled shows.

 

TECH THEATER | Credits: 0.5 | Terms: 1 | Course #: 50562

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12

Prerequisites:

Description: Tech Theater is a course geared toward the student who is interested in what goes on backstage. In addition to learning stagecraft technique, students will also be introduced to other tech specialties; among them are costuming, make-up, lighting, sound, props management, puppetry, and publicity. Each tech lab will use its skills during class time to help mount the theatre's current production. Because each show's technical requirements differ, a student who repeats the course will always be learning new skills. Advanced students who have taken the course before will have the opportunity to head up work crews and to design.

 

THEATER ARTS | Credits: 0.5 | Terms: 1 | Course #: 50520

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12

Prerequisites: Introduction to Drama

Description: This course is an intermediate acting class that affords the opportunity for students to study acting theories in greater depth and to expand their acting skills. Students will develop a one-act festival. Every student in the class will act and help produce a play. Scene work and acting skills are also a part of this class.