The theatre curriculum includes courses in the following areas of study.
Acting I: This class is designed to help the student develop a more creative and flexible
approach to solving performance problems through improvisation and prepared scenes. This is a very active class, which challenges the imagination of the actor and gives them a chance to explore a variety of experiences on stage. Students will be introduced to the theatre and acting in theory and performance. Emphasis will be on the use of
imagination, the senses, an introduction to stage movement, and script analysis. Students will read a play and perform a scene from a script. Students will see a live theatre performance and write a play review.
Acting II: This class helps students develop basic skills in acting by teaching the student to apply character techniques, to block, and to become aware of the actor's point of view. Students will perform two major period scenes, continue reading plays, survey theatre history, study auditioning techniques, and prepare contrasting monologues. Attending live theatre performances and writing play reviews will also be continued.
Acting III- Pre-Directing: This is a semester course which allows students to delve more deeply into acting techniques by performing additional acting scenes, developing the individual as an actor, and developing deeper character and script analysis. Acting III also introduces students to the art of directing. Directing techniques are studied, and students will direct and perform in a number of scenes. Writing two play reviews and two one-act play reports will be required. This course is required for students planning to direct their senior year.
Acting IV- Directing: This class is designed for the advanced drama student. The course introduces students to the basics of play production. Having studied through research, observation, and experimentation what is involved in directing, each
individual will direct and produce a one-act play as a major part of the course work. Out of class time is required for one-act rehearsals and performance. Attending live theatre performances and writing play reviews will also be required.
Technical Theater Classes
Tech I: This is a semester course designed to provide those students interested in technical theatre the opportunity to learn about and get practical experience in stage construction, lighting and scenic design. Attending one live theatre performance and writing a play review will also be required.
Tech II: This is a semester course designed to provide those students interested in technical theatre the opportunity to design and construct stage sets and design and run lighting, and sound for a variety of different performances and events. Attending live theatre performances and writing play reviews will also be required.
If you are interested in taking an independent study with Mr. Knoedelseder, please contact him.