Performing Arts Courses

Middle School THEATRE courses 2019-2020


Middle School Theatre Course Offerings:   

Introduction to Theatre

TV Production

 


 

Course Title:                          Introduction to Theatre (Grades 7-8)

Duration:                                Every other day for the full year

Description:

Introduction to Theater provides students with an introduction to the study of acting, dramatic literature, and theatrical production.  Using creativity, students study the interpretation of texts along with performance skills. Students will develop as actors by gaining insight into elements, principles, and conventions of the stage.  Students will read and perform scenes from multiple plays throughout the semester. This course contains both academic and performance-based components.

Textbook title:                                       No formal text

Prerequisites:                                        none

 


 


Course Title: TV Production (Grade 8)

Duration: Every other day for the full year

Description:

This course features the study of TV production and video editing with an added focus on public speaking and interviewing skills.  Students will study video and sound editing, storyboarding, script writing, professional grade TV camera and tricaster operation, voice and diction as well as reporting and physical skills used in news casting.  All members of this class will work together and be responsible for the production of video projects and possibly a Bromfield TV news/magazine show which may be broadcasted at regular intervals during the school year.  In addition to individual skills, students learn the values of teamwork, project skills and meeting deadlines.

Note:  Students can choose to either work behind the scenes or on-camera, or both.  This course will be taught in the HCTV studio.

Textbook title:                                       No formal text

Prerequisites:                                        none





Theatre Arts 2019-2020 courses High School

 


COURSE TITLE:                            Technical Theatre Design and Production (grades 9 - 12)

COURSE CREDIT & DURATION:     1 credit, full year OR 1/2 credit, every other day - full year

DESCRIPTION:

An elective for students in grades 9 – 12, this course examines the processes of creating a theatrical production from concept inception into design through construction.  Stage lighting, sound, set construction, costuming, and makeup are discussed with emphasis on fundamental technique. Analysis and understanding of what goes on backstage to make a theatrical performance possible, including stage and theatre management principles, will also be covered.  Major projects are required throughout the year, including elements of research and analysis. Some time outside of class will be required as students will participate in stage crew, set construction, strike, and tech for school productions.

Textbook title: Illustrated Theatre Production Guide


PREREQUISITES: none

 


 


COURSE TITLE:   Advanced Technical Theatre Design and Production

          (grades 10 - 12)

COURSE CREDIT & DURATION:        1 credit, full year OR 1/2 credit, every other day - full year

DESCRIPTION:

An elective for students in grades 10 – 12, this course continues to examine the processes of creating a theatrical production begun in the introductory class, with greater emphasis on design principles. Major projects are required throughout the year, including elements of research and analysis.  Some time outside of class will be required as students will participate in stage crew, set construction and strike for school productions as well as running lighting, sound, and stage management during shows. Advanced tech students are also expected to take a leadership role in mentoring and training new tech students.

Textbook title: Illustrated Theatre Production Guide


PREREQUISITES: Technical Stage Design and Production or permission from Ms. Brooks

 


 


COURSE TITLE:                                Acting and the Stage (grades 9 - 12)

COURSE CREDIT & DURATION:        1 credit, full year OR 1/2 credit, every other day - full year

DESCRIPTION:

An elective for students in grades 9 – 12, this course gives beginning acting students a broad overview of acting and theatre.  Topics covered will include: acting fundamentals, memorization techniques, vocal technique, general stage movement, backstage technology, performance critiques, and other theatrical subjects.  We will also study western theatre history and performance styles from the ancient Greeks to the early 20th century. This course contains both academic and performance based components.

Textbook title: No formal text


PREREQUISITES: none

 


 

COURSE TITLE:                                Advanced Festival Acting (grades 10 - 12)

COURSE CREDIT & DURATION:         1 credit, full year OR 1/2 credit, every other day - full year

DESCRIPTION:

An elective for students in grades 10 – 12, acting is both art and craft – what is the difference?  A number of acting methods have been created over the past 100 years that attempt to answer this question through a single outcome:  a convincing performance that captivates an audience. This course will focus on advanced acting techniques such as Stanislavski character development and the Strasberg Method.  Students work towards the development of a personal acting style. This course contains both academic and performance-based components. Please note: Acting students will be given priority casting status in after school productions. During the second semester, extensive class time will be devoted to preparing the festival play.

TEXTBOOK(s): No formal text


PREREQUISITES: Acting or permission from Ms. Brooks




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