Introduction to Theatre
By the end of the course you will be able to: Students will achieve confidence through mastery of the art of make-believe and the power of language, technical or not. This course is an in-depth exploration of the study of theatre, film and drama in line with the California State Visual & Performing Arts Standards. There is a strong emphasis on creative expression, artistic perception, aesthetic valuing, and career application through class projects and performances. Students will take part in several performances projects throughout the year designed to promote an in-depth understanding of the subject matter. Furthermore, this course is designed for students who wish to participate in the creative process of bringing stories to life on the stage or the screen. This course is intended to support students with a wide variety of professional ambitions and seeks to develop specific skills related to theatre arts including verbal and written communication skills, production management and the ability to perform under pressure. The purpose of this class is to develop intellectual openness through creative expression and artistic perception. Upon completion of this course, students will be prepared to continue training in advanced drama or filmmaking. Skills gained through full participation in this course will develop student’s problem solving skills by working together with classmates to create productions. Theatre is a collaborative art demanding teamwork, effective communication and full participation. Students take part in several performance projects throughout the year designed to promote an in-depth understanding of the subject matter. Topics include basic training in body movement, voice, sensory and emotional recall, improvisation games and techniques, characterization, playwriting, theatre history screenwriting, producing, directing, and designing.
LEARNING OUTCOMES: In order to prepare students to meet the course objectives, the students will…
Be familiar with the functions of the playwright, actor, director, and designers.
Have an appreciation of the collaborative nature of the theatre arts.
Be able to critically evaluate the success of theatrical productions.
Be moved to learn more about theatre as an audience member.
Be familiar with a broad range of theatrical terminology.