This course is an introduction to the basic concepts, theories and methods of play direction that emphasizes text analysis, leading to the creation of the prompt book and production of a one-act play. Productions will be performed on the auditorium stage before an audience scheduled on an evening that does not conflict with main stage […]
This course is an exploration of American Musical Theatre. Students will study the work of the actor/singer/dancer and use their gained knowledge to develop as performers and intelligent audience members. Students will prepare and present as soloists as well as members of small groups and larger ensemble. Students will not only sing but will choreograph […]
To illuminate and guide each student through the art and craft of writing for performance. This course explores the fundamental principles needed to build a realistic play that is intended to be produced upon the stage. Though the course is built around the construction of plays, the principles, writing exercises, readings, and other assignments serve […]
This course examines techniques for theatre in the classroom, creative dramatics, and theatre for young audiences. It examines the dramatic structure, audience needs, directing, and acting techniques that are employed in the production of theatre for children and creative drama in the classroom. Practical and creative applications of scene design, costumes, make-up, and lighting are […]
An examination of theater history from pre-writing to the Restoration through the context of play reading and primary texts. The course studies how the interrelationships among technologies, ideologies, geography, history, architecture, politics, and social expectations related to culture affected theatre productions. Students will engage in investigative research and reporting.
This course will provide a broad survey of the basic components of theatre. Because theatre is a study of the possible, that is, what may result from the collaboration of many talents, we will study it from a number of different perspectives. We will examine plays, the history of theatre as an art, acting, technical […]
This course is a continuation of Acting I and is an introduction to diverse acting approaches through the practical study of scenes and monologues in class. Exercises, exploring these various acting techniques, will be done in class and will be discussed/critiqued. The scene assignments may be taken from scripts assigned to students or be chosen […]
Acting One is an introduction to drama as a performing art, with emphasis upon physical movement and the use of voice in the development of characterization. Students will learn to use improvisation and theatre games to make feelings accessible to the student actor for the purpose of performance. The class will take a functional approach […]
This course offers an opportunity to study various aspects of vocal production and performance, which will include vocal process from theory to application. The vocal process will focus on optimizing one’s vocal understanding through performance techniques and musicianship.
This course offers a fundamental approach to learning the guitar for beginning students with varied levels of experience. Students will be involved with and exposed to performance situations, some practical applications of music theory as well as different playing styles and techniques. Students must provide their own instruments. Acoustic instruments only.
Through the exploration of “soundscapes,” or music within a cultural setting, students will learn sound characteristics and instrument classification that can be used for any type of music. Students will come to understand the significance of music within a culture. Students will develop critical listening skills and the vocabulary necessary to understand and evaluate music. […]
This course examines the history of three of America’s great musical contributions to world culture-jazz, blues and rock & roll-via detailed study of several masterpieces in each genre. Students will explore the fundamental musical elements, the historical roots and the development of musical traditions of each style. Various listening and vocal music guides will facilitate […]