• Course Expectations

    Below are the course expectations and general overview. Only three of the courses are offered each semester. Courses will rotate from year to year based on resources and student demand.


    No Prerequisite classes

    1. Theatre Fundamentals
      1. This course serves as an introduction to the theatre arts.  Students investigate theatre as a whole by exploring the techniques and origins of a wide variety of theatre arts in various cultures and periods.


    1. Musical Theatre
      1. Introduces the style and characteristic elements of musical theater. Explores the mechanics of production, staging, voice, and dance. Explores the career opportunities available in musical theatre and offers performance opportunities.


    1. Theatre History and Literature I and II
      1. Introduces the historical development of theater and the literature of varied cultures and historical periods. It includes exploration of theatre text, character analysis, and evaluation of theatre literature from significant people and in response to significant events.


    1. Film and Television I
      1. Introduces film directing, acting, and production. Students investigate the techniques and origins of a wide variety of film and television productions while exploring historical and cultural differences. Provides opportunities to analyze film, television, and video productions, and to develop criteria to evaluate these media forms. 


    1st level Prerequisite Classes

    1. Advanced Drama
      1. Studies the artistic, technical, management, and performance elements of live theatre production.  As a part of the planning, rehearsal, and performance, students assume positions of responsibility and demonstrate basic knowledge and skills in acting, directing, artistic criticism, script analysis, staging, character creation, vocal techniques, and physical movement. Students recognize the responsibilities of the producer, director, actors, designers, technicians, and managers through collaboration in the creation of a theatre performance. 


    1. Dramatic Writing I (for Film, Television, and Theatre)
      1. Applies skills to culminate in creating and developing dramatic writing for theatrical media with special emphasis on film and television.  It includes the development of a “writerly stance” by reading, viewing, and analyzing tests and visual media from a writer’s point of view, with h focus on understanding the construction process and including the application of conventions of standard English grammar and usage.
          1. Note: This course meets the fourth English Language Arts core requirement.


    1. Acting and Production in Film
      1. Introduces the basics of acting and directing for the camera, with a focus on scene study and the differences between theatre and film.  Students apply basic acting and directing techniques such as character development, audition techniques, vocal and physical techniques, and script analysis.  Introduces students to on-camera performance in various genres and addresses the technical requirements of film acting such as framing, lighting, playing to the camera, shooting out of sequence, and other production considerations. Students explore the process of finding auditions for film and television and getting work on camera.


    2nd level Prerequisite Classes

    1. Technical Theatre II
      1. Enhances level-one skills and introduces aspects of student design, creation of lighting, sound, properties, costumes, and make-up design while offering opportunities to apply skills in these areas.


    1. Lighting Design
      1. Introduces techniques of lighting design for theatre, covering script analysis, lighting instruments, color media, control consoles, conventional lighting techniques, lighting plots, equipment maintenance, and working with performers and patrons of the arts.


    1. Acting I
      1. Introduces the acting process and the role of the actor in various styles/methods with a focus on scene study.  Stresses developing imagination, observation, concentration powers, and self-discipline. It includes developing physical and vocal control while transmitting emotions, convictions, and ideas; enhancing self-confidence and self-awareness. Theatre is used as a means to encourage cooperative learning, teamwork, organization, and leadership skills. The class allows all students the opportunity to perform regularly.


    1. Sound Design
      1. Introduces techniques of sound design for theatre, covering basic digital audio editing technology, the components of sound systems and their application in the theatre, how they interconnect with each other, and how to use this equipment in live theatre settings.


    1. Theatre Management
      1. Emphasizes theater operation, production management, and theatre management, including house management, building and equipment maintenance, marketing, media, budgeting, ticketing, sales, and working with performers and patrons of the arts.


    1. *** Work-Based Learning Classes- Must be enrolled in the work-study class
      1. Eligible students can work in the Fine Arts Department 
        1. Unpaid
        2. Will work on post-production work for shows and podcast 
      2. Eligible students can work at the Performing Arts Center
        1. 1st Semester is unpaid
        2. 2nd Semester and all other semesters are paid, if the student is selected to stay at the PAC, (based on performance and professionalism)
          1. Students are under the supervision of the staff at the PAC and will receive hands-on experience running shows at the PAC all semester long.


    *** Students must enroll in Work-Based Learning for an internship. Contact the student’s counselor or Deborah Gilliam for enrollment requirements.

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