Musical Theatre course descriptions

Choir

College prep, grades 9-12, year-long class    

Prerequisite:  Performing Arts Foundations, or teacher permission. All students must audition.

Inspire A Cappella Choir is a contemporary singing group that is committed to excellence, creativity, and significance in singing together.  It is open to all students who have basic singing skills, and want to grow in their musical and singing experience. Students learn vocal technique for pop, jazz, and gospel styles, as well as traditional and contemporary classical music. The choir focuses on a cappella singing in all styles. Students learn to sing harmonies by ear, as well as music reading and sight singing skills.  Students also develop the ability to express different styles of music through physicality, singing with the entire body, and gaining freedom in physical movement to accomplish strong musical and lyric expression. Concert and community performance are a required part of this class.  Yearly involvement in choir gives students the opportunity to achieve proficiency, and to participate in choir leadership. May be taken concurrently with Performing Arts Foundations, with teacher permission. (May be repeated)

Choreography

Grades 10-12, year-long class

Prerequisites: Student must have previous dance experience; preferably at least two or more years of technical dance training in any genre. Dance 1A & 1B or equivalent is required.  Freshmen must seek instructor permission. Choreography students must be concurrently enrolled in one of the following dance technique classes: Dance 2, Dance 3, Dance 4, Dance Teaching Practicum (Dance TA for any other dance class), or Dance Styles.

Imagine, create, and share your vision of dance with the world. A theoretic and applied study of the basic elements of choreography will be introduced and explored through the creation of original works. Choreography will be approached through the exploration of resources including improvisation, use of ideas, knowledge of forms, and development of the craft. Students will be exposed to various choreographic processes, terminology, and potential performance venues. Students will receive weekly assignments directed toward specific problems and dance elements; then begin to develop works with an emphasis on the relationship between manipulation of musical phrases and choreography. Students will learn to move from phrase development to the completion of a dance. They will learn to critique dances through the workshop process by observing, reflecting, discussing, evaluating, and making recommendations for revision. The culminating class project will be to collectively produce a dance production and incorporate such elements as costumes, lighting, original music, props, sets, and professional staging. Students will also learn to imaginatively use technology to support their dances and personal choreographic process. Students can expect to create three to four dances over the year with at least one being staged for audience.


Dance

Dance 1A
 
Grades 9-12, semester-long class
 
Students will develop their individual knowledge, skills, abilities, behaviors, and attitudes in relation to the world of dance, their own unique identity, and the world around them through the perspective of dance. Focus will be given to learning various dance techniques, basic dance history, and expressing one’s self through movement. Students will discover their own movement potential and expand respect of self and others through the practice of studio etiquette, various class structures, and audience participation.  By exploring the field of dance natural connections to personal interests and related fields of study will develop.
 

Dance 1B                                                                                                                                  

Grades 9-12, semester-long class
 
This course is a continuation of Dance 1A and will continue to develop the individual knowledge, skills, abilities, behaviors, and attitudes in relation to the world of dance, their own unique identity, and the world around them through the perspective of dance. Critical evaluation of choreographic works will be a key element of the course. Students will be required to embody movement elements by demonstrating basic terms and techniques from various dance genre and styles. The course will also investigate dance figures and their contributions to the field. Student will cultivate an understanding of others and cultures by experiencing their dance and discover that dance is a universal language. Eight to ten of the following genres of dance will be explored in Dance 1A & 1B each year: ballet, jazz, modern, tap, hip-hop, break dancing, contemporary, Pilates, Hawaiian, Maori, Polynesian, Irish, Middle Eastern Belly Dancing, Indian, West African, European Folk, Hmong, and other traditional genres.

Dance 2
 
College Prep, grades 9-12, year-long class

Prerequisites: Student must have some previous dance experience; preferably at least one-two years of technical dance training in any style, Dance 1A and 1B are a prerequisite and teacher recommendation is needed by audition. Dancers will be required to provide their own dance shoes.
 
This course will be a technique-based class that will challenge students to become well-rounded dancers in numerous dance genres with major focus on styles studied at the university level including ballet, jazz, tap, and modern.  Dancers will also be exposed to a wide variety of additional styles and introduced to local artists who study and teach these dance techniques on a regular basis including hip-hop, contemporary, break dancing, ethnic dance style (African, Irish, Hawaiian, Middle Eastern Belly Dancing, etc…), traditional folk dances, and social dance (Ballroom, Latin, Swing, etc…).  Both male and female techniques will be supported and close attention will be paid to current trends in the world of dance. Dancers will learn the traditional class etiquette for each genre, the appropriate attire for class and performance practices. Research will be conducted on current dance figures and the origins of each dance technique. Dancers will also learn how to become healthy life-long dancers with an introduction to the basic somatic practices that support performing artists. This year-long course satisfies the UC and CSU admission requirement for Fine Art, Area “F”

Dance 3
 
College prep, grades 10-12, year-long class   

Prerequisites: Student must have previous dance experience; preferably at least three-four years of technical dance training in a couple of dance styles, Dance 2 with teacher recommendation, and an audition will be required. Open to freshmen with advanced dance skills by audition. Dance 3 members must be concurrently enrolled in one of the following dance technique classes: Dance Conditioning, Dance 2, Dance Teaching Practicum (Dance TA for any other dance class), or Dance Styles. Dance Conditioning is highly recommended. Dancers will be required to provide their own dance shoes & to commit to the performance calendar for the year.
 
Dance 3 will be mostly a technique based dance class and will begin to introduce performance skills that challenge students to become well-rounded dancers in numerous dance genre. The class will focus on three main genres of dance each year from the following: ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, and hip-hop. The study of these genres will lead to a focus on musical theater and contemporary performance based dancing. The Dance 3 curriculum is designed to help dancers create a fun atmosphere to explore the foundations of performance dance through movement, discussion, and exploration in a variety of contemporary idioms. Students will learn the basic vocabulary and movement fundamentals in each genre. Dance genre studied will alternate each year and this class may be taken multiple times. Dancers who complete the audition will be members of Performance Class and will perform at school events. Dancers will be exposed to a wide variety of additional styles and introduced to local artists who study and teach dance techniques including jazz, ballet, tap, modern, hip-hop, contemporary, break dancing, ethnic dance style (African, Irish, Hawaiian, Middle Eastern Belly Dancing, etc…), traditional folk dances, and social dance (Ballroom, Latin, Swing, etc…).  Both male and female techniques will be supported. Dancers will use the traditional class etiquette for each genre, wear the appropriate attire for class, and utilize standard rehearsal and performance practices. Research will be conducted on historical dance figures and the origins of dance technique. Dancers will also learn how to become healthy life-long dancers with an introduction to the basic somatic practices that support performing artists. Students who complete this year-long course satisfy the UC and CSU admission requirement for Fine Art, Area “F”.

Dance 4

grades 10-12, year-long class

Prerequisites: Student must have previous dance experience; preferably at least three-four years of technical dance training in a couple of dance styles, Dance 2 and/or Dance 3 with teacher recommendation, and an audition will be required. Open to freshmen with advanced dance skills by audition. Dance 4 members must be concurrently enrolled in one of the following dance technique classes: Dance 2, Dance 3, Dance Teaching Practicum (Dance TA for any other dance class), Dance Styles &/or Choreography. Dancers will be required to provide their own dance shoes & to commit to the performance calendar for the year. 

This course will be a technique and performance based class that will challenge students to become well-rounded dancers in numerous dance genre with major focus on styles performed in the industry. The dancers who complete the audition will be members of the Inspire Dance Company whom will represent the school at local events and productions. Dancers will also be exposed to a wide variety of additional styles and introduced to local artist who study and teach these dance techniques on a regular basis including jazz, ballet, tap, modern, hip-hop, contemporary, break dancing, ethnic dance style (African, Irish, Hawaiian, Middle Eastern Belly Dancing, etc…), traditional folk dances, and social dance (Ballroom, Latin, Swing, etc…). Dancers will be cast in the Company dance and generally work on additional small group dances during the year. Both male and female techniques will be supported and close attention will be paid to current trends in the world of dance. Dancers will use the traditional class etiquette for each genre, wear the appropriate attire for class, and utilize standard rehearsal and performance practices. Research will be conducted on current dance figures and the origins of dance technique. Dancers will also learn how to become healthy life-long dancers with an introduction to the basic somatic practices that support performing artists.

Musical Theatre

Musical Theatre 1-P

College prep, grades 9-12, year-long class

Prerequisite: completion or concurrent enrollment in Performing Arts Foundation

Musical Theatre 1 focuses on develop your singing/acting/movement skills in a variety of musical theatre performing styles.  This class lays the foundation for musical theatre song performance through learning to use your own personal voice type to sing different kinds of songs, learning to analyze the lyrics to find out how to communicate the story through vocal and physical expression, and learning to develop the character in order to bring the song to life through both singing and acting.  Students will begin to build their audition portfolio, and develop auditioning skills. The class forms an ensemble performing group that learns and performs songs from a variety of musicals, from Vaudeville to today's Broadway shows.  Students will also learn to overcome stage fright, and build their confidence through in-class solo and small ensemble performances.  Students will performance in the Inspire Gala, and will learn songs throughout the year to perform in the spring Musical Theatre Showcase.  May be taken concurrently with Performing Arts Foundations.

Musical Theatre 2-P                                                                                          

College prep, grades 10-12, year-long class

Prerequisite: Musical Theatre 1 or permission of instructor

Musical Theatre 2 builds on the skills and knowledge learned in Musical Theatre 1.  Students will learn more advanced techniques for singing, dancing and acting, utilizing scenes and songs from Broadway musicals, still using an in-class “acting the song” workshop atmosphere.  Through work on song performance, students will study significant musical theatre shows and songs, practicing and performing songs from many of them.  They will learn about major musical theatre song and show writers, and how musical theatre has grown and changed over time.  Work is also done on auditioning skills, and on building individual audition portfolios. The class is a performing ensemble that will work on singing and dancing numbers to perform in the Inspire Gala and the spring Musical Theatre Showcase.  As students develop through their work at this level, they will gain important performing skills in ensemble and solo singing and acting techniques that will prepare them for Musical Theatre 3.  (May be repeated)

Musical Theatre 3 (IMT3)                                                                                                  

Grades 11-12, year-long class

Prerequisites:  Musical Theatre 1 and 2 (may be concurrent with Musical Theatre 2), or teacher permission. By audition only

Musical Theatre 3 is also the Inspire Musical Theatre Touring Troupe, IMT3, and is an advanced class where students will prepare material for performances throughout the year.  This class is a culmination of 3 years of training in the singing, acting and movement skills necessary to perform with maturity and confidence, both as an ensemble and in solo work. Students will advance in the application of music reading and the understanding of musical score markings, as they apply to how the music affects the communication of a song.  Students will continue to develop their audition portfolios, and continue to work on how to effectively prepare and perform at auditions.  During this year of study, students also learn to analyze an entire musical, learning to build the performance of a song through an in-depth study of the story, the characters, and their interaction with each other and the audience, with the goal of entering as wholly as possible into the character and the story in the performance of the songs.  Performance numbers will include contemporary and traditional musical theatre repertoire.  Emphasis is placed on creating unified performances, both musically and dramatically.  Extra time is required for community performances.  Auditions are required.   (May be repeated) 


Performing Arts Foundation

Grades 9-12, year-long class

Are you interested in the performing arts: acting, singing, or design? Do you want to learn about drama, comedy, musical theatre, stage combat, make-up, costume design, lighting, scenic design or any aspect of stage productions? Then the Performing Arts Foundation class is for you. This class will be team taught by our performing arts staff members. Students will learn the basic history of and will develop an aesthetic appreciation for the theatrical and vocal performing arts. At the end of the year, students will perform in a culmination production to show off the skills developed by the completion of the course. All that is needed is a strong desire to learn. This class is open to all grade levels and is a prerequisite for most of the performing arts advanced classes so get started today! Freshmen may concurrently enroll in classes such as Musical Theatre 1, Dance 1, and Theatre Design if they want to further their exploration of the subject.​​​

Piano 1-P

College prep, grades 9-12, year-long class

This course satisfies a UC/ CSU requirement for Fine Arts.

This course covers elementary piano technique and knowledge of the structure of music: note names on the grand staff and piano keyboard, key signatures, time signatures, rhythm values, diatonic intervals, major and minor triads and major scales.  Students will follow a progressive study of piano and music theory that will allow them to learn to read and play traditional piano literature.  This course will also explore simple improvisation and composition for piano. The course will include learning scales and chord progressions in several keys, playing lead sheets, and doing some of your own composing.  Piano study will focus on fluent reading, technique, and expressive playing.  Students will also learn about the eras of music history, major composers, and the development of the piano and piano music, in both classical and popular music genres.

Stagecraft

Grades 9-12, year-long class (offered alternating years with Theatre Design)

Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in Performing Arts Foundation class and Program Director permission for freshmen; Performing Arts Foundation, Theatre 1, or equivalent.

Stagecraft is a class created to develop and build specific skills within the technical theatre crafts. Students will learn hands on how to do the craft and artistry involved in creating live theatre. Students will learn all the basics and tricks of the trade in makeup, costuming, lighting, crewing, special effects, set construction, scenic artistry, and property creation. Various professionals and guest teachers will be utilized to enrich the course work and material covers. Crewing productions at least once each semester will be a requirement of this class.

Theatre classes

Theatre 1 and Theatre 2 (Acting) – course names are being reassigned

Grades 10-12, year-long class

Prerequisites: Performing Arts Foundations and teacher approval

Theatre 1 & 2 will introduce students to the concepts and principals associated with a career in theatre performing arts. Students will 1) develop their craft through exercises (including, but not limited to: Stanislavski, Linklater, Meisner, Hagen, Adler, Suzuki), 2) explore a variety of actor college and career pathways, 3) perfect audition technique and materials, 4) perform classical and contemporary monologues and scenes, and 5) observe, analyze, and deconstruct performances of peers and professionals by attending and reviewing productions. Students will perform their best work at the Spring Theatre Showcase.

Theatre 3

Grades 11-12, year-long class

Prerequisites: Performing Arts Foundation, Theatre 1/2 or Stagecraft or Theatre Production, and teacher approval

This directing and playwriting course teaches the basics of the craft of directing, script analysis, characterization, playwriting, casting, blocking, rehearsal and performance. Students will 1) read and analyze plays for the purpose of directing, 2) direct a ten-minute scene or one-act, and 3) read and adapt a public domain story into a theatrical script which will be produced and performed at Inspire during the following academic school year. Students will present their best work at the Spring Theatre Showcase.

Theatre 4                                                                                                                                                  

Grade 12, year-long class

Prerequisites: Must be a senior theatre performance major or receive permission from the instructor to enroll.

Students enrolled in Theatre 4 (Acting Styles/Advanced Performing Artistry will 1) study and perform monologues in styles ranging from Greek/Roman to Contemporary and Abstract, 2) produce in its entirety (casting, directing, acting, completing all technical aspects) a student devised drama that was written in their previous sequence course (Theatre 3), and 3) complete a final portfolio that will include a headshot, resume, monologues for auditions, music for auditions, and a five-year plan/goal for post high school graduation. Students will present their best work at the Spring Theatre Showcase.


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