Theatre Course Descriptions

Performing Arts Foundation

Grades 9-12, Year-long

Are you interested in theperforming arts: acting, singing, 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 and will culminate in a production to show off the variety of skills you develop over the year. 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, Theatre 1, Dance 1, and Stagecraft if they want to further their exploration of the subject.

Theatre 1-P

College Prep, Grades 9-10, Year-long
 
An overview of drama and theatre as a dynamic medium of human expression including (1) a general study of the origins and evolution of theatre from the historical perspective, (2) an exploration of the theatrical experience from the artists point of view (actor, costume and set design, playwright), (3) the reading and discussion of plays reflecting the growth of drama from the classics to contemporary, (4) an aesthetic valuation of the individual’s responsibility in/to society.

Theatre 2

Grades 10-12, Year-long

Prerequisite: Theatre 1 and teacher approval.
 
Theatre 2 classes will focus on the Stanislavski system of professional actor training. The Scene Study format is utilized in order to investigate and gain insight into the tools of acting technique and directorial vision. For the second semester focus will be on Commedia dell’Arte. The students will direct scenes and write their own one-act play. Final scenes will be presented for the Winter and Spring Festivals for the Arts.

Theatre 3

Grades 11-12, Year-long
 
Prerequisites: Theatre 1, 2, and teacher approval                   
 
This course teaches the basics of the craft of directing, including script analysis, characterization, casting, blocking, rehearsal and performance. Students learn the tool of the director's breakdown and its uses in preparing a play for production, concentrating on scenes from well-known plays and original work. The emphasis is on conversion of dramatic texts into emotionally effective performances employing different styles and acting technique. Students also learn to make connections between their own inner lives and the work they direct, as well as to apply the lessons of society, history, and current events to the text at hand. Everyone acts as well as directs. As a final project, each student casts and directs a scene of his or her own choosing.

Theatre 4

Grade 12, Year-long

Prerequisites: Theatre I, 2, 3, and teacher approval
 
Theatre 4 will alternate between three different year-long course materials (Acting the Classics, Playwriting, or Shakespeare) based upon the wishes and needs of the student and teacher. ACTING THE CLASSICS: Utilizing Theatre 2 as the basis of the Stanislavski System acting technique, we will further read, investigate style, and discover the playwright’s message through the ages. Each quarter we will fully engage in a classical genre: Classical Greek Theatre, Renaissance English Theatre (focus on Shakespeare), Neoclassical Theatre, and Modern Theatre. Scenes will culminate in a final performance during the Winter/Spring Festival of the Arts, or PLAYWRITING: This module will explore the development of ideas and images into plays for the stage. Throughout the course, we will analyze the plays and process of exploration of the creative art of the playwright. We will focus dramatic structure of the Elements of Drama and develop ideas into plays.  We will begin with attention to Dramaturgy and the Community. Then we will focus much of our attention to developing and writing short plays/scenes and work with the Acting and Directing classes. Because playwriting is a process of making language physical, some of your writing will be read aloud and staged in order to discover what works on the stage, or SHAKESPEARE: This module will dive into the life of William Shakespeare including his early years, his family, and his writing career as well as learning about Renaissance England and the effect outside forces had on Shakespeare’s plays. The course will focus on the theme of adaptation and Shakespeare as an adaptor, as well as modern adaptations of his works. We will investigate the alternative theory presented by the Folger Library in Washington, D.C . that “Shakespeare” indeed was Edward de Vere, the 17th Earl of Oxford. Students will read six plays during the year. Each play will have a specific project / paper to accompany it. Students will also read and analyze Shakespearean sonnets. We may present our work at the Fall/Spring Gala of the Arts.

Stagecraft

Grades 9-10, Year-long
 
Prerequisites: 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 Design

Grades 10-12, Year-long

Prerequisite: Performing Arts Foundation & Theatre 1, Stagecraft, or equivalent.
 
Theatre Design is a class created to develop and build specific artistic skills within the technical theatre crafts. Students will learn hands on how to do design for live theatre. Students will be exposed to the basics of all areas and then be allowed to specialize in a focus area of their choosing: makeup/hair design, costume design, lighting design, stage management, dramaturgy, sound/special effects design, scenic design/artistry, and property design. Various professionals and guest teachers will be utilized to enrich the course work and material covers. Designing or crewing for productions at least once each semester will be a requirement of this class.

Theatre Production

Grades 10-12, Year-long

Prerequisite: Previous enrollment in Performing Art Foundation, Theatre 1, or equivalent. Students are encouraged to choose a design or technical emphasis and will work one on one with an instructor on productions. Task and titles will be assigned based on experience and the interview application process.
 
The Inspire Production Team (Theatre Production) will be a service oriented team created to liaison with Visual & Performing Arts Department clubs to accurately produce and document major public events. In addition, its members will have the opportunity to design (being giving priority on positions) and manage theatrical events throughout the year for Inspire. Students will also gain valuable computer and design skills working in programs such as Word, Excel, Illustrator and the Internet. The Inspire Production Team will work specifically to help achieve the department’s mission: Inspire School of Arts & Science’s Visual and Performing Arts Program provides a creative, challenging, and nurturing environment that offers passionate and focused students professional preparation for higher education and life-long learning in the arts. 

Musical Theatre

Performing Arts Foundation

Grades 9-12, Year-long
 
Are you interested in theperforming 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 and will culminate in a production to show off the variety of skills you develop over the year. 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, Theatre 1, Dance 1, and Stagecraft if they want to further their exploration of the subject.

Musical Theatre 1-P

College Prep, Grades 9-12, Year-long

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 (not offered in 14/15)

College Prep, Grades 10-12, Year-long
               
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         
 
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)
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