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Theater/Drama Courses

Theater/Drama Courses

IB Theatre

This two year course enables students to understand theatre through the three core areas of the syllabus: Theatre in context: understanding the contexts that influence, inform and inspire their work as theatre makers; experience practically and critically theoretical contexts that inform world theatre practices and become informed about many cultural contexts within which theatre is created. Theatre processes: exploring and acquiring skills, techniques and processes involved in theatre-making. Students reflect on their own creative processes and skills acquisition as they gain practical understanding of the process of creators, designers, directors and performers. Presenting theatre: apply practical theatre skills, individually and collaboratively, through a range of formats; present ideas about theatre and take part in performances and understanding how artistic choices can impact an audience. Theatre Theory in practice (HL only) : HL students research a theatre theorist they have not previously studied. They identify aspects of the theory and present a solo theatre piece (4-8 mins), based on the aspects of the theory. Each student submits for assessment: a report of 3000 word; a continuous unedited video recording of the whole solo performance piece; a bibliography that lists primary and secondary sources used in research.
Director’s notebook: HL and SL students choose a published play text they have not previously studied and develop ideas regarding how it could be staged for an audience. Each student submits for assessment: a director’s notebook (20 pages minimum) which includes the student’s presentation of their final directorial intentions and the intended impact of these on an audience (300 words maximum included in 20 pages); a bibliography which includes any sources used. World theatre traditions research presentation: HL and SL students plan and deliver an individual presentation (15 mins maximum) to their peers in which they outline and physically demonstrate their research into a convention of a theatre tradition they have not previously studied. Each student submits for assessment: a continuous unedited video recording of the live presentation (15 mins maximum) ; a bibliography which lists any source used and includes any additional resources used by the candidate during the presentation which are not clearly seen with the video recording.
Collaborative theatre project: HL and SL students collaboratively create and present an original piece of theatre (lasting 13-15 mins) for and to a specified target audience, created from a starting point of their choice. Each student submits for assessment: a process portfolio (15 pages maximum); a video recording (4 mins maximum) evidencing the student’s contribution to the presentation of the collaboratively created piece. The selected footage must be chosen by the student and must demonstrate artistic and theoretical choices made by the student ; a bibliography which lists any sources used.
Prerequisites: A high school acting class, prior course work or experience in theater is desirable (but not required) and teacher approval
Credit: 1.0 credit
Length of Course: 1 year

Advanced Acting

Description: This course is open for 10th through 12th grade students. In-depth exploration of the various aspects of acting techniques using improvisation, scripted and original materials will be the focus of the course. Students will learn a range of acting, creativity and collaborations skills that they will apply in individual and group performances. The course will encourage self-directed projects in acting, directing and theatre design. The course is for students who desire to develop their performance skills as fully as possible. Performance is a required part of the course and students will keep a journal for recording work.
Prerequisites: Intermediate Acting, and teacher approval. Serious prior course work or experience is required.
Credit: 1.0 credit
Length of Course: 1 year (may be repeated for credit)

Intermediate Acting

Description: This course is for 9th through 12th grade students who have completed a beginning drama course in middle school, come from another drama program, or would like to start acting regardless of what grade they are in at present. The course will emphasize ensemble, individual acting techniques, group collaboration and story creation. The students with learn skills of improvisation, devising, directing, physical theater, script writing and solo and group performance. The final project will be a class performance open to a CAC audience. The methodologies of theater practitioners including Peter Brook, Keith Johnstone, Stanislavsky and Jacques Lecoq will be explored during the course. Students will also learn about theater history and Modern Theater techniques. Blocking, directing and text analysis are taught and serve as an introduction to the IB course. Students will keep a journal for recording work.
Prerequisites: None
Credit: 1.0 credit
Length of Course: 1 year (may be repeated for credit)

Stagecraft

This course is open for 9th through 12th grade students. The focus of the course is on the theory and practical application of technical theater, including theater design, scenery design and construction, costumes, props, stage lighting, and sound/audio techniques. Students in this course are an integral part of the theater program at CAC. Students will be trained in the safe operation of theater equipment and will be responsible for the technical support for shows and other functions which take place in the theater.
PLEASE NOTE: This course will require considerable time after school and/or on certain weekends when students are working backstage for school productions. All students will be required to work backstage for at least one production during the course of the semester unless otherwise notified by the teacher.
Prerequisites: Teacher approval
Credit: 0.5 credit
Length of Course: 1 semester (1st or 2nd semester and may be repeated for credit)
Recommendations: Experience in art, drafting, woodworking, or electricity will be
helpful but is not necessary.

Acting Traditions

In this course, students work creatively in collaborative group settings and individually to develop and perform: self devised plays and scripted scenes. Students will explore a variety of theatrical forms which might include Realism, Mask, Greek Chorus, Puppetry, Epic Theatre, Forum Theatre, or Shakespeare. Students gain a broad practical grounding in theater, an understanding of theater practices and develop dramatic techniques with voice, body language, movement, gesture and facial expression though workshop activities, rehearsal and performance. Prerequisite: Students can only select this course if they have completed one of the following units (Improvised Theater, Theatre Foundations, Comedy in Performance or Stagecraft)
Length of course: 1 trimester

Page to Stage

This course focuses on the process required to take a script and use it to produce a performance for an audience. Students will learn techniques for analyzing a script to create character, connecting emotionally and physically with their character and developing stage presence through the use of voice gesture and movement. Students will work in small groups to rehearse and perform 10 minute plays. Prerequisite: Students can only select this course if they have completed one of the following units (Improvised Theater, Theatre Foundations, Comedy in Performance or Stagecraft) Length of course: 1 trimester

Stagecraft

This class is designed to introduce students to technical theater. Students will be exposed to all aspects of theater production including backstage, front of house and production management. Students will learn the safe operation the safe operation of theatre equipment and fill the role of crew and technicians. Students will explore the elements of theatrical design in either set, costume or publicity design. Students may work with the Page to Stage class or Middle School play as part of this course to provide practical authentic learning experiences.
Prerequisite: None
Length of course: 1 trimester

Comedy in Performance

In Comedy in Performance, students learn a variety of different techniques to engage an audience and make them laugh. The unit will focus on physical comedy; stand-up comedy, sketch comedy and Commedia Del Arte. Students will develop an understanding of timing, rhythm, physicality and word play to highlight normal everyday situations to discover the hidden humor. Students will develop and present two performances utilizing different comedic traditions.
Prerequisites: None
Length of course: 1 trimester

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