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ACADEMIC PROGRAMS

Cairo American College

MS ACADEMIC PROGRAMS

MIDDLE SCHOOL PERFORMING ARTS


In the Performing Arts student embrace their creativity and take to the stage! Through informal and formal performances students grow as theatre creators. Whether you want to be in the spotlight or behind-the-scenes we have the course and content for you. Performance-based classes offered are Acting Foundations, Comedy and Improvisation, Page To Stage and Musical Drama. For students with more of an interest in design and the behind-the-scenes workings of a theatre production, we offer MS Stagecraft. The emphasis in all these courses is for students to expand their theatrical skills and knowledge while learning, growing and having fun. Join us and explore the magic of middle school drama!


COMEDY AND IMPROVISED PERFORMANCE

 

This course is about laughter and getting people to laugh. Students will learn a variety of different techniques to engage an audience and make them laugh. The units focus on storytelling, improvisation, physical comedy, sketch and stand-up comedy. Students will first develop their improvisational skills through skill-building activities and games. The focus will be on saying yes, accepting and building on offers and learning from our mistakes. Students will be assessed on their energy level throughout the improvised scene, character creation, scene progression and partner interaction. Students will then work to develop an understanding of timing, rhythm, physicality, and wordplay to highlight topics they are interested in exploring. Last, students will perform personal comedic writings, physical theatre performances and work to polish and perform a stand-up comedy routine. The emphasis of this course is placed on students developing their stage presence, listening and reacting skills and ultimately finding their comedic voice.

Length of course: Semester

 


MUSICAL DRAMA

This course focuses on Musical Theatre. By admission to the course, you will have the opportunity to be in the school musical or in a musical cabaret performance. Students will learn how to prepare for an audition and perform in a musical. Being in this course guarantees students a place in a musical performance and they will have a minor or major role depending on their interest or preference. This course may have an after-school component to it of 1-2 rehearsals per week leading up to a potential production, more or less time will be required depending on the students role in the musical performance. The course will focus on analyzing, staging, and performing in a school selected musical for the semester and could be a formal or informal type of performance. Students will work on improving as a musical actor, singer and dancer.

 

Length of course: Semester


PAGE TO STAGE

This course focuses on the process required to create original plays and theatre performance pieces, known in the theatre world as devising. Students take stimuli and ideas and use them to produce a performance for an audience. Students learn techniques for devising original theatre pieces such as playwriting, acting and directing. Students collaborate in small groups and as a class to develop comedic and serious short plays and performance pieces based on middle school life, issues and concerns. The culmination of the course will be a class created performance. Much modern theatre is created through ensemble work and this class focuses on developing and cultivating these 21st-century creative skills.

Length of course: Semester


STAGECRAFT

This class is designed to introduce students to technical theater and the design process. Students will be exposed to all aspects of theater production including backstage, front of house, and production management. Students master the safe operation of some of the equipment in the theatre and complete a design process, working towards a public performance (Showcase or MS Play or the MS or ES Musical). Students will also be required to work behind the scenes on a major school production.

Length of course: Semester


EXPLORATORY DRAMA

In the Exploratory Drama course, students will explore and get an introduction to drama. The emphasis will be placed on formative skill-building and fun in-class informal performances and activities. Students will create and perform a collaborative skit (group performance), explore the world of improvisation, puppetry, and more. Students will work to develop some basic acting skills and knowledge pertaining to vocal and physical expression. Students will learn to create and collaborate together and to trust and believe in their performance ideas and abilities. The focus of this class is on inquiry, creation, fun, and exploration. A goal will be for students to build their confidence and overall well-being.

Prerequisite: For Grade 6&7 only


CONTACT US

CAIRO AMERICAN COLLEGE

1 Midan Digla, Maadi
Cairo, Egypt
11431
Tel:27555555

support@cacegypt.org

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