ACADEMIC PROGRAMS

MS ACADEMIC PROGRAMS

MS 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/Musical).

Length of Course: Semester

 


MUSICAL DRAMA

This course focuses on Musical Theatre. By admission to the course, you will be in the school musical happening in the spring. Students will learn how to prepare for an audition and perform in a musical. Being in this course guarantees students a place in the show and they will have a minor or major role in the production. This course will have an after-school component to it of 1-2 rehearsals per week throughout part of the semester and everyday after-school (excluding Tuesdays) rehearsal 2 weeks prior to the production. The course will focus on analyzing, staging, and performing in the school selected musical for the semester.

Length of Course: Semester


PAGE TO STAGE

This course focuses on the process required to create original plays and theatre performance pieces. 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.

Prerequisites: 
Students can only select this course if they have completed one of the following units (Improvisation, Theatre Foundations, Comedy in Performance or Stagecraft)

Length of Course: Semester


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


ACTING FOUNDATIONS

In this course, student learn the basic foundational skills of an actor. Students learn to work creatively in collaborative group settings and individually to research, develop and perform: scripted monologues, scenes and a one-act play. All students perform a monologue at the beginning of the course, followed by the performance of a scene and finally a one-act play. Through the process of getting these performances ready students work to develop the skills required to create fully formed characters using their voice, movement, gesture and interaction with their fellow performers and the audience.

Prerequisites: None

Length of course: Semester