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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. Exploratory Drama is an introducotry class with the emphasis on low-stakes, informal work. This is a great way for students to explore Drama in a fun, safe and supportive way. The emphasis in all MS Drama 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!


COLLABORATION THEATER

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
Note: Course can be repeated


IMPROVISATIONAL THEATER

 

Students will learn a variety of different techniques to engage an audience. 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 egagement and creative risk-taking throughout the course. Students will then develop an understanding of how to use physicalization and vocal qualities to express their ideas. Students will perform original works. The emphasis of this course is placed on students developing their stage presence, listening and reacting skills.

Length of course: Semester

 


MUSIC, MOVEMENT & CABARET

Students will learn about song, dance and their relationship to Theater. This course focuses on drama, music, movement and how they can be combined to better engage an audience and express an idea. Students will engage in vocal and physical activities to allow them to better express themselves on stage. The culminating performamce may include such elements as monologues, song, dance, or a fusion of these forms.

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
Note: Course can be repeated


STORYTELLING

Storytelling is a creative, imaginative form of Drama. The emphasis will be placed on formative skill-building and fun in-class informal performances and activities. Students will create and perform a monologue, 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.

Length of Course: Semester



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