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"...it's more than theatre, it's a family."
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EAST HIGH THEATRE ARTS COURSES

Acting I . . . . . Grade level 9-12. One semester.Prerequisite: None.
Much of this course will center around the fundamentals of acting and theatre work. Units include speech/diction, pantomime, stage directions, stage movement, an introduction to stage-crafts, and regular warm-up routines and theatre terminology. Working through regular theatre games and collaborative performance exercises the student builds the confidence to perform his/her first monologue (solo performance) at the end of the semester. Performances during school hours will be required. May be taken 8 times.
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                                  Acting II . . Grade level 10-12. One semester.
Prerequisite: Acting I or director's approval.
A sequel to the concepts of Acting I. Students experience advanced technical training through group and individualized instruction. We continue to build on what we learned in Acting 1 with styles of acting, more in-depth character analysis, audition techniques, text analysis, vocal projection and an introduction to a variety of acting methods. Performances will include more in depth monologue work and scenework. Performance in class and during school hours will be required. May be taken 6 times. .


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Play Production . . . Grade level 10-12. Two semesters.
Prerequisite: Director's approval/Audition
Play Production is our most advanced class and involves all aspects of producing a play or musical, and although it is performance driven, all students will be involved in all aspects of theatre production, including building technical and stage craft skills.  Students are expected to do regular memorization of monologues and scene work, and are introduced to playwriting, working individually and collaboratively to create monologues and scenes in both comedy and drama. The culmination of this course will be a theatrical production, often for local elementary schools during the fall semester, regular improvisation shows for the public throughout the year, and a final spring performance written by the students themselves.  During the final spring performance students transform our East High Dance Studio into a black box theatre for an intimate theatrical experience.  All performances include student experiences in technical theatre and/or acting. Performance outside of class time is part of course work. A high level of work and commitment is expected in this class. Emphasis is always on building group collaborative skills and pushing ourselves out of our comfort zone and taking artistic risks.  May be taken 6 times.

Stagecraft I & II . . . Grade level 10-12. One semester each.  
Prerequisite:  Acting 1 and/or permission of director.  
Stagecraft is the study of all aspects of technical theater. It will include set design and construction, lighting and sound design, costume and property design and construction, marketing the production and crew and stage managing techniques and responsibilities. May be taken 6 times.
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