This course introduces students to a wide range of theatrical concepts including the basics of theater, the elements of acting, directing and stagecraft. Students begin with the basics: pantomime and the elements of improvisation. They move on from there to Readers’ Theater and short scene performance.
Instruction in acting focuses on the Stanislavski acting method. Students explore theater and acting through the use of monologues, dialogues, short scenes, improvisation and one-act plays, as well as the techniques needed to audition and perform in public. Several public performance opportunities are offered throughout the year; students must prepare for and undergo auditions in order to qualify for parts.
Stagecraft includes the development of props, costumes and design and painting of sets for performances. Following performances, students debrief and analyze the performance in terms of the mechanics of successful theater performance.