Theatre 1 is an exploration of acting technique for theatre. This course includes the study of improvisational techniques; step-by-step constructing of character analysis; identification and application of appropriate acting techniques; building of concentration and acting skills through monologue and group performance; and exploring and creating monologue and group performance.
Theatre 2 strives to advance the each student’s experience in accordance to the study of theater as students are encouraged to try new things and embody characters that deviate from themselves. An importance is placed on adding appropriate emotion to create a scene. Students explore concepts of movement, stage combat, scene development, theatrical writing, monologues and learning who to portray the character to the extent of its believability.
This course focuses on the theatre as an art form rather than a direct study as students explore various acting techniques to create authentic and heartfelt scenes with the goal of reaching catharsis in oneself and the audience. Scene development and a notice to theatrical aspects are studied and utilized in order to create effective scenes. Students are given the chance to explore the characters and understand the role of the fourth wall in modern theatre practices.
This course focuses on theatre as ensemble work. Students utilize skills, techniques and experiences from previous SRVHS theatre courses, and productions to improve the group of actors they work with. Students work as a truly collaborative team to fully analyze plays, characters, and each other’s performances. Theatre is viewed as a collective effort as students learn to work in ensemble while improving upon personal interactions to the entity of theatre. Performances will include auditions, competitions, performance art and at least one main stage production.
Students learn all aspects of producing a play, including directing, acting, scene design, construction, publicity, and design. Students get hands-on experience with addressing the production process utilized in professional theatre and learn how to use concept of design to promote a message. Students work together and establish a community of teamwork in the process of creating influential theatre material. Students will perform or assist with at least two productions throughout the year.