Theatre Arts 1 Syllabus
Course Structure: The course will be divided into the following units:
I. Theatre Basics
Creating common language, Sensory Awareness, Creative Movement, Mime and Improvisation
Focus On: imagination, creativity, trust, relaxation, vocabulary, concentration, believability, cooperation, voice and acting essentials.
Voice, Monologue and Scene Work
Focus On: character, memorization, voce, movement, rehearsal process, analysis, evaluation & audience etiquette
III. Musical Theatre
History, Choreography, Appreciation and Performance
Focus On: history, related topics, dance, signing & performance.
IV. Script Writing
Monologues and Scenes
Focus On: character development, writing skills, creativity, analysis and acting basics
V. Technical Theatre
Focus On: staff, terminology, play analysis, design, drawing, building and history
VI. In Class Production
Performance for Original Play Festival
Focus On: All elements of production and performance. ALL STUDENTS MUST PARTICIPATE IN THE FESTIVAL!
**** Additional units may be added based on student interest. Past additional units have included: puppets, Shakespeare, Stage Combat, Clowning and Make Up Design.
Supplies Needed: Spiral (lovingly provided), pen/pencil, hiliter, folder, clip to hold back long hair or bangs
Expectations for Success in Theatre
THIS IS A NO- PLAY / NO-PASS CLASS!!! You must participate!
Requirements to be successful in this class:
1. Acceptance of teacher as director
2. Wear or bring clothes you can move in
3. Leave the excuses at the door
4. Be willing to try anything
5. Cooperate with others
6. Concentration, Self-Discipline and Control
7. Good health and stamina
8. Positive Attitudes
9. Full participation in all activities
10. Possess the attitude that this class is to help you become a better person and make you a better actor
Things that make your teacher crazy:
1. Wasting Supplies – tape balls, glue hand, staple shooting, etc…
2. Talking while I am talking or others are performing – this will effect your grade!
3. Throwing things
4. Leaving trash in the room
5. Touching departmental props, costumes, etc… without permission
6. Forgetting scripts
7. Temper Tantrums and other displays of wasted energy
8. Aggressively hostile attitudes that make others uncomfortable
9. Criticizing other campus organizations and groups
10. Demonstrating poor audience etiquette
Theatre Arts is a great class where we can all have fun if everyone respects the course, respects each other and respects the space. It’s all about respect, baby!