The Theatre pathway is intended for students interested in pursuing careers in professional theatre, acting, stage production, costume or set design.
Year 1: Beginning Theatre CTE (2 trimesters)
Year 2: Comedy&Improv CTE (2 trimesters)
Year 3: Theatre Production CTE (2 trimesters)
This course is an introduction to theatrical arts. Students will learn theatrical vocabulary, tools for beginning actors, and the elements of putting on a production. Students will learn tools for character analysis, study basic principles of acting (including different schools of thought), learn about theater etiquette and about how to give a good audition. The course will provide students with opportunities to analyze theatrical performance, create monologues and scenes, analyze the role of historical theater and cultural context of theater today, evaluate actor performances, and assist in two productionsat school (one each semester). Students will implement these items both individually and in groups, receive peer feedback, as well as provide self-assessments, for their work, in addition to teacher feedback.
Comedy/Improv explores the practices, principles and aesthetics of comedic performance. Questions examined include: What makes something funny? What is the relationship between performer and audience in comedy? How does a performer adapt skills in presentation and comedic performance to multicultural audiences and perspectives? How does context change the meaning and impact of a dramatic or comedic performance? The course investigates these questions through readings, lectures, discussion and experiential exercises. Students are challenged to synthesize theory and historical traditions and apply what they have learned to the production of viable comedic performances. Students discuss, analyze, rehearse and perform scripted and improvisational scenes and monologues drawn from major comic traditions including: masked forms (such as Commedia dell’Arte), high comedy (such as the comedies of Shakespeare and Moliere), and low comedy (such as slapstick). The course culminates in two public presentations, allowing students to share select comedic performances with an audience.
Theatre Production is a Theater Arts course that provides intensive instruction in character / song / scene /musical show analysis and development, and in the preparation necessary to perform for a public audience. Students work on the separate skills of singing, acting, and movement, and synthesize these three skills into the presentation of comedic, dramatic, or musical scenes, culminating in the performance of a full-length musical. In-class exercises and performances are the workshop for learning, substantiated by research, analysis, observation, writing, and rehearsal. Students learn theatre vocabulary and a structure of sequential tasks for analyzing characters, lyrics and movement. The acting principles and exercises used are based on a simplified version of Meisner acting methods (a behavioral strand of Stanislavski’s system where students work on a series of progressively complex exercises to develop an ability to improvise and bring a richness of personal response to textual work). Students learn musical theater history in the context of the shows and songs studied.
The Theatre program is also proud to offer additional classes in Stagecraft for students interested in Technical Theatre. Stagecraft CTE is offered after school, and is open to all students at Rancho Campana. Contact your counselor if you are interested in taking this class!