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Theatre Part 2
Course Length: 1 Semester
Has Textbook: Yes
Theatre Part 2 provides a balanced educational experience for all students. The diversity of this course provides opportunities for the involvement of all students, regardless of experience and abilities. Theatre promotes unity, inquiry, and critical and constructive thought, as well as skills of comparison, problem-solving, interpretation, judgment, and research. Students are encouraged to investigate old and new ideas by exploring, discovering, creating, and clarifying their perceptions and knowledge. This course covers the art of character analysis and a variety of acting techniques, as well as the technical elements of theatre, such as sets, costumes, makeup, and special effects.

It is recommended that students successfully complete Theatre Part 1 or equivalent course work before enrolling in this course.

Course Objectives

Unit 1: Essential Content and Skills

  • Demonstrate an understanding of script and character analysis and the ability to implement these skills when developing a role.
  • Analyze the rehearsal process.
  • Develop character analysis skills by building a character using internal and external techniques.
  • Implement rehearsal and backstage etiquette during the production of a play.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the various styles of acting, including farce, commedia dell'arte, social satire, comedy, tragedy, and so on.
  • Define appropriate theatre terminology.

Unit 2: Essential Content and Skills

  • Analyze various styles of movement for characterizations and the differences between literal realistic movement, enlarged realistic movement, stylized movement, and symbolic movement.
  • Analyze, through performance, the basic mime principles.
  • Demonstrate, through performance, an understanding of basic stage combat principles and safety rules.
  • Develop vocal variety and flexibility for characterization through the use of accents and dialects.
  • Analyze auditioning and performing for the camera.
  • Define appropriate theatre/multimedia terminology, including vocabulary used in film and television.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the differences and similarities between a dramatic play and other media venues, such as Reader's Theatre, film, television, and musical theatre.

Unit 3: Essential Content and Skills

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the special considerations required for directing a musical, including aspects of selecting a script and developing a concept
  • Explore the areas of scheduling, casting, rehearsing, collaborating, and closing the production of a musical.
  • Analyze the basic processes of directing and producing for film, television, and multimedia productions.
  • Identify that performance art is an experimental genre that has few rules and no standard structure.
  • Define appropriate theatre/multimedia vocabulary.

Unit 4: Essential Content and Skills

  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of the construction of three-dimensional set pieces, such as trees, rocks, and other sculptural forms.
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of stage fabrics for curtains and draperies.
  • Identify projections for the stage, including lensless and lens projectors, front-screen and rear-screen projection, and slide preparation.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of techniques used in costume construction to produce special articles, including masks, armor, decorative jewelry, and footwear.
  • Analyze three-dimensional makeup techniques using nose putty, derma wax, latex, and facial hair.
  • Define appropriate technical theatre vocabulary.

Course Materials

  • Glencoe Theatre: Art in Action (textbook)
  • Glencoe: The Stage and the School (textbook)