We have a full curriculum of classes for the high school theatre student. Please see below for curriculum and information.
- These are the foundation of our theatre curriculum. These classes are sequential and build upon one another.
- Theatre I is usually offered during the fall semesters. All incoming theatre students (9th-12th grades) must enroll in Theatre I before continuing. Exceptions to this rule may be granted given special circumstances. Theatre I is the basis for all other education. It focuses on acting fundamentals, group work, memorization, design, playwriting, improv, basic theatre history, imagination exercises and theatre play.
- Theatre II is usually offered in the spring semesters. It is a continuation of acting fundamentals, primarily delving into partner scene work with focuses on dramatic emotion, objectives, obstacles and tactics.
- Advanced Theatre (Theatre III-VIII) are taught together and can be repeated. These advanced students study acting theory, principles of directing and design, playwriting as well as focus on multiple cross-cultural and cross-historical theatre movements and histories. Examples may include Ancient Noh theatre, Absurdist Drama, Elizabethan Drama, Kabuki Theatre, Greek/Roman Theatre, etc. Students will learn about these movements, read original texts and learn to perform the art form. Students enrolled in Theatre VIII will also complete a final performance project.
- Students who are enrolled in Advanced Theatre, have taken all necessary prerequisites and are in 11th or 12th grade, are allowed to enroll in Drama as Lit. This is an additional LA work load, while being in the theatre classroom, which allows the student to receive Language Arts credit. This student may take an independent study in playwriting, directing, cross-cultural history, etc.
- Offered every semester, this is an audition-only class and is the basis for the after-school production and performance teams.
- Tech theatre is offered each semester. A student may take up to 8 semesters of repeated tech theatre. This class focuses on implementation and design of a show production. Given the semester performance production, students will work together to design, build and stage a production. Curriculum for this class includes safety training, tool usage and maintenance, shop maintenance, design, lighting, sound, construction and project-based curriculum.