Theatre Arts

Introduction to Fine Arts (Grade 6)

Semesters: two

Students at St. George’s are engaged in opportunities to confidently develop critical thinking skills, perform well, and, with a sense of wonder, create art with purpose. Sixth graders participate in band, chorus, theatre, and the visual arts, each for one quarter of the year. Students are introduced to the basic skills necessary to perform in a vocal or instrumental ensemble: focus/concentration, ear training, sight singing, rhythm dictation, note recognition, and sight reading simple melodies and rhythms. The visual arts component is designed to introduce students, through practice, to the elements of art and the principles of design; and, through reflection, develop their intellectual and artistic acuity. Basic art-making skills, organizational skills, and peer-to-peer discussion of artwork are emphasized. In the theatre arts section, students are introduced to the basic concepts of theatre. They use various creative drama techniques to build ensemble, stimulate imagination, create movement, and role play, with an emphasis on developing authentic characters and situations. Along with performing and visual arts skills, students also gain an understanding of the expectations involved in performance and visual art classes to better prepare them to make an objective decision in opting into the fine arts in the future.

Theatre Communications (Grade 7 and 8)

Semesters: two  

This year-long course is designed to encourage creative expression through theatre. From improvisation and game playing to writing and performing dramatic scenes, Theatre Communications focuses on helping each student become a confident performer and engaging storyteller. The class emphasis is on the adaptation of a variety of texts. Activities range from improvisation to mime to collaborative storytelling through art, music, and the spoken word.  Students may elect to take this course in seventh and eighth grade. In this class, students establish core capabilities and develop the foundations and flexibility necessary for Theater I and II in the upper school.

Introduction to Theatre (Grades 9 - 12)

Semesters: two

This course is designed to introduce students to all aspects of theatre in a fun way. Utilizing improvisational theatre games, written dramatic texts, and videos of live productions, students challenge their imaginations. Major topics include theatre history, terminology, and approaches to design, directing, writing and acting.  Students read, study, watch, and perform dramatic literature. They learn about theatre, reinforcing their work in other classes, through a historical perspective beginning with the Greeks and ending in Contemporary Theatre. Each student is encouraged to discover and develop their passion and skills in acting and technical theatre. Field trips to see live theatre are a part of the learning experience of this class.

Acting and Directing: Modes of Performance (Grades 10 - 12)

Semesters: two

Prerequisite: Introduction to Theatre or instructor’s approval

This course is an expansion of the basic principles discovered in Introduction to Theater Arts. Students learn empathy through exploring characters. Designed to be a performance-heavy class, they deepen their improvisational skills for both comedic and dramatic work. Students focus on character development and scene writing, learn how to approach a classical text from a performance point of view, and practice basic directing principles and advanced script analysis. Students read from a variety of social dramas, classical texts, and modern plays, as well as articles pertaining to the various disciplines. Field trips to see live theatre are a part of the learning experience of this class.

Production Workshop (Grades 11 - 12)

Semesters: two

Prerequisite: Introduction to Theatre and Acting and Directing

Production Workshop is an advanced acting and technical theatre course designed to strengthen the student’s skills in their chosen area of study.  All students will be involved in both Technical Theatre and Acting throughout this course.  Students will be responsible for selecting and performing one monologue, one duet scene, and participate in several one-act plays throughout the year, several of which will tour. Each student must be involved in both main stage productions. This involvement includes but is not limited to having an acting part, stage managing, running lights or sound, working running crew, or ushering/ running concessions. Students will create a portfolio of their work to be submitted for a grade once each semester.  They will be graded daily by  a grade contract between the student and the instructor.  Students will also create both a theatre and an academic resume to be used for college and vocational interviews as needed. Units taught in this class include script scoring, the Meisner Technique, the Linklatter Method (Voice and Diction), and Stagecraft.

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