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Theatre Arts

Elementary After-School Drama

The elementary after-school drama program offers after school classes for students in grades K-6 (a registration fee is required). The classes are designed to offer participants of all levels a fun, encouraging and creative environment, allowing each child the opportunity to discover and celebrate his or her own unique skills, talents, and artistic expression.

Middle School Drama

The middle school's Intro to Acting is a beginning acting course, which introduces students to basic acting techniques and games while learning to explore their imaginations. The students gain a general appreciation for acting and live performance. Students learn simple acting techniques and vocabulary through studying monologues and scenes. They will then begin basic script analysis and character development and apply these principals towards in-class performances. Students have the opportunity to perform for live audiences in October for Catacombs and in February with the Scenes, Songs, Symphonies, and Sambas performance.

High School Drama

In the high school theatre arts program, we value focused-study and training. We study what’s inside and we ask deep, personal questions; we study our minds and souls with specificity and courage. We learn that there is power in vulnerability because we can express our self-discoveries in the shape of art. We share our art with our community and therefore create a dialogue about the human condition. Ultimately, through our communication, we build meaningful and lasting connections. Drama students have the opportunity to audition and perform in the fall play and spring musical, along with other performances and special events.

Secondary Theatre Tech

Campbell Hall’s theatre technology program for grades 7-12 offers students a comprehensive hands-on experience engaging students in the elements of producing, design, construction, and stage management. In high school, each production’s scenic, lighting, prop, sound, hair, and makeup elements are designed entirely by our student designers. Through our Theatre Technology and Stage Design electives, students study these crafts and can apply them as student designers for the high school's fall play and spring musical. LEARN MORE

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Secondary Theatre Arts Course Descriptions

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  • INTRODUCTION TO ACTING EXPLORATION

    This exploration class will explore the exciting world of live theater from an actor’s perspective! Students will play improvisational games, perform scenes and monologues from notable plays, and learn basic script analysis. Additionally, students will write their own material and learn to be more socially confident, artistically aware, and emotionally expressive in a fun, encouraging environment. (A one-year study hall exploration class for 7th and 8th grade students.)
  • SO YOU WANT TO BE AN ACTOR? ELECTIVE

    This class explores the craft of acting for the theatre in a fun atmosphere. Students learn how to better express themselves through storytelling, imagination, character analysis, improvisation, and games. If you loved the mini-course, this elective goes deeper in the concepts that were introduced: body language, improvisation, text versus subtext, the power of emotion, and storytelling through dialogue. Come and learn while having a lot of fun! No prior experience in acting is required. (A one semester elective for 8th graders.)
  • BEGINNING DRAMA (GRADES 9-12)

    This semester-long course provides foundations in the Stanislavski system in order to develop the actor’s craft. Students begin to tune their actor’s instrument by stimulating creativity, imagination, voice, teamwork, listening, and trust. Students learn to use their own emotional, physical, and psychological instrument to create realistic behavior under imaginary circumstances as a means to explore the human condition. (Grades 9-12; one semester)
  • INTERMEDIATE DRAMA (GRADES 10-12)

    Intermediate Drama builds upon the principles of believable movement and vocal production in Beginning Drama through the techniques of Stanislavski’s System. Students will engage in more complex and emotionally challenging improvisations, scene work, and theme analysis. Towards the end of the first semester, students will learn the International Phonetic Alphabet and employ it in the study and execution of English, Southern, New York, Irish, Scottish, German, and French accents. Students will engage in research projects in conjunction with their advanced scene work, to investigate the social relevance and historical significance of major works by playwrights such as Sophocles, Shakespeare, Ibsen, Strindberg, Eduardo Machado, O’Neill, Wilder, Williams, Jose Rivera, Maria Irene Fornes, Bertolt Brecht, Sophie Treadwell, and Suzan-Lori Parks. Additionally, students will continue to write original monologues and critical assessments in personal acting journals. This course may be repeated. (Grades 10-12; prerequisite: Beginning Drama or department approval)
  • ADVANCED IMPROVISATION (GRADES 11-12)

    This first semester course, for juniors and seniors, explores the use of long-form improvisation as a means to create original artistic work. Students engage in individual, partnered, and ensemble exercises to awaken a spirit of creative play, collaboration, and a deeper investment in their physical and emotional instruments. Students begin to hone in on a specific topic, focus, idea, or theme that they would like to explore through improvisation. Students develop exercises with their peers in order to more deeply investigate the dramatic values inherent in their theme, and soon, they begin to craft a story. The course culminates with each student creating an original artistic work inspired by the improvisations. Original work can entail a short play, vignette/scene, one-person “show”, movement piece with spoken word, or multimedia project with a performance component. Throughout the semester, there is an emphasis on directing, as students will lead their peers in improvised warm-ups, scene work, and group exercises. *This course is offered on an alternating year cycle in even-numbered beginning years (2016-2017).
  • THE DIRECTOR'S LAB (GRADES 11-12)

    This first semester course explores the director’s pre-production and rehearsal process. Students will analyze difficult dramatic literature for theme, social relevance, and historical context. Student directors will use Harold Clurman’s A Director Prepares as a guide as they create lighting, costume, prop, and set design ideas. During the second quarter, students will learn a director’s system for rehearsal preparation and then direct their peers in emotionally and intellectually challenging scenes from plays by Moliere, Chekhov, and Tennessee Williams. Students who enroll in The Directors’ Lab will be able to move the following semester into Theatre Production, which will be offered during the same block. (Grades 11-12; one semester; prerequisites: Beginning and Intermediate/Advanced Drama. This course is only offered during the first semester of odd-numbered years.)
  • INTRODUCTION TO THEATRE TECHNOLOGY EXPLORATION

    In this exploration class students jump into theatre tech practicum. Students will have the opportunity to construct props, paint sets, learn to use tools safely, run the sound board, operate the lights and more, while preparing the stage for the two middle school theatrical productions. Students in this class may participate in the productions by joining the after school tech crew and running all technical aspects of the shows during performances. (A one-year study hall exploration class for 7th and 8th grade students.)
  • THEATRE TECHNOLOGY I (STAGE MANAGEMENT AND TECHNICAL OPERATIONS)

    This first semester course is an interactive introduction to the tools, terminology, and techniques used in the professional theatre environment. We will demonstrate methods and processes while actively incorporating the tools and equipment in our Campbell Hall theater, controlbooth, and scene shop, focusing on the crafts of theatre artists and technicians. Topics include scene shop tool use and safety, scenery construction, stage management, production management and planning, theatrical audio, and stage lighting. The goal of the course is to highlight the importance of the preproduction process leading up to the performance and appreciate the collaborative and cross-disciplinary nature of the Theatre Arts. Participation in the HS drama production is not a course requirement.
  • THEATRE TECHNOLOGY II (STAGE DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION TECHNIQUES)

    This advanced course is offered second semester and is designed for those students who have demonstrated an active interest in theatre production. The course is designed to give students a strong foundation in the principals of set, lighting, prop, sound, costume, and makeup design. Emphasis is placed on introducing the students to design and construction techniques used to bring a design to life and methods for articulating their designs in 2 and 3 dimensions. Participation in the HS drama production is not a course requirement.
  • ADVANCED STAGE DESIGN

    This advanced course is designed to develop the tools necessary for the student designer to produce successful theatrical designs in various mediums. Focus is on the creation process making specific note of artistic as well as practical requirements. Emphasis will be made on research and communication skills demanding a deep understanding of both character and setting. We will create and express theatrical designs through models, presentations, and 3D rendering techniques using professional equipment and methods. Student work on course projects is suitable for inclusion in a portfolio. Participation in the HS drama production is not a course requirement.
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