Theatre Performance: Second Semester Courses

Acting for the Camera

Students will study the specialized style of acting for the camera through exercises and scene work. Fundamentals of artistic approach will mirror and reinforce techniques covered in acting classes for the stage, with attention given to appropriate adjustments in the scale of an individual performance. Students will learn approaches of utilizing camera techniques to enhance the truthfulness of their performances.

Text/materials needed:

Bert Cardullo, Harry Geduld, Ronald Gottesman, and Leigh Woods, Playing to the Camera: Film Actors Discuss Their Craft

Acting for Musical Theatre

This course will explore the utilization of the acting process through song. It will address the unique challenges of the genre for the performer through work with scenes, ensemble and small group songs, characterizations, vocal work and choreography. This course culminates with a showcase of selected material performed during Festival at the end of the school year.

Acting Foundations

Acting Foundations guides students to an understanding of the craft of acting through their participation in a wide variety of theatrical exercises. Each day begins with a series of warm-up activities designed to stimulate the imagination and encourage exploration of vocal and physical freedom. These skills will be further developed through improvisation exercises and scene work.

Text/materials needed:

No required texts. Some readings from instructor supplied material.

Acting Shakespeare

This course applies the major principles of acting theory covered in the Acting Technique classes to the texts of Shakespeare. Students are challenged to develop a practical methodology for joining together modern naturalistic performance theory to the special demands of heightened language and verse drama

Text/materials needed:

The Royal Shakespeare Company Edition of The Complete Works by William Shakespeare
Notebook and writing materials



Dance for Musical Theatre

Physical Characterization

Play Structure and Analysis

Play Structure and Analysis is a critical thinking and writing class. The students will learn the various styles of plays and what makes them so. They will be graded on their ability to write critical papers analyzing the works we explore. They will be exposed to many great works by great playwrights and gain a deeper understanding of the structures and reasoning that made these plays great.

Text/materials needed:

Thornton Wilder, The Skin of Our Teeth
Eugene Ionesco, 3 Plays
Lee Strasberg, Best American Plays of the 1950's

Song and Dance Lab

This course is designed to link the skills being covered in the separate Song for Musical Theatre and Dance for Musical Theatre courses into a team-taught class that will focus on developing the student's ability to dance and sing simultaneously. Choral numbers from the Musical Theatre repertoire will be learned vocally and fully choreographed.

Theatre Topics: World Theatre

As the primary mass communication tool for centuries of civilization, theatre has been used for social, political and personal expression. The World Theatre course will be both a practicum and anthropological study. We will explore forms such as Indian Sanskrit theatre, Japanese Noh, Indonesian puppet theatre, Sub-Saharan African folk/ritualistic theatre, as well as modern social and political theatrical movements.

Text/materials needed:

A bound journal or notebook
Appropriate comfortable clothing for the class activities (hand outs will be provided by the instructor)

Voice and Diction