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THEATER ARTS
  • The courses and performance opportunities offered by the Theatre Arts Program are designed to meet the needs, interests, and talents of senior high school students.  They present opportunities to study Theatre Arts from a technical aspect, and to develop self-expression and appreciation through participation in the various theatrical productions.

    To earn a Regents diploma with advanced designation using a five-unit Theatre Arts sequence, the student must complete at least one credit in a performance based class such as acting, musical theatre or theatre dance.  The remaining units may be earned in any course in the Theatre Arts Program. Graduation honors must include advanced dance or college theatre and production as well as fulfillment of normal honors criteria.

    A significant requirement of the various performance-based classes is that students participate in some capacity with the theatrical productions offered by the program each semester.

    Students who plan to specialize in theatre arts or theatre arts education as a career should complete the five-unit sequence but also participate extensively in the theatrical productions.  In addition, it is highly recommended for these students to enroll in the College Theater and Production course.

    * All performance-based courses fulfill the one unit requirement in the arts for high school graduation.

    PERFORMANCE-BASED CORE COURSES
    Foundations of Theatre
    Theatre Performance 1
    Theatre Performance 2
    College Theatre and Production
    Dance 1
    Dance 2
    Dance 3
    Dance 4

    NON-PERFORMANCE COURSES
    Theater Technology - Construction
    Theater Technology - Design 

Department: Theatre Arts

Course Number: 1820

Course Title: Foundations of Theatre

Details: Year, 1 Credit, 1 Period

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12

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Description: Foundations of Theatre offers students experience in various aspects of theatre, including oral interpretation, acting, movement and play production. Students study the basic techniques needed to create a character including vocal production, physical acting, improvisation, script analysis and stage combat. In addition, students will gain exposure to principles of set design and stage construction. Students experience theatre as actors, directors and designers. The year culminates in the production of selected scenes for an invited audience as part of the Theatre Arts showcase.

Department: Theatre Arts

Course Number: 1830

Course Title: Theatre Performance 1

Details: Year, 1 Credit, 1 Period

Grades: 11, 12

Prerequisites: Satisfactory completion of Beginning Acting or approval of the instructor.

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Description: Students in this course focus on creating their own understanding of how to create a character as we focus on the various major acting techniques and their application. Students will gain experience in the techniques of Stanislavski, Stella Adler, Uta Hagen, Sanfor Meisner, Viola Spolin and others through scene study. In addition, students will work on acting for Musical Theatre, acting for film, voiceover for animation and commercial applications and elements of direction. The year culminates in the performance of selected scenes for an invited audience as part of the Theatre Arts showcase.

Department: Theatre Arts

Course Number: 1660

Course Title: Theatre Performance 2

Details: Year, 1 Credit, 1 Period

Grades: 11, 12

Prerequisites: Satisfactory completion of Acting 1 and Acting 2 or approval of the instructor

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Description: Students in this course will focus on additional aspects of theatre performance through exposure to elements of the various vocations of theatre. Students will gain experience through units in Dramaturgy, Play Analysis for the Actor/Designer, Playwriting, Directing, Mask Making, Creating Physical Characters and Intermediate Stage Combat. The year culminates in the performance of selected scenes for an invited audience as part of the Theatre Arts showcase.

Department: Theatre Arts

Course Number: 8120

Course Title: DANCE 1

Details: Year, Alt. Day, 0.5 Credit for Physical Education

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12

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Required For: This course is required for any student interested in pursuing the dance sequence towards graduating with Theatre Arts honors.

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Description: This is a beginning dance course open to students in grades 9-12. Basic elements of dance are covered in this course with an emphasis on jazz and contemporary styles. Students are required to learn the basic positions of dance and incorporate these positions and techniques to combinations introduced in class. Click here to read full course description

Department: Theatre Arts

Course Number: 1884

Course Title: DANCE 2

Details: Year, Alt. Day, 0.5 Credit for Physical Education

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12

Prerequisites: Satisfactory completion of Dance 1 or instructor approval

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Description: This full year course is a continuation of the skills that were taught in Dance 1. Students will progress from the basic positions to more challenging technical aspects of dance. Although a large focus of this class is lyrical and modern dance, students also study more difficult jazz and contemporary choreography. Click here to read full course description