Broad Run High School
2015-2016 COURSE PROFICIENCY AND CURRICULUM REQUIREMENTS
COURSE NAME: Theatre 3/4 INSTRUCTOR: Ms. Laurie Halloran
The third and fourth years of drama are built upon the first and second years and continue in the rigorous studies of Acting Technique (includes The Creative Process and Performance), Dramatic Theory (includes both History of Arts and Culture and Aesthetic Responses and Critique Methodologies), and Technical Theatre/Theatre Business. Acting Technique 3 encourages students to continue using proper physical and vocal warm-ups through activities designed to cultivate openness, spontaneity, and body awareness. Students will develop a natural sense of blocking on stage to enhance their stage presence. Acting Techniques will continue to be developed through immersion in the method acting styles of Stanislavski, Meisner, and Adler with an introduction to Strasberg, Hagen, Linklater, and Laban. Dramatic Theory 3 continues to develop student proficiency in analyzing and critiquing dramatic performances. Students will explore a variety of theatre forms, including (but not limited to): Theatre of the Oppressed, Theatre of Cruelty, Comedy of Errors, Comedy of Manners, Commedia dell’Arte, and Epic Theatre. Theatre History 3 continues to foster student understanding of the historical context and development of theatre, the evolution and application of technology in theatre, and play analysis in relation to history and social issues. Theatre Business/Technical Theatre 3 expands upon technical production, career paths, unions, and technical terminology and vocabulary.
Fourth year drama students will continue to develop and hone their skills through advanced acting technique and dramatic theory and will be afforded the opportunity to run workshops and develop a production concept and direct third year students in an in-class performance project.
The student will be able to perform a variety of scenes and monologues, properly identify and use theatrical vocabulary, understand the general history of theatre and its various parts; develop an appreciation for performance by learning some of the conventions of drama; develop performance-based skills including: speaking, listening, improvisation, character development, script analysis, poise, movement, and comedic/ dramatic timing; and learn to apply these skills to practical, work-related communications.
Semester 1:Acting Technique 3/4
Dramatic Theory 3/4
Semester 2:Theatre History 3Theatre Business/Technical Theatre 3/4Direction and Performance