Drama Film – Introduces students to the two artistic mediums. This integrated arts experience of theatre and film allows students to compare and contrast, analyze, and synthesize through various activities including: Creating a student produced film, writing critical analyses of both film and drama, and learning the many component parts of both live theatre and film.
Drama 2 – Introduces students to the basics of theater arts including but not limited to, stage terminology verbal and non-verbal communication, pantomime, improvisation, basic acting skills, and character development. Participation in school productions, festivals and competitions is encouraged.
Drama 3 – Analyze current theatre through the lens of theatre history. Students study different periods of history through theatre, learn the conventions of the time period, read plays from the time period, and perform scenes in class incorporating acquired historical knowledge and conventions into their performances. Theatre History includes, but is not limited to: Greek and Roman, Medieval, Elizabethan, Spanish Golden Age, Commedia del Arte, French Neoclassicism, Restoration Comedy, and Contemporary Drama.
Drama 4 – This class is the capstone theatre class, and has an emphasis in directing. Students will study different directing techniques, create a director’s book, and direct their peers in10 minute scenes throughout the year. Our primary text is A Sense of Direction by William Ball. Students will apply all of the knowledge they have gained in previous years of drama in this course. It is a performance based class.
Stage Craft – Stagecraft allows students to gain knowledge into the technical aspects of a working theatre. They will have the opportunity to work in lights, sound, costumes, scenic painting, and set construction. Students will work in small groups supervised by the Technical Director. Each student is required to work 20 hours per term outside of class. Students are responsible to staff school assemblies, pageants and other community events, school productions and concerts, and any other event that is held in the auditorium.
Productions – This is a full year course in music, dance and theatre that allows students to gain experience through the production of a full length play or musical. Students are in charge of the production from conception to strike on closing night. Students will receive training in music, singing, acting, dance and movement. The performances of the production are on the mainstage and open to the general public.
Shakespeare – This is a semester course that explores the literature of William Shakespeare. Students study the sonnets and create their own utilizing appropriate rhyme scheme and iambic pentameter and present their poem in a fun “poetry corner” café environment. Students also explore the comedies, tragedies and histories of Shakespeare’s full length plays. When possible students attend the Utah Shakespeare Competition competing in monologues, scenes, and an ensemble scene.