CLASSES & ELECTIVES

THEATRE ARTS 1

Theatre Arts 1 is a foundations course that introduces students to dramatic literature, theatre history, technical theatre, artistic leadership, and acting.  This course provides opportunities for students to experience and participate in the creative processes of performance and production.  This course emphasizes skill development and provides theatrical opportunities that enable students to determine personal areas of interest.  Students are encouraged to participate in co-curricular theatre productions.

Units of study include: Improvisation, Children's Theatre, Puppetry & Voice Acting, Pantomime, Realism, Musical Theatre, Scene Study, Careers in Theatre, & Playwriting

THEATRE ARTS 2

Prerequisite: Theatre Arts 1 and/or recommendation of the Theatre Arts teacher

Theatre Arts 2 integrates and builds upon concepts and skills from Theatre Arts 1.  Through various modes of expression and performance, students explore dramatic literature, theatrical styles, and historical periods.  Students will study and respond to a variety of theatre experiences that will refine their communicative, collaborative, analytical, interpretive, and problem solving skills.  Students will expand their artistic abilities and appreciation of theatre arts.  Students are encouraged to participate in co-curricular theatre productions.

Units of study include: Auditioning Technique, Ancient Greek Theatre, Commedia Dell'Arte, Shakespeare, Restoration Comedy & Comedy of Manners, and Augusto Boal & Theatre of the Oppressed

THEATRE ARTS 3

Prerequisite: Theatre Arts 2 and/or recommendation of the Theatre Arts teacher

Students exhibit independence, discipline, and commitment to the theatrical process through their work on assigned projects.  Advanced work in script analysis, character interpretation, and performance skills are expected.  Collaboration with actors and directors is augmented by special assignments and opportunities.  Students are encouraged to participate in co-curricular theatre productions.

Units of study include: Advanced Auditioning, Directing, 20th Century Theatre "Isms", Devised Theatre, and Theatre Traditions from Asia, Africa, and South America.

THEATRE ARTS 3 DUAL ENROLLMENT

Prerequisite: Theatre Arts 2 and/or recommendation of the Theatre Arts teacher

GPA Boost +1.0

Students exhibit independence, discipline, and commitment to the theatrical process through their work on assigned projects.  Advanced work in script analysis, character interpretation, and performance skills are expected.  Collaboration with actors and directors is augmented by special assignments and opportunities.  Students are encouraged to participate in co-curricular theatre productions.

Units of study include: Advanced Auditioning, Advanced Theatre History & Theory (Ancient Greek through present-day; local and global), Directing, One-Act Play Production, and Devised Theatre.

THEATRE ARTS 4

Prerequisite: Theatre Arts 3 and/or recommendation of the Theatre Arts teacher

Students identify areas of special interest in theatre arts, and initiate and complete major research and/or creative projects, such as playwriting, producing, directing, designing, and stage-managing.  Emphasis is placed on in-depth study and completion of projects, assumption of leadership roles, and expansion of criteria for self-evaluation.  Students will analyze and evaluate scripts, concentrate on vocal and physical dramatics, and undertake a special theatre project in their area of specialization.  Students are encouraged to participate in co-curricular theatre productions.

Units of study include: Advanced Auditioning, Advanced Theatre History & Theory, One-Act Play Production, and Devised Theatre.  Exact projects to be determined according to the special interest of each student.

IB THEATRE ARTS (SL1, SL2, & HL2)

Prerequisite for SL1: Theatre Arts 1, Technical Theatre 1, and/or recommendation of the Theatre Arts teacher

Prerequisite for SL2 & HL2: IB Theatre Arts SL1 and/or recommendation of the Theatre Arts teacher

GPA Boost +1.0

Students engage in an in-depth study of the nature, theories, and processes of theatre and theatrical production through both practical and theoretical applications of the art form. Concurrently, students involve their senses, bodies, and emotions to understand the forms theatre takes in cultures other than their own.  For more information, please visit the IB programmes website.  Students are encouraged to participate in co-curricular theatre productions.

IB Theatre Arts Assessments: Director's Notebook (DN), Collaborative Theatre Project (CTP),

Research Presentation (RP), & Solo Theatre Piece (STP)

TECHNICAL THEATRE 1

Technical Theatre 1 provides students with a survey of the theatre design, production, and management, allowing students the opportunities to experience and appreciate set construction, scenic painting, prop-making, audio editing, sound design, light design and crew work, costume and make-up design, costume construction and sewing, publicity, and stage management.  Students develop problem-solving, communication, organizational, and management skills.  Students work individually and collaboratively, and practice safe operating procedures, including the care, maintenance, and storage of tools, materials, and equipment.  Students are encouraged to participate in co-curricular theatre productions.

TECHNICAL THEATRE 2, 3, & 4

Prerequisite: Theatre Arts 1, 2, & 3 and/or recommendation of the Theatre Arts teacher

Technical Theatre 2, 3, & 4 integrates and builds upon concepts and skills from previous Technical Theatre courses.  Students identify areas of special interest in technical theatre and exhibit independence, discipline, and commitment to the theatre process through their work on assigned projects.  Emphasis is placed on in-depth study, assumption of leadership roles, and application of self-assessment to improve skills and foster artistic growth.  Students work individually and collaboratively, and practice safe operating procedures, including the care, maintenance, and storage of tools, materials, and equipment.  Students are encouraged to participate in co-curricular theatre productions.

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Mount Vernon High School

8515 Old Mount Vernon Road

Alexandria, VA 22309