Drama Courses

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Beginning Theatre
(Year) Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior 
UC Approved 
Prerequisite:  None 
This is a beginning course in drama and theatre literacy. Vocabulary, pantomime, voice, body movement, improvisation, play analysis, production structure, and general theatre skills will be emphasized.  Play reading, musical theatre, written play analysis, and theatre attendance will be required.  Exercises and study will culminate in an end of the year public performance of a one-act play.  

Intermediate Theatre            
(Year) Sophomore, Junior, Senior 
UC Approved 
Prerequisite: Completion of Theater Arts I at AHS and 
Instructor Approval 
An intermediate course for the more serious theatre student emphasizing theatre history, directing, and acting technique.  This course will prepare students for Theater Arts III with a more advanced study of voice and movement, in-depth character analysis and play analysis.   Play reading, written play analysis, and theatre attendance is required.  Cast members will perform in a DTASC Showcase and Fully Staged Black Box Production.  

Advanced Drama
(Year) Sophomore, Junior, Senior 
UC Approved 
Prerequisite: Theater Arts I, Theater Arts II and/or 
interview and audition with Instructor. 
This course designed to emphasize all aspects of public performance, competition, and in-depth acting technique.   Students will perform in 2 full productions per school year, requiring after school rehearsal, as well as participation in various DTASC showcase performances emphasizing humorous and dramatic ensembles and monologues.  In-depth play and character analysis, advanced techniques in acting and improvisation will be emphasized throughout the course of the year.  

Stagecraft 
(Year) Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior 
UC Approved 
Prerequisite: Interview and Approval of Instructor 
Stagecraft is a comprehensive course in which students develop skills in basic scene design, set construction, stage lighting, sound production, scenery painting, and property making.  Students gain experience assisting in designing, constructing, and maintaining scenery and theater dècor for various productions at Arcadia High School.  Basic set model building and light design will be covered as well as basic stage terms and theatre vocabulary.  Additional time outside of class may be required during production times to construct sets, prepare the theatre, and assist backstage during shows.