Acting and Performance

1 Semester

6, 7, 8

Prerequisites Needed: None
Prerequisites For: None

Students are introduced to the world of the theater with emphasis on the process of preparing a piece for performance. Students will develop the confidence required to speak and perform in front of others and refine their skills to better communicate both physically and vocally. Topics covered will include character development, physical and vocal expression, script analysis, freeing of inhibitions, overcoming stage fright, and reflection.

During the course, students will have a variety of performance assignments, including poetry and prose interpretation, dramatic and comedic monologues, and/or original character creation. In addition, the course will introduce students to the process it takes to create, produce, and perform a piece of live theater. As a result of taking this course, students will develop their public speaking and performance skills, increase their confidence, reduce their inhibitions, and learn to express themselves in new and interesting ways.

Learning Targets

  1. Create characters through physical movement, adapting movement and making physical choices to fit the requirements of a scene.
  2. Create characters vocally, adapting voice and language to fit the requirements of a scene
  3. Demonstrate an awareness of basic elements of theater history and how they influence modern performance
  4. Demonstrate increased understanding of what they need to do to make their characters or scenes more believable and/or understandable