High School Theatre
'As the road to romance and the road to statehood converge, Curly and Laurey are poised to spend their new life together.'
“Act well thy part; there all the honor lies.”
An ensemble of ten, a three word theme, an original play, and four days of professional training with students from around the world.
'Incognito'- Concordia Chapter
ITS is an honorary society for student thespians, which encourages members to accrue merit based points by participating in theatre productions and activities. ITS began in the USA and is now a global organization recognizing and working with student thespians around the world.
ASIA Pacific Activities Conference
Each year students of our high school theatre program audition for a ten member ensemble who then write an original short play together, and attend a theatre festival hosted by an APAC member school. This large festival, often led by renown theatre professionals, is a wonderful learning experience for our thespians.
APAC Theatre; Feb. 22-25, 2017
Hosted at Shanghai American School
- Twitter Me Mad, 2017
- Less Than Zero, 2016
- Eyes-Wide-Shut, 2015
- Imposters, 2014
- Contact, 2013
- Perfect, 2012
- The Beast, 2011
- Breathe, 2010
- The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Abridged, 2009
- Unfinished Business, 2015
- In Blind Sight, 2011
- Student One-Act Play Series, 2010
- The Actor’s Nightmare, 2009
AP Theatre; Acting and Performing
This year-long, foundational class, designed for students with little or no theatre experience, promotes enjoyment and appreciation for all aspects of theatre. Classwork focuses on the exploration of theatre literature, performance, historical and cultural connections, and technical requirements. Improvisation, creative dramatics, and beginning scene work are used to introduce students to acting and character development. ‘Acting and Performing’ provides opportunities for students to develop skills in critical listening and thinking, as well as stage presence, ensemble work, and aesthetic awareness culminating in periodic classroom and/or public performances. Students additionally learn about the organizational structure of theatre and theatre literature. Of importance is students’ opportunity to develop fundamental group- and self- assessment skills, problem-solving skills; the ability to connect the literature being studied to a variety of cultures, history, andother content areas; as well as the development of life-long skills in suchareas as time management, critical analysis, leadership and collaboration. Duration: 2 Semesters; Credit: 1.0; Prerequisite: none
Production and Performance- Honors Theatre
This year-long, honors level class, promotes enjoyment and appreciation for all aspects of theatre through opportunities to build significantly on existing skills. Honors theatre promotes depth of engagement and lifelong appreciation for theatre through a broad spectrum of teacher-assigned and self-directed study and performance. Classwork focuses on characterization, playwriting, and playwrights’ contributions to theatre; while improvisation, creative dramatics, and scene work are used to help students challenge and strengthen their acting skills and explore the technical aspect of scene work. As students gain skills and experience, they explore the relationships among technology, theatre, and theatre’s sister arts. Students assemble a portfolio that showcases a significant body of work representing personal vision and artistic growth over time; mastery of theatre skills and techniques in one or more areas; and evidence of significant oral and written analytical and problem-solving skills based on their structural, historical, and cultural knowledge. ‘Honors Theatre’ students analyze increasingly more sophisticated theatre literature/texts to lead the work of developing one-acts or complexscenes, and conduct and present the results of significant research, including, but not limited to a focus on playwriting, aesthetics, technological advances, and acting methods. ‘Production and Performance’ also provides opportunities for students to strengthen skills in critical listening and thinking, as well as stage presence, ensemble work, and aesthetic response through understanding of the organizational structures and historical and cultural influences on theatre and its literature. Students develop group- and self-assessment skills, problem-solving skills; the ability to connect the literature being studied to a variety of cultures, history, and other content areas; and 21st-century skills including time management, self-assessment, problem solving, collaboration, and critical analysis. Duration: 2 Semesters; Credit: 1.0; Prerequisite: Introduction to Theatre or instructor permission
The study of playwriting involves many of the same focuses as writing stories; such as dialogue, character and plot. However the similarities end there. Playwriting focuses on story-telling, character, structure and the poetic voice. Lectures and explorations on the playwright’s craft are combined with writing exercises and analysis of selected plays. Traditional and experimental forms are both explored. The traditional approach is rooted in character and narrative structure with emphasis on a play’s arc through its beginning, turning point, and ending. The alternative approaches playwriting as collage, emphasizing the power of image, gesture, and narrative structures including non-linear. Exercises are rooted in storytelling techniques and character development. From this work emerges the shape of a one-act play which is then fleshed out scene by scene. Staged readings of student work will aid beginning playwrights to see how plays come across in a performance setting. Each student will write a short play, which will be produced by students in another theatre class for a public audience. Students are strongly encouraged to collaborate in that process as their work goes from the page to the stage.
Play Production and Design
The stuff we see in a play, what Aristotle termed as ‘Spectacle’, is often as exciting to witness as the performers. ‘Production and Design’ introduces students to the various production aesthetics in the service of a play production. Students learn how to design for scenery, costumes, props, lighting, sound and special effects. Students learn the basics of stagecraft and help build the sets and implement necessary production values for the high school fall play and spring musical. Students also learn the art of stage-management and theatre business.
This course will integrate the arts, combining dance, theatre and music as a package. Essential life skills such as concentration, self-discipline, precision, goal setting, confidence-building and self-expression will be taught. Never be nervous for an audition again! Duration: 1 Semester; Credit: 0.5; Prerequisite: Introduction to Theatre