This year-long, foundational class, designed for students with little or no theatre experience, promotes enjoyment and appreciation for all aspects of theatre. Drama 1 meets the fine arts requirement for graduation and the CSU and UC requirements for admission. The class introduces the student to theatre appreciation and beginning acting techniques. The course is organized into five strands: Artistic Perception, using the language and skills of theatre; Creative Expression, creating theatre to communicate meaning and intent; Historical and Cultural Content, examining the key figures and historical periods of theatre and the role theatre plays culturally in the world; Aesthetic Valuing, analyzing theatre for meaning and intent as well as its ability to communicate effectively; and Connections, Relationships, and Applications, developing lifelong skills such as creative problem-solving and collaboration.
The class includes: teamwork, relaxation, concentration, movement, voice, play analysis, acting, improvisation, character analysis, performance, scene work, monologues, audition/interview skills, theatre vocabulary, theatre history, and play critiques. The curriculum is aligned with the California Visual and Performing Arts Standards.
Attendance for all AC Theatre Arts shows as well as attendance at two
non-school performances are mandatory.
Students who demonstrate mastery of skills will be considered to move
up to Drama 2 at the semester.
This year-long intermediate-level class, designed for
students with a year or more of experience promotes enjoyment and
appreciation for all aspects of theatre through opportunities to build
significantly on existing skills.
Drama 2, is a theatre class for those students who
have passed Drama 1 with a B or better. Drama 2 meets the CSU and UC
requirements for admission. It is designed to build upon past theatre
experiences and enhance skills. The class is aligned with California
Visual and Performing Arts Standards outlined above. The class will cover
ensemble work/teamwork, movement, voice, scene and play analysis, scene work including an emphasis on objectives, obstacles, and acting techniques, improvisational skills, character analysis and performance, monologues, audition skills, dramaturgy, career paths and theatre history with an emphasis on performing the classics.
Drama 2 students will use 21st-century skills to collaboratively produce two one-act plays and contribute to the Spring Student Showcase.
Attendance at all AC Theatre Arts shows as well as attendance at two non-school performances is mandatory.
Advanced Drama is a theatre class for those students by audition/interview only. A full year of Advanced Drama meets the fine arts requirement for graduation and the CSU and UC requirements for admission. The class is aligned with the California State Standards, including the five strands listed above in the beginning class description. It is designed to build upon past theatre experiences and prepare students for college and professional work. The class will cover ensemble work, scene and play analysis, differing acting techniques, improvisational skills, character analysis and performance, audition skills, career paths and theatre history with an emphasis on theatre production and directing. Students not in this class will not be considered for roles in the school plays. Each semester will culminate in the production of a play, musical, or Student Showcase.