"My technique is the outcome of thinking for myself, of my own logic and approach; it is not borrowed from what others are doing."
(Charlie Chaplin, actor in silent films)
In Theatre Arts I the student will learn the basics of Theatre Arts. We will learn about improvisation, diction, and become comfortable with performing in front of our classmates. Students will read and write about plays in class, write and present original scenes and monologues, and produce their own commercials.
Theatre Arts I promotes learning the essential vocabulary and processes of theatre as well as reading, writing, and researching theatre literature, acting and technical theatre. Acting experience in this course, includes exploring the concepts of self, body and voice work, improvisation, acting techniques, and reading and writing related to theatre study. In addition, students learn about and reflect on aspects of theatre through history and in different cultures, as well as the various forms of theatre and theatre-related media. Students have opportunities for practical application of knowledge in informal productions. This course develops creativity and spontaneity in those students wanting to explore theatre, as well as those who wish to commit to a theatre program. Students create a portfolio or collection of their work and related activities that can grow as a result of subsequent theatre arts courses. (NCDPI, 2006)