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Theatre Arts

The Theatre Arts Department seeks to introduce and provide unique opportunities for well-rounded student development both onstage and backstage.  Students are required to select at least two Fine Arts courses for graduation. Students can learn set building, costume making, makeup application, as well as acting and directing skills.  Courses are available beginning with the College Prep level, moving into Academic and Honors level.    Contact Department Chair Michael Moffatt with questions at  mmoffatt@gocathedral.com 


Advanced Acting II (Academic)
C750AS 1 Semester 1 Credit
Prerequisite:
Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of Advanced Acting I.

Course Description:
This course builds on the skills started and developed in Advanced Acting I. The course includes in-depth character study, improvisation, voice and articulation techniques, original as well as scripted performance scenes, stage combat techniques, body control techniques, production relationships of actors to other theatre artists, play review and script analysis. The course culminates in a public performance. This class also discusses acting resumes and career opportunities for the actor.

Course Information
Graduation
Requirement
Core 40
Approved
Academic
Honors Approved
Elective
Course
NCAA
Approved
Course
Fee

Independent Study: Set & Lighting Design for the Theatre (Honors)
C736XF/C736XS 1 Semester 1 Credit
Prerequisite:
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Theatre Arts I and II, Advanced Technical Theatre I and II, and/or instructor’s approval.

Course Description:
Junior - 1st Year This course covers advanced elements in set and lighting design and is geared toward those students who definitely plan to study theatre design in college. Advanced Vectorworks and production planning are the focus. This course covers those elements of design not covered in Advanced Technical Theatre. Most, if not all, design work is geared toward CHS productions or student portfolios. Four semesters of Technical Theatre lead to Independent Study.

Course Information
Graduation
Requirement
Core 40
Approved
Academic
Honors Approved
Elective
Course
NCAA
Approved
Course
Fee

Theatre Arts I (College Prep)
C752CF 1 Semester 1 Credit
Prerequisite:
None

Course Description:
This course is designed to give students a general knowledge of theatre arts by exposing them to as many aspects of the medium as possible. The class concentrates on the general study of theatre as an art form. It not only provides students a viable option for meeting their Fine Arts credit requirements, but also is the first step in tracking interested theatre students into either the advanced performing or technical theatre curriculums. Students begin the study of all aspects of theatre including basic stage terminology, theatre history, acting, improvisation and the creative process. The course is divided into 1/2 quarter to 1/4 units in order to explore the basics of all aspects of Theatre Arts.

Course Information
Graduation
Requirement
Core 40
Approved
Academic
Honors Approved
Elective
Course
NCAA
Approved
Course
Fee

Theatre Arts II (College Prep)
C752CS 1 Semester 1 Credit
Prerequisite:
Prerequisite: Theatre Arts I and/or instructor’s approval.

Course Description:
This course continues the general study of theatre arts started in Beginning Theatre Arts I. This course concentrates on, but is not limited to, the analysis of plays, developing a production with the guidance of the Directors in Production II class and critical response to plays. This course ends in a presentation that is performed by the students.

Course Information
Graduation
Requirement
Core 40
Approved
Academic
Honors Approved
Elective
Course
NCAA
Approved
Course
Fee

Independent Study: Auditioning (Honors)
C758XF/C758XS 1 Semester 1 Credit
Prerequisite:
Enrollment by instructor’s permission only. Open to juniors and seniors only.

Course Description:
This course is only for those senior students who definitely plan to audition for collegiate acting programs. Emphasis is on audition techniques, interviewing and monologue preparation based specifically on the requirements of colleges to which the student is applying. Headshot and resume applications are also covered.

Course Information
Graduation
Requirement
Core 40
Approved
Academic
Honors Approved
Elective
Course
NCAA
Approved
Course
Fee

Technical Theatre I (College Prep)
C755CF/C755CS 1 Semester 1 Credit
Prerequisite:
None

Course Description:
This is a basic stagecraft class. No prerequisite is required. Students learn the basic processes of all elements of technical theatre. Units include basic terminology, basic drafting, painting techniques, theatre safety, construction techniques of both scenery and properties, and all other relevant elements of technical theatre. This course concentrates on set design and implementation. This class, along with Technical Theatre II, does the primary set construction for all productions.

Course Information
Graduation
Requirement
Core 40
Approved
Academic
Honors Approved
Elective
Course
NCAA
Approved
Course
Fee

Technical Theatre II (College Prep)
C756CS 1 Semester 1 Credit
Prerequisite:
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Technical Theatre I.

Course Description:
This course builds on the knowledge and skills started in Technical Theatre I. Students further their understanding of the physical theatre and the design and implementation of special effects, lighting, and sound. As in Theatre Production II, the students expand their experiences and activities with the addition of “whole production” techniques. This class, along with Technical Theatre I, does the primary set construction for all productions.

Course Information
Graduation
Requirement
Core 40
Approved
Academic
Honors Approved
Elective
Course
NCAA
Approved
Course
Fee

Advanced Technical Theatre I (Academic)
C736AF 1 Semester 1 Credit
Prerequisite:
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Technical Theatre I and II and/or instructor’s approval.

Course Description:
This course continues the technical theatre tract, focusing on design elements. The students learn elements of theatrical set design. For Set Design, the units include design styles, design movements, basic drafting, color usage, fabric and textures, painting techniques, and all other techniques relevant to set designing for the stage. The class focuses on production design, including perspective drawing, and scale drafting of all set elements. The class also learns basic Vectorworks (CAD) computer design program for set design. Theatre design portfolios are also designed and built for college and theatre job applications.

Course Information
Graduation
Requirement
Core 40
Approved
Academic
Honors Approved
Elective
Course
NCAA
Approved
Course
Fee

Advanced Technical Theatre II (Academic)
C735AS 1 Semester 1 Credit
Prerequisite:
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Technical Theatre I and II and/or instructor’s approval.

Course Description:
This course continues the technical theatre tract, focusing on Lighting and sound design elements. The students learn all elements of theatrical lighting and sound design. For lighting and sound design, the units include design styles, design movements, color usage, light as texture, light and fabrics, light and paint, mood lighting, lighting instruments, automated lighting, lighting control, sound equipment, sound effects, sound editing, stage amplification and all other techniques relevant to designing lighting and sound for the stage. The class also learns basic Vectorworks computer design program for stage lighting. Theatre design portfolios are also designed and built for college and theatre job applications.

Course Information
Graduation
Requirement
Core 40
Approved
Academic
Honors Approved
Elective
Course
NCAA
Approved
Course
Fee

Theatre Production I (Honors)
C754XF/C754XS 1 Semester 1 Credit
Prerequisite:
Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of Advanced Arts II and instructor’s approval.

Course Description:
This is a beginning directing class. The class explores, develops and synthesizes all elements of theatre production and directing. Students will take on responsibilities associated with rehearsing and presenting a fully mounted theatre production. They read and analyze plays to prepare for productions. Emphasis is placed on script analysis, concept development, character development, movement, blocking, production planning, communication and leadership. Other units also concentrate on the importance and usage of the technical environment. Students experience analytical and critical assessments of theatre experiences.

Course Information
Graduation
Requirement
Core 40
Approved
Academic
Honors Approved
Elective
Course
NCAA
Approved
Course
Fee

Theatre Production II (Honors)
C769XS 1 Semester 1 Credit
Prerequisite:
Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of Production I and instructor’s approval.

Course Description:
This is an advanced directing class that allows the students to put into practice the directing skills learned in Theatre Production I by working with the actors in the Theatre Arts II class. This course expands those experiences and activities with the addition of “whole production” techniques. Emphasis is placed on working with actors, leadership, organization, script analysis and character development through the use of scenes and plays from classic and modern playwrights. This course requires analytical and critical written assessment. The course culminates with a student performance. This class also discusses creating a directing portfolio and investigating career opportunities for the director.

Course Information
Graduation
Requirement
Core 40
Approved
Academic
Honors Approved
Elective
Course
NCAA
Approved
Course
Fee

Costuming I (College Prep)
C757CF 1 Semester 1 Credit
Prerequisite:
None

Course Description:
The nature of this course allows for two successive semesters of Costume I and II. Students enrolled in this class will concentrate on learning the use of the equipment and sewing techniques which will be used in building costumes. Students enrolled in the second semester of this class will read plays and explore the relationship between theatre and history with particular attention paid to the garments. These activities incorporate various elements of culture, analysis, response, the creative process, and integrated studies. The students examine the value of theatrical costumes as a means of integrating history and culture, pinpoint significant fashion and costume trends of the theatre, and analyze various periods and styles.

Course Information
Graduation
Requirement
Core 40
Approved
Academic
Honors Approved
Elective
Course
NCAA
Approved
Course
Fee

Costuming II (College Prep)
C784CF/C784CS 1 Semester 1 Credit
Prerequisite:
Prerequisite: Costuming I

Course Description:
The nature of this course allows for two successive semesters of Costume I and II. Students enrolled in this class will concentrate on learning the use of the equipment and sewing techniques which will be used in building costumes. Students enrolled in the second semester of this class will read plays and explore the relationship between theatre and history with particular attention paid to the garments. These activities incorporate various elements of culture, analysis, response, the creative process, and integrated studies. The students examine the value of theatrical costumes as a means of integrating history and culture, pinpoint significant fashion and costume trends of the theatre, and analyze various periods and styles. Additionally, the students explore career opportunities in theatre costuming, attend and critique theatrical productions, and recognize the responsibilities and the importance of the individual theatre patron in the community.

Course Information
Graduation
Requirement
Core 40
Approved
Academic
Honors Approved
Elective
Course
NCAA
Approved
Course
Fee

Make-Up (Academic)
C785AF/C785AS 1 Semester 1 Credit
Prerequisite:
None

Course Description:
Students enrolled in this course actively engage in the process of designing, and implementing the technical aspects of creating a character by use of stage make-up. These activities incorporate elements of theatre history, culture, analysis, response, the creative process, and integrated studies by learning to create a character as described by his role. Students explore the evolution and use of stage make-up designers and technology and its impact on contemporary theater. Additionally, students explore the career opportunities available for make-up designers and artists.

Course Information
Graduation
Requirement
Core 40
Approved
Academic
Honors Approved
Elective
Course
NCAA
Approved
Course
Fee

Advanced Acting I (Academic)
C750AF 1 Semester 1 Credit
Prerequisite:
Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of Theatre Arts I and II and instructor’s approval.

Course Description:
This course is designed to continue in the advanced study of acting. Students will research, create, and perform characters through script analysis, observation, collaboration and rehearsal. These activities incorporate elements of theatre history, culture, analysis, response, creative process and integrated studies.

Course Information
Graduation
Requirement
Core 40
Approved
Academic
Honors Approved
Elective
Course
NCAA
Approved
Course
Fee

Independent Study: Set & Lighting Design for the Theatre (Honors)
C764XF/C764XS 2 Semesters 2 Credits
Prerequisite:
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Theatre Arts I and II, Advanced Technical Theatre I and II, and/or instructor’s approval

Course Description:
Senior - 2nd Year This course covers advanced elements in set and lighting design and is geared toward those students who definitely plan to study theatre design in college. Advanced Vectorworks and production planning are the focus. This course covers those elements of design not covered in Advanced Technical Theatre. Most, if not all, design work is geared toward CHS productions or student portfolios. Four semesters of Technical Theatre lead to Independent Study.

Course Information
Graduation
Requirement
Core 40
Approved
Academic
Honors Approved
Elective
Course
NCAA
Approved
Course
Fee

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