COMPANY THEATRE

Acting

The primary focus of this class entails participation and performance in two full productions over the course of the year. In addition, students are given a concrete technique for approaching both contemporary comedy and classic farce using their class plays as a working laboratory for artistic growth and exploration. Finally, students will explore the work of Stanislavski and his contribution to the different acting theories of the 20th century.

Movement

With this unit, students are taught the basic elements of tap dance. Using standard musical theatre selections, the students begin with elementary steps that quickly grow into complex routines and patterns. Included in the curriculum are a series of tap exercises designed to train the students' internal rhythm and external tempo.

Voice and Speech

This unit allows the students to explore their vocal range through an expansion of technique. Students will focus on strengthening their breath control and support to improve projection and clarity of speech. Special emphasis will be placed on providing students with the confidence to use their vocal expression emotionally.

History and Theory

This unit entails a detailed examination of the historical origins of theatre, the development of genres within the discipline, significant artists who have contributed to the growth of theatre and current trends in contemporary theatre. Specific attention was paid to the following periods: Greek and Roman theatre, Medieval Theatre and the Mystery Cycles, Elizabethan theatre, Restoration theatre, Realism/Naturalism and Modernism.