Theatre Arts Class Information

Musical Theatre

This course is designed to give students an in depth look at the evolution of musical theater. During this course, students will be focusing on specific musicals that have made a significant impact on the theater industry. By the end of this course, students will have a better understanding of the art of musical theater- past and present. This course is designed to give students an in depth look at the evolution of musical theater. During this course, students will be focusing on specific musicals that have made a significant impact on the theater industry. By the end of this course, students will have a better understanding of the art of musical theater- past and present.

  • Must come to class prepared to PURSUE EXCELLENCE!
  • Students must be ON TIME and PREPARED for every class. This is an extremely pivotal lesson that will be necessary in this class and beyond.
  • If a student misses class, they will be expected to get the work from a fellow classmate. The student will also need to come with a note explaining why they missed class.

Assignments

Shows- Each week we will be discussing a different musical followed by a quiz later in the week. Students will be required to take notes during our discussion of the show and watch and/or listen to any assigned songs.

Projects- Throughout the semester, students will be assigned various projects that will correspond with the material being covered at that time. These projects (essays, presentations, models, etc.) will count as a test grade.

Mandatory Theater Viewing- It is required that each student sees a TKA Theater production. After seeing the production, students will write a two page observation about aspects of the show that correspond with material we have covered. They will turn the paper in along with their ticket stub, and the paper will count as a test grade. If students view a production outside of TKA and write another observation paper, extra credit will be given.

Texts

We will be using the text Broadway: The American Musical in this class. Students are not required to buy the textbook. We will provide any handouts that may be needed throughout the course

Required Materials

  • Spiral notebook
  • Plastic folder with pockets

 

Acting II

In this course, students will be introduced to the art of acting. During this class, students will be focusing on subjects such as open scenes, improvisation, monologues, character development, script analysis, and musical theater. By the end of this course, Acting II students will have a better understanding of multiple acting techniques, be able to analyze and asses scenes and monologues, and feel comfortable performing in front of others.

  • Must come to class prepared to PURSUE EXCELLENCE!
  • Students must be ON TIME and PREPARED for every class. This is an extremely pivotal lesson that will be necessary in this class and beyond.
  • If a student misses class, they will be expected to get the work from a fellow classmate. The student will also need to come with a note explaining why they missed class.
  • Students must be willing, ready, and open to sharing and/or performing in front of the class. If there are any anxiety issues that often come with public speaking, please meet with me privately so we can discuss the best approach to this component of the class.
  • Bullying, gossiping, and making fun of other peers is STRICTLY PROHIBITED. Even if you feel as though what you’re saying is “funny” or “a joke”, please refrain from anything that might be considered negative or offensive. 

Assignments

Journal- The composition book will serve as your journal for the semester. The journal will be used for creative writing assignments, free writes, and reflection. You will start each class with a journal formed from the prompt on the board. I will collect your journals every two weeks.

Reviews- At the end of every week, students will have a review of everything covered during the week. The review will be given online through Moodle. These reviews will count a quiz grade.

Open Scenes- Students will be assigned open scenes in the first nine weeks. For their final sharing, students must create character, setting, and a scenario for their open scene. These final scenes will be shared at the end of the first nine weeks and will count as a test grade.

Monologues- Acting II students are required to perform at least one monologue (fully memorized, analyzed, etc.) at the end of the semester. The final sharing of the monologues will count as a test grade.

Mandatory Theater Viewing- It is required that each student sees a TKA Theater production. After seeing the production, students will write a two page observation about two specific elements that stood out to them the most. They will turn the paper in along with their ticket stub, and the paper will count as a test grade. If students view a production outside of TKA and write another observation paper, extra credit will be given. I am aware that many of you in this class will be in the majority of the shows. If you end up being cast in every show for this year, the paper can be done on a rehearsal you observe. If that is not possible for you or your schedule, come speak with me.

I am looking forward to having you all in class, and I cannot wait to see all that God has planned for our Fine Arts program this year! Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns, and I will be glad to help. It is going to be a great year!

Required Materials

  • Composition book
  • Spiral notebook
  • Plastic folder with pockets

 

Acting IV

In this course, students will continue their growth as artists. During this class, students will be focusing on subjects such as monologues, two person scenes, audition preparation, screen acting, character development, script analysis, and musical theater. By the end of this course, Acting IV students will have a better understanding of multiple acting techniques, understand the business of the entertainment industry, and feel confident to pursue college and/or professional auditions.

  • Must come to class prepared to PURSUE EXCELLENCE!
  • Students must be ON TIME and PREPARED for every class. This is an extremely pivotal lesson that will be necessary in this class and beyond.
  • If a student misses class, they will be expected to get the work from a fellow classmate. The student will also need to come with a note explaining why they missed class.
  • Students must be willing, ready, and open to sharing and/or performing in front of the class. If there are any anxiety issues that often come with public speaking, please meet with me privately so we can discuss the best approach to this component of the class.
  • Bullying, gossiping, and making fun of other peers is STRICTLY PROHIBITED. Even if you feel as though what you’re saying is “funny” or “a joke”, please refrain from anything that might be considered negative or offensive.

Assignments

Journal- The composition book will serve as your journal for the semester. The journal will be used for creative writing assignments, free writes, and reflection. You will start each class with a journal formed from the prompt on the board. I will collect your journals every two weeks.

Reviews- At the end of every week, students will have a review of everything covered during the week. The review will be given online through Moodle. These reviews will count a quiz grade.

Monologues- Acting II students are required to perform at least one monologue (fully memorized, analyzed, etc.) at the end of the semester. The final sharing of the monologues will count as a test grade.

Scenes - Students will be put into pairs and assigned scenes in the second nine weeks. Students will be required to meet outside of class to rehearse, stage, and block your scene. We will attempt to do as much as possible in class to shorten your outside work. The final sharing of the scene will require appropriate costuming and small props. I will be here to give suggestion and guidance on anything the students need.

Mandatory Theater Viewing- It is required that each student sees a TKA Theater production. After seeing the production, students will write a two page observation about two specific elements that stood out to them the most. They will turn the paper in along with their ticket stub, and the paper will count as a test grade. If students view a production outside of TKA and write another observation paper, extra credit will be given. I am aware that many of you in this class will be in the majority of the shows. If you end up being cast in every show for this year, the paper can be done on a rehearsal you observe. If that is not possible for you or your schedule, come speak with me.

I am looking forward to having you all in class, and I cannot wait to see all that God has planned for our Fine Arts program this year! Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns, and I will be glad to help. It is going to be a great year!

Required Materials

  • Composition book
  • Spiral notebook
  • Plastic folder with pockets

 

Technical Theatre

This course is designed to bring the student into the world of technical theatre through lecture, hands on projects and backstage experience. The student will gain knowledge of the stage equipment and safety rules that are essential and mandatory. The production experience, by means of being a member of a backstage crew is a wonderful opportunity for the non-technical students to gain valuable insight into the commitment and dedication required to support the actors on stage. This course will give the student an introduction to various elements of theatrical production. Areas of focus include rigging, sound, scenery, and lighting for the stage.

  • Must come to class prepared to PURSUE EXCELLENCE!
  • Students must be ON TIME and PREPARED for every class. This is an extremely pivotal lesson that will be necessary in this class and beyond.

Grades Based on:

  • Participation (weekly grade based on preparation, participation, and behavior)
  • Daily participation grading rubric:
    • 3 - Students participated in class assignments, written work, and hands on work for the entire class time with respect.
    • 2 - Students participated in class assignments, written work, and hands on work for half of the class time.
    • 1 - Students attended class, but refused to do any class related work. (Doing homework in non-participating work)
    • 0 - Students disrespected teacher by refusing to do class related work with backtalk and/or negative behavior.
  • Section Tests through Moodle - http://tka-fl.moodle.renweb.com/
  • Practical hands on test of skill and knowledge. - Tying knots, wrapping cables, operating equipment.

Upon the successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Identify the basic types of theaters, their major differences and respective staging.
  2. Express their knowledge of theatrical technology both practically through classroom assignments and in writing through examinations and special research projects.
  3. Be able to read and understand a complete design package in the areas of scenic, lighting and sound.
  4. State the roles and responsibilities of individuals involved in Theatrical production.
  5. Use the Internet as a tool for research in technical theater.
  6. Read and understand a basic light plot and ground plan-section.       

Books used as reference for this course:

Sound Reinforcement Handbook / Edition 2
ISBN-13: 9780881889000
Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
Publication date: 1/28/1988
Series: Recording and Audio Technology Series
Edition description: REV
Edition number: 2
Pages: 420

Backstage Handbook: An Illustrated Almanac of Technical Information
ISBN-13: 9780911747294
Publisher: Broadway Press
Publication date: 2/4/1997
Edition description: REVISED
Edition number: 3
Pages: 320

Instructor: Mr. Majzner/ Ms. Fahey
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Location: 110 Stage
Office (561) 686-4244 ext. 359