Intro to Theater B

Why This Class

Few things are more exciting than seeing your child discover, explore, and maximize their natural gifts. If your student is theatrically inclined, this course will help them develop the perspective and skills to begin carving a path for themselves as a young performer.

Students in this course start by identifying the ingredients that make a great play—and try their hand at writing one of their own. Mentors then guide students through the fundamentals of acting and creating believable and realistic characters. Students explore musical theater and prepare an audition for a local show, reflect on the impact of technology in theater over the past century, and examine how theater creates opportunities for social leadership.

Students who complete this course have begun to define their voices as performers and recognize the types of theater that most excite them. They are more aware of the history of theater in society and eager to participate themselves.

Overarching Questions

What makes a great play, and how do I write one?

What skills do I need to develop to be a good actor?

What is musical theater and how can I participate?

What is a radio drama?

How has technology affected the theater over the past century?

Reading List

Mentors provide a reading packet for this course.

The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde

Course Details

Recommended Grade: 6th-8th

Prerequisites: None

Estimated Weekly Hours: 3-4

Format: Live

Credits: 0.5

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Please note that program and course descriptions, as well as reading and materials lists, are subject to change as we continuously improve our curriculum throughout the year. Book and materials lists for the upcoming school year are published in SIS mid to late June.