LVR Theatre Drama 11/12 – Course Description Robyn Sheppard (Room 226- office) dramasheppard.com - home firstname.lastname@example.org
Theatre provides students with opportunities to examine their own thoughts, feelings, beliefs and actions and those of others through imagination, interaction, and reflection. In Drama 11and 12 students learn how artistic components affect meaning in theatre works, and how to manipulate these components to achieve specific purposes or effects. Students gain the artistic and technical understanding needed to explore and critique their own works and the works of others. Through their work in theatre performance, students have opportunities to explore and develop expression, trust and self-confidence.
Drama 11 and 12 consist of two areas of emphasis. First, they are courses in advanced acting techniques, building on the skills and abilities introduced in Drama10. Daily work will develop the actor's voice, body, and mind, while concentrating on characterization and textual analysis. Second, they are courses in theatre history, focussing on several prominent eras in western theatre, including classical, Elizabethan and modern theatre. Students will work independently and cooperatively to understand better and enjoy the western tradition of theatre, and the world of acting, past and present.
Composition: Character Building a) 5-Step Prop Scene
Theatre Collage Presentation a) I Remember b) Ourselves in Symbols
Modern Theatre: b) Scene Study a) Ode to Absurdism
Musical Theatre a) LVR Musical Cabaret
Classical Theatre a) Greek Theatre Scenes and Monologues
Theatre Research Essay/Presentation a) A Convention of Lost Theatre Souls
“I regard the theatre as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being.” Oscar Wild
Materials: Journal, Folder, Pen, Scripts
Assessment: Students will be evaluated on a combination of projects and participation. Because of the active nature of the course, a large part of the student mark will be based on daily attendance, focus, exploration, effort and reflection. Students are evaluated on process, product and written work. Marks are given for individual and group output and effort. The term mark is a culmination of all assignments from the beginning to the end of the term. Each term is worth 50%.
Term One: Daily Participation/Exploration / Skill 30% Prop Scene – 10% I Remember Collage – 5% Ourselves in Symbols – 5% Modern Scene - 20% Ode to Absurdism – 10% Play Review – 5% Play Study – 5% Reflection Assignments/ Theory Quiz– 10%
Term Two: Daily Participation/Exploration / Skill 20% Musical Theatre Process 10% Musical Theatre Performance 20% Olympian God Monologue 10% Classical Scene 20% Play Review 5% A Convention of Lost Theatre Souls 15%
Each term students are expected to participate in “A Taste of Class,” a scene night which showcases student work for friends and family. This year our term two performance will be a musical cabaret.
In order to keep our studio clean, there is no food or drink in the theatre. Also, shoes must be left at the door. The theatre is a no zone for cell phones. If you come into the class early, instead of pulling out your phone, be creative: practice your skills - improvise, dance, tell a story, experience each other face-to-face. Finally, I welcome dialogue. Come see me if you have any questions, concerns or if you just want to share a creative idea. Thanks for joining this class. Let's have a magical season! RS