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Fine Arts: Theatre

DEPARTMENT PHILOSOPHY:

Through the involvement of 10 theatre classes and four productions, DSHA students gain confidence as communicators and public speakers while mastering critical thinking skills on stage and behind the scenes. Students learn in a fun and caring environment that teaches the importance of teamwork and dedication while expanding their abilities in acting, singing, dance, carpentry and other technical theatre skills. DSHA Theatre produces professional-level shows in our state-of-the-art theatre, challenging students both artistically and educationally. By producing four shows a year, students experience a diverse performance repertoire and learn how theatre can be a tool to entertain, to teach, and to connect us to our community, our world, our past and our future.

MEET THE THEATRE DEPARTMENT FACULTY:

THEATRE COURSE OFFERINGS:

List of 8 items.

  • ACTING I & INTRO TO THEATRE – 2610

    This is a 1 semester course comprising focused and technical disciplines. The course provides strong foundations in the introduction to theatre arts, the advancement of public speaking skills, and the ability to perform in front of an audience. Classes include audition techniques, improvisation, effective vocal production and body language, believability as an actor, character development, monologue work, and scene study. Classes include minimal lecture. Class exercises require active participation and willingness to experiment. The course fee covers cost for props, costumes, and scenery incurred in class productions as well as a prorated fee for use of technology in the theatre. As part of the course you will have an introduction to technical theatre skills by working on the current production in some capacity from build crew, running crew, or ushering. Hours are extremely flexible with each individual student.

    Grades 9-12
    1 semester, $15 fee
    Students with stage experience are eligible to start in Acting II
  • ACTING II – 2620

    This is a 1 semester performance course offered every fall. The course extends and develops the skills learned in Acting 1 or basic stage experience. The course will score, perform, and analyze monologue work and scene study from contemporary works. Through active exercises and physical work, students will explore believability through the use of acting methods inspired by Stanislavski. Techniques will then be applied to continual in class performances of monologues and scene work. We will also explore effective audition technique and resume building. The final for the course is a two day group presentation based on the methods of a well-known acting teacher such as Meisner, Adler, Hagen and Suzuki. Classes include minimal lecture. Class exercises require active participation and willingness to experiment. The course fee covers cost for props, costumes, and scenery incurred in class productions as well as a prorated fee for use of technology in the theatre and a performance-based field trip.

    Grades 9-12
    $40 fee
    Prerequisite: Acting I or previous acting experience | Instructor Signature Required
  • ACTING THE CLASSICS – 2625

    The course extends and further develops the skills learned in Acting 1 or basic stage experience. The course will score, perform, and analyze classical monologues and scenes. Through active exercises and physical work, students will explore a diverse performance repertoire from plays found in Greek and Roman Theatre, Renaissance Theatre, Elizabethan Theatre including works from William Shakespeare, and Restoration plays. The students will also explore a brief history of these time periods and learn how history dictated actors' performance techniques. The final for the course is an in-school Shakespeare performance. Classes include minimal lecture. Class exercises require active participation and willingness to experiment. The course fee covers cost for props, costumes, and scenery incurred in class productions as well as a prorated fee for use of technology in the theatre and a performance-based field trip.

    $40 fee
    Prerequisite: Acting I or previous acting experience | Instructor Signature Required
  • ADVANCED ACTING – 2630

    This course will run the spring of 2019.

    This is an advanced acting course directly applying the skills acquired in Acting II and advanced stage experience to a full scale production which opens early May in the Arena Theatre. During the rehearsal process students will explore character development and believability while deconstructing and analyzing the play. Students will briefly explore both the history and application of theatre from the 1800’s to the present. Class exercises require active participation and willingness to experiment. The final for the course is an evaluation of your performance growth in the Arena Theatre production. The week before the performance will require some afterschool rehearsals. The course fee covers cost for props, costumes, and scenery incurred in class productions as well as a prorated fee for use of technology in the theatre and a performance based field trip.

    Grades 10-12
    Second Semester only, $50 fee
    Prerequisite: Acting I or previous acting experience | Instructor Signature Required
  • AutoCAD 1– 2800

    This is an introductory course to the AutoCAD program. It will be offered 2nd semester. Students will learn how to set up, create and edit 2D architectural drawings. Lessons covered over the course of the semester include: drawing set up, 2D drawing and editing tools, navigation tools, understanding of layers and properties, drawing completion including text and dimensions. Students will be expected to supply their own laptop and a mouse for this course and download an educational version of AutoCAD onto their laptop. Use of a personal laptop will aid the student in the ability to work on homework outside of class.

    Grades 10-12
    Second Semester only
    Must provide personal laptop able to run AutoCAD 15, and a mouse
  • THEATRE PRODUCTION APPRENTICESHIPS – 2700

    Each semester, a limited number of directed, student-staff apprenticeship positions will be available for credit in stage management, directing, and technical theatre. Students will be expected to work extracurricular hours and staff the current production(s). Exceptional students may be offered paid opportunities to staff visiting productions renting the theatre.

    Grades 10-12
    1 semester
    Prerequisite: consent of instructor
  • STAGECRAFT I – 2710

    Available first semester, 8th hour only, this “hands-on” course uses the state-of-the-art facility in the Robert and Marie Hansen Family Fine Arts Theatre to train students in basic stagecraft skills including scenic construction, scenic painting, lighting and sound for the theatre. This class is open to all students and is a great introduction into the world of design and engineering: No prior technical experience is needed. Students will be expected to work extra-curricular hours to support the current production. The course fee covers cost of technology, supplies and scenery incurred in class construction and projects.

    Grades 9-12
    First Semester only, $25 fee
    Time required outside of class on productions/events
  • STAGECRAFT II - 2720

    This course, offered second semester, 7th hour only, will directly apply to and build on the skills and techniques the student has already acquired in Stagecraft. The curriculum will focus on the entire design process, from original sketches to realized designs and will provide the student with stage production background never before experienced! This is a hands-on class; in addition, students will be expected to work outside of class to staff events and productions in the theatre, as part of the overall course goals and objectives. The course fee covers cost of technology, supplies and scenery incurred in class construction and projects.

    Grades 9-12
    Second Semester only, $25 fee
    Prerequisite: Stagecraft I or instructor consent
    Time required outside of class on productions/events
There are plenty of opportunities to express theatrical talent at DSHA. View some of the Theatre-related opportunities below:

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