Theatre Arts Curriculum

Performance Course Offerings

Acting One and Two
Acting provides opportunities for students to investigate the craft of acting, while encouraging each student to explore his or her imagination and unique creative expression. Study includes guided practice of improvisation, scenes from comic and dramatic plays, and acting training techniques which develop performance and storytelling skills. This one semester course cultivates team spirit among the participants and heightens each student’s self confidence.
Acting One is a prerequisite for Acting Two.

Acting Three
Acting III is designed to meet the needs of the student who is interested in furthering acting skills and training the actor’s instrument. The concentration during this semester is placed on in-depth character analysis, movement, creative play writing, and advanced improvisation.
Acting One and Two is a prerequisite for Acting Three.

Directing for the Stage
This semester course provides highly creative projects designed to offer students structured support in developing directing skills. Study includes application of staging techniques, actor coaching, and script analysis. Each student will direct a piece of theatre to be performed for an invited audience at the end of the semester.
Acting One, Two and Three or the consent of the instructor are prerequisites.

Advanced Theatre Performance (Honors)
Acting Studio is a year long course which provides a dynamic and creative laboratory for performers to apply their acting training and playwriting skills. All projects are designed to inspire and challenge the actor’s imaginative power, develop confidence in diverse performance styles, and promote intellectual inspection of acting theory and philosophy. In addition, each actor will create and perform a 30 minute solo-show for an invited audience. Acting I and II are prerequisites for this course. ATP may be taken for honor credit.
Acting Three is a prerequisite for Advanced Theatre Performance.

Advanced Study in the Arts-Performance
Students develop their own study in acting, directing or play writing are possibilities. Working with the instructor as a teaching assistant is a popular option


Design and Technology Course Offerings

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Cyrano de Bergerac
Collette Adatto

Studio Theatre

Technical Theatre
(formerly Tech Theatre 1-2)

Theatre Technology provides opportunities for students to develop skills in the execution of stage design for theatre. Study includes “hands on” experiences in scene construction, set painting, special effects, computer drafting, stage lighting, sound and production planning. Students will strengthen their organizational skills as they use creative problem solving techniques to complete group projects. They will work in small groups throughout the year to develop their team building skills. The class splits it time between class labs working on the current production and class discussions. There is no after school requirement for this class.


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The Importance of Being Earnest 
Collette Adatto
Advanced Production 
Full Circle
Floor Design
Studio Theatre
Tiara Lavitt
December 2007
A Midsummer’s Night Dream
December 2006
Designed by Dana Golin,
Class of 2006
Northwestern University,
Theatre Design Student

Design for the Stage
(Formerly Tech Theatre 3-4)
Design for the Stage provides advanced students an opportunity to develop design skills in scene, lighting, sound and costume design. The design process takes them from script analysis to design presentation techniques. Production planning, creative problem solving and developing team-work skills are also developed in this year long class. Students in this class have practical design experiences during the current production season and students who take this class are given the opportunity to design Stunts, Dance HP in Concert and The Short Play Festival and assist in crew at other productions.
Technical Theatre is a prerequisite for Design for the Stage or consent of the instructor.

Independent Study in the Theatre-Design or Technology
Students develop their own study in one of the design areas or create a project that focuses on technology. Working with the instructor as a teaching assistant is a popular option.