Drama & Theater

Drama 1, 2, 3, & 4

Welcome to Santa Teresa's Drama courses! In these classes, you will learn fundamental acting techniques and put them into practice for in-class performances.

We will explore the rich history of theater from various cultures around the world, including Europe, China, Japan, India, Africa, and Latin America, to broaden your understanding of the art form.

You will also practice improvisational theater games to develop your ability to think on your feet and sharpen your acting skills. We will focus on acting with your body and voice to create compelling characters and explore the differences between movie acting and stage acting.

This course is great for anyone looking to gain confidence performing in front of an audience, whether you are an aspiring actor or simply want to improve your presentation skills. It is a course series that you can take for all four years! Join us to become a better performer and learn how to captivate an audience!

If students enjoy Drama 1, then Drama 2-4 is an advanced-level course designed for students who are passionate about theater and want to take their acting skills to the next level. Students will have the opportunity to create two full theatrical performances each year, providing a comprehensive understanding of the entire production process, from script analysis to stage design, lighting, and sound.

Students will learn a range of advanced acting techniques, such as Method Acting, Stage Combat, Audition techniques, and more. They will also have the opportunity to explore the art of directing and develop their skills in directing full-length plays and one-acts. These productions will be performed after school for a paying audience, allowing students to gain valuable experience in producing and performing in a professional environment.

Drama 2-4 provides a unique opportunity for students to deepen their understanding of theater and to explore their creativity in a supportive and collaborative environment. Whether you want to pursue a career in theater or simply enjoy the art of acting, this course will provide you with the skills and experience you need to succeed.

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Technical Theater

Technical Theater is a hands-on class that offers an in-depth exploration of the technical aspects of theater production. This course provides a comprehensive overview of the behind-the-scenes work that goes into creating a successful theatrical performance. Students will learn about theater lights, sound systems, and set design, as well as the technical skills required to operate and maintain them.

Students will have the opportunity to design and build sets, work with stage lighting, and learn how to operate and control sound systems. Through hands-on projects and assignments, students will develop practical skills in areas such as carpentry, painting, and stage rigging. They will also learn how to read and interpret technical drawings, diagrams, and blueprints.

Throughout the course, students will collaborate with other theater students, as well as actors and directors, to create a fully-realized theatrical production. They will work closely with the production team to develop their own designs for set and lighting, and then apply those designs to the production. At the end of the course, students will have gained valuable experience and skills that can be used in a variety of theater and technical production settings.

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Musical Theater

Do you have a passion for the performing arts? Join us in this exhilarating course that requires no previous musical theater experience! Designed for students with varying backgrounds, Musical Theater - Introduction to the Stage offers a comprehensive introduction to the captivating world of musical theater. Throughout the semester, you will have the opportunity to learn basic dance steps and gain a solid foundation in music theory. Additionally, you will work collaboratively with a group of talented students to create two spectacular after-school musical productions each year. Get ready to unleash your creativity, develop your stage presence, and experience the magic of live theater!

Paired with Musical Theater 2-4, this course allows you to participate in two exciting musical productions annually. In the first semester, you will contribute to the creation of a mesmerizing show, and in the second semester, you will embark on another thrilling performance. Along the way, you will acquire essential dance skills, mastering fundamental steps and techniques across various styles commonly seen in musical theater productions. Moreover, you will delve into the world of music theory, learning to read sheet music, analyze songs, and understand the essential elements of melody, harmony, and rhythm. By collaborating with your fellow students, you will not only build interpersonal skills and enhance communication but also witness firsthand the power of teamwork in creating a full theatrical performance. Don't miss the chance to be part of this incredible journey into the realm of musical theater - no experience necessary!

Students who enjoy and pass Musical Theater 1 can progress to levels 2, 3, and 4. You can learn more advanced concepts in creating and participating in the production of a full theatrical performance, including opportunities to learn dance, singing, and acting, as well as costuming and other aspects of performance. As you progress through the levels take a more active role in creating the performances, including becoming a choreographer, vocal assistant, and director.

Students in the class take an active role in leadership and creation of the productions. Learn by doing!

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