Grades 10, 11, and 12
Acting teaches the skills of live theatre. Students will find this activity-based class a unique break from the typical classroom experience where they will be involved in experiential activities designed to teach and enhance performance/speaking skills – study, develop, and perform scenes from a variety of plays – and enjoy live theatre. Among the most emphasized skills are character development, script analysis, vocal and physical character development, concentration, memorization techniques, performance critiquing, and stage confidence. Upon leaving the course, students will have a deeper appreciation for live performance and a heightened development of skills useful for the stage and transferable to their daily lives. Students will read scripts both in class and at home, write evaluations of performances, write character development analysis, and –of course– work to develop our voices for the stage. This one quarter course is offered for English credit and meets the one quarter speaking requirement for grade 12. This course satisfies the 1 course “Minnesota Arts Standard” requirement.