Welcome to the online home of Central Visual and Performing Arts Theater Department. Central’s Theatre Department implements a sequential theatre arts curriculum that incorporates beginning to advanced techniques in acting, stage movement, vocal production and directing. Students also have exciting electives to choose from like Audition and Resume, Musical Theatre and even Acting, Singing and Dance for Non-Majors. The curriculum requires a high level of commitment from students who train two to three hours each day, with after school rehearsals for the season productions. The program emphasizes individual growth and personal discovery as well as an ensemble approach to acting. The faculty consists of working professional artists who share their expertise, experiences and passion for the art of theatre. Recent studies show that the study of Theatre not only enhances a student’s ability to perform, but teaches a better understanding of the human condition as well. Theatre students learn to work in groups, how to focus and concentrate, and educated in the importance of meeting deadlines.
We also strive to instill in all of our students a love of theatre and to encourage them to be lifelong patrons of the arts. Feel free to take a look at our website, learn about our faculty and view the many different performance classes we offer.
Theatre Course Offerings:
The following courses are required and sequential. Active and consistent participation in class-work is essential for the completion of each course. All Theater Majors are required to work on Fall and Spring productions as well as the Directing Class “One Act Play Fest.”
Introduction to Theatre 1 & 2
This is an introductory level two semester core course intended through the study of plays and production techniques as well as play attendance, to provide students with a broad base of knowledge about the theatre. Students explore and develop their craft learning about basic acting techniques, beginning with work on self. Students must complete and pass this full year course in order to be promoted to the next year’s level.
Introduction to Production and Performance 1 & 2
This required technical theater course provides students with basic academic knowledge as well as hands on learning experience in the areas of set design, costuming, sound and lighting.
Beginning Acting 1 & 2
Students explore and develop technique through the use of improvisation, the introduction of the Stanislavsky’s “method” and stage movement for the actor.
Voice and Diction 1 & 2
Voice training gives the actor an instrument capable of producing and projecting sound correctly on a daily basis as well as articulating clearly in performance.
Intermediate Acting 1 & 2
This junior level introduces the acting philosophies of Viola Spolin and Sanford Meisner. Students apply knowledge in character development using scenes from modern theater, children’s theater, classical theater, and farce.
Stage Movement for the Actor 1 & 2
This course focuses on the physical preparation for creating a role and preparing a performance, introducing students to Alexander technique and the methodologies of Rudolph Laban.
Advanced Acting 1 & 2
The advanced student will demonstrate the ability to explore the creative process through theatrical activities and knowledge, principles, and practices both individually and in ensemble performance work. Projects include scene work in both comedy and tragedy, as well as ensemble work from a variety of classical and contemporary theatrical works.
This class will provide the student with the basic techniques needed to direct a play. Students learn to recognize the various theatrical styles and influence on directing choices. Students are required to direct and produce a one act play in the One Act Play Fest as a final project.
THEATER ELECTIVES: (OPEN TO GRADES 10, 11, AND 12 ONLY)
Audition and Resume (1 Semester)
This course introduces students to resume writing, audition preparation, and the audition process for theater, film and television. Students explore the audition process with particular attention paid to college auditions, and the difference in auditions for theater, film and TV.
Musical Theatre (1 Semester)
Musical Theater introduces the student to the study of song interpretation for the stage. It is primarily a class intended to further the knowledge of character development for the actor in a musical role.
Stagecraft 1 & 2
Students examine the principles of set and prop construction, costume construction, and sound and lighting installation as they create ground plans and working drawings, simple patterns, and lighting and sound plots.
Music, Theatre and Dance for Non-Majors (1 Semester)
This course exposes the student to basic skills in acting, singing and dance, as it relates to musical theater performance.
Speech and Debate I
Competitive Speech and Debate begins with a basic overview of the events for competition, those that are individual and debate related. The aspects of logical reasoning and argumentation are studied as well as the basics of good communication. Students are to research and present arguments on current issues; learn case construction, refutation, and cross-examination techniques. They will also learn how to make and use visual aids, how to write an effective speech, and develop interpretation skills. These studies will lead to participation in tournaments throughout the school year. Students will have the chance to compete in monthly tournaments against other SLPS students.
Advanced Speech and Debate I
Advanced Speech and Debate continues with a deeper understanding of the events for competition, those that are individual and debate related. The aspects of logical reasoning and argumentation are studied as well as the basics of good communication. Students are to research and present arguments on current issues; learn case construction, refutation, and cross-examination techniques. They will also learn how to make and use visual aids, how to write an effective speech, and develop interpretation skills. These studies will lead to participation in tournaments throughout the school year. Students will have the chance to compete in monthly tournaments against other SLPS students.
Voice and Diction
A course designed to aid the student in developing clear and distinct enunciation and in using correct pronunciation as requisite in mass media communication, public address, theatre and oral interpretation.
Advanced practice in analyzing and performing oral interpretation of literary forms including: Duo Interpretation, Humorous Interpretation, Dramatic Interpretation and Readers Theater.