As students move up to US3, we focus on play production. Theatre III builds students’ performance and technical skills, including working with the lighting, sound, props, run-crew, and costumes of a show. Students engage in in the theatrical production process through auditions, cold reading, pre-production, rehearsal, creation of a written character biography, all of which culminate in a multi-day play production.
The skills we focus on un Upper School III include:
- Practicing executive functioning skills including: managing time, prioritizing responsibilities, and meeting completion deadlines for a production as specified by group leaders, team members, or directors.
- Making acting choices, using script analysis, character research, reflection, and revision through the rehearsal process.
- Using the vocabulary of theatre, such as acting values, style, genre, design, and theme, to describe theatrical experiences.
- Demonstrating projection, vocal variety, diction, gesture, and confidence in an oral presentation.
- Maintaining a rehearsal script/notebook to record directions and blocking.
- Identifying and analyze recurring themes and patterns (e.g., loyalty, bravery, revenge, redemption) in a script to make production choices in design and direction.
- Analyzing the use of figurative language and imagery in dramatic texts.
- Engaging in oral storytelling with focus on voice projection, enunciation, and tone.
- Deepening the level of understanding of the concepts of characterization including speech patterns, physicality, and facial expressions.
- Reading and writing about the elements of playwriting.