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Introduction to Theatre Arts
(Grades 7-8)

An introduction to theatre, this course includes the study of plays, make-up and costume, technical areas of production, acting, film study and voice and diction. Emphasis is on developing interest in theatre and on how theater skills can be translated into everyday living skills. The second semester goes into greater detail and builds further on the development of student interest in theatre. The students will participate in an end of the year performance.


Theatre I
THEATRE I FEE: $20.00
Pre-requisites: None (Grades 9-12)


An introduction to theatre, this course includes the study of plays, make-up and costume, technical areas of production, acting, film study and voice and diction. Emphasis is on developing interest in theatre and on how theater skills can be translated into everyday living skills. The second semester goes into greater detail and builds further on the development of student interest in theatre. The students will participate in an end of the year performance.


Theatre II
Theatre II FEE: $20.00
Pre-requisites: Theatre I or approval by instructor (Grades 10 - 12)


This course provides the motivated theatre student the opportunity to develop further the talents and techniques needed for a variety of stage performances (e.g., solo and duet acting and literary interpretation). Individual instruction is given in the areas of vocal training, stage movement, characterizations and timing for the stage and film. Concentrating on in-depth performance, this is a laboratory course with emphasis on performing before an audience. Students formulate talents for major production work as well as for district and state competition. This is a performance-based course.


Theatre III
Theatre III Fee-$20
Pre-requisites: Theatre II or approval by instructor (Grades 11-12)


This is a concentrated laboratory for rehearsal and performance of plays. Emphasis is on major production work as well as on district and state theatre competition. This course also includes opportunities for students to experience various areas of individual interest (e.g., stage management, film projects, directing, acting). Actual performance continues to be its emphasis.


THEATRE IV
Theatre IV FEE: $20.00
Pre-requisites: Theatre III or approval by instructor (Grade 12)

While it is a continuation of Theatre III, in this course students specialize in areas of interest. Heavy emphasis is placed on district and state competition in the various categories (e.g., literary interpretation, solo acting, duet acting, improvisation, film projects). Rehearsals and performances of plays, with students having hands-on experiences in such aspects as acting and directing, mark this course. Students wishing to further their theatre education in college will prepare for possible scholarships.


Musical Theatre Performance
MUSICAL THEATRE PERFORMANCE FEE: $20.00
Pre-requisites: Currently enrolled in Chorus or Theatre or Teacher Approval
(Grades 9-12)


This course includes the study of scene analysis, musical and dramatic rehearsal techniques, and audition preparation using materials from the musical theatre repertory. Works are viewed and performed (performance is required) from a variety of styles. As students become more proficient, they test and explore the wide variety of styles included under the umbrella of musical theatre. Both musical and dramatic techniques involved in staging a performance in this area are emphasized. Students will participate in the fall musical production.

Stage Craft
FEE: $20.00
Pre-requisites: Teacher Approval (Grades 10-12)


Students study technical areas in the preparation of a play. Ever wonder “how did they do that?” Stagecraft students learn about all the "behind the scenes" activities of theatre like special effects, set building, lighting, sound, properties, and costuming. Students work on seasonal productions, and should expect to get their hands dirty. Students must be willing to work after school on occasion as all students in the course are required to serve as the technical crew for all Florence High School theatrical productions. Students admitted to the Academy program will be required to work a designated after school schedule as developed by the instructor.


Exploration of Technical Theatre
Fee: None
Grades 7-8


Students will be introduced to the basics of technical theatre. Ever wonder “how did they do that?” Stagecraft students learn about all the "behind the scenes" activities of theatre like special effects, set building, lighting, sound, scenic painting, properties, and costuming. Students will experience these aspects in a classroom setting and will create the technical aspects of the yearly 7th and 8th grade showcase performance.


Art of Cinema: Critical Film Studies
Prerequisite: Grade 11-12 Only


Critical Film Studies is an elective that traces the history and evolution of the motion picture industry in America. The course examines the world of film from Edison to Spielberg. Based mostly on the American Film Institute’s one hundred best films of the 20th century, the content of the course will mainly emphasize how motion pictures reflect the history and culture of the 20th Century, while also placing emphasis on film technique (camera use, sound, lighting, special effects, technological advances, etc.). Credit: .5(Semester Class Only)