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This course, through a number of projects, will strengthen studentsí powers of observation so that, in time, they will think more critically about many things they see and hear. It will be a fun way to learn about the worlds of theater, literature, acting and film, and will help young people develop a sense of personal growth along the way. It will attempt to reach young peoplesí desires to know more about themselves and learn about new, interesting things in the theater and film world that they couldnít learn in any other class at school.
The course offers three approaches to drama: the literary work of the playwright, the theatrical work of the actor, and the cinematic work of the director. It will delve into the reasons why a play is written by spending time understanding the writerís personal experiences and beliefs. It will explore the work of the actor, challenged to portray a character from the play, and finally, it will give students insight into how a director interprets and presents the drama as a living theatrical or film event.
(Recommended for Acting for the Theater, grades 9-11; Drama, Acting and Film, grades 11-12)