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THEATER Courses

7-8 Acting Essentials (THR102)

Graduation Credits: N/A
Credit Type: Theater
Prerequisites: None

Begin to develop your fundamental acting skills including: body and stage movement; voice and diction; character development; concentration; and imagination. Class activities consist of exercises and games, scene work, improvisation, and peer-critique.

 

7-8 Intro to Improvisational Acting (THR100)

Graduation Credits: N/A
Credit Type: Theater
Prerequisites: None

Learn how to think on your feet in this fun, fast-paced class that develops your improvisational acting abilities. Through a variety of improv games and exercises, learn how to trust your instincts, support scene partners, and create unique characters and stories. Students explore both improvised dramas and comedies in this course, and develop essential skills for the creative performer.

7-8 Musical Theater Revue (THR154)

Graduation Credits: N/A
Credit Type: Theater OR Music
Prerequisites: None

Learn the three pillars of musical theater: singing, dancing, and acting. Each unit focuses on a specific skill, and uses a range of strategies that help students to develop this skill. Class activities primarily focus on ensemble and individual numbers for practice and performance.

 

7-8 Playwriting Essentials (THR157)

Graduation Credits: N/A
Credit Type: Theater
Prerequisites: None

Learn how to write for the stage by giving voices to original characters, and structuring plots. Students are expected to share work in a writing lab environment, and give constructive feedback to their peers.

7-8 Production (THR111)

Graduation Credits: N/A
Credit Type: Theater
Prerequisites: Audition and/or Interview

This class is for those who have auditioned for and been assigned roles in the 7-8 Production. Auditions occur during the fall semester and are announced in advance.

 

7-8 Theater Workshop (THR137)

Graduation Credits: N/A
Credit Type: Theater
Prerequisites: None

Learn how to write, act, design, and direct by making theater of your own. This is a perfect introductory course for students who want to express important issues and messages through their creative work while exploring all parts of theater making.

7th ArtsCore (ART100)

Graduation Credits: N/A
Credit Type: Dance, Music, Theater, VATT, PE
Prerequisites: None

ArtsCore is a yearlong required course for all PVPA students in grade 7. Students rotate through short courses focused on dance, music, theater, and visual arts, and engage in activities focused on creative collaboration, exploration, and skill-building in each discipline.

 

Acting Technique (THR177)

Graduation Credits: 5
Credit Type: Theater Performance
Prerequisites: None

This class provides opportunities to deeply investigate the actor’s craft, explore acting methods and techniques, and focus on your development as a performer. Different techniques are offered depending on the instructor, and actors are encouraged to take the course with a different instructor if taking the course a second time.

Advanced Opera Performance (THR124)

Graduation Credits: 5
Credit Type: Theater Performance OR Music Performance
Prerequisites: None

Study and practice techniques to develop your voice for opera performance. Prior experience is strongly encouraged.

 

Arts Teaching Assistant for Middle School Classes

Graduation Credits: 5
Credit Type: School Service AND Arts
Prerequisites: Audition and/or Interview

High school students may arrange to assist in a middle school arts class in which they have significant experience with the discipline. This is an opportunity to earn school service credit AND arts credit in that discipline. Prior teacher permission is required. TAs are expected to check in with the cooperating teacher regularly, participate fully in each class, model class expectations, assist in supporting students and the teacher whenever possible, and engage in pre-planning if taking a lead role as teacher. Students may arrange informal teaching assistant roles within high school arts classes by speaking with the instructor; however, they are enrolled in the class itself in order to earn arts credits.

Devised Theater (THR170)

Graduation Credits: 5
Credit Type: Theater Performance
Prerequisites: None

Explore various tools and processes used in the making of devised theater, which is theater created by the participants through research, improvisation, scenewriting, storyboarding, performing, and revising. The course provides opportunities to explore visual and physical performance techniques, and create an original piece of theater based on a societal issue that participants feel passionate about exploring theatrically.

 

Directing (THR144)

Graduation Credits: 5
Credit Type: Theater Creative
Prerequisites: None

In this advanced, integrated theater course, discover effective techniques, and experiment with methods to communicate and express human emotions, situations, and important themes in established plays. Students are expected to take on leadership roles as a directors, coach actors into specific performances, create dramatic stage compositions, and control the tempo and pacing of works of theater. Students who take this class should be ready to commit time outside of the classroom to prepare and polish their work.

Film Critique (THR143)

Graduation Credits: 5
Credit Type: Theater Critique
Prerequisites: None

Arguably, no art form has captured the imagination and interest of recent generations as much as film has. From its beginnings in silent movies to today’s Hollywood blockbusters, film has evolved and changed the way that stories are experienced, and are a union of visual, sonic, and narrative arts. Students watch a variety of films from different eras and parts of the world, and analyze them for their dramatic content, storytelling, and visual qualities.

 

Filmmaking (THR147)

Graduation Credits: 5
Credit Type: Theater Creative
Prerequisites: None

Ever have aspirations to be a filmmaker? Learn the techniques and technology behind shooting and editing video to create short films and documentaries. Armed with an arsenal of cameras, tripods, and editing software, PVPA gives SXSW a run for its money.

Improvisational Acting (THR168)

Graduation Credits: 5
Credit Type: Theater Performance
Prerequisites: None

Develop your acting skills through improvisational performance. Through a combination of theater games and long-form constructs, students focus on acting and reacting, listening, accepting, inventing, spontaneity, as well as playing status and creating and resolving narratives.

 

Introduction to Mock Trial (THR109)

Graduation Credits: 5
Credit Type: Theater Creative
Prerequisites: None

This is a performance-based class in which students act as lawyers and witnesses in cases provided by the Massachusetts Bar Association. This course is introductory and open to all. Students learn the legal system and get an opportunity to practice in a real courthouse.

Mainstage Assistant Director

Graduation Credits: 5
Credit Type: Theater Creative
Prerequisites: Audition and/or Interview

High school students may arrange to assistant direct a department high school production (Mainstage, Musical, Theater Festival), as needed by the director. The student must have demonstrated significant experience with the discipline. Prior teacher permission is required. Only one student may enroll in this course per production.

 

Mainstage Choreographer

Graduation Credits: 5
Credit Type: Theater Creative
Prerequisites: Audition and/or Interview

High school students may arrange to choreograph the PVPA musical theater production, as needed by the director. The student must have demonstrated significant experience with the discipline. Only one student may enroll in this course per production.

Mainstage Production (THR158)

Graduation Credits: 5
Credit Type: Theater Performance
Prerequisites: Audition and/or Interview

This class is focused on rehearsing the PVPA mainstage theater production. Show titles are announced prior to the audition process.

 

Mainstage Stage Manager

Graduation Credits: 5
Credit Type: Theater Creative
Prerequisites: Audition and/or Interview

High school students may arrange to stage manage a high school theater production (Mainstage, Musical, or Theater Festival), as needed by the director. The student must have demonstrated significant experience with the discipline. Only one student may enroll in this course per production.

Mock Trial Competition (THR164)

Graduation Credits: 5
Credit Type: Theater Performance
Prerequisites: Audition and/or Interview

This is an intensive class in which students form the team that participates in the state Mock Trial interscholastic competition held by the Massachusetts Bar Association. Students act as attorneys and witnesses in regular courtrooms. After the season, students study aspects of law in depth including viewing presentations by outside attorneys.

 

Musical Theater Production (THR130)

Graduation Credits: 5
Credit Type: Theater OR Music Performance
Prerequisites: Audition and/or Interview

This class is for those who have auditioned for and been assigned roles in the PVPA Musical Theater Production. STUDENTS ARE EXPECTED TO PARTICIPATE IN FULL-DAY REHEARSALS DURING PAIDEIA.

Musical Theater Writing (THR155)

Graduation Credits: 5
Credit Type: Theater Creative
Prerequisites: None

Work collaboratively to write book, lyrics, and music to create original musical theater. We start the semester by looking at and creating dramatic musical theater songs, then branch into adapting stories into short musical theater one-acts. Explore writing for character, creating character through music, and structuring short musical theater pieces. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE A MUSICIAN to take this course, but you do need to share your creative ideas with collaborators and share your creations with the class on a regular basis.

 

Playwriting (THR139)

Graduation Credits: 5
Credit Type: Theater Creative (concentration only if course is taken for ELA credit)
Prerequisites: None

Learn how to write for character, create and resolve conflict through dialogue, and structure plots to create engaging, well-made plays. This course is writing-intensive, and students should expect to share their work with classmates in a writing lab format. Credits may be applied as Theater credit OR ELA credit. Either way, taking this course meets the "Creative" requirement for the theater concentration.

Short Film Production (THR163)

Graduation Credits: 5
Credit Type: Theater Creative
Prerequisites: Audition and/or Interview

This course is meant to be a culminating project for students of film at PVPA, in which a troupe of student filmmakers and actors create an original short film. Students take on the various roles of a film, from both in front of and behind the camera, and are expected to work outside of class on the project.

 

Theater Critique (THR178)

Graduation Credits: 5
Credit Type: Theater Critique
Prerequisites: None

Students grow as theater critics as they further their appreciation of the fundamental elements of dramatic writing and theater practice. Learn to analyze character development, plot structure, and theme through the study of twentieth-century American classics, as well as examine how contemporary American playwrights continue to innovate theatrical production with new takes on dramatic conventions. Through the completion of play reviews, students become more confident writers, learn how to more effectively select textual evidence to support their arguments about a literary work, and learn how to offer constructive criticism about their work and the work of others.

Theater Festival Production (THR152)

Graduation Credits: 5
Credit Type: Theater Performance
Prerequisites: Audition and/or Interview

Participants in this course mount a 45-minute play for public performance at PVPA's High School Theater Festival, at which Western Massachusetts schools are invited to share their theater productions on PVPA's stage. Through a rigorous rehearsal process, cast members analyze text, explore characters, and discuss performance style in connection to production design. Students also act as festival producers, collaborating in the formation, organization, and operation of the day-long event.

 

 

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