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THEATER Courses

7/8 Acting Technique
THR102

In this class, students will begin to develop fundamental acting skills, including: body and stage movement; voice and diction; character development; concentration; and imagination. Classes consist of exercises and games, scene work, improvisation and peer-critique.

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7/8 Musical Revue
THR154

This is a performing troupe that creates a show of songs, dramatic scenes, comic sketches, and choreographed numbers to be performed for the public at PVPA. Students work with a director to create a theme-based show, which showcases different genres of music, theater, dance, and art. Students are expected to test material regularly at open mic performances and be able to commit to after-school rehearsals. If you have an interest in eventually performing in the musical at PVPA, or are looking for a performance-intensive class, this is the class for you.

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7/8 Production
THR111

This class is for those who have auditioned for and been assigned roles in the 7/8 Production.

Prerequisites: AUDITION

 

7/8 Theater Workshop
THR137

In the Theater Workshop, students learn how to write, act, design, and direct by making theater of their 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.

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78 Intro to Improv Acting
THR100

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.

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Acting Technique
THR177

Students have the opportunity to deeply investigate the actor’s craft, explore acting methods and techniques, and focus on their development as a performer. Different techniques will be offered by each instructor, and actors are encouraged to take the course with a different instructor if taking the course a second time.

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Directing Workshop
THR107

In this advanced, integrated theater course, students 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, and will be regularly expected to present their work at open mic performances.

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Film Critique
THR143

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, 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. Fall 2018 will focus on Early Cinema, and Fall 2019 will focus on Modern Cinema, alternating each year.

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Filmmaking
THR147

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.

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Improvisational Acting
THR168

In this course, students will develop acting skills through improvisational performance. Combining theater games and long-form constructs, students will focus on acting and reacting, listening skills, accepting, inventing, spontaneity, as well as playing status and creating and resolving narratives.

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Introduction to Mock Trial
THR109

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.

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Mainstage Production: Titles TBA
THR158

This class is used to rehearse the PVPA mainstage theater productions. Show titles will be announced prior to the audition process, which take place in June (fall) and December (spring).

Prerequisites: AUDITION

MasterClass Theaater
THR170

In this course, students will receive instruction a focused area of theater and/or performance studies based on the instructor's expertise. The course will be taught by a different teacher each year. In years past, this course focused on Musical Theater History and Performance, Commedia Dell'Arte, Social and Political Theater, Stage Combat, Comedy in Performance, and Experimental Theater, to name a few.

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Mock Trial Competition
THR164

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

Prerequisites: THR109 and AUDITION

Musical Theater Playwriting
THR155

In this course, students will work collaboratively to write book, lyrics, and music to create original musical theater. Students will start the semester by looking at and creating dramatic AABA and Verse/Chorus musical theater songs, then branch into adapting stories into short musical theater one-acts. Students will 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.

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Opera Performance
THR124

Students in this course will learn advanced vocal technique along with appropriate staging and acting by developing scenes from operas and classical art songs. In this course you will be expected to perform, analyze, and critique opera and it’s related genres

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Playwriting
THR139

Students learn how to write for character, create and resolve conflict through dialogue, and structure plots to create engaging, well-made plays. Plays written in this class have a chance to performed at PVPA and may be entered into scholarship and award competitions. Past students have had their plays published. 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" type for the theater concentration.

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PVPA Musical: Title TBA
THR130

This class is for those who have auditioned for and been assigned roles in the PVPA Musical.

Prerequisites: AUDITION

Short Film Production
THR163

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.

Prerequisites: AUDITION

 

Theater Critique
THR178

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, 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. Fall 2018 will focus on Early Cinema, and Fall 2019 will focus on Modern Cinema, alternating each year.

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Theater Festival
THR152

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

Prerequisites: AUDITION

 

 

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