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Theater Course Offerings

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THEATER Courses

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.

 

7-8 Acting Essentials (THR102)

Graduation Credits: N/A
Credit Type: Arts
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 Musical Theater Creation

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

Students will write and perform their own original musical theater works, while exploring the vibrant timeline of musical theater history.

 

7-8 Playwriting (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/Interview

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

 

7-8 Social Action Theater

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

This course invites students to take on the role of “artivists,” or artist-activists, and identify a social justice issue around which they want to promote dialogue or actionable change using theater. We will utilize techniques of devised theater (improvisation, playwriting, acting, directing, and collaborative problem-solving) to create original works that we hope to share with a broader audience.

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.

 

Arts Teaching Assistant for Middle School Classes

Graduation Credits: 5
Credit Type: School Service AND Arts
Prerequisites: Teacher approval (form available)

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.

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.

 

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, scene-writing, 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, storytelling devices, and important themes in established plays. Students are expected to take on leadership roles as 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.

 

Experiments in Film

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

Want to push the boundaries of what's possible within the media of film and video? In this class, we will play with recorded audio and visuals to create unique media pieces. We will explore alternative ways to structure stories and organizational logic that moves beyond story. We will watch a wide variety of experimental films and take inspiration from them as we make our own work. Come with fresh eyes and an open mind! We will use equipment students already have access to (computers, cellphones, free editing online software or apps), and/or equipment will be provided. Prior experience in film is not required.

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.

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/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/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/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/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/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. The content of this course may shift based on decisions made by the Massachusetts Bar Association regarding competition guidelines if remote participation is required.

Musical Theater Production (THR130)

Graduation Credits: 5
Credit Type: Theater OR Music Performance
Prerequisites: Audition/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.

 

Playwriting for Social Change

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

This course is an introduction to socially engaged dramatic composition and performance through theory and practice. Students investigate multiple examples of how scripts and performances can be vehicles for protest and catalysts for social change through analyzing texts, speaking with guest artists, attending related virtual or live performances, and writing and presenting their own work.

Short Film Production (THR163)

Graduation Credits: 5
Credit Type: Theater Creative
Prerequisites: Audition/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

This course will empower students to view theater, other artistic products, and aspects of society through lenses of critical theories, including Critical Race theory, Feminist theory, Marxist theory, and Settler Colonialist theory. Students will learn about these theories and apply them to works of theater to enable a more complex and nuanced understanding. Additionally, students will read and watch theater works and make connections between how theater reflects the sociological context in which it is written. Students will write reflections, create short performance works, and engage in daily discussions to demonstrate their understanding.

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ENGLISH LA | HISTORY/SS | MATH | SCIENCE | WORLD LANG
DANCE | MUSIC | THEATER | VISUAL ARTS/TECH