It is the philosophy of the drama department to teach the fundamentals of performance through production. In the first year, students need to learn the fundamentals of performance, emphasizing control of the body and voice. Students will participate in exercises during class, in scene work and in improvisation. Students will also study basic theatre history and read selected plays. Students will receive information on the many aspects of the theatre. Students are encouraged to try out for a role in the major school production and will be required to contribute to the production.
In the second through fourth year of drama, students will be encouraged to further develop their working knowledge of the basics of stage and film performance while developing a repertoire of monologues and acting techniques, leading up to the opportunity to direct their fellow students in scenes and monologues during the fourth year. Students will read assigned plays to increase their knowledge of dramatic literature. Students will be required to audition for a role in the major school production and will be required to contribute to the production in some way.
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