During the first quarter, students are introduced to the basics of acting. Students learn basic terminology for stage direction and acting in general. The first unit in the course is an improv unit, where students learn the basics of acting and improvisation through games. After students become comfortable performing with and in front of their peers, they enter into a Shakespeare monologue project. Students each pick a monologue from their favorite Shakespeare play and study it. They did research, learning the basic problem that the character is facing and what emotions their characters feel in the scene. After they complete the research, students write a diary entry from the perspective of one of the characters. By the end of the quarter, students perform their memorized monologue in front of the whole class.
During the second quarter, students continue their study of the basics of acting, looking specifically at character development. They are challenged to look beyond the basics of what lines they could say to create a character. They focus on physically bringing a character to life, from looking at the way the character walked to how the character carry himself or herself. Students then study and analyze Lucille Fletcher’s one-act play, Sorry, Wrong Number. Students each take one, or in some cases two or three, parts to make their own. Students continue to work on improvisation through games and activities. Students also watch clips from Broadway, to learn about life as a Broadway performer.
For the third quarter, students begin to work on playwriting and directing.