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Performing Arts Foundation
This survey style class is designed to give the student a broad range of cultural exposure, awareness and practical experience in the arts. Utilizing historical eras/periods as a base from which to learn and build, the student will recognize how the arts complement, mirror and influence cultural trends both past and present. Hands-on, practical application of the various disciplines will also allow the student to have a sense of the experiential side of the creative and performing arts and give them the opportunity to discover their particular likes and potential in all of the arts disciplines.
Instrumental/Vocal Music, Theater, Visual/Fine Art and Screen Writing/Film Making are the areas of study. This class may be augmented from time to time with speakers and/or presentations from professionals in any of the fields. Field trips to museums, concerts, plays and films will also occasionally be required as part of the curriculum. This course is required of all freshmen entering BHS.
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This course explores the foundational skills, vocabulary, terminology, and understanding that makeup the actor’s technique. Students will be introduced to a variety of traditional and contemporary approaches to acting, as presented by various well-known acting teachers and their methods. This course is designed to strengthen the actor’s instruments of voice, body, and mind. Through the study and implementation of theater exercises, improvisations, rehearsals, and performances, students will explore the creative process experientially. By the end of the course, students should have a technique to strengthen and grow these instruments to better serve them, both in the context of theatrical performance, and in public speaking and presentation in general. Additionally, students who choose to should be well prepared to enter an intermediate to advanced level acting course with confidence bred by familiarity with, as well as use and implementation of, common acting and stage vocabulary and processes.
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This course will build upon and expand the technique learned in Beginning Acting. While Beginning Acting is devoted to basic acting – how to act and interact with others in contemporary plays – Advanced Acting will focus on how to act in any play, employing different styles of speech and characters than students may have previously been exposed to. Classical texts will be examined by applying the same learned analysis that is common to all actors regardless of style or genre, through the lens of objectives, obstacles, and tactics. Thorough play analysis will be explored, and this course will emphasize students’ abilities to speak and think critically about dramatic experiences. Students will explore other roles in the theatrical industry such as writers, directors, and designers. Students will understand audition environments and will begin to build their own repertoire.