Drama

Drama 10 (5 credits)

Prerequisite: None
This course offers students a wide variety of creative and expressive opportunities. The basic skills of concentration, discipline, teamwork, communications and self-esteem are established in this introductory year. Classes are designed to focus on individual improvement in the disciplines of movement, voice, character development, scene study and structure. Further venture into tech, improvisation, and script work is also developed within the course. The basic skills of performing and audience awareness are explored in this hands-on, creative course.

Drama 20 (5 credits)

Prerequisite: Drama 10
Students will continue to develop drama skills learned in Drama 10 using performance opportunities as the vehicle to learn throughout the course. Emphasis is placed on character development, acting, play writing and collective style plays. Involvement in main stage productions is encouraged.

Drama 30 (5 credits)

Prerequisite: Drama 20
This course extends units learned in Drama 10 and 20 and begins to lay the foundation for performance through developing creative potential. Emphasis will be placed on acting, individual directing projects, theatre studies, technical theatre and design. Students are given the opportunity to present their directing projects to an audience and are encouraged to participate in the main stage production.

Technical Theatre (5 credits)

The world of theatre is dependent upon a talented and skilled crew of technicians. In Technical Theatre 15/25/35, students are able to explore and gain proficiency through hands-on tasks, projects and performances, in the technical areas of lighting, sound, make-up, costumes, properties and management.

Tech Theatre 15

Tech Theatre 25

Prerequisite: Tech Theatre 15

Tech Theatre 35

Prerequisite: Tech Theatre 25

PVA Theatre Arts

PVA Drama 10–20-30 (5 credits)

Prerequisite: Acceptance into PVA Theatre Arts Program

PVA Drama 10-20-30 provides opportunities to develop fundamental performance and theatre skills. Through a conservatory approach with specialized instruction in each area, these courses will focus primarily on skill development in acting, improvisation, movement, and speech. Drama 20 and 30 students will also explore both playwriting and directing. A variety of student work will be shared in public performances.

PVA Musical Theatre 15-25-35 (5 credits)

Prerequisite: Acceptance into PVA Theatre Arts Program

PVA Musical Theatre 15-25-35 provides opportunities for PVA Theatre Arts students to develop skills as “triple threat” performers. Specialized instructors will teach voice, movement, and acting in both small group and whole class settings. Students will be introduced to a variety of repertoire and student work will be shared in public performances.

PVA Advanced Acting - Play and Musical Production 15–25–35

Prerequisite: Acceptance into PVA Theatre Arts Program

PVA Advanced Acting – Play/Musical Theatre Production offers ongoing opportunities for students to develop theatre skills through involvement in a play/musical theatre production. This class recognizes that to deepen understanding of theatre skills, students require performance and production experiences.

Technical Theatre 15–25-35 (3 and 5 credits)

The world of theatre is dependent upon a talented and skilled crew of technicians. In Technical Theatre 15/25/35 students are able to explore and gain proficiency through hands on tasks, projects, and performances. Students will explore the technical areas of lighting, sound, make-up, costumes, properties, and stage management. Development of knowledge and skills begins at the 15 level where students explore the various components of Technical Theatre in a supportive but challenging team environment while specializing in one or two areas, then take a leadership role among the technical crew at the 25 level. Students in Technical Theatre 35 are expected to be proficient in at least two technical components as well as strong leaders who will assume the roles of Stage Managers, Assistant Stage Managers and/or Crew Leaders.
*All PVA Theatre Arts students enrolled in Tech Theatre also participate in the PVA Theatre Arts courses described above.

PVA Leadership in the Arts 35 / Entrepreneurial Artist (Junior Achievement)

All PVA students are enrolled in one of two courses; Leadership in the Arts 35 or Entrepreneurial Artist (Junior Achievement). These programs of study allow PVA students to explore how they see themselves as artists and become more aware of the process involved in preparing for the marketing and business aspect of being a professional in the arts community. Students will experience a variety of teacher-led assignments/activities as well as a number of student-directed online projects.

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