PEAK Theatre Classes

Into to Theatre (Grades 9-12)

Introduction to Theatre will give students a background in all elements of theatre with a primary emphasis on acting and performance.  Students will be exposed to acting, script analysis, technical theatre and playwriting.  The course is modeled after the Colorado State Standards for Drama where students will be creating, performing, and critically responding throughout the year.  Theatre immerses students in learning opportunities where they will use 21st century skills such as innovative thinking, invention, creativity, critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration, self direction, emotional intelligence, and information literacy.  This course will begin with improvisation, storytelling, and understanding the voice and body as the actor’s instrument. Students will use art, music, literature, current events, real world issues, and imagination to create characters and stories through improvisation.  As students become more comfortable with public speaking and performing, we will begin focusing on the process of acting and apply these techniques to scripted works.  Students will preview and perform scenes and monologues. Students will have opportunities to learn about the technical elements of light, sound, set design, makeup, and costumes and apply their knowledge through projects.  They will also be exposed to the ways in which technology has impacted set design.  Students will learn how to read and analyze scripts from an actor’s perspective.  Many opportunities will be provided for students to write and perform their own scripted material.  Students will write in journals to learn more about themselves as well as the characters they are creating/performing.  A brief theatre history will be taught throughout the course of the year along with theatre vocabulary.  Students will have opportunities to see live theatre within the Denver metro area and learn from those working within the business.  Students will also be exposed to the ways in which the skills that they will develop in theatre translate to other careers.
Class Syllabus:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1RCfraALwxvhrOvVBnGtGMK2clH6xFbyusC4mgpHo83I/edit
Technical Theatre (Grades 9-12) 



Acting Styles (Grades 10-12) 
Prerequisite: Intro to Theatre

Acting Styles will expand upon the foundations of acting as a process established in Intro to Theatre.  Students will focus on acting styles through historical as well as contemporary theatre.  Students will analyze scripts, create, and perform from plays from prominent periods in theatre history.  Students will be given new tools and techniques for acting, learn about audition techniques, and create and perform in a variety of different styles of classical and contemporary theatre.  Students will have opportunities to see live theatre within the Denver metro area and learn from those working within the business.  Students will also be exposed to the ways in which the skills that they will develop in theatre translate to other careers.  This course is modeled after the Colorado State Standards for Drama where students will be creating, performing, and critically responding throughout the year.  Theatre immerses students in learning opportunities where they will use 21st century skills such as innovative thinking, invention, creativity, critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration, self direction, emotional intelligence, and information literacy.



Advanced Theatre (Grades 11-12)
Prerequisites: Intro to Theatre, Acting Styles, Audition
Honors Credit


This is an advanced theatre course designed for students with passion and excellence in theatre.  The focus of this course will be on playwriting, directing, script analysis,  acting, production and technical theatre.  Students will write their own original one act plays, direct, act and perform in them in a One Act Festival in December.  The second semester will be dedicated to the spring play where students will work on all aspects of the production from script analysis, creating the set and technical elements, rehearsing, character development, and performing in the spring play.  Students will be cast in different acting and production roles for this play based on student performance in class and an audition.  Because this is a performance based production class, all students in this course must be in the One Act Performance and the spring play performances as well as tech rehearsals for the spring play after school (see HW for specific dates).  Students will have opportunities to see live theatre within the Denver metro area and learn from those working within the business.  Students will also be exposed to the ways in which the skills that they will develop in theatre translate to other careers.  This course is modeled after the Colorado State Standards for Drama where students will be creating, performing, and critically responding throughout the year.  Theatre immerses students in learning opportunities where they will use 21st century skills such as innovative thinking, invention, creativity, critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration, self direction, emotional intelligence, and information literacy.


Class Syllabus:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1-UZbDBzvh_kUNbRLjqRS38JsuHvowfLe9jwqoQ4RucM/edit