Drama

Drama is an introduction to the fundamental acting skills. Students learn movement, vocal control, and characterization skills. Students will participate in various activities that may include plays, improvisation, storytelling, reader’s theater, pantomime, and short scenes. Through these activities, they will learn physical and vocal presentation skills and develop basic knowledge of theater arts.

Rational: The primary purpose of the LSE Theater program is to introduce students to the world of performance. Effective communication is essential for professional and personal success in our culture. Theater helps students foster the development of creativity, break down the feelings of insecurity that can prevent students from expressing themselves in front of others and generate greater appreciation of theater.

Drama Class Expectations

Participate

Participation includes acting games, performing in a group and solo, rehearsing, being a good listener; never disrupting presentations.

Be respectful

Many people will be performing for the first time ever in this class. This is a very difficult skill and can cause a lot of anxiety. You will show grace to those who aren’t naturals or as experienced as you.

Be willing to try new things

This class may challenge you to do things you’ve never done before. Be willing to converse and work with non-friends.

Fall Semester

Shakespearean Theater - Even years (Fall 2020, 2022, 2024)

Japanese Theater - Odd years (Fall 2021, 2023, 2025)

Shakespearean Theater - Even years (Fall 2020, 2022, 2024)

In this unit, students are introduced to Shakespeare. Students will select a monologue and use textual analysis to help them prepare a believable performance. Students will also explore the tools of research, context, textual analysis, imagery, punctuation, characterization, Laban’s Efforts, objective, tactics, stage pictures, and focus as they prepare a Shakespearean monologue for performance.

Students will discuss, analzye, and critique performances of Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing and Julius Caesar.

Students will demonstrate their understanding of how to use textual analysis to prepare a character and monologue for performance. Students will also demonstrate how to bring a character and story to life through characterization and monologue performance technique.

East Meets West: Theater Traditions - Odd years (Fall 2021, 2023, 2025)

This unit gives students a chance to explore elements of unfamiliar theatre styles. Students will develop a stronger understanding of both the theatre from Western culture and that of Eastern cultures. With this understanding, students will put new conventions and style ideas to use in their own creative work and generate a dramatic piece using non-Western theater techniques.

Students will explore:

  • Kabuki from Japan and using the Mie technique

  • Noh from Japan and how masks and movement techniques communicate character

  • Chinese opera

  • Sanskrit theatre from India

Kabuki actor Shido Nakamura performs in the kabuki theatre show 'Hanakurabe Senbonzakura' in Tokyo, Japan ( Getty Images )

Spring Semester

Musical Theater - Odd years (Spring 2021, 2023, 2025)

Commedia dell'Arte - Even years (Spring 2022, 2024, 2026)

Musical Theater - Odd years (Spring 2021, 2023, 2025)

Students will identify, research, and demonstrate the development of musical theatre as a uniquely American Art form.

After viewing, discussing and reflecting on each episode of the PBS Documentary, Broadway: The American Musical, students will research a specific topic in order to create and design a musical theatre museum exhibit. Students will also give a three- to five-minute oral presentation on their interpretation of musical theatre history from 1900 to the present, based on their interpretation of the timeline.

Commedia Del’Arte - Even years (Spring 2022, 2024, 2026)

Commedia Dell’arte is a 16th century masked acting form. It is the basis of all comedy, including all tv sitcoms. This form is characterized by masked types and archetypical characters and a specific way of playing comedy. To that end, this unit is divided into two parts. Part One focuses on the foundations of commedia - playing comedy. These principles will be important to learn when it comes to developing commedia characters, specifically the physicality of the characters. Part Two focuses on the stylistic elements of playing commedia characters: how they move, how they behave historically, how to interpret these specific characters.

Students will study and analyze the different components of the Commedia Dell’Arte period. Students will then be better able to understand the influences this time period has on theater and comedy today by analysis and compare and contrast. Students will demonstrate understanding of the Commedia Dell’Arte time period and conventions by performing in a scene.