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Participation in the performing arts is a way for students to learn about themselves and others; to become more human by experiencing and sharing human interaction through artistic endeavors; to value creativity and the creative mind; to develop an understanding of the styles, language, and structure of the performing arts; to understand the contribution of the performing arts to societies; and to develop commitment, responsibility, sensitivity, esteem, and pride through performance.

The arts serve to provide balance in any educational program of studies, and can also be important when students apply to colleges. The following quote reflects the importance the arts can play in college acceptance:

“Qualifications for admission to Yale College include not only the reasonable well defined areas of academic achievement and special skills on non-academic areas, but also the less tangible qualities of capacity for involvement, commitment, and personal growth. The arts offer remarkable opportunities for the exercise of these qualities. The highly skilled artist, the student whose intellectual interests include motivation and the willingness to extend their reach through participation in the arts, all promise to enhance the quality of life at Yale.”
David Worth, Dean of Admissions, Yale University

WHS Course Description Performing Arts

PERFORMING ARTS DEPARTMENT
Mrs. Heather Cote, Director
Staff:
Mr. Jim Howard
Mr. Ron Goldman

Drama:
Drama I: Introduction to Theatre
Drama II: Advanced Acting
Drama III/IV: Festival Theatre
Technical Theater

The Performing Arts Department provides performing and creative experiences in theatre for all Westwood High School students. It strives to equip students to become sensitive and knowledgeable participants in the performing arts by offering a wide range of curricular courses and extra-curricular activities that meet the interests and needs of all students.

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CURRICULUM

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Drama I: Introduction to Theatre
7012
7011 (see “Drama Honors
Option” below)

7 per cycle
5.00 credits
Freshman–Seniors

Introduction to Theatre provides opportunities for students to explore theatre skills and techniques. Students will learn the fundamentals of theatre through projects, including the creation and performance of short scenes and ensemble acting. Additional studies will include technical theatre and theatre critique.

School-Wide Academic Expectations:
2. Communicate effectively
3. Define, analyze, and solve problems

   
Drama II: Advanced Acting
7022
7021 (see “Drama Honors
Option” below)

7 per cycle
5.00 credits
Sophomore–Seniors

Drama II: Advanced Acting focuses upon intermediate theatre topics designed to build upon the skills developed in Introduction to Theatre. The focus of this year’s work is on the scripted word, and how the actor interprets and presents the words of others on stage. Major topics include Shakespearean sonnets and monologues; , and theatre of the 20th century. Students will collaborate on the creation of a one-act play that will be presented as part of the Spring Shorts Drama Festival.

Prerequisite: Introduction to Theatre or Instructor’s approval.

School-Wide Academic Expectations:
2. Communicate effectively
3. Define, analyze, and solve problems

   
Drama III/IV: Festival Theatre
7031
7 per cycle
5.00 credits
Juniors

Festival Theatre is an honors level course, which advances all theatre techniques learned in Drama II: Advanced Acting. Students will be involved in script analysis and selection, audition process, set design and construction, and play production and performance of a festival play. The students will be required to participate in College High School Drama Festival. The festivals take place on a Saturday at the end of January. Students must commit to this date prior to enrollment. Festival Theatre may be repeated for credit.

Prerequisite: Drama II: Advanced Acting or instructor’s approval.

School-Wide Academic Expectations:
2. Communicate effectively
3. Define, analyze, and solve problems