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  • Advanced Theatre

    Advanced Theatre (10-12)
    Prerequisite:  Theatre
    This is an advanced acting class that will build off of the knowledge learned in Introduction to Theatre. Students will fine-tune their acting skills using a variety of acting techniques while working on scenes, monologues and one-acts. Theatre history, playwriting and an introduction to directing will be covered through the year. Students will then study directing and make choices about scripts, script analysis, casting, focus of scenes, and the mood, rhythm, pace and main ideas of a production. Students will also have the opportunity to prepare for college auditions, learn audition techniques and study a variety of theatre genres. In addition to what is mentioned above, students will continue to explore different acting techniques and develop their acting skills.     
  • Musical Theatre

    Musical Theatre (9-12)
    This year-long, non-production course is designed for both the novice and experience student. The course explores the history of the American Musical Theater as well as learning and developing the skills necessary for performing in Musical Theater. Students will develop and expand upon the fundamentals of voice production, stage movement, acting, characterization, dance and technical aspects of a musical production. Since this is a performance-based course, most class periods will be spent in rehearsal mode, with students singing, dancing and acting each week. Student work will culminate in periodic classroom and/or public performances. Of importance is students? opportunity to develop fundamental group- and self- assessment skills, problem-solving skills, and the ability to connect the literature being studied to history and a variety of cultures. Additionally, the development of 21st-century skills will help students be successful after graduation.
  • Musical Theatre 1

    Musical Theatre 1 (9-12) This year-long, non-production course is designed for both the novice and experience student. The course explores the history of the American Musical Theater as well as learning and developing the skills necessary for performing in Musical Theater. Students will develop and expand upon the fundamentals of voice production, stage movement, acting, characterization, dance and technical aspects of a musical production. Since this is a performance-based course, most class periods will be spent in rehearsal mode, with students singing, dancing and acting each week. Student work will culminate in periodic classroom and/or public performances. Of importance is students opportunity to develop fundamental group- and self- assessment skills, problem-solving skills, and the ability to connect the literature being studied to history and a variety of cultures. Additionally, the development of 21st-century skills will help students be successful after graduation.
  • Musical Theatre 2

    Musical Theatre 2 (10-12) Prerequisite: Musical Theatre 1 In this course, students build on their foundations from the previous year.
  • Musical Theatre 3

    Musical Theatre 3 (11-12) Prerequisite: Musical Theatre 2 In this course, students build on their foundations from the previous year.
  • Musical Theatre 4

    Musical Theatre 4 (12) Prerequisite: Musical Theatre 3 In this course, students build on their foundations from the previous year.
  • Special Projects in Theatre

    Special Projects in Theatre (11-12) One trimester Prerequisite: Departmental approval Does not fulfill departmental graduation requirement This class is devoted to the study, rehearsal, and performance of a play. The aim of Special Projects is to continue the student?s learning experience in terms of rehearsal procedure, discipline, and the actuality of performing before an audience. The course is graded on a Credit / Non-Credit basis.
  • Technical Theatre

    Technical Theatre (9-12)
    In this year-long course students will be introduced to basic and intermediate concepts of technical theatre design and construction. Students will begin to explore the areas of scenic, properties, costume, wigs/makeup, lighting, sound, and projection design, with the opportunity to construct their designs. They will also learn about areas of stage, production, and theater management; theater safety; and theater theory. Through in-class demonstrations, individual and group projects, and the final portfolio, students will learn about technical theater, have the opportunity to get hands-on with the various tools of the trade, and showcase their new skills.
  • Technical Theatre 1

    Technical Theatre 1 (9-12) In this year-long course students will be introduced to basic and intermediate concepts of technical theatre design and construction. Students will begin to explore the areas of scenic, properties, costume, wigs/makeup, lighting, sound, and projection design, with the opportunity to construct their designs. They will also learn about areas of stage, production, and theater management; theater safety; and theater theory. Through in-class demonstrations, individual and group projects, and the final portfolio, students will learn about technical theater, have the opportunity to get hands-on with the various tools of the trade, and showcase their new skills.
  • Technical Theatre 2

    Technical Theatre 2 (10-12) Prerequisite: Technical Theatre 1 In this course, students build on their foundations from the previous year and take on more independence.
  • Technical Theatre 3

    Technical Theatre 3 (11-12) Prerequisite: Technical Theatre 2 In this course, students build on their foundations from the previous year and take on more independence.
  • Technical Theatre 4

    Technical Theatre 4 (12) Prerequisite: Technical Theatre 3 In this course, students build on their foundations from the previous year and take on more independence.
  • Theatre

    Theatre (9-12)
    This is a beginning theatre course with emphasis on performance. Acting techniques, script analysis, improvisation, character development and theatre history will be a daily part of the curriculum. Students will explore many different acting techniques through theatre games, improvisation, group work, monologues, and short scenes. This course will introduce students to the art and skill of play analysis. They will learn the building blocks of dramatic structure and analyze how structure contributes to our understanding of a play.
  • Theatre 1

    Theatre 1 (9-12) This is a beginning theatre course with emphasis on performance. Acting techniques, script analysis, improvisation, character development and theatre history will be a daily part of the curriculum. Students will explore many different acting techniques through theatre games, improvisation, group work, monologues, and short scenes. This course will introduce students to the art and skill of play analysis. They will learn the building blocks of dramatic structure and analyze how structure contributes to our understanding of a play.
  • Theatre 2

    Theatre 2 (10-12) Prerequisite: Theatre 1 This is an advanced acting class that will build off of the knowledge learned in Introduction to Theatre. Students will fine-tune their acting skills using a variety of acting techniques while working on scenes, monologues and one-acts. Theatre history, playwriting and an introduction to directing will be covered through the year. Students will then study directing and make choices about scripts, script analysis, casting, focus of scenes, and the mood, rhythm, pace and main ideas of a production. Students will also have the opportunity to prepare for college auditions, learn audition techniques and study a variety of theatre genres. In addition to what is mentioned above, students will continue to explore different acting techniques and develop their acting skills.
  • Theatre 3

    Theatre 3 (11-12) Prerequisite: Theatre 2 Theatre Arts III is a continuation of the work covered in Theatre Arts II in an advanced context. Students will engage in more intensive preparation of their craft. The creative physical, emotional, and mental aspects of performance are studied through scene work, monologues, and improvisations. Auditioning techniques will be examined as well. This course also includes an introduction to directing theatre. The director's concept and responsibilities are studied through scene work.
  • Theatre 4

    Theatre 4 (12) Prerequisite: Theatre 3 This is a course for the acting student who has taken the previous acting classes and includes advanced work on characterization, improvisation, scene study, directing and other areas of study that vary from year to year. Students will develop a capstone project in theatre (senior thesis). This is an opportunity for the advanced acting student to create and develop a project that embodies all that they have learned in the previous three years of acting class. Preparation for the senior thesis begins in the spring of their junior year as students meet with an drama teacher and choose a play that either they will direct, design or act in for the following season . Students typically begin independent research in the fall with the performance happening in the spring.
Francis Parker School is a private, independent, coeducational, college preparatory day school for students in Junior Kindergarten through Grade 12 from across San Diego County. Founded in 1912, the Lower School is located on the Mission Hills Campus with the Upper and Middle Schools on the Linda Vista Campus. Parker's mission is to inspire a diverse community of independent thinkers whose academic excellence, global perspective and strength of character prepare them to make a meaningful difference in the world.

Mission Hills Campus Lower School

4201 Randolph Street
San Diego, CA 92103
 

Linda Vista Campus Middle/Upper School

6501 Linda Vista Road
San Diego, CA 92111
858 / 569-7900