Introduction to Theatre (THTR101)
0.5 (semester course)
Need more drama in your life? You've come to the right place! This course has plenty of serious academic content for the theatre-nerd-at-heart (ancient Greek tragedy, Shakespeare, The Crucible), but it's also perfect for students who were born to express themselves creatively. Theatre history skits, mimes, zany recorded rehearsals ("Try it like a snake! Try it like a fish!"), and the culminating public performance of an original Biblical monologue, all combine to make this course a whirlwind of text, self-discovery, and God-honoring time on the stage. No former theatre experience is required (though seasoned thespians will feel at home—and learn something new). Supplies needed: a camera that can record up to twenty minutes, and an ability to add drama to any situation.
“Act well your part; there are the honor lies.” (Alexander Pope)
Ever wondered why Christ so often chose to teach through telling stories? Because they are powerful. Stories, performed well, can captivate audiences and open hearts. If you’d like the skills to become a more skillful writer, speaker, and sharer of stories, then this course is meant for you.
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The class is AMAZING and Mrs. Foster did a wonderful job designing it, and if you do it as intended, I can say you will love it. The highlights of the course were, writing my own monologue, learning about the different styles of theatre that happened over the years, listening to the Crucible, being able to do two theatre-related projects that I wanted to do and doing fun acting assignments (like being a human while taking on animal characteristics.) These are the things about the theatre class that make it so enjoyable. I also learned a lot about the history of the great art that is Theatre.
This class is quite wide in its scope. It covers theater terminology, history, and performance all in the same semester. What’s more it challenges you to be creative. Rather than just saying, “Alright, here’s what you need to perform. Send me the video later.” This class actively challenges you to think of what to perform. The two biggest examples of this are the theater history performance project and the final monologue. For both of these, you must write the script yourself. Also, if you feel like somehow you didn’t learn something about theater you wanted to, the two choice projects provide you with a chance to fill in that knowledge pothole.
During this class, I made a particularly well received edutainment video. I intend to make more videos of that kind in the future. Furthermore, in writing the scripts for my performances, I got practice writing dialogue, as well as monologue. I fully intend to put this to good use as I pursue a career as a writer.
Thank you so much for creating such a challenging and engaging Intro to Theater class. This class has been one of the best classes our family has taken with Northstar.