Drama I and II

Course Number: 612/613; G Block 612g/613g

Open To:
Grades 9-12

Course Length:
Full Year; 10 Units

UC/CSU Approved: Visual & Performing Arts “F” requirement. Satisfies one year of VAPA graduation requirement.

Course Description:
Drama I is a class for the student who wishes to explore Drama as a visual and performing art, no matter what her experience or background training in drama has been. Much of the study will include performance projects, including pantomimes, historical and Shakespearean monologues, and scenes from published scripts. The students will develop a working vocabulary of theatre that will help them progress as knowledgeable performers, directors, and audience members. Units include movement, pantomime, improvisation, characterization, makeup, costume, sets and properties, playwriting, production, and dramatic criticism.

Drama II builds on skills learned in Drama I. Students will do more advanced work in acting, directing, and costuming/scene design. They will explore the history of theater, as well as exploring local theater. Advanced students will have an opportunity to direct other students in performance.

Textbook/Class Resources:

  • Audition by Michael Shurtleff  9780553272956
  • A Practical Handbook for the Actor by Melissa Bruder, etc. 9780394744124
  • The Theatre of Tennessee Williams, Vol. 1  9780811211352

Level of Difficulty:
Moderate
Difficult
  Very Difficult

Estimated Homework Per Class:
30 minutes
30-60 minutes
60-90 minutes

Prerequisites:
None