Drama Department

"The theater is so endlessly fascinating because it's so accidental. It's so much like life."

      - Arther Miller

 

Teacher Spotlight

Holly White

demoTheater is my favorite thing in the world, and I think it’s so great that students in this age group are provided the opportunity to learn about it.  Not just because they are developing their literacy skills through the work that we do, but because they are also really examining the human condition through exploration of their own emotions and reactions, connecting emotionally to characters, expressing themselves through performance, and connecting with an audience.

Updated: October 2, 2015

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Fine Arts Fall Festival

demoOctober 29th from 5-8 p.m.

 
Updated: October 2, 2015

Drama Department Overview

The drama department is an awesome program that gives students a venue to voice different aspects of who they are!  This is a three-year track which includes courses entitled Speech and Communications, Drama, and Theater Arts

First Tier

actors on a make-shift stage.  One is pulling a cow while the other female actress is dressed in an elegant, red 15th century dress.Speech class is the first tier.  In Speech class, students explore how we communicate as
individuals and develop our interpersonal and public speaking skills.  This will involve group discussion, teamwork, creating and performing different types of speeches, interpreting/presenting literature, as well as improvisation and acting.  Students also observe different communication techniques in
mass media which they will use to create commercials and public service announcements.  There are showcase performances at the end of the year.  Parents and guests are invited to attend in the auditorium during your child’s class period.

Second Tier

Students in Drama Class, the second tier, study the history and development of dramatic arts and theater.  This study will involve not only learning about different types of drama, but also creating and performing works based on these.  We start with the origins of drama in oral tradition of storytellng and myths then we move onto Greek Theater, Medieval Theater, Romantic, Renaissance, Elizabethan, and on into modern theater and musicals.  In addition to studying theater history, Drama students explore the dynamics of an ensemble, plot structure of a play, and acting techniques that range from breathing and movement to utilizing their inner resources.  These students are eligible to audition for the second-semester play as well as having show-case performances during their class period at the end of the school year.

Third Tier

In the final tier of the drama department, Theater Arts students concentrate on performance and character development even more in-depth.  They take part in representing the drama department during the Fall Fine Arts Festival, have a showcase at the end of the year, and are strongly encouraged to take part in the second semester play.  Through activities and text, Theatre Arts students study the following:

  • Plot structure of plays
  • Character analysis
  • Subtext
  • Character development
  • Stage presence (awareness of oneself and others on stage)
  • Breath control
  • Stage speech
  • Moving through blocking with a purpose
  • Audition technique
  • Theatrical make-up
  • Performance
  • Improvisation
  • Mime/pantomime

Come get in the act with the Mann Drama Department!

Department Staff

 

Teachers E-mail Grade Location Other Jobs
Holly White holly.white@lrsd.org 6th/7th/8th Room 219  

 

 

 

 

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