“All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players. They have their exits and their entrances, and one man in his time plays many parts.”
– William Shakespeare
This introductory course is designed to expose students to the process of creating theater. Cadets will explore acting techniques, such as voice projection and movement, and characterization, but also the use of props, language, and costumes. The second term will focus on the history of theater, with an emphasis on William Shakespeare. The first term will conclude with performances of monologues and small-group scenes, chosen by the Cadets, and the second term will culminate in a final performance of “All the World’s A Stage” a collaborative Cadet-written educational show about Shakespeare. These performances will take the place of final exams.
Keep in mind that this course is a general introduction to drama, and not an advanced acting course. It is expected that by the conclusion of this course, Cadets will be more comfortable speaking and performing in front of an audience, and know how to create and “sell” a character. In addition, a greater appreciation for theater and the work behind it will be fostered.
IMPORTANT NOTE: As well as the two performances (one per term) 10% of a Cadet’s grade will come from attending two live theater performances (one per term) and writing a response and critique. There will be at least one organized “class fieldtrip” to attend a performance per term, but Cadets are not required to attend the school-sponsored one – merely a performance in general.
Direct any questions to CPT Curtis at firstname.lastname@example.org