Theater Arts

  • American Musical Theater (05160943)


    0.5 Credit; Unweighted

    Length: Semester; Format: Meets Daily
    Grade(s): 9, 10, 11, 12
    Prerequisites: None
    Repeat the Course: Yes

    All levels of singing experience welcome! “Think of musical comedy – the two most glorious words in the English language!” – Julian Marsh, from 42nd Street. America is the birthplace of the musical, and this course will be focused on musical theatre; its development; its reflection of American history as it unfolds; its unique style of storytelling and character; and the many diverse qualities that make it uniquely American Musical Theatre. Students will analyze librettos and lyrics; listen to musical scores; and view clips and videos of performances. The core of the course is in the preparation and rehearsal for the culminating assessment, the Radnor Actors Workshop Musical Theatre Cabaret. Each student will have a song to prepare, research, and perform in the Cabaret as a solo, and there will at least two ensemble numbers for the Cabaret. Utilizing technology, students will record their own performances of their songs. By the end of the course, students will have a deeper understanding and appreciation for the Broadway Musical, and have significant performance experience and feedback.

    Please note- Singing is an expectation of this course: ALL levels of experience welcome.

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  • Public Speaking (05010945)


    0.5 Credit; Unweighted

    Length: Semester; Format: Meets Daily
    Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
    Prerequisites: None
    Repeat the Course: No

    Welcoming all students, Public Speaking is perfect for the student who wishes to pursue a career that will, or might, involve public speaking. Those students who might be considering careers in government, politics, business, medicine, law, research, journalism, teaching, etc. should consider taking this course, especially if they have had little or no experience on stage. Students who have stage fright are especially welcome to take this course, and learn to work through their anxiety in a safe, welcoming, and supportive environment. In this course, students will study the elements of a strong public presentation. Students will engage in mock professional interviews to help prepare them for college interviews, as well as workforce interviews. Taking a stage acting approach to speech and oratory, students will build on their vocal production skills, as well as construct a compelling speech. Students will also engage in debates. Students will present video recorded journalistic newscasts, as well as audio recorded newscasts (radio). The course culminates in a community performance of talks in the TED style.

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  • Theatre Acting (05160950) (formerly Theatre Arts)


    0.5 Credit; Unweighted

    Length: Semester; Format: Meets Daily
    Grade(s): 9, 10, 11, 12
    Prerequisites: None
    Repeat the Course: Yes

    This course welcomes all students in grades 9-12 who wish to learn and experience more about being an actor. Enriching the basic concepts, students will experience many aspects of theatre within the course. Students who have stage fright are especially welcome to take this course and learn to work through their anxiety in a safe, welcoming, and supportive environment. Utilizing theatrical exercises and games, students will discover and develop full awareness of the tools actors use for acting: Voice, Body, Face, Mind, and Imagination. Culminates in a community performance of scenes and/or monologues.

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  • Advanced Acting H (05160946) (formerly Theatre Arts II H)


    1.0 Credit; Weighted; Honors credit

    Length: Year; Format: Meets Daily
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    0.5 Credit, Unweighted, non-Honors credit (05160942)
    Length: Semester; Format: Meets Daily
    Grades: 10-12 (9th grade considered, only with recommendation, résumé, and experience)
    Repeat the Course: Yes
    Prerequisites: Teacher Approval

    Advanced Acting is a course for the advanced student actor who wishes to begin building a portfolio of their performances. Students will be evaluated on in class and culminating performances in many forms. Students will learn through masterclass format performances of their peers. Students will be expected to utilize correct theatre vocabulary, and be able to intellectually analyze and create characters, plots, and storylines. Students are expected to memorize materials. Students will design sets, costumes, and blocking, and students will direct scenes. Students will create their own  monologues, scenes, and plays, as well as create more complex and productive improvisations in the long form. Students are expected to audition for the Radnor Actors Workshop performances, but do not necessarily have to participate onstage; All students, however, will be expected to assist the performances in some way. Professionalism and self-discipline are absolutely required of members of this elite class. This course is open to students in grades 10-12. 9th grade students with recommendation, résumé, and experience will be considered.

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  • Technical Theatre (05160947)


    0.5 Credit; Unweighted

    Length: Semester; Format: Meets Daily
    Grades: 9-12
    Prerequisites: None
    Repeat the Course: Yes

    Technical Theatre will touch on all aspects of technical theatre, with guest speakers and artists bringing tech gear to interact with and learn about. Students will design sets, creating scaled miniature models based upon the needs of a given play or musical. Lighting, sound, costume, and prop design will also be considered for plays and musicals. Students in the Radnor Tech Crew will also have the opportunity to build sets, hang lights, and design sound for all school events, including the Radnor Actors Workshop productions, school musical, school concerts, and other events, in the Auditorium and Black Box areas. Tech crew will aid organization and maintenance of the Auditorium, Black Box, Theatre Room, and Set Shop areas of the school. Tech crew may also run technical elements for school events, concerts, and assemblies. For extracurricular activities, such as Radnor Actors Workshop, Tech Crew will participate in an aspect of each show - Sound, Lighting, Set Construction, Painting, Costumes, Props, and/or Backstage Running Crew. NOTE: Students should be able to lift up to 40 lbs, and must be able to follow strict safety expectations and procedures. Students must be willing to put in some time outside of school hours.

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    Interested in more classes that involve elements of Theatre Arts? If so, take a look at: Advanced Textile Arts II which involves costume design for the Fall play and Spring Musical and Behind the Scenes Workshop which is a new art course that will be involved with set design.

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