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At Grandview High School, “The Arts Make a Difference!” Arts education is essential to each person’s development. It is a principal means for helping students discover beauty and joy in life. Performing and visual arts are vehicles for cultivating personal expression and for fostering creative potential. As a result of participation in the arts, students discover our shared cultural heritage and prepare for meaningful life-long activities. Considering the many benefits of an arts education, participation in one or more areas of Grandview’s diverse and dynamic arts program should be an integral part of the course of study for all students wanting a well-rounded educational experience. The Arts at Grandview High School will make a difference in your life!

THEATER 1 - 1/2 Credit
​Prerequisite: None
​Course Length: Semester
​Grade: 9-12
​Fee: None
Students in Theatre 1 develop the beginning acting skills of a mature per­former and obtain an overview of theatre at Grandview High School. Participation in class activities enhances the student’s self-confidence, poise and creativity. Performance projects include, but are not limited to: improvisation, storytelling, pantomime, playmaking, monologues and scenes. In addition to classwork, students are required to participate in at least 5 hours of theatre production activities outside of class.
THEATER 2 - 1/2 Credit
​Prerequisite: Theater 1
​Course Length: Semester
​Grade: 9-12
​Fee: None
In Theater 2, students expand on skills learned in Theatre 1. Emphasis will be given to play and character analysis through daily acting practice, improvisation, and discussion. Performance projects include, but are not limited to: scene study, monologues, playmaking, improvisation, voice, movement, and auditioning. In addition to classwork, students are required to participate in at least 5 hours of theatre production activities outside the classroom.
THEATER 3 - 1 Credit
​Prerequisite: Theater 2 and Instructor's approval
​Course Length: Year
​Grade: 10-12
​Fee: None
Theater 3 is an advanced course in acting. Students refine the skills stud­ied in Theatre 1 and Theatre 2. Course work will include the following: improvisation, script analysis, character analysis, theatre history, and advanced acting techniques. Participation in the State Thespian Conference as well as play production is strongly encouraged.
THEATER 4: Directing and Acting - 1 Credit
​Prerequisite: Theater 3 and Instructor's approval.
​Course Length: Year
​Grade: 11-12
​Fee: None
Theater 4 allows students to pursue the fundamentals of stage direction. It emphasizes the artistic and collaborative development of auditioned act­ing students. Scenes are drawn from the Greeks, Shakespeare, Moliere, Chekhov, Williams and Wilson, among others. Course work may include the following: directing and advanced acting, script and character analy­sis and design concepts. Students refine the skills studied in Theatre 1, 2 and 3. Course work will include the following: improvisation, script analysis, character analysis, theatre history, advanced acting techniques, and multiple directing techniques. Participation in the State Thespian Conference as well as play production is strongly encouraged.
THEATER PRODUCTION ENSEMBLE - 1 Credit
​Prerequisite: Audition Only
​Course Length: Year
​Grade: 11-12
​Fee: None
This audition-only course is for the advanced theatre student. It empha­sizes the artistic and collaborative development of auditioned, advanced students. Play production is the core of this class. Students may be per­forming the following dramatic genres: murder mystery, children’s the­atre, improvisation, Shakespeare, 1-Acts and/or ensemble production. Students are required to participate in the evening productions which will be produced at least once a quarter. Participation in the State Thespian Conference as well as play production is strongly encouraged.
TECH THEATER 1 - 1/2 Credit
​Prerequisite: None
​Course Length: Semester
​Grade: 9-12
​Fee: None
Tech Theater 1 offers students a hands-on opportunity to learn all aspects of stagecraft for the production of plays and auditorium events. Students will learn scenery construction and painting, stage lighting and sound, property and costuming essentials, theatre organization and management, and equipment maintenance. In addition to classwork, students are required to participate in at least ten hours of stage production activities in the GHS Theatre.
TECH THEATER 2 - 1 Credit
​Prerequisite: Tech Theater 1 or consent of instructor.
​Course Length: Year
​Grade: 9-12
​Fee: None
In Tech Theater 2, students refine the skills learned in Tech Theatre I and work on theatre production activities at an advanced level. Emphasis will be on leading stage crews, production organization and management, the design of scenery, lighting, sound, makeup, costuming, properties, and business management and publicity. Students will apply their learning by managing production activities in the GHS Theatre. A minimum of 40 hours of these activities outside of class time will be required each semester.
 
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