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Curriculum Guide

Technical Concentration Semester One Overview: 
  • Technical classes will participate in ONLINE Seminar classes for the first semester. These will be in Stage Management, Set/Props Design, and Sound or Acting. 
  • Each Seminar Session will be one month and will culminate in some sort of final project in the specified area. 
  • Non HS Acting Students will be required to participate in at least two (2) Seminar Sessions in the first semester. 
  • We hope to get back to in-person classes in January in your specific concentration, but we will update you on that as we get closer to January. 

 

Seminar Schedule: 

SEMINAR SESSSION ONE—STAGE MANAGEMENT: 

Tuesday, September 8 from 6-7pm

Tuesday, September 15 from 6-7pm

Tuesday, September 22 from 6-7pm

Tuesday, September 29 from 6-7pm

 

SEMINAR SESSION TWO—SET/PROPS DESIGN: 

Tuesday, October 6 from 6-7pm

Tuesday, October 13 from 6-7pm

Tuesday, October 20 from 6-7pm

Tuesday, October 27 from 6-7pm

 

SEMINAR SESSION THREE—SOUND or ACTING (Will be announced later): 

Tuesday, November 10 from 6-7pm

Tuesday, November 17 from 6-7pm

Tuesday, December 1 from 6-7pm

Tuesday, December 8 from 6-7pm

 

  

High School Acting Concentration Semester One Overview: 

 

  • HS Acting will participate in ONLINE classes for the first semester. We will work on character development, monologues, film, and Silent Movies
  • HS Acting students will be allowed two (2) absences in the first semester. 
  • We hope to get back to in-person classes in January, but we will update you on that as we get closer to January. 

 

HS ACTING Schedule: 

Tuesday, September 8 from 7-8:30pm

Tuesday, September 15 from 7-8:30pm

Tuesday, September 22 from 7-8:30pm

Tuesday, September 29 from 7-8:30pm

Tuesday, October 6 from 7-8:30pm

Tuesday, October 13 from 7-8:30pm

Tuesday, October 20 from 7-8:30pm

Tuesday, October 27 from 7-8:30pm

Tuesday, November 10 from 7-8:30pm

Tuesday, November 17 from 7-8:30pm

Tuesday, December 1 from 7-8:30pm

Tuesday, December 8 from 7-8:30pm

*Schedule may be altered due to size. We may not always use the full hour and a half. Some classes may be staggered due to size. 

 


Areas of Concentration:


Stage Management Concentration (Tuesdays 4:30-6:00): Learn the "tricks of the trade" in our Stage Management concentration. Students in this class will learn from Full-Time Stage Management Staff. This class will cover...

  • Vocabulary, technique, and production related to Stage Management and Backstage work.
  • Stage Management duties such as, communicating with designers, directors, producers, and actors, creating schedules, prompt scripts, and other theatrical documents, calling a show, taping out a set in a rehearsal space, general organization, and overseeing the entire production and staff
  • Researching, pulling, tracking, and maintaining props for the Charleston Stage Season.
  • Creation a Stage Management portfolio that will be beneficial for college interviews.

Set and Props Concentration (Tuesdays 4:30-6:00): Every wondered how those intricitate props you see on stage and film are made? Well, here's your chance to learn! Students in this class will learn from full-time Charleston Stage Tech Staff. This class will cover...

  • Vocabulary, technique, and production related to Properties Design/Production
  • Props Master duties such as, communicating with fellow designers, directors, producers, and actors, and creating properties plots.
  • Researching, pulling, tracking, and maintaining props for the Charleston Stage Season.
  • Creation a Properties Design portfolio that will be beneficial for college interviews.
  • Vocabulary, technique, and production related to theatrical set design.Design research projectsSketchingRenderingModel buildingAesthetics of designDesign theoriesConcept to design creationArtistic collaborationCreation a design portfolio that will be beneficial for college interviews.

 
Costumes Concentration (Tuesday 4:30-6:00):
Want to learn about costume design and production? Well, here's your chance! Students in this class will study under Full-Time Charleston Stage Costume Staff! This class will cover...

  • Vocabulary, technique, and production related to theatrical costume design.
  • Design research projects
  • Sketching
  • Rendering
  • Model building
  • Aesthetics of design
  • Design theories
  • Concept to design creation
  • Artistic collaboration
  • Creation a design portfolio that will be beneficial for college interviews.


Sound Concentration (Wednesdays 4:30-6:00):
Turn up the volume and learn about sound production and design! Students in this class will be taught by Full-Time Charleston Stage Sound Staff and this class will cover...

  • Sound Design Research
  • Microphone/Sound Board Management
  • Q-Lab/Garage Band
  • Public Domain vs. Licensed Material
  • Mic/Sound Plots
  • Special Effects
  • Underscoring
  • Sound Troubleshooting
  • Balancing
  • Creation a sound production and design portfolio that will be beneficial for college interviews.

 
High School Acting Concentration (Monday 6:00-7:30): All the world's a stage, so why shouldn't you get to perform on it?! This class will be taught by Associate Director of Education and TheatreWings Coordinator, Jesse Siak with additional teaching from Resident Music Director and Director of Music Education Sam Henderson.

  • Vocabulary, technique, and production related to theatre and musical theatre.
  • Character Creation/Development
  • Monologue/Scene Rehearsal and Performance,
  • Movement/Dance
  • Vocal Development/Song Performance
  • Creation of a Portfolio/Rep Book which will be beneficial for college/general auditions
    • Students in High School Acting Class will be given the opportunity to audition for shows in the 2019-20 Charleston Stage Season!

 

SC Standards Addressed:

Stage Management

  • TH1-3.1 Critique the use of design elements such as scenery, props, lighting, sound, costumes, and makeup in a live or video production.
  • TH1-3.2 Identify tools and basic materials of set design and construction, lighting design, costume and makeup design, and sound.
  • TH1-4.1 Collaborate with others to make choices to be applied to formal and informal productions.
  • TH1-6.1 Compare and contrast different career and social roles within the arts.
  • TH1-6.2 Collaborate with other arts and non-arts disciplines in a variety of activities.
  • TH1-6.3 Recognize that theatre is a synthesis of all the arts.
  • TH1-7.2 Recognize the importance of audience expectations.

 
Set/Costume/Props Design

  • TH1-3.1 Critique the use of design elements such as scenery, props, lighting, sound, costumes, and makeup in a live or video production.
  • TH1-3.2 Identify tools and basic materials of set design and construction, lighting design, costume and makeup design, and sound.
  • TH1-3.4 Create technical elements for the theatre (for example, scenery, lighting, sound) incorporating the fundamental principles of design.
  • TH1-3.5 Collaborate with other students on the production design for a scripted scene.
  • TH2-3.2 Analyze a variety of dramatic texts from cultural and historical perspectives to determine production requirements.
  • TH2-6.5 Demonstrate an understanding of the collaborative nature of theatre.
  • TH2-7.5 Demonstrate a knowledge of appropriate criteria to be used in critiques and develop personal criteria for evaluating performances (live or electronic) and dramatic texts in terms of artist intent and final achievement.
  • TH3-1.1 Analyze scripts to describe the relationship among the dramatic elements and the impact of changing one or more of them.

 
Sound Production/Design

  • TH1-3.1 Critique the use of design elements such as scenery, props, lighting, sound, costumes, and makeup in a live or video production.
  • TH1-3.2 Identify tools and basic materials of set design and construction, lighting design, costume and makeup design, and sound.
  • TH1-3.4 Create technical elements for the theatre (for example, scenery, lighting, sound) incorporating the fundamental principles of design.
  • TH1-3.5 Collaborate with other students on the production design for a scripted scene.
  • TH2-3.2 Analyze a variety of dramatic texts from cultural and historical perspectives to determine production requirements.
  • TH2-6.5 Demonstrate an understanding of the collaborative nature of theatre.
  • TH2-7.5 Demonstrate a knowledge of appropriate criteria to be used in critiques and develop personal criteria for evaluating performances (live or electronic) and dramatic texts in terms of artist intent and final achievement.
  • TH3-1.1 Analyze scripts to describe the relationship among the dramatic elements and the impact of changing one or more of them.

 
High School Acting Class

  • TH1-2.1 Apply a knowledge of essential acting vocabulary such as blocking, objective, motivation, projection, diction, rate, and pitch in peer assessment as well as self-assessment.
  • TH1-2.2 Demonstrate physical control and expression through character exercises, scene work, and performance.
  • TH1-2.3 Utilize vocal acting skills such as breath control, voice placement, and effective speech in character exercises, scene work, and performances.
  • TH3-2.3 Use a range of emotional, psychological, and physical characteristics and behaviors to portray complex, believable characters in improvised and scripted monologues, scenes, and plays.
  • TH1-2.4 Refine skills of sensory recall, concentration, collaboration, and ensemble building.
  • TH1-2.5 Research and observe to create characters.
  • TH1-2.6 Synthesize research, observation, given circumstances, and acting skills to create characters for formal and informal presentations.
  • TH1-2.9 Summarize his or her own progress in acting as well as that of others through reflection and critique.
  • TH1-4.1 Collaborate with others to make choices to be applied to formal and informal productions.
  • TH1-4.2 Use rehearsal time effectively to brainstorm, experiment, and plan as well as to rehearse.
  • TH1-4.3 Direct short scenes incorporating simple blocking techniques.
  • TH1-4.4 Direct rehearsals of scripted monologues, scenes, or short plays for informal or formal performances.
  • TH1-4.5 Critique and recommend solutions to directing problems.
  • TH1-7.1 Demonstrate audience etiquette during theatre performances.
  • TH1-7.2 Recognize the importance of audience expectations.
  • TH1-7.5 Develop a critical vocabulary and use it to analyze a classroom performance.
  • TH3-2.4 Act in an ensemble to create and sustain characters that communicate with an audience.

 

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