In this class, students are given an opportunity to perform in two repertory shows - A Christmas Carol and Dracula. Additionally, students are given a concrete technique for approaching beginning classical theatre - specifically that of the Victorian and Edwardian age. Students are taught how to identify the defining characteristics of each period and use them in creating a character. Specific attention is placed on maintaining organic honesty within the work while adopting the necessary mannerisms of the style.
Students will focus their movement training on developing a reliable technique for style work as it applies to classical text. Students will study reverences, standing, sitting, social norms and mannerisms (including fan language) for the Ancient Greek, Gothic, Elizabethan, Restoration, Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian periods.
This unit allows the students to vocally explore dialect and accent work using an amalgamation of ear training and IPA notation. Students are given a concrete set of tactics for marking vowel substitutions in text while simultaneously learning how to accurately mimic vocal accents and regionalisms using auditory strategies.
This unit entails a detailed examination of the historical origins of theatre, the development of genres within the discipline, significant artists who have contributed to the growth of theatre and current trends in contemporary theatre. Specific attention was paid to the following periods: Greek and Roman theatre, Medieval Theatre and the Mystery Cycles, Elizabethan theatre, Restoration theatre, Realism/Naturalism and Modernism.