Through courses in Technical Theatre, students learn how to analyze literature and design and build theatrical elements for productions and regional/state and national competitions. The Technical Theatre courses are meant to be taken in succession with each level building the necessary foundation for students to be successful at the next level of study. Technical Theatre courses are offered all year during school and extra-curricular through our Career and Technology Student Organization (CTSO) Seagull Drama Club.
Technical Theatre I: Gr 9 - 12 (two semesters/full year) 1.0 CTE and V&P credit (0.5 per semester) 383CTE
Technical Theatre I is a course for students new to Technical Theatre. Students will be introduced to the safety standards and hands-on exploration of vocational fields in technical theatre; set design, properties, sound, lighting, make-up and hair, costuming, publicity, and stage management. Through the design process, students will gain an appreciation for Theatrical Design as an art form and recognize themselves as a creative part of a production team. Technical Theatre I students will learn to evaluate live theatre and analyze the impact on and from society. This is a project-based course that will require students to practice the safe use of shop tools and materials. Semester 1 focuses on safety standards, the study of vocational fields, industry field trips, and practical model assignments. Semester 2 will be more hands-on project-based work in designated production teams working directly with our CTSO and our extra-curricular productions.
Technical Theatre II: Gr 10 -12 (one semester/can be repeated for credit) 0.5 CTE and V&P Arts credit per semester CTE 385/CTE386
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Technical Theatre I (a minimum grade of C) or instructor permission.
Technical Theatre II is offered to students who have successfully completed Technical Theatre I and want to continue to build upon the learned skills. Students will learn the principles of design, principles of composition, and color theory as they begin to analyze dramatic scripts and apply the design process. Advanced techniques in the building of scenery, costumes, and props and the execution of lighting and sound will be examined. Students will gain an appreciation for world cultures and their contributions to Theatre Arts. Career opportunities/mentor alignment in Technical Theatre will be explored while students build upon their portfolios with updated resumes and theatrical design experiences. Technical Theatre II is a project-based course that will require students to practice safe use of shop tools and materials.
Technical Theatre III: Gr 11-12 (one semester/can be repeated for credit) 0.5 CTE and V&P Arts credit per semester CTE 387/CTE388
Technical Theatre III is a continuation of studies from Technical Theatre II. Students will explore advanced techniques in scenery construction, costume construction, makeup application, lighting design, sound design, and theatrical marketing. Students will demonstrate the design process by working as leaders of a collaborative design team in designing technical elements for theatrical productions. Tech III students will work directly with local professionals from the industry in an internship style setting. This course will have specific field trips and workshops built-in. All work will be added to their portfolios. Technical Theatre III is a project-based course that will require students to practice the safe use of shop tools and materials.
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