Drama (Theatre)

Faculty: Chris Gillespie

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Cappies Nominations:

Actor in a Musical – Xavier Molina

Female Vocalist – Samantha Rios

Female Dancer – Kayla Fluitt

Orchestra – Wakefield Pit Orchestra

20th Annual CAPPIES Gala – May 27th at the John F. Kennedy Center

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Peter and the Starcatcher

2018-2019 Season

Aesop’s (Oh So Slightly) Updated Fables – October 12 @ 7, October 13 @ 1 pm

Peter and the Starcatcher – November 30, December 1, 7-8 @ 7 pm

Chicago (High School Version)  – May 3, 4, 10, 11 @ 7 pm

Our Place – May 31, June 1 @ 7 pm in Blackbox Theatre

 

The Wakefield Theater Program provides a robust theater experience for our students.  Students can pursue four years of drama and theater techniques, including technical theater.  Last year, Wakefield theater students were nominated for 3 Cappie Awards, and won for Comic Actor in a Musical.  Additionally, graduating students have gone on to pursue college careers in the Theater Arts at VCUArts, NYU, Ithaca College & Shenandoah University.


Courses of Study

Theatre Arts I (21400) Full year, one credit Grade(s): 9-12

Prerequisite: None

This course is an introduction to drama and theatre techniques, designed for the student who wishes to explore the various fields of drama and the theatre as a medium of communication. Participants learn basic acting techniques through pantomime, improvisation, and scene study. Voice improvement, problem solving abilities, play reading, and acting talents are practiced by working in groups. Activities include a study of the history of the theatre, technical aspects of theatre production, analyses of dramatic structures, and the design and production of a one-act play.

Theatre Arts II (21415) Full year, one credit Grade(s): 10-12

Prerequisite: Theatre Arts I or permission of Theatre Arts Teacher, Mr. Chris Gillespie.

This course is designed to continue the study of dramatic techniques and performance skills gained in Theatre Arts I. Emphasis is on character development, make-up, costuming, acting theories, and stage techniques. Students write, produce, and perform shows and plays for various audiences. The study of the history of theatre continues. Out-of-class rehearsals may be necessary to complete these activities.

Theatre Arts III (21425) Full year, one credit Grade(s): 11-12

Prerequisite: Theatre Arts II or permission of Theatre Arts Teacher, Mr. Chris Gillespie.

This course is a dramatic arts workshop course requiring active participation in productions. Students experience the areas of study and production of a drama as members of a production company, culminating in a full-length production. Each student is required to complete two detailed projects related to class production work, including assignments in at least two of the following three categories: (1) performance; (2) production/directing, management, history, and research; or (3) design/lights, costumes, sets, and props. The study of the history of theatre continues. Out-of-class rehearsals may be necessary to complete these activities.

Advanced Theatre IV (21430) Full year, one credit Grade(s): 11-12

Prerequisite: Theatre Arts III or permission of Theatre Arts teacher, Mr. Chris Gillespie.

In Theatre Arts IV, students conceptualize and oversee the entire production process for several theatrical events. By directing, producing, and managing plays or shows, Theatre Arts IV students synthesize and apply all previously learned technical elements, acting and directing techniques, and group dynamic skills. Out-of-class rehearsals may be necessary to complete these activities.

Technical Theatre (21435) Full year, one credit Grade(s): 9-12

Prerequisite: Theatre Arts I or permission of Theatre Arts Teacher, Mr. Chris Gillespie.

Students learn the basic elements of lighting, set construction, costume, make-up, and props by being actively engaged in providing the technical support for a variety of theatrical events each term. Each student is required to complete two detailed projects related to production needs in the areas of lighting, sets, costumes, make-up, or props. Some after school participation is necessary.

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Schedule:

Periods Class
Period 1
Period 2 Theatre Arts III & IV
Period 3 Senior Project
Period 4 Theatre Arts I
Period 5 Theatre Arts II
Period 6
Period 7
Tech Theatre
Period 8
Warrior Period

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The Thespians presented a showcase at Brookdale Senior Living this past Saturday. Thank you to all who were involved. This was a wonderful outreach organized by the students. https://t.co/0GPUUTwVin
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Auditions for the black box production of Our Place by Terry Gabbard. March 11 & 12 in the black box theatre during Warriors Period. Looking to cast 7 actors. Rehearsals begin mid May. Performances June 7 & 8. Sign up on the call board.
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Congratulations to Samantha Rios - Best Actor at State VHSL One-Act Festival for Runaways. Wakefield places 3rd at State! https://t.co/N5JmaEPpSa
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