Acting I is designed as a basic introduction into the world of theatre and acting. There is a brief look into the history of acting and its impact on our culture today. Students will study the preparation for any stage performance, including breathing and warm-up techniques as well as diction and line memorization. Students will also rehearse and perform monologues and scenes from various plays and genres of theatre, applying techniques and methods discussed in class to enhance each performance and present a better understanding of the character portrayed.
Acting II builds off of techniques learned in the Acting 1 class. Students will apply basic warm up and breathing techniques as well as acting methods to help develop characters for scenes and monologues. This class also focuses more on the history of theatre, studying different genres of theatre throughout history and performing select scenes from each of these genres. Some examples of genres studied are Greek Tragedy, Roman Theatre, Commedia dell'Arte, Shakespeare, British Farce and American Melodrama. Students will also be able to create, produce and perform their own period piece based upon any of the genres we discussed throughout the semester as their final project.
Acting III builds off of techniques learned in both Acting I and Acting II class. Students will apply basic warm up and breathing techniques as well as acting methods to help develop the characters. The primary focus of Acting III is producing and directing your own scenes. Students will find and research small scenes and approach analysis from a director’s point of view. Students will direct actors in these scenes. There is also a unit on improvisation and deeper development of characterization. The final project is a student directed scene that they have written themselves.
Musical Theatre Workshop
In Musical Theatre Workshop, students learn different aspects about musical theatre from the history of the art to auditioning to rehearsal to performance. Students will perform several songs from different genres, research and analyze musicals, and finally produce their own “musical.” The class focuses primarily on performing a song from musical theatre (instead of only vocals), infusing each performance with character choices and actions. No vocal training needed for the class, just a love of the artform and a love of singing.
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Every fall, the Lakeridge High School Performing Arts Department produces a large scale musical. Performances are typically the first two weekends in November. Specific days depend on the school's calendar that year. Rehearsals are after school Monday thru Friday from 3pm-5:30pm with rehearsals running later as opening night nears. Musicals chosen usually reflect societal themes happening at that time and provide great learning experiences for the students. Students learn the value of hard work, dedication, responsibility and team work to put together a large scale musical. For the current show playing at LHS, click on the "Current Show" link at the top of this page.
LHS produces one mainstage play a year in February . The play selection follows in a rotation of Drama, Murder/Mystery, Shakespeare, Comedy, and then back to Drama. Performances are typically the second or third weekend in February. Specific days depend on the school's calendar that year. Rehearsals typically run Mon/Wed/Fri from 3pm-5:30pm with rehearsals running later as opening night nears. Shows are chosen based upon rotation that year, societal themes, and difficulty. Due to difficulty, the Winter play is aimed specifically for upperclassmen, however all students are encouraged to audition (freshmen and sophomores are encouraged to audition for the spring play - see below). For the current show, click on the "Current Show" link at the top of this page.
In May, LHS 2nd Stage (see below) produces a smaller scale show in the Black Box Theatre traditionally called the Freshmen/Sophomore Play. Production dates are typically either the second or third weekend in May. Specific dates depend on the school calendar that year. The Spring Play is a student directed production specifically designed for current freshmen and sophomores to perform with the production team consisting of upperclassmen. Upperclassmen interested in directing the Spring Play submit proposals the preceding fall to be considered, and, once chosen, the directors enroll in an independent study with the instructor, developing the play from all production aspects under the advisement of the instructor. This ultimately gives the student directors a much more well-rounded perspective of theatre. For the current show, click on the "Current Show" link at the top of the page.
LHS 2nd Stage
The LHS 2nd Stage is a program designed to give students a deeper understanding of theatre. With productions produced almost entirely by students, this program gives students the opportunity to learn more about theatre far beyond than just being an actor on the stage. These productions challenge the students, especially the directors, to create concepts, set designs, costumes, and many other aspects that go into creating a show. This program also gives the students a chance to dabble in playwriting if they so choose. The shows presented in the Black Box Theatre are sometimes a bit more modern and edgy, reflecting the times in which the students live, or sometimes classics but seen through the perspective of today’s student. Current events that happen through our 2nd Stage program are 24 Hour Theatre, Senior-Directed One Acts, and the Freshman/Sophomore Play.
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