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Description of Theatre Arts Courses




Theatre Arts 1


Requirements: Any John Marshall high School Student may enroll in this class.

                          * Students must bring a blue or black pen and notebook paper   

                               to class every day.

                         *Students must be in their assigned seats before the tardy bell  

                              or they must go to tardy round-up.


The emphasis of this course is on the learning of the basic fundamentals of effective communication through dramatic expression. The student learns how to use speech and movement to communicate feelings and ideas to the audience. This is a performance driven class where each student will perform drama exercises in class at least once and sometimes twice each week. Many of these performances will be videotaped and all will be critiqued by the drama instructor. There is a strong emphasis on original dramatic material which requires the student to write and perform believable, emotional dialogue. The drama exercises are designed to teach the students how to approach real acting problems and successfully conquer them. Through the process of writing and performing their own scenes, the students gain a greater awareness of their dramatic potential and a greater understanding and appreciation for the fine art of drama.


Theatre Arts 2


Requirements: Credit for Theatre Arts 1 and/or approval of drama instructor


                           *Students must bring blue or black pen and notebook paper

                              to class everyday.        

                            *Students must be in their assigned seats before the tardy bell rings

                               or they must go to tardy round-up.


Students enrolled in Theatre Arts 2 continue honing their performing skills by attempting more difficult and longer drama exercises with more difficult acting problems. Once again a great deal of emphasis is placed on the writing and performing of original material. In addition students will be given the opportunity to develop their skills in analyzing dramatic works and critiquing the performances of their fellow students. They, themselves will receive in-depth critiques from the drama instructor which will go beyond the basics and include more sophisticated comments on acting techniques such as building to a climax, throw-away-lines, pace, underplay, creative use of props and symbolism.


Theare Arts 3


Requirements: Credit for Theatre Arts 1 and 2 and approval of drama instructor


                            *Students must bring blue or black pen and notebook paper to

                               class every day.

                             *Students must be in their assigned seats before the tardy bell

                                or they must go to tardy round-up.


Students enrolled in Theatre Arts 3 are given the opportunity to develop deeper and more subtle characterizations and will perform scenes which require more research and additional acting abilities such as accents, age, stylized movement, dance and singing. Advanced rehearsal techniques are used for character development.


Theatre Arts 4


Requirements: Approval of drama instructor


Expectations are very high for students enrolled in this course. It is only for the most dedicated and devoted drama students who are willing to rehearse after school, nights, Saturdays, and occasionally on holidays. Students must have an intense interest in all phases of theatrical production including acting, directing, set construction, make-up, lighting, publicity, box office, concessions, and house management. And they must be willing and eager to attempt to carry out whatever is needed to assure a good theatrical presentation in any of the above mentioned areas. Students are expected to maintain passing grades in all of their other subjects in order to remain eligible for participation in theatrical presentations.


Upcoming Production of Mainstage Comedy



John Marshall High School presents… The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940! But, hark! The title may deceive you because this is not a musical! There will be one question running through your head as you laugh at all the funny bits this play is jam-packed with: “Who dunnit??” It all starts out in Elsa Von Grossenknueton’s palatial mansion in New York, as she gathers an Irish cop, a Hollywood director, and a team of actors, and just like the title, nothing is as it seems. Her goal is to find a murderer, and when a blizzard traps them all in her mansion, people start getting killed one by one, and no one knows who’s doing it. As if that’s not enough, the estate is filled with secret passages and tunnels, too. But who’s the killer? Is it the loveable comedian, Eddie, the cop who says he’s Irish but doesn’t look it, Nikki the chorus girl, Helsa, the maid (wait, wasn’t she dead?), or even the pretentious Elsa Von Grossenknueton herself?

So come to the Auditorium on December 1st or 2nd and find out who dunnit. The show starts at 7:00 PM both evenings! Tickets will go on sale Monday November 28 at both lunches for $4, and they will cost $5 at the door.


Coming Soon!

Night Must Fall


Emlyn Williams

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