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WHS Theatre Program

Program Philosophy

The following precepts reflect the philosophy of theatre education in the Beaverton Schools. Our programs, curricular and extra-curricular, inhabit these ideals.

Theatre encourages diversity and the exploration of the human experience.

Theatre helps students develop a sense of community and social responsibility.

Theatre has the ability to affect students on a personal level by contributing to mental, emotional and social growth.

Theatre prepares students for life in the real world by guiding continual development and refinement of interpersonal and intrapersonal skills.

Theatre communicates the fact that as many ways as we humans are different, we share common bonds and can connect with everyone on some level, bringing new understanding and compassion to our lives.

 

Westview HS Theatre Courses and Targets

 

ACTING 1 – Learning Targets Grades 9-12
COURSE LEARNING TARGETS
  • Demonstrate understanding of basic acting terminology.
  • Develop vocal techniques to portray character, thought, and feeling.
  • Develop movement to portray character, thought and feeling.
  • Analyze and determine external and internal characteristics of a character.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of character motivation.
  • Create a character utilizing basic principles of character development.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of dramatic structure.
  • Identify key principles and styles derived from selected eras of theatre history.

 

ACTING 2 – Learning Targets Grades 10-12
 COURSE LEARNING TARGETS
  • Working in formal and informal theatrical performances, develop, communicate, and Maintain consistent characters.
  • Incorporate physical, vocal, emotional, and socially interactive means to portray character, though and feeling.
  • Demonstrate the presentational style of acting found in classic theatre.
  • Refine ensemble skills.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the basic facial structure.
  • Develop technical proficiency in old age stage make up.
  • Using mask, portray characters and story by applying basic physical principles and standard pantomimic expressions.
Writing
  • Explain how the technical aspects of a play either support or contradict the choices of the playwright, director and actors.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of dramatic structure as it relates to plot. Identify Plot elements such as given circumstances, background story, internal and external action, progressions and structure.
  • Demonstrate understanding of specific character elements in dramatic structure. Identify character objective, obstacles, tactics and stakes.

 

ACTING 3 – Learning Targets Grades 11, 12
COURSE LEARNING TARGETS
  • Demonstrate knowledge of dramatic structure as it relates to plot. Identify Plot elements such as given circumstances, background story, internal and external action, progressions and structure.
  • Demonstrate understanding of specific character elements in dramatic structure. Identify character objective, obstacles, tactics and stakes.
  • Working in formal and informal theatrical performances, develop, communicate, and maintain consistent characters.
  • Incorporate physical, vocal, and emotional means to portray character, thought, and feeling.
  • Develop an audition portfolio.
  • Compare and contrast classical and contemporary techniques and methods of acting.
  • Refine ensemble skills.
  • Develop an understanding of Drama’s role in cultural and the human experience.
Writing
  • Explain how the technical aspects of a play either support or contradict the choices of the playwright, director and actors.

 

CHILDREN’S THEATRE – Learning Targets Grades 9-12
COURSE LEARNING TARGETS
  • Develop an understanding of Creative Dramatics
  • Demonstrate understanding of basic acting terminology.
  • Develop vocal techniques to portray character, thought, and feeling.
  • Develop movement to portray character, thought and feeling.
  • Working cooperatively with a group, plan, prepare and perform a touring production.
  • Identify the principles of script development.
  • Write a script that includes dialogue and action.
  • Using technical skills, design and create scenery, props, costumes, and makeup.

 

TECHNICAL THEATRE
Stagecraft 1
  • Understand the need for a culture of safety.
  • Understand how stewardship is essential to working as a team.
  • Understand basic concepts and vocabulary of theatrical carpentry.
  • Understand basic concepts and vocabulary of theatrical rigging.
  • Understand basic concepts and vocabulary of scenic painting.
Stagecraft 2
  • Exemplify a culture of safety.
  • Practice stewardship (Use artistic materials, tools and spaces responsibly).
  • Understand intermediate concepts and vocabulary of theatrical carpentry.
  • Understand intermediate concepts and vocabulary of theatrical rigging.
  • Understand intermediate concepts and vocabulary of scenic painting.
  • Develop small group leadership skills.
Stagecraft 3
  • Advocate for a culture of safety.
  • Advocate for stewardship of WHS facility and equipment.
  • Continue to develop theatrical carpentry skills.
  • Continue to develop theatrical rigging skills.
  • Continue to develop scenic painting skills.
  • Develop classroom leadership skills.