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Curriculum and Class Guide

Theatre Syllabus




                        Brett Reliford             brett.reliford@adair.kyschools.us

                        Ginna Frankin            ginna.marsh@adair.kyschools.us



This course focuses on performance in the art of theatre. A majority of the course will be devoted to performance in front of an audience and evaluations will be made on student performances. In addition, students are expected to help with production design for these performances.



Theatre is a course that comes with various costs in order to operate properly. As a result, students are asked to fundraise throughout the year as part of the program. All students are expected to participate in fundraisers as part of the Theatre program.


Role Assignments:

* Roles for performances will be determined by Mr. Reliford and Ms. Marsh based on what is deemed most suitable for that particular performance.


* Seniority does not determine what role you will get.


* Things that can determine what roles are given or whether or not someone receives a role for a production are attendance, attitude, and class performance.


* Roles can be reassigned if attendance or participation make a change necessary.


* Memorization of lines is an expectation, not an added bonus. Failure to know one's lines may result in a role being reassigned or may prevent a student from being assigned roles for future productions.


* During auditions, only one student can get one role. Students are expected to enter auditions with a willingness to perform any role that they are assigned. Not getting a role that you want does not mean that you auditioned poorly, that you aren't as good as someone else, or that you are being treated unfairly. Sometimes, students will fit certain roles at the time that are needed for the best production possible overall.


* Sometimes, roles may be assigned with the intent to make students better performers all-around instead of just assigning a part that fits that performer's already established strength(s).




* Have fun. Very few classes have opportunities that we have in Theatre. While there are many responsibilities and pressures, don't forget that you are here because you love performing or helping others with performances.


* Be respectful of each other and your teachers. Just because you say or do something that doesn't bother you, that doesn't mean it's not going to bother or affect someone else. Keep this in mind. Always be considerate of others.


* Know and/or learn what is appropriate. Some things are not appropriate outside of private conversation. Be mindful of how you speak and act around a group. Be mindful of how you act on school trips, and be appropriate when guests visit our class. Chewing gum during rehearsals and performances is not appropriate. Public displays of affection or contact is not appropriate outside of a scripted performance.


* Participate. This is a class that requires performance. Students are expected to perform and participate during this course.


* Be prepared. Several assignments will require students to prepare a role, bring in props, prepare your costume, etc., before class begins. Students are expected to be prepared for these instances.


* Be dependable. Group/ensemble or paired performances only succeed when each person is doing his/her part to make the overall performance a success. If you are not dependable, then this makes others unable to do their parts to make the program a success as well.


* Be on time.


* Be here. Attendance is super important to the success of a theatre program. There is always room for improvement, and performers cannot improve if they aren't at school. Always plan ahead with the teachers if you know you are not going to be present at school on a particular day.


* Remain in class during class time. This class may use several locations for rehearsal. Students are expected to arrive and return promptly to locations designated by your teachers.


* Be teachable. As you perform, instructors and audience members are going to see things and notice things that you may not realize as a performer. Everyone can improve during each rehearsal, no matter how great you feel it is going. Be willing to take notes from the director(s) as ways to improve and make your performance better overall.


* Props should only be handled by the actors designated to use them or by the propmaster(s) designated to help with those props.



* Rehearsals (based on attendance and participation).


* Attendance. You earn 100 percent as a daily grade if you are present. Unexcused absences count as a 0 for that day.


* Performances. This includes monologues, in-class performances, and major productions.


* Papers and in-class assignments.






° TH:1.Cr1

Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work.

° TH:1.Cr1.1


° TH:1.Cr1.1.I.a

Apply basic research to construct ideas about the visual

composition of a drama/theatre work.

° TH:1.Cr1.1.I.b

Explore the impact of technology on design choices in a

drama/theatre work.

° TH:1.Cr1.1.I.c

Use script analysis to generate ideas about a character that is

believable and authentic in a drama/theatre work.

° TH:1.Cr1.1.EQ

What happens when theatre artists use their imaginations and/or

learned theatre skills while engaging in creative exploration and


° TH:1.Cr1.1.EU

Theatre artists rely on intuition, curiosity, and critical inquiry.

° TH:1.Cr2

Organize and develop artistic ideas and work.

° TH:1.Cr2.1


° TH:1.Cr2.1.I.a

Explore the function of history and culture in the development

of a dramatic concept through a critical analysis of original

ideas in a drama/theatre work.

° TH:1.Cr2.1.I.b

Investigate the collaborative nature of the actor, director,

playwright, and designers and explore their interdependent

roles in a drama/theatre work.

° TH:1.Cr2.1.EQ

How, when, and why do theatre artists' choices change?

° TH:1.Cr2.1.EU

Theatre artists work to discover different ways of communicating


° TH:1.Cr3

Refine and complete artistic work.

° TH:1.Cr3.1


° TH:1.Cr3.1.I.a

Practice and revise a devised or scripted drama/theatre work

using theatrical staging conventions.

° TH:1.Cr3.1.I.b

Explore physical, vocal and physiological choices to develop a

performance that is believable, authentic, and relevant to a

drama/theatre work.

° TH:1.Cr3.1.I.c

Refine technical design choices to support the story and

emotional impact of a devised or scripted drama/ theatre work.










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