Theatre Arts at Faith Christian School

At FCS our theatre arts program is offered to elementary, middle, and high school students. The content and learning environments follow the NC Standard Course of Study and the National Standards for Arts Education. We have three basic levels of instruction to meet the needs of our students.

1. Creative Drama for Elementary School Students:

At the elementary level we offer Creative Drama which is the practice of teaching drama as a creative activity where the emphasis is on personal development of the participants rather than on performance or an audience. This is the most appropriate method of utilizing drama with K-5 learners and is also used with learners of all ages where the desired outcome is the development of the ability to make creative choices using the body, voice, and imagination. Creative drama is a very effective tool both for introducing learners to drama in a safe, low risk environment and for integrating with other elements in the core curriculum such as a unit of study or a particular piece of literature.

Sample Unit Descriptions for Elementary Level Creative Drama:
Sea Creatures for K-1: Read/show a variety of books from fiction storybooks to non-fiction age appropriate depictions of sea animals. Discuss environment and types of creatures in the environment. Students use body, voice, and imagination to create sea creatures. Focus on Rainbow Fish and have students recreate scenes or characters using parallel play.

Insects for 2-3: Students research types of insects to find one that begins with the same sounds as their names. Play name game using insects that match names. Review body parts and in small groups create an insect using group member to become parts of the body of the insect complete with motions and sounds. Emphasize colony and working as a team through contrasting ants and grasshoppers.

Creating Fables for 4-5: Read, visualize, and act out various Aesop’s Fables. Discuss the components of fables. In small groups create and write original fables. Proofread, edit, and illustrate fable. Rehearse and perform original fable to share with classroom teachers and other groups. Publish fables in a book including illustrations and photos of shared performance.

2. Introduction to Theatre for Middle School Students:
At the middle school level we offer Introduction to Theatre. For middle school students it is essential to offer drama with an emphasis on exploring and developing personal interests, skills, and knowledge related to multiple aspects of drama and theatre. An age appropriate exploration will include historical, performance, and technical aspects. Focus is on both personal development and beginning level mastery of content and skills associated with each aspect of drama. Improvisation and self-evaluation are key elements for these grades.

Sample Unit Descriptions for Middle School Level Introduction to Theatre:
Social Issues: Brainstorm important social issues such as peer pressure, cheating, and excluding others. Have students work in small groups to create realistic scenes showing students in situations dealing with social issues. Depict each scene with a negative outcome and a positive outcome. Share scenes and evaluate the work of yourself, your group, and other groups.

Greek Theatre with Nursery Rhymes: Study the origins of theatre in ancient Greece and focus on the function of the chorus in Greek Tragedy. Use nursery rhymes and have small groups create a telling of their nursery rhyme performing it as a Greek chorus.

Who’s Got Style?:  Focus on defining and distinguishing style in a variety of areas (clothes, music, architecture, novels, etc.) Create and recreate short improvisations in a variety of styles/genres. Have students work in small groups to choose a fairy tale or traditional children’s tale and create a performance of that story in a set style/genre chosen by the group. Performance can be with live actors or students can additionally create puppets.

3. Theatre Arts Electives for High School Students:
At the high school level students have the option to continue their exploration of theatre arts through elective choices. We offer Theatrical Performance and Technical Theatre.

In Theatrical Performance the students will explore acting and directing through exercises, improvisations, informal and formal productions with emphasis on relaxation; concentration of attention; imagination; physical and vocal choices; ensemble; scene study; and monologues.

Course Objectives. By the end of the course students will be able to:

  • Utilize a variety of warm-up exercises effectively.
  • Demonstrate appropriate concentration and collaboration skills.
  • Create characters through physical and vocal choices.
  • Analyze and score a script (scenes and monologues).
  • Explain basic acting terminology.
  • Critique process and product work of self and others.
  • Describe the demands and disciplines of the actor’s craft.

In Technical Theatre the students will explore technical theatre, design, and non-performance aspects of theatre through activities, exercises, and field study with emphasis on creative thinking, problem solving, and collaboration.

Course Objectives. By the end of the course students will be able to:

  • Describe content, form and structure of plays.
  • Recognize types of stages and basic theatre architecture.
  • Utilize production scheduling and organization.
  • Discuss the components of technical theatre: sets, costumes, lights, sound, makeup, props.
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