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DRA591: IB TA 1S (2013-2014)

COURSE TITLE: IB Theater Arts1 Std
CALENDAR YEAR: 2013-2014

Major Concepts/Content:

The I.B. Theatre Arts Standard Level course offers students individual experiences and collaborative participation in a variety of theatre activities, practices and traditions. The course guides students in the development of personal, academic, aesthetic and practical theatre skills. Throughout the course students will gain knowledge of theatrical traditions from other cultures, engage in analytical and imaginative interpretation of performance, reflect on personal growth and demonstrate perseverance in both individual and group projects. The first year course prepares students for the IB formal internal and external assessment of Year Two IB Theatre Arts.

Major Instructional Activities:

Part 1 Performance skills

  • ensemble work
  • theatre games and trust exercises
  • mime
  • movement
  • vocal techniques
  • role play
  • genre
  • acting techniques and characterization

Performance skills are developed through working on a wide range of extracts from published plays and exploring a wide variety of stimuli for improvised work.

Part 2 World Theatre Studies

Studies from an international perspective of selected texts and traditions are explored.  In Year One of the IB Program students will study in detail at least one theatrical tradition and playscript.. Topics may include:

  • Shakespearian Theatre
  • Greek Theatre
  • Local traditions
  • Commedia Del Arte
  • The American Musical
  • Medieval theatre practice

Parts 3 and 4 -  Theatre Production

Students will participate in one major production during Year One of the course.

Students will be introduced to the following elements of play production:

  • The role of the director
  • Rehearsal techniques
  • Theatre design, light, sound, set, costume, make up etc.
  • The  actor/audience relationship

Major Evaluative Techniques:

Preparation for the internal and external IB Assessment occurs in Year 2 of the IB Program. Local Assessment

Quarter and semester grades will be based on portfolio, projects and practical class work.

Course Notes: Weighted - Must Take AP Exam (+ indicated Weighted)