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DRA401S: AdvDramaS (2014-2015)

COURSE TITLE: Advanced Drama
CALENDAR YEAR: 2014-2015

Major Concepts/Content: The advanced drama course is designed to give students the opportunity to develop advanced drama and theater arts skills and to imagine, research, and explore the drama processes and theatre experiences to discover diverse creative ideas. The advanced drama course acquaints students with advanced drama experiences as a means to providing significant and rewarding activities to enable students to demonstrate knowledge of the historical background of drama, and to construct meaning and artistic intent of drama processes and theatre experiences. The content includes, but is not limited to, student communication of realized artistic ideas in a formal/informal presentation of drama processes or theatre experiences, recognition of the different genres of drama (tragedy, comedy, farce, melodrama, musical) and the elements of playwriting; knowledge of the different historical periods of drama and acting; knowledge of the work of important dramatists; understanding of the importance of drama as a reflection of society (the influence of cultural, literary, religious, and political forces upon drama); rehearse, revise, and refine drama processes or theatre experiences through observation, reflection, and problem solving; generate, modify, and refine new work, ideas, or perspectives through drama processes and theatre experiences that prompt experimentation; evidence; analyze perspectives, articulate evidence, and evaluate drama processes theatre experiences. , and evaluate drama processes theatre experiences; communicate a critical awareness of how relationships between drama processes, theatre experiences, and the world are made. Communicate how and why responsiveness to relationships between self, others, drama processes, play, and theatre experiences may be used to make meaning of the human experience recognition of drama as a self-rewarding activity that involves the identification of the unique worth of the individual, the motivation behind human behavior; and the dynamics of interpersonal relationships.

Major Instructional Activities: When dramatic performances are being prepared, rehearsed or produced, instructional activities ideally will be provided in a theatre, auditorium, or a room with a stage. When dramatic literature is being studied, instructional activities will be provided in a general classroom setting. Student activities and experiences will include, but will not be limited to, selecting and preparing material for a performance; rehearsing for a performance; performing for a class or public group; practicing character development, mime, solo, duet, and ensemble acting; participating in full-length plays; creating and applying makeup; building sets; stage managing and directing; managing props; selecting and creating costumes; voice building and projection; improving enunciation and pronunciation, and control of body movement; writing scripts for a production; studying and interpreting the works of prominent dramatists from Aeschylus to the present time; studying the effects of cultural, national, religious, and social influences upon drama through the ages; and studying the social and philosophical impact of drama on societies.

Major Evaluative Techniques: Students will be evaluated for active class participation; through written examinations; for creativity, reliability, and dependability when performing assigned tasks/roles/responsibilities; and for participation in field trips and performances.

Course Objectives:

Upon completion of the drama course students should be able to:

  • Understand advanced concepts of drama
  • Apply advanced drama concepts to the activities involved in theatrical productions.
  • Participate in play cuttings and one-act play presentations while developing individual character interpretations