Theater

Theater Productions

The afternoon Theater program meets the school’s afternoon commitment requirement and consists of three major productions each year: the fall play, the winter musical, and, depending on the year, a spring play and/or senior showcase. While these productions are ambitious and reinforce the curriculum taught in the acting classes, any student wanting to act is welcome and encouraged to audition. Theater Tech offers students a first-hand opportunity to practice logistic and production-related aspects of a performance: sound, lighting, set design and set construction. Students can participate in Theater and/or Theater Tech in any (or all) of the three sports seasons. Productions typically feature five performances (on consecutive weekends), before school and local community audiences in the school’s Keck Auditorium.

Design for Theater: Sets & Costumes

Available to: all students Schedule: one semester Special Notes: This course must be paired with another arts course before graduation in order to fulfill Stevenson’s diploma requirement. To fulfill the “f” arts admissions requirement for the UC and Cal State schools, the second course should also be in the theater arts discipline. Alternatively, students engaged in two seasons of theater productions in a year are eligible to petition for a semester’s grade and credit in the theater arts, which, in conjunction with this course, would fulfill both Stevenson’s one-year arts requirement and the “f” arts requirement for the UC and Cal State schools. Students discover design within the context of theater, and they develop an appreciation for the art of theatrical, costume and scenic design. Students can take this course more than once to encounter more advanced material and more rigorous standards. Such students will have greater parameters in [...]

Advanced Acting

After becoming actors in Principles of Acting, students will grow into exhilarating and polished performers in Advanced Acting! Become an integral part of the Stevenson theater program by learning to create authentic characters in your own unique voice. Further your acting skills with the masters. Explore what is meant by “the method.” Let the practices of Konstantin Stanislavski, Sanford Meisner, and Robert Cohen guide you. See how their techniques apply to the different styles of drama, including Greek tragedy, Shakespeare, Restoration/Comedy of Manners, and Contemporary. Through various games, exercises, voice and speech work, you will continue to develop your actor’s creative imagination. The stage at Keck awaits you!

Senior Showcase

Are you a senior who wants to experience performing in a school play—but you never can because of your other school commitments—or you just haven’t yet summoned the courage to brave the stage? Then this is the course for you and your peers! The goal of this course is to further the theatrical experience for the acting student and to welcome the “non-acting student” into our theater spaces. You will read plays, collaborate with peers and choose material with the guidance of the teacher. Acting theory will be aligned with the project selected. The class will culminate with a community performance of a play or a selection of scenes with a corresponding theme. Give it a shot!

Acting for the Camera

Available to: all students Schedule: one semester SPECIAL NOTES: This semester-long course must be paired with another arts course before graduation in order to fulfill Stevenson’s diploma requirement. To fulfill the “f” arts admissions requirement for the UC and Cal State schools, the second course should also be in the theater discipline. Alternatively, students engaged in two seasons of theater productions in a year are eligible to petition for a semester’s grade and credit in the theater arts, which, in conjunction with this course, would fulfill both Stevenson’s one-year arts requirement and the “f” arts requirement for the UC and Cal State schools. Have you ever wanted to be in a movie, a series, or a TV commercial? This is the class for you! Whether you’re a brand new actor with a dream, or a theater stage actor longing to transition to on-camera work, you will practice the skills [...]

Comedy & Improv

Available to: all students Schedule: one semester Special notes: This semester-long course must be paired with another arts course before graduation in order to fulfill Stevenson’s diploma requirement. To fulfill the “f” arts admissions requirement for the UC and Cal State schools, the second course should also be in the theater discipline. Alternatively, students engaged in two seasons of theater productions in a year are eligible to petition for a semester’s grade and credit in the theater arts, which, in conjunction with this course, would fulfill both Stevenson’s one-year arts requirement and the “f” arts requirement for the UC and Cal State schools. Do you like playing games, laughing, and making others laugh? Ever seen Saturday Night Live? Whose Line is it Anyway? Ever write or perform a comedy sketch…or have an idea for one that you kept secret? Want to learn how NOT to get nervous in front [...]

Introduction to Acting

Available to: all students Schedule: one semester SPECIAL NOTES: This semester-long course must be paired with another arts course before graduation in order to fulfill Stevenson’s diploma requirement. To fulfill the “f” arts admissions requirement for the UC and Cal State schools, the second course should also be in the theater discipline. Alternatively, students engaged in two seasons of theater productions in a year are eligible to petition for a semester’s grade and credit in the theater arts, which, in conjunction with this course, would fulfill both Stevenson’s one-year arts requirement and the “f” arts requirement for the UC and Cal State schools. In one semester, students with absolutely no experience in acting become actors! Learn how to build self-confidence in public speaking, collaborate with others, play games that develop your imagination and creativity, and explore voice and speech exercises that make it easier for you to express yourself. [...]

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