Bartlett High School Theatre & Forensics Course Offerings
Introduction to Theatre This course offers the students a broad overview of the theatre world. Topics discussed include: theatre history, basics of acting, study and analysis of theatrical literature and basic information regarding technical theatre. Students will increase their understanding of theatre as an art form. As part of the course requirements, students will be required to attend and critique live theatrical performances that occur outside of class time.
Acting (Honors) This course will provide an introduction to theatrical performance. Students will learn basic acting skills such as: improvisation, characterization, preparing a role and stage movement. Students will explore practical and theoretical approaches to acting. This course will require after school and weekend commitments. As part of the course requirements, students will be required to attend and critique live theatrical performances that occur outside class time. This course will also require co-curricular after school/weekend hours devoted to the Panther Playhouse.
Technical Theatre (Honors) This course is an exploration of the technical side of production. Topics covered will include design research and principles; scene shop organization; painting and construction techniques; equipment use and maintenance; sound and lighting design; the costume and design; theatre management; theatre safety; and the function of technical stage personnel in production work. This course will incorporate academic study and hands-on application. As part of the course requirements, students will be required to attend and critique live theatrical performances that occur outside of class time. Play Production (Honors) This course will study the real practices of performance, managerial and technical theatre. Students will create and produce theatrical events and will comprise the entirety of the production team. Topics include fundamental practices, principles, and techniques associated with producing plays of various periods and styles. Production work may consist of the following: Acting, carpentry, costumes, makeup, painting, lighting, sound, props and stage management. Students will be required to participate in all Panther Playhouse mainstage productions in some capacity.
Forensics This course teaches students the basics of performance events at speech tournaments. Emphasis will be placed upon piece selection, analysis, editing and performance. Students will receive practical exposure through competition at speech tournaments. These will require weekend and out of town commitments. There is a fee associated with this course.