Drama I and II

Course Number: 612/613; G Block 612g/613g

Open To:
Grades 9-12

Course Length:
Full Year; 10 Units

UC/CSU Approved: Visual & Performing Arts “F” requirement. Satisfies one year of VAPA graduation requirement.

Course Description:
Drama I is a class for the student who wishes to explore Drama as a visual and performing art, no matter what her experience or background training in drama has been. Much of the study will include performance projects, including pantomimes, historical and Shakespearean monologues, and scenes from published scripts. The students will develop a working vocabulary of theatre that will help them progress as knowledgeable performers, directors, and audience members. Units include movement, pantomime, improvisation, characterization, makeup, costume, sets and properties, playwriting, production, and dramatic criticism.

Drama II builds on skills learned in Drama I. Students will do more advanced work in acting, directing, and costuming/scene design. They will explore the history of theater, as well as exploring local theater. Advanced students will have an opportunity to direct other students in performance.

Textbook/Class Resources:

  • Acting in Musical Theatre: A Comprehensive Course 2nd Edition by Joe Deer and Rocco del Vera ISBN-10: 0415713277
  • The Viewpoints Book: A Practical Guide to Viewpoints and Composition by Ann Bogart ISBN: 9781559366779

Level of Difficulty:
  Very Difficult

Estimated Homework Per Class:
30 minutes
30-60 minutes
60-90 minutes