High School Drama Courses
Drama I (Grades 9-12)
This course is specifically designed for the student new to theatre. While exploring the art of acting through the performance of exercises, scenes, and monologues, students will become more self-aware, confident, and expressive. Basic acting technique and fundamentals of play production are explored with specific units delving into pantomime, creative movement, and characterization.
Advanced Drama I (Grades 9 or 10)
This course is by audition and is designed for the student with previous experience in theatre. Students follow the Drama I curriculum, but at a more accelerated pace. Students in both Drama I and Advanced Drama I are encouraged to audition and participate in the fall and spring plays presented by their Intermediate program.
Drama II (Grades 9-12)
The fundamentals of Drama I will be reviewed, but class focus will be primarily geared to the development of performance techniques. Advancements in stage movement and characterization will be pursued as well as additional units on audition techniques, play analysis, and elements of play production. (Drama II students at the Intermediate level are expected to participate in assigned areas of production.)
Drama III/IV (Grades 11 and 12)
Through continued scene and monologue analysis and performance, students will focus on the exploration and development of character, and the refinement and expansion of acting technique. Additional units on script analysis and scoring, directing, musical theatre, comedy/tragedy, Shakespeare and additional topics related to current BAHS productions will also be addressed.
Drama students at each experience level are encouraged to audition/participate in the theatre performances and activities scheduled throughout the year.
Theatre Production (Grade 12)
Students in this class are chosen by audition, and become the active participants in each of the BAHS play productions. The study units and performance assignments of this class focus on the working play, thereby giving students an opportunity to refine acting technique as well as to broaden their knowledge and use of acting styles. Study units covering musical theatre, comedy and tragedy, Shakespeare, directing, and preparing for college theatre programs are also explored.