Dramatic Arts Courses
2023 - 2024 season
Houston Christian students looking to study Dramatic Arts, Performing Arts and Technical Theater may elect to sign-up for the following sequence of courses:
This course provides a foundation in performance, public speaking, role-play, improv, character analysis, monologues, and pantomime. Students are challenged in all areas of creativity. The Acting theories of Stanislavsky, Hagen, Strasberg, and Mamet are introduced into classroom activities. Additionally, the history of the theatre is explored and examined. The aim of instruction is twofold (a) to develop a growth mindset and create an appreciation for theatre and (b) to foster a foundation of performing and acting skills. Open to all grades.
This course provides students the opportunity to advance their acting skills. Students will take a deeper dive into how to "level up" their acting through the study of famous acting theorists. Stage Combat will be taught - single sword and unarmed. Additionally, the history of the theatre is explored and examined. Cooperative and independent acting is learned through the production and participation in A Night of One Acts in May. Open to grades 10-12. Prerequisite: Completion of Drama 1 or a transfer equivalent (instructor approval) is a requirement for this class.
This course is for students that would like to perform, stage manage or choreograph in two or more of the HC Theatreworks productions: the Fall Show, Winter Musical, Showstoppers, or the new Children's Theatre Show. The Children's Theatre Show produced a company of students from this class who will preform shows for preK-4th grade audiences - think Rumpelstilskin or Pinocchio. No previous drama classes are required. The class is used for rehearsals for all productions. Lead and Supporting Roles from main stage auditions of any stage production must enroll in this course. Student Choreographers and stage managers are encouraged to enroll. Open to grades 11-12, grade 10 with instructor approval.
All forms of technical theatre are put into practice: scenic design, graphic design, construction, painting, lighting, sound, props, stage management, costuming, and makeup design. 10 leadership positions are available. Building and use of power tools (including welding) are taught in this course. This class supports all HC Black Box and Main Stage productions. This course requires instructor approval. Open to all grades.
More on campus opportunities
Students who are interested in further training opportunities should consider participating in the following additional HC Theatreworks programs: