Class Courses

Parkway South students interested in theatre arts have a very large number of courses to select from - many more that the 'typical' high school course guide. Parkway South offers students 12 theatre classes to explore and develop their love of theatre. Below is a brief listing of the courses we offer (note specific course may not be offered every semester or year. See the Parkway South course guide or your school counslor for more specific information. Students who enroll in specific classes will be added to the cooresponding Google Classroom. Email Mrs. Forrest-James for questions. jforrest-james@parkwayschools.net

Theatre Arts
Technical Theatre
Improv Classes
Actor's Studio 1/2

A great introductory course. Units of study include acting, tech, improv, movement, history, and script analysis. Freshman-Seniors may take the class

For students who are interested in working on the technical elements of theatre productions at South. Units incude design, lighting, sound, set, costume, and make-up. 12 after-school hours are expected. Freshman-Seniors may take the class

Two different improv courses are offered - Improv 1 includes units in shortform improv as well as sketch and stand-up comedy. Freshman-Seniors may take this course. Advanced improv offers units in longform improv and advanced sketch. Sophomores-Seniors may take this course. 

Actor's Studio 1 focuses on modern dramatic literature as the basis for material. Units include auditioning, master teachers and playwrights, script analysis, and movement. Sophomores-Seniors may take this course. Actor's Studio 2 uses classical dramatic literature as the basis for material. Units include history, master playwrights, script analysis, and movement. Juniors-Seniors may take this course.

Let's Act Together/Mentor
Acting for Camera
Studiies in Musical Theatre

These courses provide modified instruction for students with unique abilities. Mentors are general education students who wish to help other student access theatre arts in a supportive and positive way.  Counselor/theatre approval required. 

This course will introduce students to the basics in acting in TV/Film & Commercial acting. This course is offered on odd (non-musical) years. Studio 1 is the prereq and may be taken by Sophomores-Seniors. 

Students will participate in performances of musical theater scenes and must have background or skill in both vocal music and drama. This course is offered on even (musical) years and may be taken Freshman-Senior year with permisison of vocal/theatre instructor(s). 

Directing

The highest level theatre course offered in Parkway. Students enrolled in this class will choose and direct a one act for a public performance. This class is for Senior students who have meet the pre-reqs (Actor's Studio 1 and 2 and Technical Theatre).

Children's Theatre

This class will examine the wealth of children's literature and its adaptability to live performances. Emphasis will be on improvised and prepared scripts, with mini-units on pantomime, storytelling, and story theatre. Freshman-Seniors may take this course. 

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