Theater Courses

78 Acting Essentials

Course Number: 

THR102B

In this class, students will begin to develop fundamental acting skills, including: body and stage movement; voice and diction; character development; concentration; and imagination. Classes consist of exercises and games, scene work, improvisation and peer-critique.

Term(s): 

Spring

Grade Level: 

7/8 Only

Credits: 

5.00

Blocks Offered: 

G-Block

78 Acting Essentials

Course Number: 

THR102
In this class, students will begin to develop fundamental acting skills, including: body and stage movement; voice and diction; character development; concentration; and imagination. Classes consist of exercises and games, scene work, improvisation and peer-critique.

Term(s): 

Fall

Grade Level: 

7/8 Only

Credits: 

5.00

Blocks Offered: 

H-Block

78 Intro to Improv Acting

Course Number: 

THR100B

Learn how to think on your feet in this fun, fast-paced class that develops your improvisational acting abilities. Through a variety of improv games and exercises, learn how to trust your instincts, support scene partners, and create unique characters and stories. Students explore both improvised dramas and comedies in this course, and develop essential skills for the creative performer.

Term(s): 

Spring

Grade Level: 

7/8 Only

Credits: 

5.00

Blocks Offered: 

H-Block

78 Intro to Improv Acting

Course Number: 

THR100
Learn how to think on your feet in this fun, fast-paced class that develops your improvisational acting abilities. Through a variety of improv games and exercises, learn how to trust your instincts, support scene partners, and create unique characters and stories. Students explore both improvised dramas and comedies in this course, and develop essential skills for the creative performer.

Term(s): 

Fall

Grade Level: 

7/8 Only

Credits: 

5.00

Blocks Offered: 

F-Block

78 Musical Theater

Course Number: 

THR153

This is a performing troupe that creates a show of songs, dramatic scenes, comic sketches, and choreographed numbers to be performed for the public at PVPA. Students work with a director to create a theme-based show, which showcases different genres of music, theater, dance, and art. Students are expected to test material regularly at open mic performances and be able to commit to after-school rehearsals. If you have an interest in eventually performing in the musical at PVPA, or are looking for a performance-intensive class, this is the class for you.

Term(s): 

Fall and Spring

Grade Level: 

7/8 Only

Credits: 

5.00

Blocks Offered: 

F-Block

78 Production

Course Number: 

THR134B

With a cast and crew comprised only of 7th and 8th grade students, this is great opportunity for actors and technicians to apply what they have been learning in their arts classes to a polished performance.

Term(s): 

Spring

Grade Level: 

7/8 Only

Credits: 

5.00

Blocks Offered: 

G-Block

Pre-requisite: 

AUDITION

78 Theater Workshop

Course Number: 

THR137B

In the Theater Workshop, students learn how to write, act, design, and direct by making theater of their own. This is a perfect introductory course for students who want to express important issues and messages through their creative work while exploring all parts of theater making.

Term(s): 

Spring

Grade Level: 

7/8 Only

Credits: 

5.00

Blocks Offered: 

F-Block

78 Theater Workshop

Course Number: 

THR137
In the Theater Workshop, students learn how to write, act, design, and direct by making theater of their own. This is a perfect introductory course for students who want to express important issues and messages through their creative work while exploring all parts of theater making.

Term(s): 

Fall

Grade Level: 

7/8 Only

Credits: 

5.00

Blocks Offered: 

G-Block
H-Block

Acting Technique

Course Number: 

THR177B

Students have the opportunity to deeply investigate the actor's craft, explore acting methods and techniques, and focus on their development as a performer. Different techniques will be offered by each instructor, and actors are encouraged to take the course with a different instructor if taking the course a second time.

Term(s): 

Spring

Grade Level: 

Varies (9-12)

Credits: 

5.00

Blocks Offered: 

E-Block

Acting Technique

Course Number: 

THR177
Students have the opportunity to deeply investigate the actor's craft, explore acting methods and techniques, and focus on their development as a performer. Different techniques will be offered by each instructor, and actors are encouraged to take the course with a different instructor if taking the course a second time.

Term(s): 

Fall

Grade Level: 

Varies (9-12)

Credits: 

5.00

Blocks Offered: 

D-Block
G-Block

Childrens Theater

Course Number: 

THR125B

Children?????????s Theater takes a popular children?????????s story and adapts it for the stage through an original script and music. Over the course of the semester, students develop and rehearse the show. The group takes the show on a tour throughout the Pioneer Valley later in the spring, performing for young audiences.

Term(s): 

Spring

Grade Level: 

Varies (9-12)

Credits: 

5.00

Blocks Offered: 

B-Block

Directing Workshop

Course Number: 

THR107B

In this advanced, integrated theater course, students discover effective techniques, and experiment with methods to communicate and express human emotions, situations, and important themes in established plays. Students are expected to take on leadership roles as a directors, coach actors into specific performances, create dramatic stage compositions, and control the tempo and pacing of works of theater. Students who take this class should be ready to commit time outside of the classroom to prepare and polish their work, and will be regularly expected to present their work at open mic performances.

Term(s): 

Spring

Grade Level: 

Varies (9-12)

Credits: 

5.00

Blocks Offered: 

G-Block

Film Critique

Course Number: 

THR143

Arguably, no art form has captured the imagination and interest of recent generations as much as film has. From its beginnings in silent movies to today's Hollywood blockbusters, film has evolved and changed the way that stories are experienced, a union of visual, sonic, and narrative arts. Students watch a variety of films from different eras and parts of the world and analyze them for their dramatic content, storytelling, and visual qualities.

Term(s): 

Fall

Grade Level: 

Varies (9-12)

Credits: 

5.00

Blocks Offered: 

A-Block

Filmmaking

Course Number: 

THR147

Ever have aspirations to be a filmmaker? Learn the techniques and technology behind shooting and editing video to create short films and documentaries. Armed with an arsenal of cameras, tripods, and editing software, PVPA gives SXSW a run for its money.

Term(s): 

Fall and Spring

Grade Level: 

Varies (9-12)

Credits: 

5.00

Blocks Offered: 

B-Block

Improvisational Acting

Course Number: 

THR168B

In this course, students will develop acting skills through improvisational performance. Combining theater games and long-form constructs, students will focus on acting and reacting, listening skills, accepting, inventing, spontaneity, as well as playing status and creating and resolving narratives.

Term(s): 

Spring

Grade Level: 

Varies (9-12)

Credits: 

5.00

Blocks Offered: 

D-Block

Intro. Mock Trial

Course Number: 

THR109

This is a performance-based class in which students act as lawyers and witnesses in cases provided by the Massachusetts Bar Association. This course is introductory and open to all. Students learn the legal system and get an opportunity to practice in a real courthouse.

Term(s): 

Fall

Grade Level: 

Varies (9-12)

Credits: 

5.00

Blocks Offered: 

H-Block

Main Stage Production

Course Number: 

THR158

This class is used to rehearse the PVPA mainstage theater productions. Show titles will be announced prior to the audition process, which take place in June (fall) and December (spring).

Term(s): 

Fall

Grade Level: 

Varies (9-12)

Credits: 

5.00

Blocks Offered: 

E-Block

Pre-requisite: 

AUDITION

Main Stage Production

Course Number: 

THR158B

This class is used to rehearse the PVPA mainstage theater productions. Show titles will be announced prior to the audition process, which take place in June (fall) and December (spring).

Term(s): 

Spring

Grade Level: 

Varies (9-12)

Credits: 

5.00

Blocks Offered: 

C-Block

Pre-requisite: 

AUDITION

Mock Trial Competition

Course Number: 

THR164B

This is an intensive class in which students form the competing team for interscholastic competition in the state Mock Trial competition held by the Massachusetts Bar Association.Students act as attorneys and witnesses in this competition in regular courtrooms. After the season, students study aspects of law in depth including viewing presentations by outside attorneys.

Term(s): 

Spring

Grade Level: 

Varies (9-12)

Credits: 

5.00

Blocks Offered: 

H-Block

Pre-requisite: 

AUDITION

Musical Theater Playwriting

Course Number: 

THR181B
In this course, students will work collaboratively to write book, lyrics, and music to create original musical theater. Students will start the semester by looking at and creating dramatic AABA and Verse/Chorus musical theater songs, then branch into adapting stories into short musical theater one-acts. Students will explore writing for character, creating character through music, and structuring short musical theater pieces. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE A MUSICIAN to take this course, but you do need to share your creative ideas with collaborators and share your creations with the class on a regular basis.

Term(s): 

Spring

Grade Level: 

Varies (9-12)

Credits: 

5.00

Blocks Offered: 

H-Block

Playwriting

Course Number: 

THR139

Students learn how to write for character, create and resolve conflict through dialogue, and structure plots to create engaging, well-made plays. Plays written in this class have a chance to performed at PVPA and may be entered into scholarship and award competitions. Past students have had their plays published. This course is writing-intensive, and students should expect to share their work with classmates in a writing lab format. **Credits may be applied as Theater credit OR ELA credit. Either way, taking this course meets the CREATIVE type for the theater concentration.

Term(s): 

Fall and Spring

Grade Level: 

Varies (9-12)

Credits: 

5.00

Blocks Offered: 

C-Block

Political and Social Theater

Course Number: 

THR180

Political and Social Theatre- This devised theatre class will combine the aesthics of both traditional and nontraditional theatre forms while exploring important social and political topics. Through the use of Augusto Boal's Theatre of the Oppressed techniques and radical political thinking we will be actively engaging with each other and our communities.

Term(s): 

Fall

Grade Level: 

Varies (9-12)

Credits: 

5.00

Blocks Offered: 

B-Block

PVPA Musical

Course Number: 

THR130

This class is for those who have auditioned for and been assigned roles in the PVPA Musical.

Term(s): 

Fall

Grade Level: 

Varies (9-12)

Credits: 

5.00

Blocks Offered: 

G-Block

Short Film Production

Course Number: 

THR163B

This course is meant to be a culminating project for students of film at PVPA, in which a troupe of student filmmakers and actors create an original short film. Students take on the various roles of a film, from both in front of and behind the camera, and are expected to work outside of class on the project. Students who are interested in taking this course as a filmmaker are highly encouraged to take, or to have taken, Filmmaking 101 and Film Critique. An audition/interview is required.

Term(s): 

Spring

Grade Level: 

Varies (9-12)

Credits: 

5.00

Blocks Offered: 

A-Block

Pre-requisite: 

AUDITION

Theater Critique

Course Number: 

THR178B

In this introductory theater course, students will read plays and watch theatrical performances and discuss what makes them effective. Students will also investigate how theater is a reflection of the economics, politics, and social conditions of different cultures throughout history.

Term(s): 

Spring

Grade Level: 

Varies (9-12)

Credits: 

5.00

Blocks Offered: 

F-Block

Theater Critique

Course Number: 

THR178
In this introductory theater course, students will read plays and watch theatrical performances and discuss what makes them effective. Students will also investigate how theater is a reflection of the economics, politics, and social conditions of different cultures throughout history.

Term(s): 

Fall

Grade Level: 

Varies (9-12)

Credits: 

5.00

Blocks Offered: 

H-Block