Theater Track- McCafferty Visual & Performing Arts Program
Grade 9 Grade 10 Grade 11 Grade 12
Speech & Drama/ Theater Technical Theater/ Theatrical Dance Women in Theater and Film/Acting and Directing Capstone  Project
*Speech and Drama/Theater (open to all grade levels)
 *Technical Theater/Theatrical Dance (open to all grade levels)
*Women in Theater and Film/Acting and Directing (open to grades 11 and 12 or teacher approval)
*Capstone Project (grade 12 only- the capstone project oversees the complete production of a 30 minute play)


861 CP Speech and Drama

Grades 9, 10, 11, 12- Credit 0.5

Students improve the art of communication in the first quarter with writing and performing simple introductory speeches. Students acquire the skills to write and present a three to five minute speech on a topic that interests them. Students learn how to deal with stage fright. During the second quarter students delve into the Dramatic Arts by preparing (learning lines, blocking, etc...) and performing a thirty minute Children’s Theatre Production at a near-by child care center.

864 CP Theatre

Grades 9, 10, 11, 12- Credit 0.5

This course begins with an over-view of the History of Theatre and takes a look at playwrights through the centuries: Euripides, Shakespeare, Noel Coward, Tennessee Williams, Lorraine Hansberry, and Neal Simon, to name a few. Students explore pantomime, improvisation, and scene-work. The culmination of the class is the presentation of a five minute scene from a play of the student’s choosing.

865 CP Technical Theatre

Grades 9, 10, 11, and 12- Credit 0.5

This course teaches elements of theatrical production, including set design, color coding a scene, costuming and make-up, light designing and how to operate a sound board. Students may run the backstage crew for our theatrical productions.

PREREQUISITE: Theatre or permission of instructor

866 CP Women in Theatre and Film

Grades 11, 12 (or teacher approval)- Credit 0.5

Students look into the history of women on stage, in play writing, and on film. This course encompasses women’s roles in theatre from earliest theatrical shows to modern day. Students examine how and why women’s roles in theatre have evolved. Students research women who were instrumental in changing the face of theatre for all women.

867 CP Acting and Directing

Grades 11, 12 (or teacher approval)- Credit 0.5

Students learn how to go deeper into the acting process, by connecting their own experiences and emotions to the characters they portray. Students use the Stanislavski method and learn how to create a sub- text for stage characters. Students learn vocal exercises to help them project and enunciate on stage. Finally, students apply what they learned by directing their peers in short scenes.

870 CP Theatrical Dance

Grades 9,10,11,12- Credit 0.5

This course combines learning styles of famous choreographers including Gene Kelly, Ginger Rogers, and Bob Fosse. Students learn techniques to create their own dances for performance. Then they create dance steps with the help of a guest choreographer.