Intro to Theater B

What is theater, how can I develop my own unique talents, and how can participating in theater arts enrich my life as well as the lives of others?

Intro to Theater B

Intro to Theater B allows students to see how they can be a part of theater in a myriad of ways.

From the very beginning, human beings have had an innate desire to share through performance what it means to be human.  In the theater we explore conflict and emotion.  We tell stories that take us away and inspire us to act.  We create spectacles that entertain and awe.  We step into the shoes of another and find out we have more in common than we thought.

This live, highly interactive fine arts course will use hands-on projects, online activities and performances, as well as class discussions, to delve into the origins of drama, explore key periods in theater history, discover the elements and roles in the theater, and learn the skills needed to be an active participant.

Course Framework

Unit 1Unit 2Unit 3Unit 4Unit 5Unit 6Unit 7
What makes a great play?How do I write a play?What skills do I need to develop to be a good actor?What is musical theater and how can I participate?What is radio drama?How has technology affected the theater over the past century?How does theater relate to social leadership?
What are the characteristics of a great play?What is a hook?What are acting basics?What is the history of the American musical?What is a radio play?How did silent film and “the talkies” affect the theater?What social skills will I learn from being a cast member in an ensemble or a stage crew member?
What genres of plays are there?What is conflict and what are objectives and obstacles?How do I create a believable character?What are some of the most influential shows?How can I use sound to tell a story?How did the advent of TV affect the theater?How can participating in theater help me work with, relate to, and serve others?
How do I analyze a script?How can I create dynamic characters and dialogue?How can I make my acting realistic?How can I prepare for a musical theater audition in my community?How can I produce a good radio play?What is happening with theater and technology today?How have others used theater to make a difference in other’s lives?
What is readers theater and how do I read a play?How can I be creative and come up with ideas for my play?How do I communicate with the audience?How can I polish my radio play?How can I use technology in a theater project?How can I use my theater skills to serve in my community?

Texts and Materials Students Must Purchase

AuthorTitle Recommended ISBN
VariousReading PacketProvided by WA
Wilde, Oscar The Importance of Being Earnest9780486264783


  • Recommended Grade: 6th, 7th, 8th
  • Prerequisites: None - This course is a continuation of Intro to Theater A, but can also be taken as a stand alone course.
  • Versions & Estimated Weekly Hours: 3-4
  • Format: Live
  • Credits: 0.5
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