Theatre students study acting techniques, improvisation, voice, movement, styles of acting, and performance. The history of theatre from the ancient Greeks to the present is also explored. Technical theatre is offered with opportunities to learn in the CASA black box theatre/classroom as well as other venues in the Harrisburg area. Special master classes taught by performing arts professionals are held throughout the year in areas such as stage combat, auditioning, and theatre as a career. Students also collaborate and create with their peers in multi-disciplinary projects in order to develop and broaden skills that are valued in the work place, whether arts related or not. Various performances are held throughout the year.
Upperclassmen Theatre students begin the process of assisting with the development of the End of Year Performance titled, CASA Live!, starting the first week of school. Every Wednesday, students from all programs work together in the Integrated Arts curriculum. Six various art disciplines: creative writing, dance, film and video, music, theatre and visual arts, collaborate to discover a theme, and develop the end of year program while cultivating an appreciation for the various art disciplines. During the course of a 9-month period, students break into small groups consisting of various arts disciplines to discuss and create scenes that later develop into fully realized components of the performance. Each class is asked to embellish scenes, using dialogue, music, prop suggestions, movement, and film interpretation as related to the chosen theme and thesis. The result? An artistic rendering of a theme more closely related to performance art than a high school musical or narrative play. More importantly, students learn the art of working together ---all the highs and lows of collaboration that accumulates into an original, crowd-pleasing performance for the community to enjoy.
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