Introduction to Theatre
Learn the basics of all aspects of theatre production! In this course you will study acting, directing, design, and playwriting. Most activities are hands-on and participation every day is expected—from Greek Theatre to a behind the scenes look at The Lion King—you will collaborate and create multiple projects while learning to develop creative skills as a theatre artist.
Learn the techniques of puppetry performance and construction! In this class, storytelling and art combine – you will learn about the history of puppetry, develop verbal expression and improvisational techniques, create puppet plays, and build your own puppets. Students will collaborate on a final puppetry play with original puppets.
Costume and Make-up Design
Learn how to make the show happen! Become a quasi-expert in these areas. This class will explore theatre costumes, make-up, props, and publicity. Students will help make and pull from stock the costumes, props, and do the publicity for Ligon shows. Make-up will be done for both stage and film in various styles on yourself.
Sixth Grade Scenes (Production Course)
This semester long course provides 6th grade students with an overview of dramatic techniques, and an opportunity to participate in a play. Areas to be explored include dialogue, monologue, voice/diction, and role-playing as well as basic theatre terminology and stage direction. Students must be prepared to actively participate and present their show at an evening performance.
This course uses improvisation techniques to develop skills in spontaneous acting. Students will learn to create scenes and situations through theatre games. Students will also learn the rules of improvisation through classroom exercises and cooperative learning styles.
In this course, students will explore characters and situations through their creative resources using theatre games and extended improvisational situations and prepared scripts. They begin to understand proper use of voice and diction. This course includes an overview of the historical development of the actor's art.
This course offers students the opportunity to develop acting skills at a more advanced level. Students are challenged to become disciplined in acting techniques and to go beyond the classroom to independently develop a working knowledge of acting. Accents and dialects are studied. Minimal memorization for a final scene is required.
Prerequisite: Acting I with a grade of C or above
Learn the craft of playwriting! In this course, you will study plot, characterization, theatricality, and other elements of the playwright’s craft. You will examine great playwrights Arthur Miller, Henrik Ibsen, August Wilson, Anna Deavere Smith, Anton Chekhov, Wendy Wasserstein, Tennessee Williams, and others. The course functions as a playwriting workshop as students present exercises in class to be discussed by their peers. Utilizing techniques learned, students will begin work on a one-act play which will be featured in a staged reading performance at the end of the course.
Applause (Production Course)
Applause Ensemble is a year long production course. Seventh graders will work together to prepare and present one full length play at Ligon and tour to an Elementary School. After school rehearsals are required as well as a weekend performance.
Encore (Production Course)
Eighth grade Ensemble troupe composed of selected students who wish to refine their skills in acting and production. This class will produce two full-length plays (one fall, one spring) as well as other shorter programs for school and community. After school and weekend performances are required.
Lighting, Scenery, and Sound Design
Tech Theatre I
Tech Theatre II
Tech Theatre III