"It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education" ~ Albert Einstein

BEGINNING DRAMA

Standards Based Instruction 

UC Approved 

(Prerequisite: None)

(Prerequisite: None)

Drama I is the prerequisite for all other drama courses at MHS. This course is designed to introduce students to the many aspects of theater such as improvisation, pantomime, character analysis, voice/diction, theater history, stage movement, play analysis, technical theater, and  an introduction into scene study.  All students will perform in a Theatrical Showcase for an audience and be invited to join the International Thespian Society. 

INTERMEDIATE DRAMA

Standards Based Instruction

UC Approved 

(Prerequisite: Beginning Theater OR Audition)

 

Drama II is designed for the motivated theater student who desires to further their understanding of character development, acting techniques and scene study. This course includes an in-depth study of improvisation, Comeddia Dell'Arte, William Shakespeare, play analysis and sketch comedy. Students will participate in DTASC Festival, view two fully produced MHS productions, and perform in both a Starlight Showcase and Literature Showcase. 

ADVANCED DRAMA

Standards Based Instruction

UC Approved 

(Prerequisite: Intermediate Theater OR Audition) 

 

Drama III & IV are designed for those who are ready to take their eduction to the stage. These individuals will be the public face of the MHS drama department by representing us in two school productions, community events and several off-campus competitions. These experiences, along with advanced studies in acting techniques, character development and scene study, will prepare students to pursue theater arts as a profession or continue their development at the college level. Students who qualify for this course will undoubtably look back on it as the highlight of their high school career. 

HONORS DRAMA

Standards Based Instruction

UC Approved 

(Prerequisite: Advanced Theater OR Audition) 

 

Honors Theater students have the exciting opportunity to complete a Capstone Project during their final year at MHS. Each qualifying student will choose a project that incorporates an arts emphasis of their choosing. These projects are designed to extend from the student's prior knowledge and will be completed over the course of their final year at MHS. Each project incorporates a research phase and a performance phase. All Honor students will have the complete support of the MHS staff, facilities and resources. 

STAGECRAFT

Standards Based Instruction

UC Approved 

(Prerequisite:  None) 

 

If your main interest in theater is working behind the scenes, stagecraft is the class for you. This course will tackle theatrical elements such as set design, lighting design, soundboard operations, scenic painting, costume design and publicity management. From set construction to promotional videos, students will be given a hands-on role in making the MHS productions come to life, as well as put their technical skills to the test in statewide competitions. Students will be expected to spend time after class working on the MHS main-stage productions.