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Drama classes offer students an opportunity to explore all aspects of stage acting, both individual and in groups. They learn to express themselves through mime, improvisation, storytelling, monologues. Students build a foundation of self expression in a safe, creative environment.

Students are also offered courses to further develop their acting technique - working with scenes and character building and to develop their theatre skills by writing one-act plays.

The Drama Club presents student productions twice a year. All students are encouraged and invited to audition for the productions. They do not have to be enrolled in a drama course to audition.

Drama Classes offered at St. Pius
Introduction to Drama
This course is an introduction to theater through all aspects of a dramatic stage production. Emphasis will be placed on acting (mime work, improvisation, story telling, monologues, etc.) and basic stage craft elements such as prop and set making, costume choice, make-up, lighting and sound for productions, stage management, etc. This class is designed as a foundations course for further study in theater.

Technical Theater
This course focuses on the construction and design aspects of stage productions. The student will learn the techniques of sound, stage lighting, set building, stage painting and props through the creation of models, constructing sets and making props for school productions. In addition, the student will learn about costuming and make-up application. A $25 lab fee is required for the materials used in class.

Acting I
This course takes an in-depth study of acting techniques, scene work, character building, one-act plays, and play and movie scripts. The student will be working individually and in groups on monologues, scenes, develop critiquing skills and work toward a greater understanding of stage acting.

Acting II
This course offers the student the opportunity to further develop his/her acting and performance skills. In addition, the student will be exposed to the fundamentals of script writing and directing. A major part of this course will focus on the study of script writing, blocking and directing.

Student Repertoire Production
This course offers the student the opportunity to study theater design, and acting techniques throughout history. An emphasis will be placed on the study of western theater from Ancient Greece to the present. Through aplication of history, style and techniques, this course will produce an all-student designed/directed/performed/managed play in the spring semester.