School

of

Theatre

The courses offered each semester at Ovation will vary based on the needs and goals of our students. Select classes will be offered year round and others by semester. We will invite Guest Artists to teach the more unique and specific content. Our Ovation Academy instructors will teach the majority of the lecture and foundation courses. Below is a partial list of possible course options offered at Ovation Academy. 

HIGH SCHOOL:

 

*Denotes Courses required for EVERY Theatre Major

 

Foundation Courses offered every year

                                   

Acting- Production*

Students will be involved in the development and execution of performances for the academy and for the public. Students will research and apply acting techniques learned in their courses to the creation of known and original works of theatre for entertainment and competition purposes.

Full Year Bonus Course, REQUIRED EACH SEMESTER

 

Acting Methods* (Acting I)

This course is designed to develop proficiency in acting by promoting an understanding of the methods, principles, practices and vocabulary common to all acting styles. In this course, the students begin to develop a process of character development by studying monologues and scenes from contemporary published scripts. They learn the processes used to research an in-depth character. They will incorporate appropriate stage diction and projection. They study mime and movement to prepare their bodies for the challenges of creating physical characters. The course will challenge the students to develop and use a process of character development and discover their creative processes. The course emphasizes the complexity and thoroughness required to become a successful performer. Full Year Course

Classical Acting Styles* (Acting II)

This course is part of a cluster of courses designed to develop proficiency in acting by promoting an understanding of the methods, principles, practices, and vocabulary common to all acting styles from Greek through Shakespeare to modern texts. In this course, students study the acting style of the Greek theatre, the Commedia dell’Arte, Shakespearean plays, the Restoration, and Melodrama. The students learn the processes used to research characters. They study appropriate stage diction and learn to project their voices to portray characters. The course requires the students to develop and use a process of character development. This course emphasizes the complexity and thoroughness required to become a successful performer. [Pre-requisite Acting Methods, History of Theatre and Dramatic Literature I] Semester Course

Modern Acting Styles* (Acting III)                                                                                                                                                                   In this course, the students study texts from the 1890’s to the present. The students learn the acting elements required in theatrical realism, and other post-war styles to include Theatre of the Absurd and modern theatre. They expand knowledge of the processes used to research a character. They study appropriate stage diction and learn to project their voices in all spaces with a wide range of characters. They physically create characters. The course challenge the students to use a process of character development and expand their creative processes. This course emphasizes the complexity and thoroughness required to become a successful performer and use the material found in a majority of productions in the modern theatre. [Pre-requisite Acting Methods, History of Theatre and Dramatic Literature I] Semester Course

 

Physical Theatre 1* (Acting IV)

The first level in a series courses designed to build physical communication for the theatre. Students will study body alignment, abstract movement, corporal mime, and specific Illusionary mime skills. Students will also study neutral and three dimensional mask work, and perform tertiary roles in a full-length silent theatre production. Students will explore each of these areas to develop the skills necessary to create and perform in-depth and nuanced non-verbal characters. These skills are vital in creating dynamic theatrical pieces giving students the tools to communicate three dimensional characters in complete stories. This course engages students in the development of physical character, physicalization of specific characteristics, and in-depth performances. Students are expected to transfer knowledge from one course to the next, while continuing to add complexity to their artistic work. Students will delve into the analysis of the script and the archetypical characters, implementing physicality necessary to communicate information to the audience. Semester Course [Juniors/Seniors only]

 

Physical Theatre 2* (Acting V)

The second level of a series of courses designed to build physical communication for the theatre. Students will continue study of abstract movement, and corporal and illusionary mime. Students will develop three-dimensional mask designs with more complex features and characteristics. Students will perform secondary leads in full-length silent theatre productions, and student developed and directed silent scenes. Students will explore each of these areas to develop the skills necessary to create and perform in-depth and nuanced non-verbal characters. These skills are vital in creating dynamic theatrical pieces. This course engages students in the development of the physical character analysis, physicalization of specific characteristics, and in-depth performance. Students will explore and analyze scripts and the archetypal characters, implementing physicality necessary to silently communicate information vital to the audience. Students will collaborate with students to create nuanced three dimensional masked performances. Precision and clarity will be the goal within the performance. Semester Course [Juniors/Seniors only]

 

History of Theatre*

Students will gain a working knowledge of theatre history through the historical exploration of the genre from early man all the way to modern day theatrical productions. Students will learn and analyze the change in theatrical elements through time. Students will be able to apply their knowledge to research, performance and design project presentations. Students will also explore how the history of the time period being explored affected the theatre at that time. Semester Course

 

Dramatic Literature 1*

Students will read, analyze, and write about a variety of theatrical works from Ancient Greek Theatre through late 19th Century Romanticism. Students will become familiar with plays, playwrights, and stories from each time period explored. Students will participate in research, performance and design projects associated with each work discussed and read. Works that will be discussed and analyzed include works from Sophocles, Shakespeare, Moliere, Oscar Wilde, and many more. [Prerequisites: History of Theatre] Semester Course

 

Dramatic Literature 2*

Students will read, analyze, and write about a variety of theatrical works from The Early 20th Century through Modern Day. Students will become familiar with plays, playwrights, and stories from each time period explored. Students will participate in research, performance and design projects associated with each work discussed and read. Works that will be discussed and analyzed include works from Bertolt Brecht, Lorraine Hansberry, Tony Kushner, Thornton Wilder, and many more. [Prerequisites: Dramatic Literature 1] Semester Course

 

High School Improvisation*

Students will learn and apply principles and techniques of improvisation to the development of character, scene work, and ensemble building through theatrical game play and devising techniques. Students will develop the ability to think quickly in the moment as well as listen to and communicate well within their ensemble. Students will be responsible for hosting and performing in a regularly scheduled Improv Night for the public. Semester Course, May be Repeated

 

Audition Prep*

Students will learn about various audition practices and spend the term developing an audition file of material from various genres and styles of theatre to use in a multitude of audition settings. Students will end the term with a file of monologues and songs from a diverse range of time periods and theatre styles to create a repertoire of material that fits them well as performers. Semester Course, May be Repeated

 

Musical Theatre for the Non-Major

Students will develop and apply principles and techniques in music, voice/singing, dance, and acting for the musical theatre genre. Students will use their knowledge to create and develop a regularly scheduled cabaret performance to be performed for the public and an end of term musical revue concert. Full Year Course, May be Repeated

 

Acting for the Camera

Students will gain a working knowledge of techniques and principles involved in commercial and film acting as well as gain an insight into the business of film. The skills and techniques learned by students will be applied through the students participating in mock screen tests, creating demo reels, and taking part in acting in mock commercials and original short films. Full Year Course, May be Repeated

 

Competitive Acting Troupe/Oral Interpretation

Students involved in the competitive acting troupe will attend Texas Thespian Convention and compete in Oral Interpretation events on the Local, State and National levels. Travel and commitment is required. Fee is $600 annually and includes the Texas Thespian Convention and 5 local tournaments. All out of town or advanced level tournaments are optional and subject to additional fees. Semester Course (Fall only) May be Repeated

 

Supplemental Courses offered as desired or needed

 

Technical-Production

Students will learn and apply the principles and techniques of all elements of technical design and construction to the creation of elements to be used in full scale productions. Principles explored will include safety and OSHA Standards, power tools and construction, hanging and focusing lights, rigging, costuming, makeup, sound design, projections, painting, and more. Full Year Course, May be Repeated

 

The Physics of Set Design and Construction

Students will learn about basic to advanced design elements through the exploration of scientific and mathematical principles and their applications to the artistic challenge of set design and construction. Students will apply learned principles to model design projects and through the construction of full scale set pieces. [Pre-requisite: Theatrical Design] Semester Course

 

The Science of Lighting and Sound Design

Students will learn about basic to advanced design elements through the exploration of scientific and psychological principles and their applications to the artistic challenge of light and sound design. Students will apply learned principles to design projects and through the full lighting and sound design of a short play. [Pre-requisite: Theatrical Design] Semester Course

 

Voice Acting

Students will learn about the diverse field of voice acting by exploring  genres such as radio commercials and drama, audio books, animation, video games and more. Students will also gain valuable insight into the business of voice acting by learning about auditioning, recording demos, etc. Students will apply learned principles and techniques to develop characters and develop their voice in a variety of ways. Students will practice principles and techniques in order to develop and perform in a full scale voiceover project at the end of the term. Semester Course

 

Directing Techniques

Upper level students will act as assistant directors in an assigned Acting course where they will assist in teaching basic concepts. Student directors will learn the process of directing a show from concept to stage, being guided through the steps of putting a show together while developing and discovering their own personal directing style. Directors will be responsible for casting and directing a 20 - 30 minute One-Act Play at the end of the term with the members of their class who will perform and tech the show. [Pre-requisite: Theatrical Design] Full Year Course

 

Theatrical Design

Students will learn about the principles and techniques of all elements of technical design and construction to the creation of model design projects and renderings. Principles explored will include set, lighting, sound, costume, prop, projection, hair and makeup design. Students will end the term by developing a design team to create a cohesive design for a small scale production. Semester Course

 

Playwriting

Students will learn and apply techniques and principles in playwriting to create original theatrical work. Students will gain a working knowledge in literary elements, writing styles, dramatic structure, character development, concept development, and how to workshop a show. The goal of the course is for the students to complete a One-Act Play script that will be staged as a dramatic reading at the end of the term. [Pre-requisites: Dramatic Literature 1, History of Theatre] Semester Course, May be Repeated

 

Devising Original Theatre

Students will apply the skills and techniques learned through their acting and movement courses to create original theatrical work using various stimuli and inspiration. Students will participate in multiple projects through the term, developing a variety of work to add to their portfolios and culminating in a showcase of original work at the end of the term. [Pre-requisites: Acting I - II and/or Physical Theatre I - II] Full Year Course, May be Repeated

 

Puppetry

Students will study and apply techniques in a variety of styles of puppetry to performance. Students will learn a history of puppetry, what a puppet is, and how puppetry can enhance a theatrical performance. Students will develop original puppet characters and build original puppets. The course will culminate in a collection of short puppet shows using a variety of puppetry styles to be presented at the end of the term to the public. [Pre-requisites: Acting  II and Physical Theatre I] Semester Course

 

High School Story Adaptation

Students will learn about the processes and techniques in developing a previously non-theatrical story into a show for the stage. Students will look at developing novels, current events, historical events, and other stimuli into interesting and original stage productions. [Pre-requisite: Playwriting] Semester Course

 

Theatre for Social Justice

Students will study theatre which was created to make a change in society. Students will engage in research and discussion on how to implement strategies in order to create work that is capable of making a change. Students will create an original work with the intention to spark conversation on social justice issues and positive solutions. Students will study Theatre of the Oppressed and other forms of progressive theatre. Students will present their work for public and specified audiences. [Pre-requisite Acting II and History of Theatre] Semester Course

 

Publicity and Marketing for the Theatre

This is an introductory course that will help students gain an understanding of marketing concepts as they apply to the entertainment industry, specifically theatre. The areas this course will cover include: core marketing standards, market segmentation, target marketing, the event marketing triangle (events, audience, and sponsors), entertainment promotion and marketing plans. Semester Course

 

Dramaturgy

This course is an introduction to production dramaturgy with emphasis on conducting research and preparing written reports. Topics include surveys of the critical literature, cultural background and biography, production history and text preparation. Semester Course

 

Stage Management

This course investigates the theories and techniques of stage management. It includes a thorough examination of various activities performed by stage managers in different production situations, as well as discussions relating to standard practices and common variations. The primary objective of this course is to give you a thorough understanding of the stage manager's responsibilities and position in theatrical productions. Semester Course

 

Senior Studio

Students will take on the role of Assistant director for a major production and have the opportunity to direct monologues, scenes, musical numbers and short plays. This is a Practicum course which will be housed within a lower level acting course.  Semester Course (Spring)

 

Theatre for Young Audiences

Students will produce a show for a Pre-school to Elementary age audience and will learn and apply the principles and techniques involved with performing for youth. Semester Course, May be Repeated

 

 

MIDDLE SCHOOL:

 

Foundation Courses offered every year

 

Acting for Beginners*

Students will be introduced to numerous acting methods and genres through exploration of various techniques including improvisation, characterization, mime, musical theatre, scene work and monologue work. Full Year Course

 

Acting II*

Students will build upon their foundation to grow as actors by learning how to analyze, mark and interpret dramatic literature for presentation purposes. Students will explore characterization and their personal capabilities through short plays, scene work and monologues. [Pre-requisite Acting for beginners]

Full Year Course

 

Beginning Theatre History*

Students will gain a beginning knowledge of theatre history through the exploration of major historical periods for theatre. Students will learn about and analyze change in theatrical elements through time. Students will be able to apply their knowledge to research, performance and design project presentations. Students will also explore how the history of the time period being explored affected the theatre at that time. Semester Course

 

Middle School Improvisation*

Students will learn and apply principles and techniques of improvisation to the development of character, scene work, and ensemble building through theatrical game play and devising techniques. Students will develop the ability to think quickly in the moment as well as listen to and communicate well within their ensemble. Semester Course, May be Repeated

 

Movement for Beginners*

Students acquire the knowledge and skills for movement and apply these skills effectively to stage acting and performing. The course is designed to employ stage movement to express thoughts, feelings, and actions, and to analyze and describe the interdependence of all physical elements used on the stage. Semester Course

​Middle School Acting Production*

Students will be involved in the development and execution of performances for the academy and for the public. Students will research and apply acting techniques learned in their courses to the creation of known and original works of theatre for entertainment and competition purposes. Full Year Course [Pre-requisite Acting II and Movement for Beginners]

 

Middle School Competitive Acting Troupe

Students involved in the competitive acting troupe will attend Texas Thespian Convention and compete in Oral Interpretation events on the Local, State and National levels. Travel and commitment is required. Fee is $600 annually and includes the Texas Thespian Convention and 5 local tournaments. All out of town or advanced level tournaments are optional and subject to additional fees. Semester Course (Fall only) May be Repeated

 

 

Supplemental Courses offered as desired or needed

 

 

Dramatic Acting for Young Artists

Students will focus on technique and skills needed to successful perform Dramatic works. [Pre-requisite: Acting for Beginners] Semester Course

 

Comedic Acting for Young Artists

Students will focus on technique and skills needed to successful perform Comedic works. [Pre-requisite: Acting for Beginners] Semester Course

 

Partner Acting for Young Artists

Students will focus on technique and skills needed to successful perform with a scene partner including listening, processing and reacting. [Pre-requisite: Acting II] Semester Course

 

Middle School Story Adaptation

Students will learn about the processes and techniques in developing a previously non-theatrical story into a show for the stage. Students will look at developing short stories, fairy tales, cartoons, and other stimuli into original stage productions. Semester Course

Technical Theatre for Beginners

Students will be introduced to the types of theatre spaces, design aspects and technical requirements to produce a play including, set, costumes, lights, sound and props. They will have hands on opportunities to assist in the design and construction of a production. Semester Course, May be Repeated

 

Shakespeare for Young Artists

Students will be learn about William Shakespeare and Elizabethan Theatre through reading, analyzing and presenting various works from the 15th & 16th Centuries. Students will understand the relevance of the work and be able to translate Shakespearean text at a basic level. Semester Course

 

Middle School Acting for the Camera

Students will gain a working knowledge of techniques and principles involved in commercial and film acting as well as gain an insight into the business of film. The skills and techniques learned by students will be applied through the students participating in mock screen tests, creating demo reels, and taking part in acting in mock commercials and original short films. Semester, May be Repeated

 

Middle School Voice Acting

Students will learn about the diverse field of voice acting by exploring genres such as radio commercials and drama, audio books, animation, video games and more. Students will also gain valuable insight into the business of voice acting by learning about auditioning, recording demos, etc. Students will apply learned principles and techniques to develop characters and develop their voice in a variety of ways. Students will practice principles and techniques in order to develop and perform in a full scale voiceover project at the end of the term. Semester Course

 

Middle School Theatre for Young Audiences

Students will produce a show for a Pre-school to Elementary age audience and will learn and apply the principles and techniques involved with performing for youth. Semester Course, May be Repeated

CONTACT US

301 W. Louisiana

McKinney, TX 75069

214-856-4513     

Info@ovationAPA.org

HOURS OF OPERATION

Monday - Friday: 8:00am-8:00pm

Saturday: 10:30am-4pm


 

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