Let's play! Encore Co. is a production-based class in which students have the opportunity to participate in theatre productions year-round. In this advanced theatre course, students apply knowledge gained during the prerequisite class Theatre Arts. Students gain hands-on experiences as they produce four shows for the community throughout the year, and they continue developing their skills in acting and all aspects of technical theatre. After school rehearsals and performances are required parts of evaluation. Fall competition at district and state levels is optional.
During the quest to entertain, enlighten and inform, students create physical and vocal characters, develop confidence, build character interaction, understand staging techniques, and understand working with a director (including student directors). Students explore a variety of acting styles through production work and differentiate between the author’s contribution to the experience of theatre and that of directors, actors, and designers. Students also aim to understand the audience’s contribution to the performance; therefore, students are encouraged to attend field trips to professional/community theatre productions to discover and analyze theatre from the perspective of an audience member.
After completing one year of Theatre Arts, applicants are admitted to Encore Co. only by audition and teacher signature. Once accepted, students have memorable experiences building characters, rehearsing scenes, and producing plays during their high school acting careers. Being part of Encore Co. gives people a sense of comradarie and purpose as their confidence grows, both on and off stage.
- Daily Participation (see rehearsal guidelines) If you are absent, you cannot participate in the rehearsal process, therefore, I cannot give you a grade for that day. This can present a problem for you if you do not work while in class, and you tend to be absent quite often. You are allowed four absences per quarter without penalty. On your fifth and subsequent absences, for whatever reason—excused or unexcused--you will receive a zero for participation.
- Learning your role is absolutely imperative and work on the play cannot progress until you know your lines and develop your character. Therefore, you will learn your lines on time or you will not be in the show. You must have an ‘A’ on all memory grades or you will become an understudy. Learn lines as written. “If it’s not on the page, don’t say it on the stage.”