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Course Description:
Building from foundation basics learned in Beginning Acting, Intermediate Acting includes more character development through short and long form improvisation, scene study, theatre history, continuation of tech theatre, performance of children's theatre, introduction to classics and contemporary plays with analysis, non-contact stage combat, musical theatre choreography, and readers’ theatre. Intermediate has performance and competitions built into the curriculum.

Textbook: Theatre: Art in Action © 1999

Resources Available:
Students will have a variety of resources available to help including theatre arts textbooks, theatrical videos, and in class work. Additionally, Mrs. Lane will provide support through training and bringing in guest speakers, offering field trips, and other opportunities.

Classroom Expectations (Show your Rider PRIDE!):
Personal Responsibility: Bring supplies to class daily: PENCILS, ERASER, pens, paper, theatre notebook, and any other materials required for each class. Wear clothing that is comfortable and in which you are able to move.
Respect: Treat fellow students, teachers, and others with respect. THEATRE IS A COLLABORATIVE ART THAT REQUIRES TEAMWORK. Without respect, the classroom team fails. With respect, it flourishes.
Integrity: Push yourself to work hard and cooperate in groups. Put your best work forward and be proud of what you share. THEATRE IS AN ACTIVE PARTICIPATION CLASS. Effort, cooperation, and participation will be rewarded. Attitude and cooperation warrants additional participation in showcases.
Discipline/Diligence: Be present and ON TIME daily, ready to learn. Rehearsals are not effective when you are late or absent.
Empathy: Cooperation in group activities and willingness to share work. Encourage others to share. Give and receive constructive criticism for all to become better artists.

Attendance Policy:
Since the class does not meet daily, it is imperative and expected that students attend every class, every week. If students are absent, whether excused or unexcused, during any pre-planned performances or tests, students may not be able to retake or makeup the performances or tests. Teacher discretion will be used to determine any credit awarded and makeup options. See RHS attendance policy.

Homework and Grading:
Theatre does require homework! Complete and turn in all assignments on time. No late work can or will be accepted. All work is scored with a point system and/or with rubrics to be distributed in class. Assessments include daily attendance, on task rehearsal, memorization by deadlines, completion of theatre arts notebook, discussion and cooperation, in class performances, and analyses of characters and scenes. Any late work credit, if any, is at the teacher’s discretion. Bonus points can be earned for attending additional crew days or theatre performances.

*Required Events:
All students enrolled are required to participate in one event per semester outside of the class in order to complete the course and the hours necessary to receive full credit. Events may include:
• Roosevelt’s Rough Rider RUCKUS Improv event during Back to School Night: Student teams will “compete” in short-form games against other area high schools.
• Oregon Thespian Improvisation Festival: A per person entry fee is charged, but those unable to pay will be covered by RHS Thespians. See separate event packet provided for details about entry, deadlines, and fees.
• Acting Showcase: Family and friends are invited to the Acting Showcase to see the students perform their Regional competition pieces and RUCKUS Improv teams compete. Showcase is always two days before Regionals.
• Oregon Thespians Regional Acting Competition: A per event entry fee is charged for Regionals. Details provided for entry, deadlines, and fees. Scholarships available. Sorry, only competitors and their Theatre Directors are able to attend Regionals.
• Children’s Theatre Production performs at least one matinee: Family and friends are invited to see the students perform their children’s show. This production may tour to local elementary schools if scheduled.

Non-participation in one theatrical event and/or children’s theatre production will result in a full letter grade drop per event missed. No exceptions. (i.e. That means if you earned an A, but miss the participating in a theatrical event in the fall or spring, you will receive a B. If you also miss the children’s theatre production in the spring, you would receive a C.)

Additional Theatrical Opportunities (examples):
• Evening Performances (optional performance opportunities will be announced)
• Field trips (optional trips to community and/or school theatre productions)
• Participation in Drama Club/Thespians (optional club/earned membership)
• Attendance and competition at Oregon Thespian State Conference
• Other Improv Competitions are TBA: Several high schools, as well as the Brody Theatre, are all looking to host various improv events during the year. Keep that in mind as you plan to attend one event or if you wish to audition to be a permanent member of the Roosevelt Rough Rider RUCKUS teams: Havoc and Brouhaha.
• You must attend school at least one half day in order to participate in any after school opportunities. No pass, no play policy applies, too.

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