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A show, spectacle, or public event

Explore the idea of performance both on stage and in our daily life.

Director: Mr. John Lane, Director of Theater Arts, English and Theater

Spectaculum students will study the idea of Performance by studying, writing about, and participating in performance oriented projects. The vital skills of collaboration, time-management, critical analysis, interpretation, and problem solving will provide a basic groundwork for a successful college career and beyond, no matter what your major. You will learn advanced critical thinking and problem solving skills by taking a script and translating it into a finished production -- a colossal exercise in critical thinking. You will learn how to stay calm in a crisis, understand deadlines and respect them, improve self-confidence, and become very resourceful. This learning community is perfect for students who enjoyed participating in the performing arts in high school or for complete novices who are interested in acquiring new skills that will help them to be successful in their future endeavors.

Fall 2022 Courses

ENGL 203C Introduction to Drama (TR 12:15pm) John Lane (English and Theater Arts)

This course is an exploration of Drama through history, exposing the student to different historical era, themes, and types of drama. Its focus will rely heavily on the great comic works giving the student an understanding of how humor has changed throughout history. We will read a wide range of plays from Aristophane's Lysistrata and Beckett's Waiting for Godot to Skakespeare's Taming of the Shrew and Moliere's Tartuffe. Particular emphasis will be placed on the how the themes of these texts still relate to contemporary audiences and enlighten our modern views of gender, sex, sexuality, class, family, and religion.

THEA 151C Introduction to Theater (TR 10:50am) Jill Jeffrey (Artistic Director, Gemini Children's Theater)

This course is designed to introduce the art of theatre and to take the student through the process of creating a theater piece. The skills learned here can be applied to most fields of study. They include: critical and imaginative thinking, creative problem solving, time management, and team leadership. This class will help further develop these skills through interactive lessons, student-designed presentations, and collaborative, group research.