Stage Curtains

This course is designed to develop the writer’s individual theatrical style through the writing of scenes and a 1-act play (or work toward a full-length play). Students will explore the dimensions of writing for the stage through key areas of craft, including language, dialogue, the essentials of dramatic form, and structure. They will also focus on dramatic tension (behavior, action, and the spoken word) and character–fulfilling theme through the depiction of characters with distinct voices and histories. This course is designed to give the student the fundamentals of play construction and theory, using writing techniques and exercises, and in-class feedback. The goal is to complete at least a one-act play or one act of a play. We will Strive for a full-length show they can call their own. The class will culminate with a final presentation in which the class participants will act as directors, actors*, producers, and stage management. To be successful in this class, students will need to be highly self-motivated and passionate about this area of study.


*Actors will be the students in the class, or the students in the class will act as a panel to select various actors from outside the class to perform roles as needed.


**Subject to teacher approval

***Minimum students required = 5

Curriculum/Required Text(s):

Class Prerequisites:  Must have a love of writing and the ability to work as a group


Grades: 10-12

Days and Times: Monday 2:00 - 3:30 & Wednesday 1:00 - 2:30

Teacher: Mrs. Kathy Abelanet

Classroom: Theatre

Cost: $30/week for 32 weeks and a one-time $40 material fee