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Walnut Hill School for the Arts

Program & Faculty

The acting program emphasizes work in character analysis and interpretation, improvisation, and scene study. Advanced acting courses combine scene study analysis and synthesis, analysis of dramatic literature, theater history, and performance to provide students with a comprehensive program. All theater students are expected to complement their work with courses in voice. The design and production curriculum is one of the finest of its kind in the country, offering practical experience in all design areas. Special emphasis is placed on scene and lighting design. Skills are developed through a progressive study of stagecraft, scenographic techniques, and design, and are accompanied by intensive hands-on training.

All theater students take Acting Class and Movement for the Actor every year, and three years of Musical Theater. In addition, they must take two years of Design and Production. Each theater major is also required to successfully complete assignments on production crews each semester. Crew assignments are made after casting and include production work in lighting, costume, scenery, rigging, props, running crew, and front-of-house operations. Failure to successfully complete production requirements will jeopardize a student’s standing as a theater major. In addition, theater students may take classes in Music Theory, Fundamentals of Music, Choir (all by permission of the Director of Music and if these courses do not conflict with scheduling of theater curriculum), Piano, and Directing.

A Note on Body Alteration or Modification: Intentional body alteration or modification that visibly changes the student’s natural physical appearance and impedes the student from working from actor’s neutral in class, rehearsal, or performance is not allowed. Examples include, but are not limited to, visible tattoos and any body piercing (other than traditional ear piercing for women).

Courses in Theater

Theater I: Acting Fundamentals

This course introduces students to various acting techniques and the elements of theater. Basic concepts are presented through the use of exercises and improvisation. Students develop the skills and freedom necessary to react spontaneously and honestly moment to moment.

Theater II: Acting Craft

This course combines the study of basic acting technique and analytical skills using improvisation and mask work. Scripted material is introduced for study and interpretation. (May be repeated for credit.)

Theater III: Scene Study

This course focuses on developing the fundamental skills used in rehearsing and performing modern realistic plays. Through an exploration of various acting techniques, students acquire the tools and skills necessary for honest characterization. (May be repeated for credit.)

Theater IV: Advanced Acting Studies

Intended for advanced acting students, this course combines scene work and improvisation with creative movement and voice. Rigorous work in textual analysis and character development are the primary focus. Practical techniques in the selection, preparation, and performance of audition pieces are also covered.

Prerequisites: Theater III and permission of the instructor.

Musical Theater I

This course introduces students to the American musical theater repertoire concentrating on ensemble and solo singing, with an emphasis on vocal technique, diction, and musicality. Movement and musical theater dance styles are also introduced. Students are required to arrange for outside vocal coaching. Limited class size.

Prerequisite: Entry is by audition only.

Musical Theater II

This course is designed to train students in the skills of the actor/singer. A combination of acting, voice, and movement exercises is used to help students explore and develop their total instrument. Students work on individual musical theater pieces, with instruction focusing on imaging, phrasing, articulation, and audition technique. Students are required to arrange for outside vocal coaching. Limited class size.

Prerequisite: Entry is by audition only.

Musical Theater III

This course continues the training begun in Musical Theater I and II. Students explore and analyze a variety of different musical theater styles and focus primarily on scenes, duets, choreography, and song work. Students are required to arrange for outside vocal coaching. Limited class size.

Prerequisite: Entry is by audition only. Note: Costs of private vocal coaching and accompaniment for college audition preparation beyond that provided in class are additional.

Movement I

This course focuses on developing awareness and control over the actor’s body. Laban efforts, strengthening, and flexibility are established in order to begin the student’s sense of mind/body connection. Jazz technique is introduced, as well as dance combinations in the realm of Musical Theater.

Prerequisite: Entry is by audition only.

Movement II

This course builds off of skills acquired in Movement I and extends into more focus with Jazz technique. Turning, extension work, and jumps are heavily integrated into class, and combinations are introduced more often. Project work begins with actors being responsible for small portions of choreography, as well as retention and execution of combinations.

Prerequisite: Entry is by audition only.

Movement III

This course is intended for actors who are serious about developing their dance skills, vocabulary, and assimilation of material into their bodies. New techniques and partnering are introduced, and a higher level of execution is expected. Combinations are done extremely often, and students are expected to synthesize the movement as their own. Project work of re-creation and adaptation of neutral movement is required.

Prerequisite: Entry is by audition only.

Movement IV

This course focuses on a high level of Jazz technique and audition work. Mock auditions and callbacks are held, along with ascertaining the skills needed to successfully audition in the future. More advanced partner work is done, the pace of class is significantly higher than that of previous Movement classes, and it is expected that students have a strong foundation of technique, a thorough skill set, and a strong mind/body connection.

Prerequisite: Entry is by audition only.

Directing

This course examines the role of the director in today’s theater through the analysis of various directing styles and techniques. Students concentrate on play selection, concept determination and development, auditions, scene staging, and the collaborative process of working with actors and designers. Outside production work is required.

Prerequisites: Theater III and permission of the instructor.

Design and Production I

This course is an introduction to the elements and technology of theatrical production. Topics include scenery construction, lighting, rigging, sound, scene shop safety, stage management, and the collaborative process. Students also perform duties on Keiter Center productions. Lab fee.

Design and Production II

This course introduces students to the basic elements of concept and design. Concentration is on communication of ideas through rendering, drafting, and model making. This course also introduces students to the basic skills of lighting design and costume design. Areas explored include color theory, lighting, fabrics, and application to theater and dance. The class also explores the collaborative process between the designer, the director, and the entire artistic team. Lab fee.

Prerequisite: Design and Production I.

Advanced Design

This course continues the work introduced in Design and Production with additional focus on design theory and practicality. Students work on and present projects consisting of complete designs and working drawings of scenery, costumes, and lighting from selected works of theater. The emphasis is on the implementation of concepts and ideas in physical production. Lab fee.

Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor

Independent Study in Design

An independent study may be arranged for the advanced designer who would like to concentrate on a specific skill and area of expertise. Lab fee is required.

Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. Workshops in Makeup and Costume Design are offered for all theater students.

Design and Production Lab

Students will get hands-on training working in the Theater Shop on Keiter Center productions. They will assist in scenic construction, painting, lighting, sound, rigging, and props. Students work in the costume shop and learn basic sewing skills necessary for work on costumes for the theater. Students must put in two hours a week, or 25 hours a semester.

Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.

Theater Faculty

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Eric Anderson

Musical Theater
Matthew Anderson

Matthew Anderson

Voice Teacher, Classical and Musical Theater
Naomi Bailis

Naomi Bailis

Theater Faculty
Teresa Blume

Teresa Blume

Head of Voice, Voice Teacher, Classical and Musical Theater; Opera Director
Joe Cabral

Joe Cabral

Director of Theater
Elizabeth Canterbury

Elizabeth Canterbury

Voice Teacher, Classical and Musical Theater
Gina Fiore

Gina Fiore

Theater Faculty
Angela Gooch

Angela Gooch

Principal Artist Teacher of Voice, Classical and Musical Theater
Michael Hanley

Michael Hanley

Voice Teacher, Musical Theater
George Kane

George Kane

Technical Director
Mike Micucci

Mike Micucci

Director of Design & Production
Jeanne Munroe

Jeanne Munroe

Musical Theater Faculty

Maggie Pitts

Theater Faculty

Jen Salvucci Bent

Theater Faculty
Nicole Sell

Nicole Sell

Theater Faculty, Adjunct Dance Instructor, Clark Dorm Parent
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