THEATRE ARTS PROGRAM INFORMATION

The mission of the Osceola Fundamental High School Theatre Arts Program is

to provide a high quality theatrical education preparing students for a wide variety of careers and a lifetime appreciation of the theatre,

to foster a student-led community that supports, challenges, and encourages each member to achieve their greatest artistic potential,

and to create bold art that astonishes the mind, provokes the heart, delights the senses, and above all, tells great stories.

The theatre arts program at OFHS combines in-school classes, after-school clubs, honor societies, workshops, productions, performances, festivals, and competitions to create a comprehensive, engaging, and effective theatre arts education program. Students actively enrolled in classes and participating in productions are offered hands-on, real world experience in the theatre arts ranging from acting methods and scene development to technical skills, sound design, and stage management to playwriting and directing. Auditions for cast and crew for plays and musicals are always open to all students currently enrolled at OFHS and students from all parts of our student body are encouraged to get involve and find something that interests them.

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Theatre Arts Course Offerings

Osceola Fundamental High School offers a wide array of classes in the academic catalog to allow students to fine tune their theatre arts education to focus on the skills they want to develop as well as satisfy their graduation requirements for fine arts elective credits. We have offerings in Theatre, Technical Theatre, and Musical Theatre.

Theatre

Theatre I

Theatre I is an entry level theatre course offering a broad introduction to the theatre arts. Theatre I includes basic instruction in:

 

  • acting methods and technique

  • scene and character analysis

  • improvisation and games

  • theatre history

  • authors and literature

  • theatre etiquette

  • stagecraft and design

  • production and publicity

  • audition and competition skills

  • and much more

Theatre II

Theatre II is designed for second year students and takes the skills learned in theatre I and enhances them by going deeper in acting methods and self expression, reading and analyzing more difficult materials, taking on tougher parts, and offering further training in audition and competition skills and preparation for the District Thespian Festival.

Theatre II includes a comprehensive unit on playwriting, scene writing, original devising, and using your individual voice in society to craft theatrical pieces for social justice.

Theatre III & IV Honors

Students who elect to continue their theatre arts education into years three and four receive comprehensive education in the skills necessary to successfully audition for college programs and compete in theatre festivals and competitions.

 

Students in this class will have access to numerous festivals, competitions, conferences, and workshop trips throughout the year.

The Theatre III & IV Class also produces our annual Junior-Senior show in the round, a once in a lifetime performance opportunity unique to Osceola entirely directed and produced by students.

 

Theatre III/IV offers an honors quality point towards the student's weighted GPA.

Technical Theatre

Technical Theatre
Design and Production I

Our Technical Theatre Design and Production I class is designed to offer a broad introduction to the backstage elements of theatre. Students will learn the basics of:

  • scene analysis

  • elements of design

  • scenic design and stagecraft

  • props management

  • costume design and creation

  • makeup and hair design

  • sound engineering

  • light engineering

  • practical stage special effects

  • publicity

 

Technical Theatre
Design and Production II

Second year technical theatre students will learn more advanced techniques in all design and fabrication areas as well as further training in management and tech leadership. Many students in this class will begin to join crew for our four mainstage productions. Students will also be able to prepare technical projects to submit to the District Thespian Festival. Students will receive further training in:

  • stage management

  • technical direction

  • contextual design

  • designing for sensory friendly audiences

  • designing for industry events and athletics

 

Technical Theatre
Design and Production
III & IV Honors

Third and Fourth year technical students will be able to put all of the skills they've learned over the past two years to the test. Students in this class will often serve as technical department heads, stage management, or technical directors on our four mainstage shows and lead their fellow technicians in designing, implementing, fabricating, and utilizing all aspects of tech on these shows. We are proud to continue to be a program that utilizes 100% student designs and labor when creating our shows.

Technical Theatre Design and Production IV offers an honors quality point towards the student's weighted GPA.

Musical Theatre

Musical Theatre I

Musical Theatre I is an entry level performance course focus on musical theatre technique and performance. Students will receive a broad overview to the various skills needed for performance of musical theatre repertoire. These include:

  • vocal methods and technique

  • scene and character analysis

  • musical theatre history

  • composers and literature

  • acting through song

  • musical improvisation and games

  • solo and ensemble repertoire

Musical Theatre II

Musical Theatre II is designed for second year students and takes the skills learned in Musical Theatre I and continues to refine and enhance them. Students will go deeper into character study and acting through song, as well as analysis and synthesis of original material.

Students be able to audition for the District Thespian Festival with pieces prepared in class.

Musical Theatre III

Students who elect to continue their musical theatre arts education into year three receive comprehensive performance technique education. Students in this class will often be auditioning for lead roles in our spring musical, as well as performing with in class shows and showcases, and coaching and mentoring younger students as they prepare their own skills.