Drama II (Period 7AB)

Ms. Sarah Baranoff
Drama Department

Course Description

Drama II expands students’ knowledge of theatre in all its forms. Students develop their roles as members of the ensemble, building on the skills and knowledge developed in Drama I.  Drama II students are expected to demonstrate mastery of the physical and vocal techniques and material covered in Drama I and to employ their knowledge to create characters and participate in performances. Students in Drama II are also expected to do readings and critical analysis of classic and modern theatre.

The culminating project of this class is a live production on the stage for an audience at the end of each semester. All students are required to participate in this production in order to receive credit for this course. Drama II students will have the option to participate either as performers or on the technical staff (lighting, sound, set, costuming, props, or stage managing). Drama III students will serve as directors for these productions. Like last year, there are field trips to see professional productions as part of this course. Students who are ineligible to attend these trips are expected to make arrangements to see these productions on their own time.

Beginning the first day of class, students will model classroom routines to help them work productively.  These routines will guide what happens in the classroom every day and become tools for success. Active participation is critical in this class; students must be present on time every day in order to be successful. Lessons and activities for this course will address both the Common Core State Standards National Core Arts Standards.  Students will become more proficient in all elements of literacy including: Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening, and Language as we work through a rigorous curriculum.