Acting I is an introductory acting course intended to build a foundation for a beginning actor. Students In this course will focus on movement, projection and stage presence. Students should take this course to improve self-confidence, public speaking abilities and personal presence. This course must be taken as a prerequisite to the other acting classes. This is a two (2) semester course.
Acting II is an acting course that focuses on acting technique to connect to characterization. Students in this course will study Stanislavski, Hagen, Adler, Meisner and Chekov acting techniques. Students should take this course if they are seriously considering studying acting at the college level. This course requires dedication, movement and maturity as it focuses on the process of acting, not the performance. This is a two (2) semester course.
Acting III is a course for students who plan on studying theatre in college and/or for a profession. Students in this course will plan for their involvement in theatre after high school. Students, depending on their desired field, will complete the following: college audition schedule, audition monologues, acting resume, headshots, acting reel, student directing, playwriting, and design (costumes, set, lights, and sound). This course can be taken up to two (2) semesters. It is recommended that you take it Fall semester of your senior year.
Comprehensive “Comp Theatre” is the most prestigious acting class offered at IRCHS. Admission is by audition only. Although students are encouraged to audition after a full year of Acting I, students are allowed to audition after taking one semester of Acting I. This course is a product producing course as the majority of class time is rehearsing and preparation for competitions, Blackbox productions and Mainstage submission. Students in this course are required to join the Florida State Thespians Honorary Society. IRCHS’ award winning theatre troupe is 6649. This course can be scheduled up to seven (7) semesters.
Musical Theatre is for students who would like to participate in the annual musical as well as work on their abilities in acting, singing and dance. Admission to this course is by audition only. Auditions for the Fall semester are held in the previous Spring semester. This course is managed by Hedi Khursandi and Cher Bounds (dance), Gary Miller (vocals), and Michael Naffziger (acting). Participation in this course requires extensive rehearsal hours outside of traditional school hours. This course can be scheduled up to eight (8) semesters.
Technical Theatre: Design and Production Students focus on learning the basic tools and procedures for designing and creating costumes, hair, makeup and properties with particular attention to technical knowledge of safety procedures and demonstrated safe operation of theatre equipment, tools, and raw materials. Students also learn the standard conventions of design presentation and documentation; the organizational structure of theatre production and creative work in a collaborative environment; and the resulting artistic improvement. Public performances may serve as a culmination of specific instructional goals. Students may be required to attend or participate in technical work, rehearsals, and/or performances beyond the school day to support, extend, and assess learning in the classroom. This is a two (2) semester course.
Technical Theatre: Stagecraft is for students who are interested in the technical, non-performing, aspects of theatre. This course covers the areas of set design, sound design, lighting design, property design, costume design, stage management, set construction and tool safety. Students in this course are responsible for all of the technical components for each VAPA productions as well as facility management. This course requires heavy physical labor, work at heights exceeding twenty feet, and working with power tools. Students who are unable to complete the physical demands of this course may be given alternative projects. Students taking this course are required to work or “tech” one production during the school year. This course can be scheduled up to eight (8) semesters.