Theatre/Broadcasting Department
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Theatre/Broadcasting Department Course Offerings and Descriptions

109/2 Introduction to Broadcasting

1 semester; 1 credit

Introduction to Broadcasting introduces students to the world of television and radio production. Although the emphasis is on “hands-on” production, the material is presented in a historical as well as social context. In the radio portion of the course, each student produces a short radio spot and a short music program. In the television portion, each student produces and directs a “live” multi-camera style television program. In addition, they will be the crew on the other students’ productions. Both portions of the class emphasize adequate pre-production planning and the development of basic technical skills. The course provides the basis for the two subsequent courses in the curriculum: Radio Production and Television Production. This is an applied arts credit which may be used to satisfy the fine arts graduation requirement.

102/2 Radio/Sound Production

1 semester; 1 credit
This production course is structured around three major types of radio programming: music production, sound design, and podcasting. Emphasis is placed on preproduction planning, music production, studio and location recording, script development, and postproduction editing. Students use traditional production techniques as well as new digital technology. Students will learn sound production through Logic Pro X software. Opportunities for certification in Logic Pro X are available. This is an applied arts credit which may be used to satisfy the fine arts graduation requirement.

1102 Television Production

Open to 2nd semester freshmen,sophomores, juniors, and seniors
Prerequisite: Introduction to Broadcasting or Creative Filmmaking
Semester 2 only; 1 credit

This is an advanced course in television communications. Students work to master the techniques necessary to produce broadcast quality productions. Each student produces a public service announcement which will air on Newscene and will be voted on the student body. Class members also serve as studio staff for projects requested by others in the school and serve as Newscene staff later in the semester. This course is for students whose interests in television production are fairly serious and/or wish to join the Newscene staff for the following year. Students are required to commit additional time outside of the class to complete project work. This is an applied arts credit which may be used to satisfy the fine arts graduation requirement.

949 Newscene

Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors
Prerequisite:  Introduction to Broadcasting, Television Production, Creative Filmmaking
2 semesters; 2 credits

Newscene is a student produced high school television news program that airs during Advisory 25-30 times per school year. Programs, which are anchored by two to three reporters and crewed by a production staff of 12-18 depending on class size. Newscene consists of school news and previously recorded and edited features. Students are the producers, writers, reporters, and editors and hold down the regular studio crew positions during rehearsal and recording. Production staff members must have taken the television classes, while reporters must audition each spring. (A freshman may audition as a reporter for his/her sophomore year.) This is an applied arts credit which may be used to satisfy the fine arts graduation requirement.

106/2 Creative Filmmaking

1 semester; 1 credit

Creative Filmmaking is a course that builds upon and complements material presented in the other courses in the television curriculum.This production course is structured around the two major types of filmmaking: documentary, and narrative. Students create short films using a single-camera film-style approach. Emphasis is placed on script development, pre-production planning, on-location shooting, and post-production editing. Students use traditional production techniques as well as newer digital technology. For a final project, each student produces and directs either a short documentary or a short narrative film.

100 Theatre Technology and Design

2 semesters; 2 credits
This course provides a hands-on exploration of the design and production of scenery,  lighting, sound, costumes, props, and makeup for the theatre. Students are introduced to scene construction, techniques of lighting, stage materials, stage safety, theatre production processes, and the principles of design on which all stagecraft is based.  Students read plays critically and learn how to develop a concept to support the design of scene elements and lighting. They draw plans, build set models, design lighting, and discuss their concept in formal presentations to the class. This course may be used as either a Fine Arts credit or an Applied Arts credit.

091/2 Acting 1

1 semester; 1 credit
This course is an in-depth  introduction into the world of theatre. Students learn historical, cultural, and practical theatre concepts. Students enhance their theatre knowledge through audition techniques, theatre terminology, theatre history, improvisation, and monologue performance. All aspects of this course include a performance component. Students will be on stage practically every day of the semester. This course is open to all students, regardless of previous acting/theatre experience.

093/2 Acting 2

Prerequisite: Acting 1
1 semester; 1 credit
This course is designed for students with some acting experience who wish to develop the talent and technique necessary for success on the OPRFHS stages and beyond. Students focus on script and character analysis using resources from The Goodman Theatre, The Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, and other theatrical sources. Students explore different genres of theatre through units focused on physical comedy, Shakespearean acting, famous playwrights, and advanced scene study.

094/2 Directing Workshop

1 semester; 1 credit
This course is highly recommended for students who intend to apply to direct a production in Studio 200. It provides solid preparation in the techniques required both to coach actors effectively and to manage successfully all the elements necessary for a full-scale production.  Students enrolled in this course have the option of receiving either Fine or Applied Arts credit for successful completion.

095/2 Advanced Theatre Study: Auditions and Production

1 semester; 1 credit
Prerequisite: Acting 1 or Theatre Technology and Design. Acting 1 and 2 for the ideal acting candidate.
This performance-based course will prepare students for auditions and portfolio material for college entrance. The goal is for students to develop audition monologues and skills (for actors) and portfolio/interviewing skills (for technical theatre candidates) that will enhance their chances of acceptance to conservatories, universities, or training programs of their choice. In addition, students will write, rehearse, and produce a production through this course. Performance and/or theatre technical skills are required. Due to the performance nature of this class, it can be repeated.

092/2 Musical Theatre Seminar

1 semester; 1 credit
Prerequisite: Acting 1 and 2 for the ideal acting candidate.
This performance-based course provides an opportunity for students to prepare, produce, and perform musical theatre selections.  Students may write or produce selections from the American Musical Theatre and explore its history and impact on popular culture.  Students analyze the script, music, characters, choreography, and history of the current winter musical.  Student learn musical theatre auditioning techniques and cabaret performance. Due to the performance nature of this class, it can be repeated.