• Advanced Theatre Syllabus – Howard Middle School

    Mr. Thompson Room 5-002


    671-7225 Ext 55869


    Course Description:

    Advanced Theatre is designed to engage students in performance. Students will become familiar with different styles of acting, as well as methods of training.  Students will be performing multiple times throughout the year for audiences*.  These performances will be held outside of school hours.  Some performances may be held at competitions. Students may be writing and recording their performances to be played for their peers and self-evaluation. 

    Course Objectives:

    • Think and act creatively by solving problems individually or collaboratively and by employing originality, flexibility, and imagination.
    • Develop the acting skills necessary for creative dramatic performance.
    • Demonstrate knowledge of the elements of theatre production.
    • Demonstrate understanding of theatre arts in relation to history and culture.
    • Develop critical skills to evaluate your own work and the work of others.
    • Make connections between theatre arts and other fields of knowledge.
    • Demonstrate ability to apply aesthetic criteria for making artistic choices.
    • Develop awareness of copyright and royalty requirements when rehearsing, performing, or otherwise using the works of others.


    Grading Scale:

    A= 90-100%              B=80-89%                  C=70-79%                  D=60-69%                 F=<59%

    Tests/Projects 50%              Quizzes and Classwork 50%                          

    No late work accepted.  Make-up work will be accepted for 3 days upon student’s return after absence.


    Class Expectations:

    I expect you to follow all the rules set forth by the Marion County Code of Student Conduct and the Howard Middle School Student Handbook. I expect you to fully understand and practice Howard Middle’s “3 Rs.” Additionally, here are the rules of this classroom:

    • Be on time for class. Participation is an essential part of the class.
    • Be prepared, have all required materials ready.
    • Listen carefully and follow instructions.
    • Respect yourself, each other, respect the work, respect the process, and respect the teacher/director. This includes being respectful of times when students are acting or presenting a project. Students are expected to listen and be a good audience. We do not talk out of turn, when others are talking, and especially when the teacher is talking.
    • Keep the classroom clean – No food, drinks (except water) or gum. (This is not to be mean; Mr. Thompson just does not like critters). Throw trash in the trash can. Do not leave personal items. Put away all props, costumes, and resources used for class performances.
    • Electronics (i.e. smartphones) should be turned off and put away.
    • Complete all assigned projects and homework.
    • Raise your hand if you need supplies, water, the restroom, have a question, or if anything else should arise. There is no reason for anyone to wander aimlessly through the classroom at any time.


     Class Expectations in the Times of Covid*

    Because we are starting off the school year under uncertain circumstances, a number of changes had to be structured, in order to ensure the safety of faculty and students alike.  While we are still meeting in the classroom, it will be very important that we practice the following precautions:

    • Masks must be worn at all times in class. This is non-negotiable.  The only exceptions are to sip water or in the restroom.
    • We will do our best to practice “social distancing,” which is about 6’ apart from each other (I understand this is a theatre class, and theatre classes often work in pairs or small groups, so we will improvise.)
    • Please be mindful of the directional arrows around campus and follow them. If it feels like at any time you are a fish heading upstream, you are probably going the wrong way.
    • And, of course, wash your hands.



    For Distance and Hybrid Learning, Microsoft Teams will be the platform students will use in all Theatre classes to: check assignments, upload assignments, take quizzes/tests and locate all the resources for this course such as handouts, screen recordings for assignments and tutorials. We will also have our virtual meetings through TEAMS.



    ***Required AssignmentStudents must review a live theatrical performance per nine weeks.   The review should be typed in a 5-paragragh format.  The guide is available on my website. 


    Supplies needed: a pen/pencil, paper, three duo-tang folders (purple or blue, red or orange, green or yellow), a highlighter


    Student Name: _____________________________________________________________________________________

    Student Signature:  _______________________________    Parent Signature:  _______________________________

    Parent Email/phone: _________________________________________________________________________________