Welcome to Theatre Arts!

Brief Course Description: Beginning Theatre Arts is a rigorous course of study in acting, theatre history, and technical theatre. Students explore theatre as a comprehensive performing art from the actor’s perspective.  Focus is on training of the actor’s instrument including voice, diction, stage movement, and introducing ensemble techniques.  The course culminates in polished performances before an audience.

Interested in ‘leadership’ within HSTC? Click here to learn more!


Class Handbook & Syllabus

Beginning Fall Semester Calendar (Daily Class Goals, Homework, & Assessments)

Self/Peer Collaboration Rubric

HSHS Wifi Instructions

Theatre Article Assignment Packet

Student Led Activity Homework (Due Most Friday’s)

Weebly Instructions

Class Leadership Application

NC Theatre Arts Essential Standards rev. 9.5.18

Monologue Performance Rubric
Grade Breakdown:
60 points for attempting monologue.
10 points for ‘dressing out’.
1-30 points for rubric-based grading.
Possible Total: 100 %


STEP 1: Review the Class Handbook & Syllabus

STEP 2 Due Friday, 9/7: Complete the Handbook Review Form

STEP 3: Print, have your parent/guardian sign, and turn in the following forms (ALL Due Friday, 9/7):

WCPSS Photo & Video Release Form

2018-19 Boosters Membership Form

STEP 4: Join the class’s GroupMe – see the link below


Instructor / Director: Mr. Rome Buttner


Phone: 919.577.1444 ext. 23494

Class GroupMe:

Twitter: @hshstheatre

HSTC Updates GroupMe:


Stage Managers: Caity Aday & Ally Weitz

Costumes Leaders: Kathleen McNamara & Nicole Juzaitis

Props and Laptop Leaders: Jaden Geniesse & Jeni Wheeler

Communications Manager: Emma Striker

Attendance Managers: Sophia Ackerman, Hallie Morgan, & Madison Woods

Drill Manager: Madison Woods



Self Reflection/Assessment

Using complete sentences, respond to each of the following questions:

1. How do you feel about your group’s performance? How clear was the storytelling?

2. Describe your preparation and how that affected your overall performance.

3. What you feel you did well and what you wished had gone differently.

4. Explain what you learned about yourself as a performer & group member?

5. What you would do differently if you had the opportunity to perform again?

6. What is the length of your performance video?


Students finished their Final Pantomime Performances. Students leaders gave general feedback to the entire group.

HW: Theatre News Review #1 – See the packet under ‘Course Documents’ for detailed instructions.


Students finalized and rehearsal their Principles of Body Language / Pantomime short play. Following the rehearsal, half of the groups performed prior to the bell. The other half will perform on Thursday.




Students took their quiz on the parts of the stage, stage directions, and types of stages.

Students were then given notes on Unit 2: Principles of Body Language.


Students took notes on the various types of performance spaces. Following the lecture, selected students presented their SLA #1.

Homework: Quiz on Tuesday on parts of the stage, types of stages, and stage direction abbreviations.

Leadership application due Wed, 9/5.

Stage types:

Proscenium stage:
A proscenium theatre is what we usually think of as a “theatre”.
Its primary feature is the Proscenium, a “picture frame” placed around the front of the playing area of an end stage.

The frame is the Proscenium; the wings are spaces on either side, extending off-stage. Scenery can surround the acting area on all sides except side towards audience, who watch the play through picture frame opening. “Backstage” is any space around the acting area which is out of sight of the audience.

Thrust theatre:
A Stage surrounded by audience on three sides. The Fourth side serves as the background.
In a typical modern arrangement: the stage is often a square or rectangular playing area, usually raised, surrounded by raked seating. Other shapes are possible; Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre was a five-sided thrust stage.

End Stage:
A Thrust stage extended wall to wall, like a thrust stage with audience on just one side, i.e. the front.

“Backstage” is behind the background wall. There is no real wingspace to the sides, although there may be entrances located there. An example of a modern end stage is a music hall, where the background walls surround the playing space on three sides. Like a thrust stage, scenery serves primarily as background, rather than surrounding the acting space.

Arena Theatre:
A central stage surrounded by audience on all sides. The stage area is often raised to improve sightlines.

“Black Box” theatre:
These stages are often big empty boxes painted black inside. Stage and seating not fixed. Instead, each can be altered to suit the needs of the play or the whim of the director.

Found Space

A space originally not intended/designed for performances. For example, a street corner, the commons area, a hallway.


**Student Leader Application (see link under ‘course documents’ due Wednesday, 9/5**

Students performed their first acting challenge while exploring stage direction. Following the performances, students positive gave feedback on either their performance or another group’s performance.

Homework: SLA #1 Due (typed). See the example under ‘course documents’ on the blog.

Quiz: Tuesday, 9/4 – Parts of the stage and stage directions


After engaging in various ensemble building activities, students received notes on the parts of the stage and stage direction. After instruction, students were divided into groups of two for their first acting challenge. Tues & Wed were rehearsal days.

Homework for Thur: review lines for Thursday’s final performance.

8.27.18 (Day 1)

Mr. Buttner welcomed students to the new school year. The class reviewed ‘Day 1’ materials and ‘semester at a glance’. Following the paperwork, the students were led by Mr. Buttner in a series of theatre activities (play to learn) that set a good example for a typical class day.

Homework: ‘Semester at a Glance’ signed and returned on 8.28.18.

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