Brief Course Description: Acting students will broaden and deepen acting skills, including styles, directing, Theatre history, and Children’s Theatre. Students will have the opportunity to audition for the advanced ensemble.

Technical theatre students will learn the fundamentals of play production including set design and construction, lighting, sound, and costuming. Students will have the opportunity to progress to Technical Theatre II and III.

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Intermediate Fall Semester Calendar (Daily Instructional Goals, Homework, & Assessments)

HSHS Wifi Instructions

Self/Peer Collaboration Rubric

Class Leadership Application

Character Analysis Worksheet

Essay Rubric (Honors)

Script Analysis Template

“Why Arts” Video

HSHS Scene Shop Rules & Expectations

NC Theatre Arts Essential Standards rev. 9.5.18


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
B.A. in English, B.A. in Theatre Arts



Twitter: @hshstheatre


Stage Managers:

Props & Costumes Managers:

Drill Leader:

Attendance & Communication Managers:





Self & Peer Reflection / Assessment

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

1. Your overall feel of your performance.

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

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

4. What you learned about yourself as a performer.

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

6. What is the length of your performance video?


Lighting for the stage involves manipulating the four major Controllable Qualities of light; Intensity, Color, Direction and Movement; to influence the four functions of stage lighting which are Mood, Selective Focus, Modeling and Visibility.

Four Controllable Qualities of Light

  • Intensity–The intensity of a light source can vary from near total darkness to painfully bright.
  • Color–Nearly any color you can think of can be created through the use of lighting gels or electronic means. Color can be a major player in creating a mood. However, the lighting designer must be careful in choosing colors so that they coordinate with the colors chosen for costumes and set pieces as well.
  • Direction–This is the area from which the light approaches the stage. This is a major contributor to the function of modeling. Light can come from below, directly above or anywhere in between. They can also originate from in front of the actors, behind them or off to a side. Each combination of directions has its unique effect on the highlights and shadows produced.
  • Movement–refers to the changing in the lights whether it be a change in intensity, color or direction of origin.

Functions of Stage Lighting

  • Visibility is the primary function of stage lighting: making sure the audience can see the part(s) of the stage that the director and/or the lighting designer want them to see.
  • The modeling function includes creating a realistic (or intentionally non-realistic) view of the world of the play. This is done by strategically placing lights above, below, to the side, in front and behind the actors. Through the use of the placement of the lights, you can create different types of highlights and shadows on the actors, props and set pieces.
  • Selective Focus is the function of “forcing” the audience to look where it is desired for them to look through the use of high/low intensity and changes in intensity.
  • The function of Mood is both one of the most difficult and at the same time the easiest function to maintain. It is the easiest because it can be done very simply through the use of colors. However, it can also be overdone to the point of becoming cliche instead of allowing the actors and other aspects to contribute to the overall mood of the play.


Students continue their rehearsal for the ‘found space’ project. Some groups have volunteered to perform their short scene today. Students (actors and techs) are required to wear their ‘blacks’ for the final performance.

Since the class is displaced to the commons area for the week, I has delayed reviewing the HSTC handbook, syllabus, and its corresponding forms until next week.

Homework: Memorize the material and bring ‘blacks’ to school, unless the student is bringing an official costume instead.

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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