Course Description/Overview/Welcome Statement
I am excited to be teaching at Provo high school this year and look forward to meeting and working with all of you. I am of the opinion that Theatre is an integral part of our society and my hope is that as you participate in this class you will gain an understanding of its importance. This class will be a lot of fun insofar as you participate; it will also require a lot of work. You will access, analyze, evaluate, and create great art. This is no easy “A”.
You will be expected by the end of this course to be a respectful audience, be able to stand in front of a group of people, speak with a loud clear voice, and communicate meaning using your body and voice.
You will be required to be in class and participating every day. There is a daily participation grade of 5 points. Keep in mind that you start the day with 0 points and work your way up to 5, so just being in class does not constitute full points. Each day in class you will do a “Acting Journal”. A quote about life or drama will be written on the board when you come in at the beginning of class each day. You will get with a partner and act out a scene that represents that quote. This is worth 5 points a day.
Assessment of Progress
Concentration and Improvisation
Assignment- Radio play
Assignment- Dumb Play
History of Theatre- Greek and Roman
Assignment- Test and Group Improvisation
Assignment- Design Project
Specific Assignment sheets will be handed out with each project.
In a Drama classroom I find it helpful to view film clips as examples of various acting and directing techniques. In accordance with District Policy the following are PG and PG-13 movies that will be used in my classroom:
2001: A Space Odessy (PG), Rear Window (PG), The Sixth Sense (PG-13), The Hudsucker Proxy (PG), O, Brother Where Art Thou? (PG-13), Good Night, and Good Luck (PG), Spider-man 2 (PG-13), Star Wars IV (PG), Raiders of the Lost Ark (PG), The Fawlty Towers (NOT RATED but probably PG-13), Citizen Kane (NOT RATED probably PG), Spirited Away (PG), Napoleon Dynamite (PG), Ponette (NOT RATED probably PG) Millions (PG), Metropolis (NOT RATED probably PG), Lord of the Rings Trilogy (PG-13), Edward Scissorhand (PG-13), Labyrinth (PG), A Mighty Wind (PG-13), Steel MAgnolias (PG), Driving Miss Daisy (PG), Jaws (PG), Finding Neverland (PG), How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying (NOT RATED but probably PG), Galaxy Quest (PG), The Karate Kid (PG), The Three Amigos (PG), Signs (PG-13), UHF (PG-13), The Incredibles (PG), Groundhog Day (PG-13), What About Bob? (PG), Frankenstein (NOT RATED probably PG), M (NOT RATED probably PG-13), The Iron Giant (PG), The 3 Penny Opera (NOT RATED probably PG-13) The Man Who Knew Too Much (PG), The Birds (NOT RATED probably PG-13), The Manchurian Candidate  (PG-13), The Bride of Frankenstein (NOT RATED but probably PG), Strange Brew (PG), The Taming of the Shrew (NOT RATED but probably PG), A Streetcar Named Desire (PG) The Dark Knight (PG-13) Inception (PG-13) Ben-Hur (PG) Vertigo (PG-13) Dial “M” for Murder (NOT RATED probably PG) Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (PG)
Any other films of a PG or PG-13 rating will be informed to the parents prior to viewing. If a parent does not want their son/daughter to view any part of any of these films, an alternative assignment will be offered.
I fully support the policies and rules of Provo High School. If you have a question about those rules consult your student handbook.
My classroom rules are simple:
Don’t cause a problem. (e.g. Texting in class)
If you cause a problem I will have to do something about it. (e.g. taking cell phone away forever.)
If you feel that what I have done to deal with your problem is unfair or excessive you may bring me your concern in writing with a proposed option for another solution, signed by your parent or guardian.
Due to the systematic and perpetual trashing of my classroom, all food is banned. Exceptions due to health reasons will be dealt with on a case by case basis.
Calendar of Due Dates for Major Assignments
Dates are subject to change
Radio play- OCT. 18
Dumb Play- NOV. 28
Theatre History Test -DEC. 14
Design Project- TBD
Progress Reports and Report Cards
If a student misses a day of class they have one week to make it up.
I will accept late work up to one week after the due date. 10% will be deducted for each day late. After one week no credit will be given for said assignment.
There are opportunities for extra credit but do not wait until the last minute to come to me. I cannot spend the few hours I have at the end of each term giving and grading extra credit assignments.
Remember, I want you to succeed. This can be an exciting and fun class if you put forth the effort.
Connecting Home to School
Office: 373- 6550 EXT. 3373
Personal Statement and other items (optional)
Hunchback of Notre Dame Auditions
August 19 and 20
The Drama Room
Sign up for a time outside Mr. Bauer’s room.
Come prepared to sing 16 to 32 bars from a Broadway musical. You must provide your own accompaniment (live or electronic).