New course can help rebuild Barlow’s theater program

Students at Joel Barlow High School will be able to sign up for a new course next fall.

Introduction to Stagecraft was approved by the Region 9 Board of Education on Thursday, Dec. 6, as a one-credit, one-semester course open to all students.

Mark Lewis, board member and chair of the Curriculum Committee, said the course will provide students with the knowledge, skills and responsibilities of a theatrical production team.

By the end of the course, students will know the performance procedure for each of the major elements of production: actors, lighting, sound, stage crew, wardrobe/makeup, set design, props, and house.

The course will be offered after school from 2:30 to 3:30, so students will have to arrange their own transportation home.

Students will need a significant amount of time to learn how to set up and break down equipment needed for specific technical lessons, according to the course plan draft.

Mr. Lewis said that “this is a legitimate career pathway” and fewer than 10% of people who work in television, drama or the film industry are actors.

The draft also says the course may be offered as a teacher’s sixth class and reduces the need to hire an additional staff member.

The course will be limited to 24 students and they will be graded on participation, journal entries, group projects, and a final project.

If no students sign up for the course, it will be dropped.

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