Middle School/High School Drama

Take your students’ theatre and drama experience to the next level!  This course is for middle and high school students of all experience levels the have the opportunity to gain professional dramatic guidance while exploring various genres of theater.  Debbie Vaughn has been a director, musical director, and actor in a variety of theatrical environments for over 35 years in Memphis, New Orleans, Knoxville and NYC. She has taught drama classes, camps and workshops for over 12 years and loves to see young people grow in confidence and their abilities on and off stage.

Through exercises, games, skits and fully staged productions, your children will develop their skills like never before.   We begin the school year with drama games and improvisation exercises to allow students to get comfortable with each other and gain confidence in expressing themselves. Students will then go through an audition process to gain experience auditioning, and determine roles for the fall play.  The rest of the fall semester will be spent rehearsing a one-act play tailored to the talents and specific make up of the class. This play will be performed at the end of the first semester.

Our spring semester will be spent on a more involved production, where kids will be challenged to push themselves to explore new ways of dramatic expression.  Our students will explore some of the technical aspects of theater as well as perform on stage. They will be required to work on their choice of costumes, props or sets for this show.  After auditioning for roles in the spring production, students will rehearse, stage and perform the chosen show at the end of the spring semester.

Our shows for next year will be determined after the school year has begun and the makeup of the class is determined. Some previous productions have been “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe”, “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown”, “Bye, Bye Birdie”, and “Beauty and the Beast”.

Class homework assignments: minimal to light – learning assigned lines in assigned timeline, participating in costume, prop or set build as assigned

Time: 2:35-4:05
Grades: 6-12
Cost: $350
Supply Fee: Theatre Rental, Costuming, Set, Prop and Class Supplies: $150
Tutor: Debbie Vaughn

In the event that the COVID-19 pandemic affects our ability to meet in person in a classroom, I will make the following adjustments to this class.  Tutor and students will meet at the scheduled class time via a video chat service. Class discussion and assignments regarding monologue projects will be held during this time. Written assignments can be submitted electronically, and personal feedback will be provided in the same manner.  Script development will also occur during online meetings, as well as line readings. Group projects and group collaboration will be encouraged via online methods, but adjustments will be made as needed.