The Academy of Creative Arts is dedicated to introducing our K-12 CCCS students to the arts; in doing so cultivating self-expression and reflection, a sense of accomplishment, and the pursuit of excellence.
In the Academy of Creative Arts, students are encouraged to explore and create while learning technique and basic structure. Classes offered for this year include:
Course Description: This course emphasizes the development of basic vocal techniques and skills including: good posture, tone quality, breath support, diction, and attack and release. Attention is given to the understanding and practice of basic elements of music, including music reading skills. Choir will provide students with positive musical and educational experiences through the process of singing fundamentals, rehearsals, and performances.
Specific Objectives: Students will demonstrate proper use and improvement of the following while singing: intonations, tone quality, diction, vowel formation, breath support and range development.
Students will gain an appreciation of the history of music by studying various composers and periods in history.
Course Description: This course is designed for students who want to become acquainted with the basic premise of acting. The course is designed to stretch students, to allow them to find freedom on stage and to learn classical and safe acting techniques. In this course students will be pushed beyond their comfort level through modern and classic works of drama. They will learn and implement new partnering techniques as well asself analysis and reflection.
Specific Objectives: Performance- Each student will be pushed in their performance value, they will be expected to undertake many different styles of theatre and many different characters with ease and professionalism.
Course Description: This course is designed for students who are interested in learning the basic techniques of dance. This class will cover basic ballet, basic tap, introductory jazz, and the performance aspects of musical theatre.
Specific Objectives: Performance- Each student will be pushed in their performance value and will participate in the end of term showcase. Students will learn to retain combinations and choreography sequences.
Technique: Students will begin to learn basic technique in all areas of dance. As dance is interdependent, the techniques students will learn in one style will carry over to all other styles as well.
An introductory course designed to expose students to all facets of putting on a theatrical production, both technical and performance.
Specific Objectives: The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the process of putting on a show on a semester schedule with the appropriate amount of professionalism. Through training from faculty, various guests, and volunteers the students will be introduced to many theatre related areas including, but not limited to: acting, stage managing, properties, costume design, set design and building. Through hands on experience, text reading and response, and written papers newly ascertained knowledge will be sifted through and applied.
Specific Objectives: Students will take part in at least one of the following areas of production:
Set Building/ Painting: Students will work hand in hand with the set designer and the director (if not the same person) to help bring a unified vision to the set. Students will create something workable and beautiful in a creative way.
Costume Design: Students will be charged with carrying out and furthering the director’s vision through the costuming of all of the characters in the show.
Properties: Students will be in charge of compiling all of the moveable and immovable props used in the show. Students will also be in charge of set dressing and pre and post show walk throughs and organization.
Stage Management: The stage manager and assistant stage managers work as a team, in charge of all actors. During the rehearsal process they are in charge of enforcing schedule, recording blocking, rehearsal reporting and administering first aid. The stage managing team is also in charge of the show once the curtain goes up and the director’s job is finished.
Acting: The cast of the show is included in this area; each cast member will work with the director/assistant director on blocking, tactics and character development. Each cast member will be required to assist in the technical side of production as well.
This class is geared for students in 3-6th grade. Students will study technique through the ballet and jazz combinations. They will learn to count music, basic dance steps, and small portions of musical theatre dance.