Welcome to Mr. Chmielewski's 6-8 Grade Theatre Arts Class Website
Hello and welcome to Mr. Chmielewski's( Shh-em-uh-less-key) Syllabus and website! You and your parents can call me Mr. "C" if you like. (I know, it's easier!) I look foward to all the hard work and fun we will have this year! Below is all the important information you will need for my class.
Teacher: Mr. Chmielewski
Length of Course: One Year
Room: 317 (Alice Johnson) & 430 (Aguirre)
Phone: (Aguirre) 281-860-3300 (Alice Johnson) 281-452-8030
PHILOSOPHY: Theatre is a study of the human condition. Through theatre, students are able to learn skills that can be used in everyday life. The study of human relationships as well as how to deal with a variety of relationships, can be seen through all theatre classes. At Anthony Aguirre Junior High, theatre students are taught that the way one works on stage is the way one will work in one’s everyday life. We teach excellence. This program works to foster a strong, honest, and positive work ethic both onstage and off. All students will benefit from ongoing educational theatre experiences no matter what his/her profession may be in the future.
THE FOLLOWING WILL BE COVERED IN THIS COURSE:
Ensemble Confidence Constructive Criticism
Movement Poise Peer Critique - Verbal & Written
Monologues Excellence in performance Duet Acting
Auditioning Techniques Theatre Research and History Reader's Theatre
Improvisation Group Acting Character Analysis
Pantomime Audience Etiquette Subtext
Play Production Theatrical Design Work Creative Collaboration
Vocal Techniques Poetry Performance Theatre Warm-ups
Supplies needed for class:
- 2 inch 3 ring binder with pockets (this stays in class at all times)
- Box of Kleenex/tissue
Section 5(a) of the Texas State Theatre TEKS (Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills) states all theatre students must: apply appropriate behavior at various types of live performances. Audience behavior will be counted as part of every performance grade. Rude or distracting behavior will NOT BE tolerated, and any disruptive, distracting, or demeaning action exhibited during a performance will result in disciplinary consequences.
- Show RESPECT at all times to all people.
- Phones & headphones must be OFF and stored AWAY.
- Arrive on time = BEFORE THE BELL.
- Come FOCUSED & PREPARED.
- No food/gum/candy.
WHEN A STUDENT CHOOSES TO BREAK A RULE:
- Warning/Reminder to correct the problem
- Private teacher/student conference
- Student consequence
- Parent Contact
- Office referral
*Extreme disrespect or inappropriate behavior will result in immediate office referral.
All Aguirre/Alice Johnson Theatre students are required to attend two productions produced by the CVHS Theatre Department. Attendance at these productions provides students a convenient way to view live theatre while also teaching theatre appreciation, theatre etiquette and constructive criticism. The student must stay for the ENTIRE performance. BEFORE and AFTER each performance, students will sign in/out in at a designated table for attendance verification. Please plan to arrive 10-15 minutes early, as there will be no late seating. After attending each play, students will be required to write a critique of the performance. Specific guidelines will be provided closer to the performance date. Attending the event and written critiques will count as a major TEST grade for each student. Students who fail to attend a required performance without prior notice will be given a zero for a major test grade. Listed below are the plays and performance dates for required attendance:
Attitude is one of the most important areas in Theatre Arts. Because this is a performance based class, it is very important that students are supportive of each other and maintain a positive attitude about getting up in front of each other. Students will be in groups for many assignments, so getting along with everyone is important! Attitude will play a vital role in a student’s success in theatre.