The Lakewood High School Theatre Company is a co-curricular program that boasts a generous menu of classes for every student's skill level. Below is a list of courses, in a typical progression, to take a student from novice to experienced.
Some classes, taken in sequence, result in concurrent enrollment* opportunities for performance and technical theatre students.
Level I Classes
A survey course where students will get first hand experience on all aspects of theatre from theatrical criticism to basic design, improv to scripted works. This course is a pre-requisite for all incoming freshmen. Upperclassmen who wish to skip this course and proceed directly to a level II course may do so with instructor approval. (Semester)
Set production is studied and executed in this class designed for the hands-on learner. Students build a set for either the fall or spring productions. Included is basic scene painting. This class employs the use of power tools, paint, and other hazardous materials, and safety is a must. This is a pre-requisite to Advanced Stagecraft. (Semester)
Level II Classes
Focusing on the craft of writing for stage and screen, scriptwriting is often coupled with Creative Writing. Students focus on telling a story through the eyes of a character and the absence of a narrator. Scriptwriting is only offered if enrollment is high enough. (Semester)
Shakespeare in Performance
Every working actor knows: to work you must do Shakespeare. This class teaches students how to approach the work of the Bard from breaking down the challenging language, to performing sonnets, monologues and scenes using the text as everything you need to tell the story. (Semester)
Level III Classes
For the serious acting student, Advanced Acting is a course that delves into techniques of other western acting teachers including Meiser, Hagen, Chekhov, and others. This course includes mandatory participation at the Colorado State Thespian Conference, the Jeffco Theatre Festival, and production of the Actor's Showcase. Concurrent enrollment credits available. (Year-long - can be repeated)
All courses help students prepare for extra-curricular productions both at Lakewood High School and beyond, however, students do not need to be enrolled in a class to audition for any LHS Theatre Company production.