Introduction to Shakespeare
Description and Events
The Nauset Drama Department is comprised of the set of theatre classes at NRHS and the Nauset Drama Club - the Nauset Players. Two major plays are acted, stage-managed, and crewed by members of the Nauset Players each year; a straight play is done in the fall, and a musical in the spring. Additionally, the Honors Acting Class stages a 40-minute production mid-winter for a Festival Competition. In classes, a play is performed at the end of the year in the Acting 1 class, and the Production class writes and performs 2 children’s plays each year.
The Nauset Players had a hit last fall with their production of William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night.. Fantastic acting coupled with a beautiful set and a well-loved plot made the show one of Nauset's best.
Within a week of the closing of the Drama Club's fall production, the Honors Acting Troupe began busily rehearsing for a fundraising performance, “It’s A Wonderful Life” as a Radio Play. The show, though challenging for the actors, was successful, helping to fund the Troupe's trip to New York City this spring.
The Honors Acting Troupe's perfected their performance of Anon(ymous) for the Festival Competition, which they rehearsed from January until the Theatre Guild Festival on March 3rd.
The Drama Club's performed The Wizard of Oz for their spring musical. It was a lot of fun and a real crowd pleaser! The performance in May, ended the successful and exciting year for the Nauset Players.
Acting I is the class for anyone who wishes to get involved in acting at Nauset, whether it be their first experience on the stage or they are a weathered veteran. Actors in this class use the first quarter of the year to study scenes, through which they explore beats, motivation, and blocking. The next goal of the year is the performance of a student-selected monologue. Next, students study the aspects of the audition, including improvisation. The class is then expected to piece together all their acquired knowledge from the first three terms into a one-act play that serves as a major grade for the year. Students are graded each quarter on the performances of their scenes and monologues. Before the final grading of each selection, students engage in peer critiques, a sort of dress rehearsal for teacher evaluation. In these critiques, students both describe positive pieces of each other's work, and specify aspects that could be improved.
This class, entered into by audition only, is devoted to a more advanced study of acting through preparation to enter the Massachusetts Educational Theatre Guild Festival Competition. At the start of the year, students choose a play to edit to the necessary 40-minute length. Students then audition for their play with a self-written monologue and a cold reading from the play itself. Once the competition play is cast, both class time and after school time is dedicated to rehearsal for the competition, which takes place in early March. During this time, students take part in various character development, projection, and over-exaggeration exercises to help them strengthen their roles. Once the competition play is performed at Festival, the students move on to their children's play, a short, light-hearted piece that they perform for elementary school students at the end of the year.
Shakespeare is an English class for seniors - or an Honors English class. For underclassmen it is a more advanced acting class than Acting I, devoted specifically to the study of Shakespeare's plays through acting and writing. Students study a set of works during the year that encompass a whole range of Shakespeare's work. For each play, students perform either a monologue or a scene for their grade. Through these plays, students study Shakespearean language, character development, and movement. For seniors, each play has written essays that accompany them as well as character and language analysis.
The Production class is a class where students learn every aspect of play production: from writing a play to building the sets to performing in them. Each semester the class writes a children’s play - 1st semester a play for K - 3 and 2nd semester a play for 4 & 5. Once the play is written, the cast gets busy rehearsing and building the set, making costumes, designing lights and sound and then putting it all together. At the end of the term, the Elementary schools from the Nauset Region come to see the show. It’s a lot of fun for the little kids to come to the high school and the high schoolers have a fun time putting on the show!