Drama Class
Tutor: Andrea Merboth
Email: andrea.merboth@chatclasses.com
Length: 1st Semester Class Period: Wednesday, period 4

Description:  Visual arts and drama are popular tools for delivering ideas, teaching and delighting people. Drama at CHAT will be a course aimed at developing acting skills in verbal and non-verbal expression teaching students how to use their voice, body and face to communicate their character in a full, meaningful way. We will work on expressing emotion for both the stage and the TV (acting for an audience versus a camera). There will be opportunities to develop skills in character monologue and mime. Students will polish dramatic duos or monologue by writing their own script inspired by a Bible story, to be performed in class or at the CHAT Showcase at the end of the year. This will give them a chance to select a short dramatic piece that fits their style/taste, and to develop it to a high degree for presentation.

Since there will be some form of acting at the CHAT Celebration (final Thursday evening of the semester)  extra class time will be required as we near that performance date so that the students can polish their acts. Sometimes the extra time has been after class-staying until 4:30 or 5:00, sometimes it has been meeting at an outside location. What this looks like varies based on what works for the class mates. ($5 has been added to the supply fee to help cover performance expenses.)

The Christmas Celebration date is Thursday, December 17, 2020. (Alternate date is Thursday, December 10.)

Covid - 19 Contingency Plan - In the event that we are forced to transition to online classes at any point in the school year, this class may or may not meet, depending on what the class is working on at the time.  Parents will receive a refund at the end of the semester for any classes that are not held.

Tutor: Andrea Merboth graduated with a BA in Occupational Therapy. While homeschooling her four children she directed several small group plays for elementary students.For the past 10 years she has directed full length plays with AGLOWtheater.org (previously Stage Light Theatre) and is a copywriter for one of her plays: The Handpicked Queen (the story of Esther) Other plays include Peter Pan, Much Ado About Nothing, The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, The Princess and the Goblins, and The Silver Chair, each with a cast of over 20 students ages 12-18. Armed with a love of drawing students out to raise them to their best performance levels, and with a love of the word of God, from which to understand character motivations and great examples of characters, Mrs. Merboth has found that students have a lot of potential and can do far better than they may expect. Previous dramatic experience for Andrea Merboth include 3 years as a staff member at Orono Ensemble Theater where she witnessed numerous professional plays and performed in Wilbur. In High School she performed in Bye Bye Birdie, Annie Get Your Gun, Up the Down Staircase,as well as playing Daisy Mae in Little Abner at Normandale Community College. She was part of an Easter traveling performance of My Choice for two years. Costuming, building and painting sets have also been a part of her drama experience.

Cost:  $210
: Grades 7-12

Prerequisite: none
Homework: varies based on what we are working on; 1 to 5 hours per week
Text: none
Supplies: The cost for scripts, paper, costumes, props, etc. is included in the price of the class (above).  Students should bring a notebook and pencil to class.