The Goal of Selah Drama is to encourage students to speak comfortably and audibly before large crowds of people, learn to present characters, improve in improv skills, work as a team with other actors and crew members, and acquire skills in all areas of the theater such as set, lighting, makeup, sewing, and stage managing.
Elementary aged students will enjoy creative theater techniques that build basic characterization, good stage presence, improv skills and working with peers. The class will meet in three sessions. The third session will cover Musical Theater. (Wednesdays 3:00pm to 5:00pm, taught by Michelle Murray).
Drama 200: Building a Character
For new students entering on a High School or Junior High level, this class covers the basics of character development and stagecraft through improv, performance, and hands on instruction in set building, lighting, and costume construction. (Not offered 2018-2019).
Drama 300: Voice and Diction (Jr. High)
"If a tree falls in the forest, and nobody is around to hear it, did it make a sound?" or "If an actor delivers a stunning soliloquy of a classic character, but no one can hear his voice, did communication occur?" Students will focus on technique for audible voice and diction in a theater atmosphere through acting games, scavenger hunts and warm-up techniques, in addition to a full length play. (Offered Tuesday 4:00-6:00pm 2018-2019).
Drama 301: Accents and Stage Movement
This class will cover the art of learning accents and developing character through stage movement. (Tuesdays 5pm to 7pm, taught by Michelle Murray).
Drama 400: Shakespeare
Students will focus on the challenge of delivering Shakespeare's Renaissance verse in a manner that engages and entertains modern audiences. The class will learn just how witty and wacky the old bard really was. (Not offered 2018-2019).
Drama 500: Realism
After the previous year of elevated verse and prose, students will return to a focus on delivering performances that show true life experiences. (Offered 7:30-9:30pm Fall 2018).
Drama 501: Advanced Performance Studies
This class analyzes the various methods of acting created by famous individuals such as Stanislavski and Meisner. Students will also study advanced accents and stage movement. (Not offered 2018-2019).
Drama 600: Stagecraft
The class will delve deeper than basic construction and cover the art of design in the stagecraft process of set, props, costumes, lights, sound and makeup. (Not offered 2018-2019).
Drama 700: Performance Group
This class is for college students. We will perform a variety shows at different venues. We are currently working on Only an Orphan Girl: or Dastardly Deeds at the Old Saw Mill, an action and romance filled melodrama (Not offered 2018-2019).
Students will cover the basics of singing as a chorus, jazz dance, ballroom dance, and character acting. Students interested in solos may work with the director separately. (Spring 2019 Thursdays 7:30pm-9:30pm, taught by Michelle Murray and Heidi Allen).
Voice and Music Theory
Students will learn the basics of sight reading, sight singing, rhythm, and vocal performance as a choir. This class is intended to give more time towards an excellent foundation in music, without the extra pressure of a performance. (Offered Fall 2018 Thursdays 4:30pm-5:30pm, taught by Michelle Murray).
This one-hour class will involve a half hour workout and a half hour of across-the-flour exercises designed to build strength, flexibility, and artistry in jazz dance , the basic dance of musical theater. This class is intended to give more time towards an excellent foundation in dance, without the extra pressure of a performance. (Offered Fall 2018 on Thursdays 6:30pm-7:30pm, taught by Heidi Allen).