• Overview

  • THEATRE

    Instructor: Jamie Miller

    • Stagecraft Fundamentals
    • Stagecraft Practicum
    • Styling Fundamentals
    • Styling Practicum
    • Design for Theatre
    • Acting: Fundamentals
    • Acting: Practicum
    • Acting: Advanced Concepts
    • Directing for Theatre

    Drama Productions: Follow the link to learn more about current Wilson theatre productions.

    • AP Music Theory

     


    INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC

    Instructor: Nick Caldwell

    • Concert Band
    • Symphonic Band
    • Jazz Band
    • Guitar, Beginning and Intermediate
    Wilson Marching Band

    CHORAL/VOCAL MUSIC, ORCHESTRA

    2013 State Choir Competition Champions

    Instructor: Margaret Murer

    • Choral Music: Wilson Men & Women
    • Chamber Orchestra
    • Wilsingers
    • WAVE (Wilson Advanced Vocal Ensemble)
    Choir

     

  • Theatre Productions

                 

    Mr. Burns Poster

    Mr. Burns, Spring 2019

    Mamma Mia!

    Mamma Mia! Fall 2018 

    Scapin

    Scapin Spring 2018

    Him Her Them Us

    Teen West Project: Year 6

  • The Wilson Performing Arts program offers the opportunity for students to develop their interests and talents in drama and music. Many programs are offered with four-year advanced curricula. Whether a student has years of experience or is just exploring a new interest, everyone is encouraged to enroll in a performing arts class.

    Courses

    Theatre

    Stagecraft: Fundamentals Year 9–12 Prerequisite: None 1 Unit, 1 Period
    Students in Stagecraft: Fundamentals will have the opportunity to develop the skills and foundational understanding necessary to be successful supporting a theatre production or large-scale film shoot technically, including carpentry, sound, lighting, painting, and others in a fun, social environment. Stagecraft: Fundamentals is intended for the person who enjoys hands-on work or wants to learn more about the technical side of Theatre and Film, and is the foundation for all other Stagecraft classes.

    Stagecraft: Practicum Year 9–12 Prerequisite: Stagecraft: Fundamentals OR Instructor Permission. 1 Unit, 1 Period
    Students in Stagecraft: Practicum will have the opportunity to strengthen and refine their experience in the Stagecraft Arts on the Technical side. Students will help build and run Wilson’s theatre productions and projects, expanding their skill base, and contributing to the school community. Stagecraft: Practicum is intended for the person who has Technical experience and enjoys working on Theatre from a Technician’s perspective. Note: This class may be taken multiple times for credit.

    Styling: Fundamentals Year 9–12 Prerequisite: None 1 Unit, 1 Period
    Students in Styling: Fundamentals will have the opportunity to develop the skills and foundational understanding necessary to successfully support a theatrical production or large-scale film shoot stylistically, including costuming, makeup, and others. Styling: Fundamentals is intended for the person who enjoys hands-on work or wants to learn more about the styling side of Theatre and Film, and is the foundation for all other Styling classes.

    Styling: Practicum Year 9–12 Prerequisite: Styling: Fundamentals OR Instructor Permission. 1 Unit, 1 Period
    Students in Styling: Practicum will have the opportunity to strengthen and refine their experience in the Styling Arts. Students will help stylize and run Wilson’s theatre productions and projects, expanding their skill base, and contributing to the school community. Styling: Practicum is intended for the person who has Costume and Styling experience and enjoys working on Theatre from a Stylist’s perspective. Note: This class may be taken multiple times for credit.

    Design for Theatre Year 11–12 Prerequisite: Stagecraft: Practicum OR Styling: Practicum, & Instructor Permission. 1 Unit, 1 Period
    Students in Design for Theatre will have the opportunity to reinforce their Stagecraft or Styling training by integrating Design into their Theatre practice. Students will build skills through a number of practical projects, and assume responsibility for designing elements of Wilson’s Mainstage, Lab, and Studio productions, as well as leading teams of their fellow artists in the execution of both their own designs and others. This course is intended for the student seriously considering continuing their theatre training at a post-secondary level, or is looking for a substantial creative challenge.

    Acting: Fundamentals Year 9–12 Prerequisite: None 1 Unit 1 Period
    Students in Acting: Fundamentals will have the opportunity to develop the skills and foundational understanding necessary to be successful supporting a theatrical production or film shoot by performing, including physical work, vocal work, character creation, and truthful representation. Acting: Fundamentals is intended for the person who enjoys stage or film performance and is the foundation for all other Acting classes.

    Acting: Practicum Year 9–12 Prerequisite: Acting Fundamentals OR Instructor Permission. 1 Unit, 1 Period
    Students in Acting: Practicum will have the opportunity to refine their skills in acting performance through a series of interest-centered styles workshops and film shoots. Students will rehearse and perform a variety of scenes, monologues, and auditions in order to expand their flexibility in performance and hone their acting technique. Students will have the opportunity to perform work in Naturalist Theatre, Musical Theatre, Classical Theatre, Children’s Theatre, and Film/Cinema. Acting: Practicum is intended for the person who has a solid grounding in acting technique, and wants to expand that in a variety of performance styles. Note: This course can be taken multiple times for credit.

    Acting: Advanced Concepts Year 11–12 Prerequisite: Acting: Practicum & Instructor Permission. 1 Unit 1 Period
    Students in Acting: Advanced Concepts will have the opportunity to study advanced acting concepts and styles, culminating in performance opportunities, such as full scale performances, auditions, and regional acting competitions. Units may include (but are not limited to) Playwriting, Stand-Up Comedy, Meisner, Alexander, Devised Theatre, or Commedia dell’Arte. Students will also take part in two fully produced play opportunities, thus experiencing a full rehearsal and production process. Acting: Advanced Concepts is intended for the student who is seriously considering continuing their theatre training at a post-secondary level, or who is looking for a substantial challenge. Note: This class may be taken multiple times for credit.

    Directing for Theatre Year 11–12 Prerequisite: Acting Practicum AND Instructor Permission. 1 Unit 1 Period
    Students in Directing for Theatre will have the opportunity to study play analysis and directing techniques in order to direct a theatrical performance. Students will analyze plays, execute staging exercises, study successful theatrical performances, and research a sound directorial process, all in preparation to direct their Acting peers, with whom they will study concurrently, in a series of short plays. This course is for the student who wants to take on a leadership role in the theatre and create works of theatrical art according to their own vision. Due to the self-directed and involved nature of the course, an Entrance Interview and Instructor Permission are required.


    Instrumental Music

    Concert Band Year 9 Prerequisite: participation in middle school band program. 1 unit, 1 period
    Ensemble for 9th grade band students. This course stresses music education through performance. A variety of musical styles will be performed. Musical technique for both individual and ensemble will be stressed. This group performs for school athletic events, assemblies, parades, and concerts. Students are also encouraged to participate in solo/ensemble festival in the spring.

    Symphonic Band Year 9 – 12. Prerequisite: 1 year of high school band, teacher recommendation. 1 unit, 1 period
    This course stresses music education through performance. A variety of musical styles are performed. Continued technical development
    of individual and ensemble is addressed. The group performs for school athletic events, assemblies, parades, and concerts. Students are encouraged to participate in solo/ensemble festival in spring.

    Jazz Band Year 9 – 12 Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in Symphonic Band, instructor permission / audition required. 1 unit, 1 period
    Playing/performing in jazz idiom with emphasis on individual and ensemble jazz techniques and improvisation. Additional costs may be required for trips, uniforms, etc. Enrollment in Concert Band or Wind Ensemble is required.

    Chamber Orchestra Year 9 – 12 Prerequisite: Minimum 2 years strings playing experience. 1 unit, 1 period
    Audition recommended. Students taking this class are eligible to earn PCC college credit simultaneously with high school credit. For more information: http://www.pcc.edu and http://www.pcc.edu/dualcredit. This course focuses on medium to advanced chamber music for string orchestra at the high school level. Students work together to create a small, cohesive, self-conducted ensemble capable of excellence in many styles of repertoire. Rehearsals include sight-reading, ear-training, building playing skills, music theory and detailed preparation of various works written or adapted for string chamber orchestra. Out of class requirements: extra rehearsals, numerous required performances and competitions.

    Guitar: Beginning Year 9 – 12 No prerequisite 1 unit, 1 period
    This course is the study of music fundamentals through the performance on the guitar. Students will learn to play the guitar in a classical style while incorporating music reading, rhythm training and basic music fundamentals. Students must provide their own acoustic guitar for this class.

    Intermediate Guitar Year 10 – 12 Prerequisite: One year of H.S. Beginning Guitar passed with a final grade of “A” or B”. Instructor recommendation and audition required. 1 unit, 1 period
    This course is a continuation of first–year Beginning Guitar. Class work is based on method book use as well as students’ own materials. Students will continue to further their knowledge of different styles of guitar. Music fundamentals of reading music are stressed and enriched. Students must provide their own acoustic guitar for this class.

    AP Music Theory Year 11 – 12 or 9 – 10 with teacher permission Prerequisite: past performance in school music group or private lessons on instrument or voice. 1 unit, 1 period
    AP Music Theory is equivalent to first year college course in music theory and will prepare students for the Advanced Placement Exam. Students will practice elementary theory, harmony, basic musicianship, rhythmic and melodic dictation, sight singing, music analysis and structure of music. Students will also gain experience in beginning composition, keyboard harmony and listening skills. The student's ability to read and write musical notation is fundamental to the course. It is strongly recommended the student has acquired basic performance skills on an instrument or in voice.

    Choral/Vocal Music

    Wilson Men and Women Year 9 – 12 Prerequisite: Basic pitch matching strongly recommended 1 unit, 1 period
    Students will be given opportunities to improve their basic choral musicianship skills through choral performance preparation in addition to regular in-class rehearsals which include sight-singing, ear-training, choral tone building and music theory. This course is designed for mixed voices. Out of class
    requirements: extra rehearsals and required performances.
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    Wilsingers Year 10 – 12 Prerequisite: Audition for Director. 1 unit, 1 period
    Students taking this class are eligible to earn PCC college credit simultaneously with high school credit. For more information: http://www.pcc.edu and http://www.pcc.edu/dualcredit. This course focuses on advanced choral repertoire at the high school level. Students work together to create a concert choir dedicated to the highest level of choral excellence within its collective grasp. Rehearsals include sight-singing, choral tone building, ear-training, music theory and detailed preparation of various works from the extensive choral literature. Out of class requirements: extra rehearsals, numerous required performances and competitions.

    Wilson Advanced Vocal Ensemble (WAVE) Year 11 – 12 Prerequisite: Audition for Director. Concurrent Enrollment in Wilsingers is required. 1 unit, 1 period
    Students taking this class are eligible to earn PCC college credit simultaneously with high school credit. For more information: http://www.pcc.edu and http://www.pcc.edu/dualcredit. This course is designed for the select vocal ensemble in which students work together to create a small, cohesive, self-conducted choral ensemble capable of excellence in many styles of repertoire. Rehearsals include sight-singing, ear-training, choral tone building, music theory and detailed preparation of various works for chamber choir. Out of class requirements: extra rehearsals, an extensive required performance schedule and competitions.