Introduction to Theater
Whether you’re a theater enthusiast or just looking to test the waters, this class is for you! A course designed for students of all levels, Introduction to Theater focuses on the history of theater, combining the knowledge of our past as actors and technicians with in-class performances. Students study a variety of acting styles and techniques, from the Greeks to Improvisation. This culminates with a public performance of our Student Showcase in May.
(Prerequisite: Introduction to Theater) Do you want to grow as an actor and gain confidence? Advanced Acting allows our students to expand upon the basic knowledge gained in Intro and work towards preparation as a professional actor. We focus on the Actor's Toolbox (Body, Imagination, Voice, Concentration, & Collaboration), advanced acting methods, resumes, professional auditions, make-up design, and stage combat.
For those wanting to combine an interest in drama with an English credit, Dramatic Literature allows students to experience drama as it was meant to be experienced - in performance! The class is built around table reads of a variety of scripts, from Shakespeare to Oscar Wilde to Neil Simon. Students are given a variety of comprehension assessments after each script. These are not tests, but projects designed to show a deeper understanding of theme, genre, and character than any memorization of information that has been read. Students have the opportunity to express themselves in many ways through their assessments, some of which are free choice.
Attention Techies! We have a comprehensive technical theater class with you in mind! We believe every actor should tech and every techie should act, in order to get the full theatrical experience necessary to work collaboratively. Students in this class costume our Fall musical, study set design, lighting, and sound. The work done in this class focuses on the practical application of these skills, with hands-on, real-world learning. This course serves as the production design team for the May Student Showcase.
Directed Study in Theater
If you find you’ve exhausted all other academic theatrical options, that’s no reason to stop your learning experience! Directed Study in Theater is an independent study course that allows for internship credit in technical theater, directing, acting, and more! The only limit is your creativity as we design a program that works for you.
January Term Traveling Children’s Theater
Take a break from your regular coursework to spend two immersive weeks as part of the production team for our Traveling Children’s Theater! During our January Term, students will cast, direct, design, and perform a short play to be presented to elementary schools in our area. Problem-solving is the name of the game here, with the success of the production entirely in the hands of the student artists! Bring the magic of live theater to young audiences is an unforgettable experience you won’t want to miss.
After School Exhibition
The Lyndon Institute Theater Company offers a full-scale extra-curricular program. In the Fall, we produce a dynamic full-length musical, for which casting is open and everyone may participate. Our focus here is hard work and a good time. Students have the opportunity to act, sing, dance, and tech on our beautiful 50-foot stage in Alumni Auditorium, the premier performance space in the Northeast Kingdom. Previous productions have included Into the Woods, The Secret Garden, Footloose: The Musical, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, and Sister Act: The Musical.
In the Spring, our focus turns to the Vermont Drama Festival, a celebratory and competition-based event in which schools from all across the state participate. Twice in the last four years, Lyndon Institute has been the only school in the Northeast Kingdom to move forward to the State level of competition as one of the top 8 productions in Vermont, with individual students bringing home a variety of acting and technical awards.
Don’t necessarily have the time to commit to a production? No problem! We offer an all-inclusive Drama Club, where all interested students can join together and enjoy each other's company while making fundraising decisions, planning marketing strategies, and playing games.