YOUTH THEATRE

The Youth theatre seeks to enable teenagers to experience drama from all possibles aspects, working in depth on the text, body, voice and gesture in a theatrical milieu.

The Youth theatre cycle is divided into four different levels, and each level works on different theatrical aspects so that at the end of the cycle the pupils have been able to acquire as much experience as possible.


ENROLMENT


The enrolment period for the Youth theatre is between June and September, and the pupils will be accepted in strict order of enrolment.


LEVEL I



Age: 13 and 14 years old
Timetable:
Mondays and Wednesdays 7.15 – 9.15pm
Mondays and Wednesdays 4 – 5.30pm, plus one Saturday a month

  • To familarise yourself with how your own body moves.
  • To express ideas, feelings and experiences via movement.
  • To understand the possibilities gesture and movement give you as acting elements.
  • To overcome your own inhibitions via group work and group awareness.
  • To activate your body and voice, so as to be able to express yourself with them.
  • To acquire a basic command of body and voice techniques.
  • To acquire autonomy on stage and when working with the scenography.
  • To train your body and voice to develop muscle memory.
  • To learn to give and receive assessment, criticism and self- criticism.

  • Expression via movement: from the abstract to animals and objects as well as basic emotions.
  • Your own body image
  • Introduction to the theory and practice of voice techniques.
  • Awareness of working in a group
  • Confidence in yourself and others
  • The concept of dramatic conflict
  • Basic knowledge of the history of theatre and dramatic literature related to the workshop being done.


LEVEL II



Age: 14 and 15 years old
Timetable:

Mondays and Wednesdays 7.15 – 9.15pm
Tuesdays and Thursdays 7.15 – 9.15pm
Wednesdays and Fridays 4 – 5.30pm, plus one Saturday a month


  • To recognise the way your body moves and to learn to modify it.
  • To express ideas, feelings and complex experiences via movement.
  • To get rid of bad habits as far as movement is concerned and to learn to use your body in a new, complete way.
  • To create characters.
  • To overcome your own inhibitions via group work and group awareness.
  • To activate your body and voice, so as to be able to express yourself with them.
  • To train your body and voice to develop muscle memory.
  • To understand and analyse in a basic way the dramatic text and the basic elements of drama – role, character, protagonist, antagonist, plot, topic, space; conflict and obstacles.
  • To learn to give and receive assessment, criticism and self- criticism.
  • Expression via movement and awareness of your own body image.
  • Theory and practice of voice techniques applied in the workshop being done.
  • Group work
  • How to memorise a text
  • Basic concepts of drama and theatrical language.
  • Basic knowledge of the history of theatre and dramatic literature related to the workshop being done

LEVEL III



Age: 16 and 17 years old
Timetable:
Mondays and Wednesdays 7.15 – 9.15pm
Tuesdays and Thursdays 7.15 – 9.15pm

  • To recognise your own body movement, learn to modify it and explore the possibilities your body offers you
  • To get rid of bad habits as far as movement is concerned and to learn to use your body in a new, complete new way.
  • To create and develop a character
  • To get to know different acting techniques
  • To acquire knowledge of the history of theatre and dramatic literature throughout the world
  • To overcome your own inhibitions via group work and group awareness.
  • To acquire the necessary tools to be able to use your body and voice efficiently.
  • To train your body and voice to develop muscle memory.
  • To understand and analyse the text.
  • To convert the actor into a creator.
  • To learn to give and receive assessment, criticism and self- criticism.
  • To convert teenagers into critics of their own work and the theatre in general.
  • To analyse the play, to compose and create a scene under the supervision and direction of the teacher.
  • To consider and develop the performative language that is to be worked with, giving priority to the proposals of the pupils and fostering group work.

  • Losing inhibition and loosening up in the acting space. Physical expression and body control.
  • Theatrical object, real object and imaginary object.
  • Dramatic action, improvisation, feelings and emotions, and the text.
  • Acting techniques.
  • Basic elements of drama – role, character, plot, topic, space, time, protagonist, antagonist, conflict and obstacles.
  • Basic knowledge of mime, clown techniques, puppets, dance, diction and acrobatics.
  • Participation in all aspects of a theatre production: staging, collective creations, or selecting a play to be staged


LEVEL IV


Level IV of the Youth theatre is for all those youngsters who have come to the end of the youth theatre cycle but do not wish to do the Certificate of Higher Education, nor do they wish to do the drama classes and workshops for adults

Level IV follows the theatre trail as far as organization is concerned. It takes place over two terms in which a workshop to be performed in front of an audience is worked on in an intensive way. However, it is different from the first three levels in the sense that in this case the workshops depend on the teacher’s criterion, after taking into consideration the group’s needs, as to which workshop is most appropriate for the level the pupils are at.

In some way, the way Level IV works is more similar to that of the drama classes and workshops for adults. Therefore, the pupils are treated as such, with the understanding that the absolute responsibitlity for their involvement and their commitment totally depends on them and the same demands are made of them as of those attending the drama classes and workshops for adults. For this reason, the acting workshops on offer for this level are included in what is on offer to adults.

GROUPS

Age: 18 – 25 years old
Timetable:
Fridays 7 – 10pm


WE ARE YOUNG


Since the 2015-2016 school year, the Drama School has offered a complementary training course to those in the Youth theatre. Via the Som Joves group the Drama School wishes to give pupils the opportunity to acquire more knowledge about resources they will need as future actors and actresses.


The course has been designed to offer a whole series of tecniques which will help the participants work in a deeper and more specific way on some fundamental aspects for actors. The first course on offer focusses on two of the basic concepts – voice and body.

Body:

  • Getting to know your own body
  • Being able to adapt your body to the needs of dance
  • Breathing for dance and moviment
  • Getting to know the different ways of using the space
  • Recognising the different qualities of movement

Voice:

  • Getting to know your own voice
  • Being able to project your voice
  • Good breathing control
  • Improving diction
  • Recognising your own body tension, so as to be able to improve breathing and liberate your voice

Body:

  • Discovering your own body and movement
  • Work on breathing and movement
  • Work on rhythm
  • Movement qualities
  • Spatial awareness when moving

Voice:

  • Getting to know your own voice
  • Work on breathing – effective breathing to produce sound (transverse abdominis muscle and expansion of ribcage)
  • Work on articulation
  • Rhythm and tone
  • Spatial awareness when using your voice

To have enrolled for the Youth theatre during the 2016 – 2017 school year


From October 2016 to May 2017

Wednesdays 5.30 to 7pm

MAX PROJECT


For years the Drama School has been involved in the Max Project run by the Policies for People’s Rights Department within the Lleida City Council. Part of this project is the staging of two plays in which pupils at the Drama School participate.

The plays are Max and Maxi, and Max in Love, which touch on topics that could be a source of conflict among the young people of the city.

For the pupils at the Drama School it is an opportunity to have an experience doing professional theatre by performing these plays in front of audiences of their own age.

MAX AND MAXI


  • max i maxi

It is a show for youngsters of 14 to 15 years of age which poses situations and key aspects in teenage life such as family relationships, free-time activities, relationships with friends, decision-taking, resistance to peer pressure, or prevention of drug-dependancy.

MAX IN LOVE


  • max in love

It is a play for youngsters of 16 years of age and their teachers and it aims to address the diferent variables that interact in sexuality and affection i.e physiological, cultural and educational aspects like sex equality and personal values considered when taking a decision.


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