Palisades Charter High School


Drama Pod
The Drama SLC/POD explores the origins and values of theatre arts and their place in contemporary society. This course looks at the many ways various performance traditions are shaped by history – and vice-versa. It takes, as its central focus the relationship between theatre and performance and it’s various modes of human communication. Each semester the drama pod also works collaboratively with the English and History department on a Humanitas unit, which culminates in a live performance. The POD provides an excellent entrée into Pali’s superb Drama and Play Production program.  Those interested in the performing arts: acting, directing, designing should enroll in the Drama POD.

Theatre Improv Workshop
This course is for students interested in the performing arts. Experience is not necessary BUT a willingness to perform is!  Each participant works at their own level without comparison to fellow students. Throughout the semester, students will learn the basics of improvisation and acting as well as relevant theatre history, stage terminology and theatre and film criticism. Character development, script writing, theatrical games, student skits and direction of showcases will be used to teach these topics. Group cooperation, confidence, and creativity will be improved when students learn to speak and perform comfortably in front of an audience.

Play Production
This course is designed to support the Pali main stage shows (fall show—comedy or drama—, musical, and senior show). Students are subdivided into areas of interest (set design and construction, properties, lighting, sound, makeup, publicity, house and stage management, costumes, etc.), but students will be expected to contribute not only to a special interest area but to any area according to the highest production need. Students are responsible for the organization and maintenance of their individual work spaces and the theatre as a whole. They are to work every day toward greater efficiency and a professional final product. Students who join this class must be self-motivated and willing to contribute both inside and outside of class time to the productions.

Theatre Workshop
Develop Acting and Directing Skills
Prepare for and Participate in DTASC Festivals

Students who sign up for this course must be highly motivated and self-directed. This course is designed for students who wish to take an active leadership role in their own theatre learning and development. Students will perform audition monologues in addition to actively selecting, cutting, proposing, casting, directing, and acting in scenes from plays, musicals, and/or film in accordance with the festival rules outlined on the DTASC website. Students are expected to perform in an evening performance prior to each festival and to attend either the C or B division festival.

Main Stage Shows (after school)
Auditions are open to the entire school and occur three times a year—fall show (comedy or drama), winter musical, and spring senior show. Students who are cast in the show must commit to after school rehearsals from 3:30-6:30. Exceptions may be made for the late bus if noted at auditions on the conflict sheet. Opportunities exist for students to be involved in all areas of the technical process: set, lighting, sound, makeup, costume, publicity, house, stage management, and running crew. Work begins in the play production course and continues after school and during weekend work sessions.


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Nancy Fracchiolla
(310) 230-2760

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Monique Smith

Palisades Charter High School      15777 Bowdoin Street, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272      Tel: (310) 230-6623      Fax: (310) 454-6076

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