The theater elective is treated like any other academic subject: it is graded on the school report card and it follows a program defined by the French Ministry of Education.
It has three components which are studied together: theatrical culture, theatrical practice and audience perception. In 10th grade, the students discover Barcelona’s theaters and attend shows that their teacher chooses for them, at least six times a year. They are introduced to the analysis of performances (Ecole du spectateur). They also follow an introduction to theatrical practice, which focuses primarily on mastering space and the body. They put on a performance at the end of the year which is a reflection of what they have learned throughout the year.
In 11th grade, students consolidate their knowledge of theatrical culture and develop their skills in performance analysis, paying greater attention to staging. They continue to visit theaters to see at least six shows a year. The practical instruction focuses more on character creation. At the end of the year, they put on a performance with scenes they have created.
In 12th grade, students can tackle elements of historical knowledge, dramaturgy and become familiar with the history of theater forms. The year’s work is organized around a national theme, which changes each year. It can guide the choice of which shows to attend (at least six in the year) and guide the project for the year. It is then a matter of creating a performance from a play. The students do everything themselves, from the theoretical work to the staging, including the choice of costumes. Particular attention is paid to the place of their artistic training in their career path.
The Lycée Theater Workshop is aimed at all high school students who love being on stage and acting. This group of passionate young actors rehearses outside of school time for 5 hours per week in the evening. In addition to these hours there are several rehearsal weekends.
The aim is to be able to present one or two plays each year and perform them several times in front of various types of audiences, at LFB and elsewhere (when conditions allow).
The diverse and varied plays are generally put on around the Easter holidays.
The actors evolve within the troupe from 10th grade to 12th grade, they alternate the accumulation of many roles as supporting characters or extras with the obtaining of protagonist roles. They work on the physicality, voice and the incarnation of a character throughout these years. More importantly, through their work the actors develop a strong sense of team spirit.
In the year 1327, the Franciscan monk, William of Baskerville, accompanied by his young novice Adso de Melk, arrived in a Benedictine abbey in a remote part of Italy. He will be called upon to investigate a series of mysterious murders …
In 6th grade, students discover the basics of theater: breathing exercises, occupation of space, work on facial expressions, voice projection, etc. They often work in groups on role-playing during theatrical games.
In 7th grade, thanks to the work done the previous year, the students compete in short improvisations in small groups but also individually.
In 8th grade, the actors work on various theatrical exercises which, once mastered, can be presented in the form of performances in various places of the school (library, entrance hall, main courtyard, etc.)
In 9th grade, the exercises and improvisations are longer and more complex. The character work is more present, and some role-playing is worked on in two sessions. Various projects can be put in place, such as the production and editing of a radio drama.
The middle school workshops started several months ago. These budding actors are learning to focus, working on their voices, trying to control their movements, listening to each other, and more. So here they are in full warm-up. Breathing, stretching, preparing their faces… It’s harder than it looks!