Dramatic Arts

Theatre lives in the present tense. It is always here and now. Whether the story is drawn from ancient Greece or set in some futuristic world of tomorrow, the sense of occasion and participation make it a communal event.

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Drama Productions

Centralia College boasts two state-of-the-art theatres: the 506-seat Margaret Corbet Theatre and an intimate 110-seat studio theatre, the Phillip Wickstrom Studio Theatre.

More than 150 productions have entertained and enlightened our campus and community since 1935. We invite you to attend an upcoming production or, if you're so inclined, take a class, audition or help us in some technical capacity. Like theatre itself, we're here to serve you.

Summer Theatre Workshop at Centralia College

Providing training in acting, singing and movement for young people ages 12-18

Participants will write, compose and perform their own original musical. The two week workshop will be taught by Centralia College faculty, staff and alumni, culminating with a performance of a fully realized piece of theatre presented for family and friends.

July 29-August 10
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
$200* scholarships available
Submit the form below to register.

Dramatic Arts Education Plan

Degree: Associate in Arts

Emphasis: Dramatic Arts

The Dramatic Arts degree program meets the needs of students interested in acting or working in technical theater and who intend to transfer to a four-year institution.

Notes for Students

  • A maximum of 15 credits in DRMA 100 level courses may be credited toward an Associate in Arts degree.
  • Up to 5 credits in Drama may be used as Humanities distribution credits.

Fall Quarter

  • DRMA& 101 Introduction to Theater - 5 credits
  • ENGL& 101 English Composition I - 5 credits
  • Social Science Distribution - 5 credits

Winter Quarter

  • DRMA 107 Beginning Acting - 5 credits
  • ENGL& 102 Composition II - 5 credits
  • Social Science Distribution - 5 credits
  • Health and Fitness Distribution - 1 credit

Spring Quarter

  • DRMA 108 Intermediate Acting - 5 credits
  • DRMA 205 Contemporary World Theatre - 3 credits
  • Elective - 3-5 credits
  • Natural Science Distribution - 5 credits

Fall Quarter

  • ENGL& 114 Introduction to Dramatic Literature - 5 credits
  • Health and Fitness Distribution - 1 credit
  • Quantitative Skills Distribution - 5 credits
  • Social Science Distribution - 5 credits

Winter Quarter

  • DRMA 120 Introduction to Playwriting - 5 credits
  • Elective* - 3-5 credits
  • Health and Fitness Distribution - 1 credit
  • Natural Science Distribution - 5 credits

Spring Quarter

  • ENGL 204 Introduction to Shakespeare - 5 credits
  • Humanities Distribution - 3-5 credits
  • Natural Science Distribution - 5 credits

* Recommended offerings include DRMA 115 and DRMA 120.

 

Drama Courses

Provides credit for participation in either the artistic or technical aspects of the college’s quarterly play productions. This course may be repeated for credit.
Overview of theatre as an art form with emphasis on the play in production and the roles of various theatre artists. Students are expected to attend two plays during the quarter at their own expense
Introduction to the basics of scenic design for the theatre; drafting and model building. Students will work on the concurrent Centralia College Drama production. Prior enrollment in DRMA 106 is preferred.
Survey of the major periods in Western drama through study of major representative plays and development of the physical theater of those periods.
 
Introduction to basic tools, materials, equipment, techniques used in the design and implementation of sets, lighting and sound for the theatre. Students will participate in the design, construction and lighting of the concurrent drama production.
Introduction with emphasis on concentration, imagination, movement, and characterization via vocal, physical, emotional exercises, improvisation, and scene work. Students will be expected to attend two plays during the quarter at their own expense.
Continuation of acting fundamentals with an emphasis on improvisational techniques and exercises, and advanced monologue and scene work. Students will be expected to attend two plays during the quarter at their own expense. Prerequisite: DRMA 107 or instructor permission.
Introduction to the types of theatrical makeup and the techniques of application. 
Introduction to the basic principles of stage lighting as an integral part of theatrical productions. The course will deal with theories and equipment commonly used in theatre lighting. Students will participate in the drama production. 
For students involved in the creative/performance aspects of a play production, from audition through research/preparation for their portrayal and evaluation of their performance. The student must successfully audition and be cast in a college production. Prerequisite: audition selection for quarterly play production. 
Study the art and craft of writing for the stage. Students will be required to complete and oversee the production of a short play. Final performances of student works will be presented to the public. 
The training of the human voice to develop control. The emphasis is on voice projection, quality and accuracy of sound and articulation of the English language. 
Study the fundamentals of Ballet, Modern, and Jazz dance. Prior dance experience is not necessary. The student will be required to wear casual, comfortable clothing. Students may participate barefoot. Dance shoes are optional. 
Introduction to dance for Musical Theatre. Prior dance experience is not necessary. The student will be required to wear casual, loose fitting clothing. Students may participate barefoot. Dance shoes are optional. 
Study basic Modern Dance, Latin, and Swing movements. Prior dance experience is not necessary. The student will be required to wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing. Students may participate barefoot. Dance shoes are optional. 
This course is an introduction to the technical aspects and procedures specific to setting up and running live entertainment. 
Continued study of acting; character analysis, scene interpretation and classical styles. Students will be expected to attend two plays at their own expense and will be responsible for the presentation of a children’s theatre production. Prerequisite: DRMA 108 or instructor permission. 
Introduces contemporary world theatre using the theatrical productions of the Pacific NW regional theatres and the Broadway theatres of NY City. Travel to and study these productions. Visits to additional cultural events/locales will be included.