Arts

Theatre

Canterbury’s theatre program provides a comprehensive education in the art of performing, the history of the stage, and technical aspects of theatre. Our thespians showcase their abilities at several events throughout the year, which are highly anticipated by students, faculty and members of the Southwest Florida community.

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  • 2 Award-Winning Thespian Troupes

  • 20+ Performances Each Year

  • 3 Performance Locations

Our Curriculum

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  • Lower School Performing Arts

    All Lower School students learn performance skills as they prepare to sing and play for audiences. Each student becomes a star while performing grade-level performances on stage for parents and for the entire Lower School student body. Students also learn and understand appropriate audience etiquette through real-life experiences.
  • Theatre 5

    Theatre 5 is a fun introduction to the art of theatre. Throughout the semester students will gain the fundamentals of acting
    and character development through improvisation, pantomime, and ensemble acting, while employing stage fright and
    relaxation techniques. In addition, the course will explore the beginning history of theatre and include a brief dive into the
    elements of the Comedy genre. The course culminates in a performance at the end of the semester. Theatre is a performing
    art. A portion of the course grade will be contingent on participation in a culminating performance.
  • Theatre 6

    Theatre 6 continues the process of introducing the art of theatre. During the course of the semester, students will examine
    the different types of performance stages, expand their theatre terminology and delve deeper into genre studies by examining
    Tragedy. This course includes an overview of Ancient Greek and Middle Age theatre where students will read text from
    plays written from their respective eras. Students will then learn the essential elements of the plot in their journey of writing an
    original duet acting script. This course culminates in a performance at the end of the semester, utilizing the scripts developed
    in class. Theatre is a performing art. A portion of the course grade will be contingent on participation in a culminating
    performance.
  • Theatre 7

    Theatre 7 expands on students’ current theatre knowledge and allows them to experience the production, rehearsal, and
    performance process firsthand. In addition to performance, students will learn the fundamentals of technical theatre design,
    such as makeup, costume, and set design, as they produce a one-act play. The course ends with a performance of the student-produced one-act play. Theatre is a performing art. A portion of the course grade will be contingent on participation in a
    culminating performance.
  • Theatre 8

    Theatre 8 allows students to utilize all elements of theatre, as they write, produce, cast, and perform an original one-act play.
    The focus will be placed on a student-centered experience and the collaborative process of creating a play. Students will be able
    to further deepen their understanding of play structure, character development, and technical theatre. The course completes
    with a performance of the student-written, directed, and produced one-act play. Theatre is a performing art. A portion of
    the course grade will be contingent on participation in a culminating performance.
  • Acting Theory (9-12)

    Open to all students who have taken Theatre 1 and wish to continue their study of acting and performance. Acting Theory is a
    performance-based class. Students in this course will move far beyond the fundamentals of acting to do in-depth character studies
    for roles. Actors in this course must be willing to attempt a variety of approaches to acting and demonstrate how styles vary
    according to the period in which the pieces were produced. Students will perform in solo and ensemble presentations culminating in a showcase of their best performance efforts for an audience. Actors in this course must be willing to attempt a variety of approaches to acting and demonstrate how styles vary according to the period in which the pieces were produced. Costume choices
    and makeup techniques will be explored. Attendance at some afterschool performances is required. Prerequisite: Grade of B or
    higher in Theatre I.
  • Film Studies I (9-12)

    Film Studies is a survey of classic and modern films in the following genres: comedy, drama, action/adventure, Anime, film noir, musical, science fiction/fantasy, horror/suspense, documentary, and expressionism. In addition, the class will compare and contrast cinematic styles of Western versus Eastern culture. The course study will include analysis and historical relevance of films from 1890's to the present. Students will critique the direction and production of films, as well as analyze the application of music and technology in films.
  • Film Studies II (10-12)

    Students build upon skills learned in Film Studies I with emphasis on deeper analysis of a variety of film genres not viewed in the
    previous class. Assignments and assessments include script analysis, director analysis, and film scene writing. Prerequisite: Film
    Studies I
  • Theatre 1 (9-12)

    Theatre Arts is designed to spark student interest and appreciation of the subject of theatre. This semester course will focus on three
    main parts: 1- Defining drama and theatre and learning how plays are structured; 2- Learning about the jobs of various theatre
    artists and how they collaborate to create a production; and 3- Includes instruction on the history and development of drama.
    Students will read and analyze plays and contribute to the mounting of the mainstage fall production. Attendance at some
    afterschool performances is required.
  • Theatre 2 (10-12)

    For students who have completed Theatre 1 (or equivalent).
  • Theatre 3 (11-12)

    For students who have completed Theatre 2 (or equivalent).
  • Theatre 4 (12)

    For students who have completed Theatre 3 (or equivalent).
    Theatre 2, 3, and 4 are classes designed for the highly motivated student that wants to deepen his/her knowledge of acting
    techniques. These classes focus on the development of different acting techniques perspectives, as well as character analysis and
    directing strategies. Each theatre class concludes with a capstone performance project. In addition, students routinely have the
    opportunity to showcase their individual technical and performance work in a variety of Thespian events scheduled throughout the
    year, as well as, joining the Canterbury Thespian Troupe and compete at district and state events

Theatre Faculty

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  • Photo of Catherine Truesdale

    Catherine Truesdale 

    LS Music & Performing Arts Teacher
    (239) 333-3281 x221
  • Photo of Aaron Jackson

    Aaron Jackson 

    US Theatre Teacher
  • Photo of Michael Lynch

    Michael Lynch 

    MS Theatre Teacher
    (239) 334-1357