Offered as a course elective to middle school students, this performance course is designed for beginning actors. Students will gain overall personal confidence. Students develop acting and performing skills utilized and inherent on the proscenium, thrust, and arena-type stages. Students will perform scripted and unscripted material. Activities and instruction are based on the Stanislavski Method, in combination with the Laban Method of acting styles. All students will begin this course acting through improvisational activities, write and perform their own material, and memorize and perform written scripts from a variety of esteemed playwrights, such as Shakespeare, Disney Productions, Arthur Miller, and other scene books compiled and written for the middle school and high school drama student. Students will also learn stage combat technique and execution and have an opportunity to write and perform their own scene utilizing stage combat complete with special effects.