The theater department is a place for students to gain confidence, an appreciation of the arts and a respect for their peers. Here at FWC we have two levels of classroom theater. We also produce one main stage musical and two contest one acts a year.
In beginning theater, the class will be introduced to the basics of theater and acting. The objective of this class is to have an appreciation for theater, have a basic understanding of how it works as well as a solid idea of how an actor creates a character from the text of a playwright. The goal is to give each student a chance to experience a little bit of each aspect of the stage in hopes they find some part that they enjoy. The class spends the majority of the first nine weeks creating ensemble and trust among themselves through games, acting activities and improvisation exercises. The major project of the first semester will be the story telling unit. Here the students learn how theater came about and why storytelling is essential to our culture and the arts. Students will then cover the Stanislavski acting method and apply objective to a scene. They will end the year with a culminating project where they will write, film, edit and act in their own movie.
In advanced theater we study the art of directing and design alongside building on top of what we learned about objective and character development the first year. In the second semester, students will delve deeper into the majority of acting methods including Stanislavski, Meisner, Cohen, Hagen and Spolin.
Out of the classroom, we have a thriving acting company! Our mainstage musical is performed off campus at Scott Theater in Fort Worth. This is an amazing opportunity for our students. They work alongside professionals in a state of the art facility. Our contest one acts are in November and March. These are competed in TAPPS and in TCSIT competitions against other private schools in the state. We are very successful at these competitions. We have taken home numerous individual awards, two best actor awards and most recently a one rating at the TCSIT competition for our play "Pericles by William Shakespeare as Performed by Ms. Gower's First Grade Class."
The students at FWC have taken an ownership of this department and have called it their own. This is a place for those students to find their niche and where they belong. It is a time to develop essential skills that not only open their eyes to a new world but will allow them to become successful in their careers as well.