Is it all just a show?

Drama (DSP) is taught in the upper school, where it can be chosen as an alternative to art or music. Class tests are also written in the courses. However, one of the two class tests per school year will be replaced by a practical examination. These are usually performed during a performance of the entire course, towards the end of the school year. As a rule, the subject is given twice an hour in the cafeteria, i. e. before or after the meal.
What is special about acting? One learns to show oneself on stage in front of a larger or larger audience, namely the pupils and the parents. In a performance you play a role and always play together with others. Even if you are alone on stage, you play with the audience, without which there can be no theatre.
How do you learn to show yourself in front of so many people? In the first year of the course you learn to understand your body and voice as a means of expression and to use them in a targeted way to impress the audience. One learns, for example, to control oneʻs own body and to discard its private idiosyncrasies, e. g. oneʻs own gait or certain habits. In addition, one practices the neutral position and gait, stands or walks as if one were nobody: straight, expressionless, silent. Neutrality makes it possible to then slip into a role and impart peculiarities that are not private. We play a role and are hardly on stage ourselves.
In the first year of the course, the exam serves to write your own mini-dramas. From these, the best will be selected in the course. Then you decide to rehearse and develop one of these mini dramas together with others. We regularly demonstrate what we have achieved to each other in order to give suggestions for further work with criticism. Finally, the rehearsed, presented and improved mini dramas are presented. This is then the practical examination.
The second and third year of the course offers the opportunity to bring back the self-written on stage - or to take a given piece, select the most important and appealing scenes, edit them in the exam and then perform them after the long rehearsal of a school year.


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