Students following the performance track take classes that cover a wide variety of acting styles and dramatic literature. Coursework is primarily performance-based and students spend a great deal of time during class on their feet, developing the practical tools of the actor. Our Advanced Acting and Musical Theatre courses sometimes produce full-length shows, affording students the opportunity to study plays from both academic and practical perspectives. Theatre students can also participate in Choir classes through Floyd Central's acclaimed Choral Department, under the direction of Angela Hampton. Because of our commitment to providing students with a diverse range of performance experiences, we often bring in guest artists from the professional theatre industry who work with our students as instructors, directors, choreographers, or performers.
Technical Theatre students at Floyd Central hone their crafts by preparing for and working on all of our season shows throughout the year as well as other events hosted in our two state-of-the-art venues. Our tech students are always in preparation for our next production, putting in many hours outside of class time. Our original sets are built completely by our students and our techs also work as lighting designers, sound designers, props masters, stage hands, and stage managers on our shows. Students have the opportunity to specialize in lighting, sound, props, carpentry, scenic painting, or management or to get a taste of all areas of technical theatre. We often bring in professional technicians who mentor and sometimes work along side our students as guest designers. Classes are primarily production-oriented so that students can not only learn their craft but also put it into practice.
Dedicated theatre students often desire to take multiple Performing Arts electives each year in order to get the most out of their education at Floyd Central. This is very doable but can involve some advance planning. Click below to see a sample four year plan for Performing Arts students. Feel free to consult the Theatre Arts teachers and school counselors for more guidance on class planning.