Ms. Valerie Lemmons

Phone:

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor of Arts in Musical Theatre, Birmingham-Southern College Bachelor of Arts in Dance, Birmingham-Southern College Masters of Education in Secondary English Language Arts, The University of Montevallo

Ms. Valerie Lemmons

I absolutely love my Hewitt-Trussville Family!  I have been teaching theatre in public schools for 10 years (Jefferson County and Monroe County Schools).  In my previous life I was a freelance director/choreographer/performer for theatre companies in AL, GA, TN, and FL.  I worked as a Cast Member for Walt Disney World Entertainment in Orlando, FL and lived the artist's life in New York City.  I earned a BA in both Musical Theatre and Dance from Birmingham-Southern College and my Masters in Secondary English Language Arts from the University of Montevallo.  In the summers I serve as a Teaching Artist for the UAB Visual and Performing Arts Centers.  I am a huge animal lover and have been known to rescue all types of creatures.  I lost my 15 year old black lab last year, but still have my two rescue cats.   Dempsy was rescued from a dumpster and Olivia is a rescue that showed up on my porch.  I look forward to encouraging and shaping our future performers, technicians, and theatre patrons.  

 Communication:

I use REMIND and Google Classroom as my primary means of communicating with parents and students. 

To join REMIND text the corresponding message to 81010

Theatre I: @lemmone

Theatre II: @lemmt

Musical Theatre: @lemmu

Audition Information: @lemmau

 

Google Classroom Codes for 2019-2020:

 

 

Class Fees:

All Theatre courses have a class fee of $15. This helps us to pay for the rights to the scenes, songs, and plays that we will study and perform in class.

 

Supplies Needed:

1 Spiral notebook (to be stored in classroom) for journaling and notes

1 Folder with pockets to keep track of scene work

1 pack of post it notes

Pencils

Highlighters

*Musical Theatre students will need to wear clothing that they can move in for dance days (typically Fridays) when we will learn choreography. 

 

Wish List

Kleenex

Clorox Wipes

Paper Towels

Duct Tape

Painters Tape

 

*For a grade! Parents and students please fill out the attached survey by Friday, August 23rd.  This will help me get to know you and better plan for our year.

 

 

 https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1Y36mI9vU-D_Ihvg1l8W1PDNWUfwf2ggNn1GC3huHQ-k/edit

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    HTHS THEATRE CURRICULUM PLAN

     

    Theatre I (285100)                                                                                                             Year-long / 1 credit

    Fee required                                                                                                                                Grades 9-12

     

    Theatre I is a one credit course introducing students to the art of theatre, methods of acting, eras of theatre history and fundamentals of technical theatre.  Students will begin to develop the basic vocal and physical work necessary for acting.  Students learn through creative, hands-on projects as well as individual and group activities.  Class activities include improvisation, movement, monologues, scene work, pantomime, script analysis, character development and theatrical design.  Students are expected to demonstrate what they have learned in a variety of ways including performing their work in class.  Students are encouraged to attend or participate in HTHS theatre productions. Students will be invited to enter state theatre competitions such as the Alabama Trumbauer Theatre Festival and the State Thespian Festival.

     

    Theatre II (285200)                                                                                                                   Year-long / 1 credit

    Fee Required                                                                                                                                      Grades 10-12

    *Prerequisite: Theatre I

     

    This one credit course continues the study of theatre. Students will begin to figure out their “type” and build a book of solo, duet, and group scenes that fit that type.  Students will explore the process of writing monologues, scenes, and plays. Students will further explore the various techniques and methods in acting on how to develop a character. Students will be encouraged to attend or participate in HTHS musical theatre productions and will be invited to enter state theater competitions such as the Alabama Trumbauer Theatre Festival and the State Thespian Festival.

     

     

    Theatre III (285300)                                                                                                        Year-long / 1 credit

    Fee Required                                                                                                                            Grades 11-12

    *Prerequisite: Theatre I, Theatre II

     

    This one credit course, advanced level, continues the study of theatre.  Students will prepare for college entrance and scholarship auditions. Students will work on rehearsing and performing a class play. Students will have the opportunity to study directing. Students will be encouraged to attend or participate in HTHS musical theatre productions and will be invited to enter state theater competitions such as the Alabama Trumbauer Theatre Festival and the State Thespian Festival. Students will have the option to attend the South Eastern Theatre Conference where they can audition for summer work as well as college programs.

     

     

    Introduction to Musical Theatre I (285101)                                                                       Year-long / 1 credit

    Fee Required                                                                                                                             Grades 10-12

    *Prerequisite: Theater I and instructor approval

    This one credit course explores beginning musical theatre.  Students will use their beginning acting and musical talent to refine their musical theatre technique.  Students will study scenes in which acting, singing, and movement are blended to create performances.  They will perform solo,duo and group musical theatre works.  Students will be encouraged to attend or participate in HTHS musical theatre productions and will be invited to enter state theater competitions such as the Alabama Trumbauer Theatre Festival and the State Thespian Festival.

     

     

     

    Musical Theatre II (285201)                                                                                            Year-long / 1 credit

    Fee Required                                                                                                                            Grades 10-12

    *Prerequisite: Musical Theatre I

     

    This one credit course continues the study of musical theatre.  Students will study the history of musical theatre and demonstrate their ability to perform scenes into songs.  Students will explore playing a variety of musical theatre characters and build their audition book with multiple genres of songs. Students will be encouraged to attend or participate in HTHS musical theatre productions and will be invited to enter state theater competitions such as the Alabama Trumbauer Theatre Festival and the State Thespian Festival.

    Students will be given the option to attend the South Eastern Theatre Conference where they can audition for summer work as well as college programs.

     

     

    Acting Technique II (285203)                                                                                     Year-long / 1 credit

    Fee Required                                                                                                                       Grades 10-12

    *Prerequisite: Approval of Ms. Lemmons

     

    This production driven course will consist of working on all the elements that go into producing our shows for the year.  Students will be working on blocking, choreography, lighting, sound, costumes, props, sets, fly system, publicity, stage management, and stage hands.  All students will be expected to serve as a performer or tech crew member for all HTHS theatre productions.