Wednesday Night Live
Harris Levinson, Barrett Vandiver, Mark Thomason
Live, from Tacoma, it's WEDNESDAY NIGHT! In this Miniterm, you'll write and produce your own version of Saturday Night Live! Join Harris, Mark, and Barrett, if you want to write sketch comedy, perform it, and/or make it work live on stage. We will learn from the show's glorious years as well as its failures in order to create a SOTA/SAMI/IDEA comedy original. Cold opens, Opening monologues, Weekend Update, Digital shorts, Game Shows, Improv, and all the rest. We'll need musicians, writers, performers, costumers, designers, and managers for this production, so be ready to work hard but laugh a lot.
Survivor: Are you ready for the Zombie Apocalypse?
Debbie Shapiro, Anthony Blake
You need to be prepared! In this course, you will learn essential skills to keep yourself and others safe from potential fires, earthquakes, volcanoes, power failures, hiking/wilderness emergencies, and zombies. This is an active hands-on participatory class. Students will take on a variety of challenges that include: developing emergency plans, mastering and applying first aid and survival skills, solving puzzles in high pressure situations, and creating community educational presentations . Wear comfortable weather-appropriate clothing for indoor and outdoor activities. One never knows when the Zombies will arrive!
Chicago the Musical
Gabriel McPherson, Robin Jaecklein, Emily Wickman, Mark Kloepper
This miniterm is for previously auditioned actors, singers, and dancers for the Spring 2020 production of Chicago. Students in technical theater on this production will not start until February, with the exception of the stage management team. Please see Gabe, Robin, Emily, or Kloepper with any questions.
OUTTA YOUR HEAD: Tales of the City, Tacoma Edition
Shelby Jawer, Kristin Orlando
Tacoma Edition. Let’s expose the Tacoma backstories that no one knows… yet. What really happens on the streets of Tacoma? What if the sculptures at the Museum of Glass could talk? What if the displays at the History Museum came alive? What stories do the paintings at Tacoma Art Museum really want to tell? What’s your story? Let’s tell the tales of the city through creative writing and spoken word poetry. In this mini-term you will learn about letterpress, bind your own book, visit the museums and other local landmarks, learn about spoken word, and write some amazing probably not true stories and poems. At the end of the month, we will put together an official anthology of our Completely True (totally fictional) Tales of the City. Pick up your pen. Let’s write.
Visualizing Complicated Stuff
Adam Brastad, Cornelius Brudi
When Napoleon Bonaparte invaded Russia, the French artist Charles Minard created a beautiful visual map of the French Emperors and his army's advance and retreat (defeat), including five different sets of data that depicted the real life tragedy of over a hundred thousand people in the most comprehensive way possible. One of the reasons why Napoleon was removed from power. In this class, we visualize and represent sometimes complicated information, utilizing mathematical strategies and design, to learn how to communicate, manipulate, deceive, and exaggerate ideas. The pen is mightier than the sword!
Mari Thiersch, Linnea Bostrom
Imagine your favorite museum (it could even be a zoo), what do you remember about it? Why do you like going there? What are your experiences in other museums? How can you help museums stay relevant?
Museums hold, share, and let us interact with knowledge. They provide connections within the community through special events, exhibits, and partnerships. Museums are shifting from focusing on collections to focusing on experiences - and they need YOU to help them navigate their new course. We’ll start with the historical context of museums - why did they exist and who did they serve? Using this knowledge you will work in teams to design traveling exhibits around a topic that you choose. Learn how the museums of today operate, how they attract visitors, and engage communities - museums have a role for everyone. Museums have to adapt and evolve to stay relevant, but does that actually mean?
Lucie Kroschel, Ryan Young, Kristina Lewin
It’s raining. You have too much homework. You didn’t get enough sleep. You are STRESSED. What do you do?
You EXERCISE. Did you know you can improve your mood, curb stress, sharpen your focus, and function better than ever simply by elevating your heart rate? In this mini-term course we will be studying the impact of exercise not only on our physical body but also our mental and intellectual health. We will work out, study nutrition, explore meditation, and look at the impact of endorphins on our brain chemistry. We’ll (probably) also eat some chocolate. All students in this course will set a physical, mental and intellectual ‘fitness’ goal and seek to accomplish that goal by the end of the month. Sign up for this mini-term if you are ready to de-stress, re-focus, persevere through challenges and SWEAT.
“Mind Your Business,” The Movie (For Young Entrepreneurs and/or Filmmakers)
Aaron Shamp, Melissa Moore, Fisher Woodward
Do you have a million dollar idea? This mini term is for those who have said to themselves, “I should turn my idea into a business!” or “I could be on ‘Shark Tank’!” or “I want to make a film about the stories of local people!” You will learn how to create, market, execute, and manage the finances of your business as a young entrepreneur. You will also learn how to interview and film local business owners at their places of business and use your newly learned film-making skills to create a short documentary about them. The Mini Term will conclude with screenings of our documentaries and a “Shark Tank”-like presentation with feedback from local entrepreneurs.
Camp Seymour Outdoor School
David Savage, Diane Savage
This mini term will give students the opportunity to work with 5th graders at local elementary schools and also in an overnight camp environment. Our students will be cabin counselors for these 5th grade students as they head to outdoor school. Students will spend one week at Camp Seymour, working with four different elementary schools: Arlington, Blix, Mann, and Sheridan. This course is open to all 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students. In order to register for this course, students will need PRE-APPROVAL FROM THE CO-DIRECTOR OF THEIR SCHOOL. The cost for the one-week stay at camp is $250 which includes three meals per day and sleeping accommodations. PLEASE DO NOT LET THE COST KEEP YOU FROM APPLYING!
DramaPod 2020: A Miniterm Odyssey
Michele Shepard, Derrick Robinson
You know that little passion project you’ve always dreamed of realizing, but never quite managed to make? Here’s your opportunity! As if there weren’t enough drama in your life, we aim to create more drama, more suspense, more conflict and resolution. Then we’ll send it out into the world for all to enjoy. This January, come to develop the technical skills necessary for producing high-quality sound in a podcast, the narrative writing skills essential for engaging and enchanting an audience, and the vocal performance skills vital for storytelling in sound. We will listen to radioplays and study examples of effective narrative structure in classic adventure stories and quirky contemporary sci-fi. Students will spend part of class listening, reading, writing about, discussing, and critiquing professional work. Creating, recording, post-production editing, and critiquing original stories will fill the rest of our time. Smaller projects building technical skills and collaborative relationships will help prepare everyone to produce fabulous radio dramas by the end of miniterm. Join us for the journey!
Creative Writers, Voice Actors, Foley Artists, Musicians, Recording Engineers: WE NEED YOU!
Photography tricks: optical illusions, levitations, fantasy and deceptions
Doris Conrath, Joanne Salomon
Learn how camera optics, space and perspective can be used to create photos that look unreal – an illusion. Using the camera (and a little Photoshop) create images of people levitating, giants in mini worlds, and mini people amongst giant objects. Learn how mirrors, magnifying glasses, and water can bend and warp how we see. Use size and scale to alter how we see the world. All students will print and mount photographs for a final exhibit at the Tacoma Art Museum.
Nation of Immigrants
Brian "Reggie" Regimbal, Lauren Stout
America’s past is a deluge of different waves of immigration. People have been coming to this beacon on a hill since long before we were the great nation we claim to be today. While our past is not as bright and shiny as many might believe it to be, we have always been bolstered by those who come here in search of a better life. This class will explore America’s history, policies and stories surrounding immigration. We will be looking both forwards and backwards. We will be using SOTA’s commitment to community partners to create an environment where we can learn from local experts how our community is interacting with our immigrant populations. In today’s media world there are a lot of myths surrounding immigration. We will conclude the term by creating multimedia projects that inform the public on the realities of immigration in this country to combat the pervasiveness of those myths. Students should be prepared to read and write about contentious issues and be open to group discussions. Students will be asked to think about how their specific skills can best be employed to inform our community. Students should also expect that we will be walking around Tacoma quite a bit in the delightful January weather.
Transparency: The Looking Glass
Betsy Gordon, Michael Hagmann
Identity is the fact of being who or what a person is. Inspired and guided by the Museum of Glass’s display of the United State’s first exhibition of studio glass by artists in the LGBTQ+ community, this class will embrace and explore the idea of being open about identity. As freedom to “live our truth is necessary for a liberated society.” We will explore our identities through glass art, science, and daily journaling. Be ready to learn how to cast, etch, and blow glass. Beadwork will be practiced. Social studies skills will be enhanced through a study of LGBTQ+ issues, including the AIDS crisis. Identity politics throughout history will be and we’ll look at queer and feminist theory. In joining this class, please be open to new ideas and different ways of thinking about ourselves and our world.
Mysteries of the Magical and Mystical Mayans
Terri Placentia, Margi Cabrera
Learn about the legends of Chocolate Money, Maya Blue and Snake Kings in this miniterm that will explore the food, art, culture and symbols of this ancient intellectual culture. Time travel with us back to the year 600 AD, and immerse yourself in their captivating world.
Technologically advanced far beyond their time period, the Mayan’s had an excellent understanding of astronomy and mathematics, they built impressive cities, and they used the only known written script in Mesoamerica. Their thriving cities came to an abrupt halt: perhaps due to climate change. Students will re-create traditional art forms and food of the Mayan people.