Theatre classes began as a part of the circus curriculum in 2001. In 2014 theatre was included as a compulsory class for Performing Arts students.
Since 2001, Phare students have been performing ‘awareness plays’ across Cambodia. These awareness shows teach Cambodians about a variety of topics, such as AIDS, human trafficking, or domestic violence. The students perform in schools, hospitals, markets, trains or factories; and often in very remote parts of the country.
In 2011 and 2013, a group went to France and Portugal to perform “The Terrible but Unfinished Story of Sihanouk, King of Cambodia” a play from Helene Cixous that addresses the recent history of Cambodia. The performance was highly-acclaimed by the public and critics alike.
The theatre curriculum is divided into three levels: leisure, preparatory, and secondary.
- 8 to 12 years-old
- 1 or 2 hours/week
- Students train mostly with games. Classes focus on the basics of character, improvisation, and story creation using Child to Child method.
- 13 years-old
- 2 hours/day, 2 days/week
- Students train on stage awareness, character, vocals & breath, feeling & emotion, movement, focus, improvisation, and theatre vocabulary.
- 14 to 17 years-old
- Students learn about the advance of character, physical movement, feeling/emotion, vocal & breath, improvisation, yoga, tableau, and stage management.
- Students study additional courses in circus, music, dance, technical work, general education, and soft skills.