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THEATER ARTS
  • The courses and performance opportunities offered by the Theater Arts Program are designed to meet the needs, interests, and talents of senior high school students.  They present opportunities to study Theater Arts from a technical aspect, and to develop self-expression and appreciation through participation in the various theatrical productions.

    To earn a Regents diploma with advanced designation using a five-unit Theater Arts sequence, the student must complete at least one credit in a performance based class such as acting, musical theatre or theatre dance.  The remaining units may be earned in any course in the Theater Arts Program. Graduation honors must include advanced dance or college theatre and production as well as fulfillment of normal honors criteria.

    A significant requirement of the various performance-based classes is that students participate in some capacity with the theatrical productions offered by the program each semester.

    Students who plan to specialize in theater arts or theater arts education as a career should complete the five-unit sequence but also participate extensively in the theatrical productions.  In addition, it is highly recommended for these students to enroll in the College Theater and Production course.

    * All performance-based courses fulfill the one unit requirement in the arts for high school graduation.

    PERFORMANCE-BASED CORE COURSES

    Acting 1
    Acting 2
    Acting 3
    Dance 1
    Dance 2
    Dance 3
    Dance 4
    College Theater and Production

    NON-PERFORMANCE COURSES

    Public Speaking
    Stagecraft
    Stage Design and Production

Department: Theater Arts

Course Number: 1820

Course Title: ACTING 1

Details: Year, 1 Credit, 1 Period

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12

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Description: Acting 1 offers students experience in various phases of drama including oral interpretation, acting and play production. Students study the basic techniques needed to create a character including vocal production, physical acting, improvisation, script analysis and stage combat. Click here to read full course description

Department: Theater Arts

Course Number: 1830

Course Title: ACTING 2

Details: Year, 1 Credit, 1 Period

Grades: 11, 12

Prerequisites: Satisfactory completion of Beginning Acting or approval of the instructor.

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Description: Students in this course delve even further into the art of acting as they investigate various forms of world drama including Kabuki, Bunraku, Sanskrit, Commedia dell’Arte, and Native American storytelling. Further units of study include Children’s Theatre, Reader’s Theatre/Chamber Theatre, Directing and Stage Combat. The year culminates in the performance of selected scenes for an invited audience as part of the Theatre Arts concert.

Department: Theater Arts

Course Number: 1660

Course Title: ACTING 3

Details: Year, 1 Credit, 1 Period

Grades: 11, 12

Prerequisites: Satisfactory completion of Acting 1 and Acting 2 or approval of the instructor

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Description: Students in this course delve even further into the art of acting as they investigate various forms of world drama including Kabuki, Bunraku, Sanskrit, Commedia dell’Arte, and Native American storytelling. Further units of study include Children’s Theatre, Reader’s Theatre/Chamber Theatre, Directing and Stage Combat. The year culminates in the performance of selected scenes for an invited audience as part of the Theatre Arts concert.

Department: Theater Arts

Course Number: 8120

Course Title: DANCE 1

Details: Year, Alt. Day, 0.5 Credit for Physical Education

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12

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Required For: This course is required for any student interested in pursuing the dance sequence towards graduating with Theatre Arts honors.

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Description: This is a beginning dance course open to students in grades 9-12. Basic elements of dance are covered in this course with an emphasis on jazz and contemporary styles. Students are required to learn the basic positions of dance and incorporate these positions and techniques to combinations introduced in class. Click here to read full course description

Department: Theater Arts

Course Number: 1880

Course Title: DANCE 2

Details: Year, Alt. Day, 0.5 Credit for Physical Education

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12

Prerequisites: Satisfactory completion of Dance 1 or instructor approval

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Description: This full year course is a continuation of the skills that were taught in Dance 1. Students will progress from the basic positions to more challenging technical aspects of dance. Although a large focus of this class is lyrical and modern dance, students also study more difficult jazz and contemporary choreography. Click here to read full course description