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Theatre 5,6 (P) (1427, 1428)


Grade Range:
 Theatre 3,4 (P) with a grade of C or better, and/or instructorís permission
 Course duration:
 Two semesters
Subject area in which graduation credit will be given:
 Visual and Performing Arts
 UC subject area satisfied:
 f (visual and performing arts)
Course Description:
 This is the third course in a sequential series of standards-based theatre courses designed for the high-school level. The third year’s instruction in theatre allows students to put into practice what they have learned in first two years of study. Students are expected to take on leadership roles and special projects related to play production and class projects. At this level students are able to refine dramatic concepts, revise ideas during the rehearsal process to enhance storytelling, conduct advanced research to improve dramaturgy, build teams, support the creative process, and to function as assistants to any of the creative team leaders on the production staff. As actors, students continue to advance their craft, applying researched theatrical styles and acting exercises as an approach to character work. They collaborate to create new work and investigate both western and non-western theatre history. Formal performances are expected for a variety of audience types. Critique, reflection, interpretation, and response are firmly part of the creative process at this point. Script analysis includes classical, contemporary, realistic, and nonrealistic texts representing a broad spectrum of cultural diversity. Students interested in playwriting write monologues, short plays, and one-acts. Students interested in directing research directors’ styles, compare historical productions, form unique choices in preparing a directorial concept, and practice creative problem solving through staging techniques. Exploration of career and college opportunities in theatre and the entertainment industry is required.

Basic Texts and Teaching Guides:
 Theatre 5,6 Instructional Guide and Key Assignments.
Taylor, Theatre: Art in Action, Glencoe, 1999.
Schumacher, Drama for Reading and Performance, Collections 1 and 2, Perfection Learning, 2000.
SDUSD VAPA Core Learnings, 2005.