Performing Arts Catalogue
Performing Arts: Theatre
Students who wish to go directly into Theatre 2 courses may do so by satisfactorily fulfilling the following requirements:
- Completion of Advanced Drama (1B) (or its equivalent) at the middle school level and teacher recommendation.
- Recommendation by the high school Theatre Instructor based on an audition and/or interview and the student’s demonstrated proficiency.
1070 Theatre 1 (Year, 9-12)
This course can be used to fulfill the “f“ requirement for the University of California and CSU.
Theatre 1 introduces students to theatre as a discipline and an art form. Course activities include theatre games, improvisation, voice and movement work, stage combat training, monologue and scene performance theatre production projects, field trips to see professional plays, and instruction in acting for stage, TV and film. Students will develop increased confidence and ability in personal presentation skills. As they give and receive feedback on performances, students will apply evaluative criteria and appreciate excellence in performance. Through studying theatre as an expression of both history and culture, students will explore the way in which theatre affects and is affected by its societal context.
1073 Theatre 2 (Year, 9-12)
Course Preparation: Theatre 1 or Advanced Drama (1B) in middle school and middle school teacher recommendation.
This course can be used to fulfill the “f” requirement for the University of California and CSU.
Theatre 2 is designed for the intermediate drama student who wants to build on the skills learned in Theatre 1. Course activities include: improvisation, play analysis, scene and monologue performance, dialect work, audition preparation, stage combat training, acting for TV and film, and one act play preparation and performance. These activities enable students to build believable characters, apply basic technical theatre skills, develop directing skills, and work effectively as part of an ensemble. Class members build confidence as well as performance and analytical skills through giving and receiving feedback. Students trace the historical development of theatre through research, performances from a variety of theatrical genres, and attendance at theatre productions.
1076 Theatre 3 (Year, 10-12)
Prerequisite: Theatre 2 or permission of instructor.
This course can be used to fulfill the CTE graduation requirement OR the “f” requirement for the University of California and CSU
Theatre 3 builds on the skills learned in Theatre 1 and 2. Through participation in extensive projects, students will apply and develop directing, acting, technical and dramaturgical skills. During projects, students will write and adapt scripts and research societal contexts. By exploring different theatrical genres, students will experience, evaluate and appreciated a variety of production styles, including non-Western, non-traditional theatre. Class projects include a professional audition unit, playwriting, career exploration, and outside of class performance projects.
1097 Theatre 4 (Year, 10-12)
Prerequisite: Theatre 3 or permission of instructor.
This course can be used to fulfill the CTE graduation requirement OR the “f” requirement for the University of California and CSU.
Theatre 4 provides an opportunity for students to pursue an individualized course of study, taking leadership roles in in‑depth theatrical projects in their areas of interest. Students will locate their productions within a theatrical genre, emphasizing the historical and cultural influences on their project. Students will create unified production concepts, integrating the contributions of the director, actor, designer, playwright, and spectator of a theatrical event.
Theatre 4 Honors
1059 Theatre 4H (Year, 12)
Prerequisite: Theatre 3 or Theatre 4 and permission of the instructor.
This course can be used to fulfill the CTE requirement OR the “f” requirement for the University of California and CSU* (approval pending).
Theatre 4 Honors is open to the highly dedicated theatre student who has a minimum of two years of high school theatre study or its equivalent. In addition to completing the standard Theatre 4 curriculum for the year, students in Theatre 4 Honors are engaged in a pre-approved, in-depth, theatre related Honors project. Examples of projects include, but are not limited to: directing or producing a play, teaching a drama class to younger students, documenting the actor’s process while performing a role in a show, or writing and producing an original script..
Pending UC approval
Stage Technology and Design
1087 Stage Tech (Year, 9-12)
1088 Stg Tech11 (Semester, 9-12)
This course does not meet current University of California and CSU requirements. This course fulfills the CTE graduation requirement.
Stage Technology and Design is designed to integrate theoretical and practical knowledge of stage technology and design. Students will study the design and construction of sets, lighting, sound, and costumes, and apply their skills by developing design concepts and mounting productions from a variety of theatrical genres. By assuming vital roles in play productions, students will work effectively in leadership and ensemble situations, and experience the relationship of technical theatre to the theatrical event as a whole. Students will learn to operate theatrical equipment and tools safely, and use these skills to provide technical services for many school stage activities.
For Paly, this course satisfies either the Fine Arts or Career‑Technical Education graduation requirement and may be repeated for four years.