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Theatre Arts
NEISD No.
  • I - 5900
  • II - 5905
  • III - 5906
  • IV - 5907

Course: THEATRE ARTS I, II, III & IV
Credit: 1.0 Grade Placement: 9 - 12
Prerequisites: None for level I; A B or better average in 
previous level for higher levels and teacher approval (audition)
Course Descriptions: 

Theatre Arts I, designed as a survey course, provides the student with an intense sampling of all facts of theatre, with an emphasis being placed on actor training. The subject matter will range from stage terminology, structure of plays, and early theatrical history to vocal and movement training for the actor. Also included will be acting (improvisation, character analysis, and duet/group acting) as well as stage design and construction, lighting, costuming, and makeup. Active participation involving memorization and outside rehearsals is mandatory. Students will also attend at least one performance of each extra-curricular production staged by the MacArthur Drama Department.

Theatre Arts II is designed to emphasize advanced study in two areas: acting and design. Course units will include the study of advanced acting techniques and application of the design elements for the stage through group and individual projects. Involvement in co-curricular productions, contests, and/or other such activities is an integral requirement of the class. Out of class rehearsals are mandatory. Students are required to audition for all MacArthur productions, as well as attend at least one performance of each extra-curricular production produced at MacArthur.

Theatre Arts III provides the third year student with advanced actor training, a broad understanding of dramatic literature, and training in the specialized skills of playwriting, design, and directing. Involvement in co-curricular productions, contests, and/or other such activities is an integral requirement of the class. Out of class rehearsals are mandatory. Students are required to audition for all MacArthur productions, as well as attend at least one performance of each extra-curricular production produced at MacArthur.

Theatre Arts IV continues to provide the advanced theatre student with extensive actor preparation as well as specialized training in areas of special interest to the individual student. Among these are theatre literature, design, directing, and playwriting. Emphasis is on refinement of skills. Involvement in co-curricular productions, contests, and/or other such activities is an integral requirement of the class. Out of class rehearsals are mandatory. Students are required to audition for all MacArthur productions, as well as attend at least on performance of each extra-curricular production produced at MacArthur.


Theatre Production
NEISD No.:
  • I - 5910
  • II - 5915
  • III - 5916
  • IV - 5917 

Course: THEATRE PRODUCTION I-IV
Credit: 0.5 to 1.0 Grade Placement: 9 - 12
Prerequisites: By Audition Only

Course Description: This course focuses on all aspects of theatrical production: acting concepts and skills, production concepts and skills, and aesthetic growth through appreciation of theatrical events. Students will share in the theatre experience by working in the various areas associated with overall production.  Involvement in co-curricular production activities is an integral and essential requirement of theatre production. Students involved in an extra-curricular production will be enrolled in this course by the instructor. NOTE: A student may sign up for a Theatre Production class offered and receive credit through 80 hours (1/2 unit) to 160 hours (1 unit) of involvement in production activities and theatrical experiences outside the school day. All work must be completed during the academic year and no more than one credit in Theatre Production may be earned during any one school year. This is an after school class. Teacher will enroll you if you participate in an after school play.


Technical Theatre
NEISD No.
  • I - 5920
  • II - 5925
  • III - 5930

Course: TECHNICAL THEATRE I, II & III
Credit: 1.0 Grade Placement: 10 - 12
Prerequisites: At least a B average in Theatre Arts I and 
previous Technical Theatre level; teacher recommendation

Course Description: These courses are designed for the student interested in pursuing the craft of stage design and execution and theatre management. The student will explore scenery, properties, lighting, costumes, makeup, sound, public relations, and research and design. He will also evaluate the work of other technicians and expand his appreciation of theatre through attendance at and involvement in theatrical events. Co-curricular involvement in production activities is an integral and essential requirement of the class. These courses involve at least 15 hours of after school work per semester.

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