Westfield High School Course Catalog

Theatre Arts

THEATRE ARTS 1 (141000) 
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12   Credit: one 
Theatre Arts 1 provides students with a survey of the theatre arts, allowing students the opportunities to experience and appreciate dramatic literature, and participate in the creative processes of performance and production. The course emphasizes skill development and provides theatrical opportunities that enable students to determine personal areas of interest.  Participation in co-curricular theatre productions may be arranged. This course may be used to satisfy the graduation requirement for a credit in fine and practical arts. 
This course requires a student materials fee as listed in FCPS Notice 5922. 
Based on interest and enrollment, an all upperclassmen class may be offered. 

THEATRE ARTS 2 (142000) 
 Grades: 10, 11, 12 Credit: one 

 Prerequisite: Theatre Arts 1 and/or recommendation of the theatre arts instructor. 
Theatre Arts 2 integrates and builds upon concepts and skills from Theatre Arts 1. Through various modes of expression and performance, students investigate dramatic literature, theatrical styles, and historical periods. Students will study and respond to a variety of theatre experiences that will refine their communicative, collaborative, analytical, interpretive, and problem solving skills. Students will expand their artistic abilities and appreciation of the theatrical arts. Students must meet both the school day and after-school participation requirements to receive credit for the course. This course may be used to satisfy the graduation requirement for a credit in fine and practical arts. 
This course requires a student materials fee as listed in FCPS Notice 5922. 

THEATRE ARTS 3 (143000) 
 Grades: 11, 12 Credit: one 
 Prerequisite: Theatre Arts 2 and/or recommendation of the theatre arts instructor.
 
Students exhibit independence, discipline, and commitment to the theatre process through their work on assigned projects. Advanced work in acting skills and preparation, play analysis, and character interpretation are
expected. Collaboration with actors and directors is augmented by special assignments and opportunities. Students must meet both the school day and after-school participation requirements to receive credit for the course. This course may be used to satisfy the graduation requirement for a credit in fine arts. 

This course requires a student materials fee as listed in FCPS Notice 5922. 

THEATRE ARTS 4 (144000) 
Grades: 12 Credit: one 
Prerequisite: Theatre Arts 3 and/or recommendation of the theatre arts instructor.
 
Students identify areas of special interest in theatre arts, and initiate and complete major research and/or creative projects, such as playwriting, producing, directing, designing, and stage-managing. Emphasis is placed on in-depth study and completion of projects, assumption of leadership roles, and expansion of criteria for self-evaluation. Students will analyze and evaluate scripts, concentrate on vocal and physical dramatics, and undertake a special theatre project in their area of specialization. Students are expected to assume leadership positions in co-curricular theatre productions.  Participation in major projects related to the co-curricular theatre productions may be required. Students must meet both the school day and after-school participation requirements to receive credit for the course. This course may be used to satisfy the graduation requirement for a credit in arts. 
This course requires a student materials fee as listed in FCPS Notice 5922. 

TECHNICAL THEATRE 1 (143511) 
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12 Credit: one 
Prerequisite: Theatre Arts 1 and/or recommendation of theatre arts instructor. 

Students explore various areas of technical theatre such as lighting, costumes, sound, scenery, makeup, properties, and theatre management. An analysis of dramatic literature leads students to an understanding of the design and production process. Participation in co-curricular productions is strongly encouraged. This course may be used to satisfy the graduation requirement for a credit in fine arts. 
This course requires a student materials fee as listed in FCPS Notice 5922. 

TECHNICAL THEATRE 2 (143512) 
Grades: 10, 11, 12 Credit: one 
Prerequisite: Technical Theatre 1 and/or recommendation of theatre arts instructor 

Students apply technical theatre knowledge and skills by participating in a variety of theatre lab activities and practical projects.  Emphasis is on script interpretation and execution of the design concept.  Students will collaborate to effectively and safely create functional scenery, properties, lighting, sound, costumes and makeup, and to develop stage management, business and public relations skills. Students must meet both the school day and after-school participation requirements to receive credit for the course. This course may be used to satisfy the graduation requirement for a credit in fine arts. 
This course requires a student materials fee as listed in FCPS Notice 5922. 

TECHNICAL THEATRE 3 (143513) 
Grades: 11, 12 Credit: one 
Prerequisite: Technical Theatre 2 or recommendation of the instructor 

Students exhibit independence, discipline, and commitment to the theatre process through their work on assigned projects. Advanced work in technical elements of production is augmented by special assignments and  opportunities. Students must meet both the school day and after-school participation requirements to receive credit for the course. This course may be used to satisfy the graduation requirement for a credit in fine arts. 
This course requires a student materials fee as listed in FCPS Notice 5922.

TECHNICAL THEATRE 4 (143514) 
Grades: 12 Credit: one 
Prerequisite: Technical Theatre 3 or permission of the instructor 

Students will identify areas of special interest in technical theatre and initiate and complete major research or creative projects in play production. Emphasis is placed on in-depth study and completion of projects, assumptions of leadership roles, and expansion of criteria for self-evaluation. Students must meet both the school day and after-school participation requirements to receive credit for the course. This course may be used to satisfy the graduation requirement for a credit in fine arts. 
This course requires a student materials fee as listed in FCPS Notice 5922.