THEATRE ARTS – COURSE CATALOG

The courses listed here count toward Theatre Arts Conservatory credit. When two courses are taken within the same conservatory, students qualify for a conservatory letter. Students should also register for PreMaster and Master certification courses to be prepared to graduate certified within their conservatory.

COURSE: ACTING I
COURSE NUMBER: 661
A-G: 10 credits Fine Arts (F) or (G) Elective
PREREQUISITE: Audition Level I
HOUSE: Performing Arts
CONSERVATORY: Theatre
HESPERIA COURSES: (Nevarez) Periods 2,6,7,9
RIVERSIDE COURSES: (Hill) Periods 2,6,7,9
DESCRIPTION: Acting is a theatre class  designed to build upon past theatre experiences and enhance acting skills.  The class is aligned with the California State Standards and will cover ensemble work/team work, movement, voice, scene and play analysis, scene work including an emphasis on objectives, obstacles, and acting techniques, improvisational skills, character analysis and performance, monologues, audition skills, dramaturgy, and career paths.

COURSE: ACTING II
COURSE NUMBER: 6611
A-G: 10 credits Fine Arts (F) or (G) Elective pending UC review
PREREQUISITE: Audition Level II
HOUSE: Performing Arts
CONSERVATORY: Theatre
HESPERIA COURSES: (Nevarez) 2,6,7,9
RIVERSIDE COURSES: (Hill) Period  2,6,7,9
DESCRIPTION:

COURSE: ACTING III
COURSE NUMBER: 6612
A-G: 10 credits Fine Arts (F) or (G) Elective pending UC review
PREREQUISITE: Audition Level III
HOUSE: Performing Arts
CONSERVATORY: Theatre
HESPERIA COURSES: (Nevarez) 4,8
RIVERSIDE COURSES: (Hill) Period  4,8
DESCRIPTION:

COURSE: ACTING IV
COURSE NUMBER: 
A-G: 10 credits Fine Arts (F) or (G) Elective pending UC review
PREREQUISITE: Audition Level III
HOUSE: Performing Arts
CONSERVATORY: Theatre
HESPERIA COURSES: (Nevarez) 4,8
RIVERSIDE COURSES: (Hill) Period  4,8
DESCRIPTION:

COURSE: ACTING V
COURSE NUMBER: 
A-G: 10 credits Fine Arts (F) or (G) Elective pending UC review
PREREQUISITE: Audition Level V
HOUSE: Performing Arts
CONSERVATORY: Theatre
HESPERIA COURSES: (Nevarez) 4,8
RIVERSIDE COURSES: (Hill) Period  4,8
DESCRIPTION:

COURSE: ACTING VI
COURSE NUMBER: 
A-G: 10 credits Fine Arts (F) or (G) Elective pending UC review
PREREQUISITE: Audition Level III
HOUSE: Performing Arts
CONSERVATORY: Theatre
HESPERIA COURSES: (Nevarez) 4,8
RIVERSIDE COURSES: (Hill) Period  4,8
DESCRIPTION:

COURSE: ADVANCED CHOIR I
COURSE NUMBER: 140
A-G: 10 credits Fine Arts (F) or (G) Elective under UC review
PREREQUISITE: Audition Level I
HOUSE: Music, Performing Arts
CONSERVATORY: Vocal Music, Instrumental Music, Theatre, Dance, Cirque
HESPERIA COURSES: Period 4
RIVERSIDE COURSES: (Hekel) Period 4
DESCRIPTION: Advanced Choir I is a course for students who qualify for advanced music instruction through audition. This course is designed to increase the vocal skill and performance levels of each student and to develop aesthetic and cultural values through critical listening, music theory, and sight singing. Students will sing a wide range of literature form a variety of time periods, languages, cultures and styles. Students will perform medium to difficult, high school choral literature for performances in concerts and festivals. Emphasis will be placed on small ensemble One-Voice-per-Part Acappella material including jazz and Classical selections. From the study of these various styles, students will attain enhanced awareness of the history and events surrounding the development of choral literature.

COURSE: BALLET / LYRICAL I
COURSE NUMBER: 421
A-G: 10 credits Fine Arts (F) or (G) Elective
PREREQUISITE: Audition Level I
HOUSE: Performing Arts
CONSERVATORY: Dance, Theatre, Vocal Music, Cirque Acrobatics
HESPERIA COURSES: (Whiting) Periods 3,4,6,7
RIVERSIDE COURSES: 
DESCRIPTION: Ballet and Lyrical I focuses on the technique and application of classical ballet for the beginning student. Students will gain an understanding of body alignment, flexibility, physical and spatial awareness as well as musicality and coordination. The lecture component of this course covers the historical and cultural implications of classical ballet. Class discussions on analysis, physical safety, injury prevention and terminology including dance medicine, kinesiology and anatomy. The physical portion of this class focuses on barre, center and across the floor combinations. The end of this course culminates in full length routines that incorporate all of the learned techniques.

COURSE: CTE COSTUME LAB
COURSE NUMBER:
A-G: 10 credits (G) Elective pending UC review
PREREQUISITE: Successful Audition, Costume Design I
HOUSE: Career Arts / Visual & Technical Arts / Performing Arts
CONSERVATORY: Career Arts, Technical Arts, Dance, Cirque Acrobatics, Theatre
HESPERIA COURSES: (Bollinger) Periods 2,3,7,8
RIVERSIDE COURSES:
DESCRIPTION: This course is designed to help students understand the semantics of how to costume multiple productions at a time.  They will help organize and run the costume library, maintain costumes, repair costumes, and check out/in costumes.

COURSE: DRAMA I
COURSE NUMBER: 67
A-G: 10 credits Fine Arts (F) or (G) Elective
PREREQUISITE: Level I Conservatory Audition or Assessment
HOUSE: Performing Arts
CONSERVATORY: Theater, Dance, Cirque Acrobatics, Vocal Music
HESPERIA COURSES: (Merket) Periods 3,8
RIVERSIDE COURSES:
DESCRIPTION: In Drama I builds upon the lessons learned in Drama I.  Focussing on theatre history, and acting skills, students will learn to increase and heighten their imagination through theatre games, train and mold the movements of their bodies by learning actor warm-ups, self awareness, and character creation, experiment with yoga, stage combat, and showing expression using their bodies.  In Drama II students will also learn how to train their voices as an actor, by learning vocal warm-ups, mastering projection and articulation.   Creating a character physically and vocally by analyzing motivation and behavior will become second nature.  All students will learn how to create an analysis of a play and write their own plays.  In Drama II, they will enjoy, love, appreciate, and refine their talents in the art of drama!

COURSE: JAZZ / TAP I
COURSE NUMBER: 426
A-G: 
PREREQUISITE: Audition Level I
HOUSE: Performing Arts
CONSERVATORY: Dance, Theatre, Vocal Music, Cirque Acrobatics
HESPERIA COURSES: (Whiting) Period 2 (Kitchens) Periods 3,4,7
RIVERSIDE COURSES:
DESCRIPTION: 

COURSE: JUNIOR HIGH DRAMA A 
COURSE NUMBER: 68
A-G: N/A Junior High Course
PREREQUISITE: Audition Level I
HOUSE: Performing Arts
CONSERVATORY: Theatre, Dance, Cirque, Vocal Music
HESPERIA COURSES: (Merket) Periods 4,6
RIVERSIDE COURSES:
DESCRIPTION: The purpose of this course is to introduce students to theatre.  Emphasis will be placed on learning proper theatre vocabulary and terminology as well as proper acting technique.  Provides opportunities for students to explore theatre skills and techniques. Students will learn the fundamentals of theatre through projects, including the creation and performance of short scenes and ensemble acting. Additional studies will include technical theatre and theatre critique.

COURSE: JUNIOR HIGH DRAMA B (ADVANCED) 
COURSE NUMBER: 682
A-G: N/A Junior High Course
PREREQUISITE: Audition Level II
HOUSE: Performing Arts
CONSERVATORY: Theatre
HESPERIA COURSES: (Merket) Periods 4,6
RIVERSIDE COURSES:
DESCRIPTION: The purpose of this course is to go into more depth with junior high students with the art of theatre.  Emphasis will be placed on learning proper theatre vocabulary and terminology as well as proper acting technique.  Provides opportunities for students to explore theatre skills and techniques. Students will learn the fundamentals of theatre through projects, including the creation and performance of short scenes and ensemble acting. Additional studies will include technical theatre and theatre critique.

COURSE: MEN’S DANCE
COURSE NUMBER: 456
A-G: 10 credits (F) Fine Arts or (G) Elective
PREREQUISITE: Level I Conservatory
HOUSE: Performing Arts
CONSERVATORY: Dance, Cirque Acrobatics, Theatre
HESPERIA COURSES: (Zorn) Period 6
RIVERSIDE COURSES:
DESCRIPTION: This class is designed to hone the skills of ballet, and mold young men into polished male dancers. The boys are expected to obtain a certain degree of strength and athleticism necessary for partnering and more demanding jumps. Physical discipline and general body awareness and control and sense of physical and mental confidence will we strived for. Development of social interaction through friendships, an understanding of the relationship between music, rhythm and controlled movement, and insights into art forms associated with classical ballet will be taught.  Male or female students can take this course, but the course will be taught from the perspective of the male dancer.
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COURSE: MUSICAL THEATRE I
COURSE NUMBER: 1755
A-G: 10 credits Fine Arts (F) or (G) Elective
PREREQUISITE: Audition Level I
HOUSE: Music, Performing Arts
CONSERVATORY: Vocal Music, Theatre, Dance
HESPERIA COURSES: (Gibson) Period 7
RIVERSIDE COURSES: (Cummings) Period 7
DESCRIPTION: The purpose of this course is to provide students with in depth knowledge of musical theatre cannon and history as well as foundational skills of musical theatre performance. Students will learn how to prepare material from musicals in accordance with the historical context of the piece. They will become experts in the style and history of each unit of musical theatre addressed in the class. Students will develop the analytical skills used in exploring musical theatre material as theatrical texts and historically significant cultural compositions. They will also develop performance techniques needed for singing, dancing and acting in the musical theatre genre.

The course includes the study of vocal techniques, music theory, ballet fundamentals, musical theatre dance, performance scene study, and character/lyric/text analysis. Students will take part in individual and ensemble performances based around specific class material and performed as a public showcase at the end of each semester.

COURSE: MUSICAL THEATRE II
COURSE NUMBER: 6012
A-G: 10 credits Fine Arts (F) or (G) Elective pending UC review
PREREQUISITE: Audition Level II
HOUSE: Music, Performing Arts
CONSERVATORY: Vocal Music, Theatre, Dance
HESPERIA COURSES: (Gibson) Period 7
RIVERSIDE COURSES: (Cummings) Period 7
DESCRIPTION:

COURSE: MUSICAL THEATRE III
COURSE NUMBER:
A-G: 10 credits Fine Arts (F) or (G) Elective pending UC review
PREREQUISITE: Audition Level III
HOUSE: Music, Performing Arts
CONSERVATORY: Vocal Music, Theatre, Dance
HESPERIA COURSES: (Gibson) 2
RIVERSIDE COURSES: (Cummings) Period  2
DESCRIPTION:

COURSE: MUSICAL THEATRE IV
COURSE NUMBER:
A-G: 10 credits Fine Arts (F) or (G) Elective pending UC review
PREREQUISITE: Audition Level IV
HOUSE: Music, Performing Arts
CONSERVATORY: Vocal Music, Theatre, Dance
HESPERIA COURSES: (Gibson) 2
RIVERSIDE COURSES: (Cummings) Period  2
DESCRIPTION:

COURSE: MUSICAL THEATRE V
COURSE NUMBER:
A-G: 10 credits Fine Arts (F) or (G) Elective pending UC review
PREREQUISITE: Audition Level V
HOUSE: Music, Performing Arts
CONSERVATORY: Vocal Music, Theatre, Dance
HESPERIA COURSES: (Gibson) 2
RIVERSIDE COURSES: (Cummings) Period  2
DESCRIPTION:

COURSE: PIANO I
COURSE NUMBER: 119
A-G: 10 credits under review for (F) Fine Arts
PREREQUISITE: Level I Audition
HOUSE: Music
CONSERVATORY: Instrumental Music, Vocal Music, Theatre, Dance
HESPERIA COURSES: (Choi) Periods 3,7,8
RIVERSIDE COURSES: (Kim) Periods 3,7,8
DESCRIPTION: This course is designed to teach the concepts and fundamentals that will apply to all areas of music study at a beginning level.  Students will learn how to read notes, rhythms, and musical symbols on the staff and work on having consistent tone with good hand formation and proper body posture.

COURSE: SCRIPTWRITING I
COURSE NUMBER: 606
A-G: 10 credits Elective Credit (G), Pending UC review for Fine Arts
PREREQUISITE: Level I Audition / Interview
HOUSE: Career Arts, Technical Arts, Performing Arts
CONSERVATORY: Career Arts, Technical Arts, Theatre
HESPERIA COURSES: (Merket) Period 7
RIVERSIDE COURSES: (Thackeray) Periods 6,7
DESCRIPTION:  This course introduces classic story structure. Movies are not just pictures of people talking. It is a complex puzzle put together under the guise of sound structure. The medium of film is literally a string of moving images where characters engage in conversations that supplement the visuals.   There are three basic parts to every single story, no matter how short or long: the beginning where an introduction to characters are made, set up of conflict and the catalyst; a middle where conflict is worked through; and an end where the conflict is resolved. Within this context students learn to communicate with an audience by hooking their interest, bringing them into the story and making them care about the main character/hero and what happens to them.

COURSE: SCRIPTWRITING II
COURSE NUMBER: 6061
A-G: 10 credits Pending UC review for Fine Arts
PREREQUISITE: Level II Audition / Interview
HOUSE: Career Arts, Technical Arts, Performing Arts
CONSERVATORY: Career Arts, Technical Arts, Theatre
HESPERIA COURSES: (Merket) Period 7
RIVERSIDE COURSES: (Thackeray) Periods 6,7
DESCRIPTION:  This course introduces classic story structure. Movies are not just pictures of people talking. It is a complex puzzle put together under the guise of sound structure. The medium of film is literally a string of moving images where characters engage in conversations that supplement the visuals.   There are three basic parts to every single story, no matter how short or long: the beginning where an introduction to characters are made, set up of conflict and the catalyst; a middle where conflict is worked through; and an end where the conflict is resolved. Within this context students learn to communicate with an audience by hooking their interest, bringing them into the story and making them care about the main character/hero and what happens to them.

COURSE: SCRIPTWRITING III
COURSE NUMBER: 6062
A-G: 10 credits pending UC review for Fine Arts
PREREQUISITE: Level III Audition / Interview
HOUSE: Career Arts, Visual / Technical Arts, Performing Arts
CONSERVATORY: Career Arts, Technical Arts, Theatre
HESPERIA COURSES: (Zellinger) Period 6
RIVERSIDE COURSES: (Thackeray) Periods 6,7
DESCRIPTION: 

COURSE: SCRIPTWRITING IV
COURSE NUMBER:
A-G: 10 credits pending UC review for Fine Arts
PREREQUISITE: Level III Audition / Interview
HOUSE: Career Arts, Visual / Technical Arts, Performing Arts
CONSERVATORY: Career Arts, Technical Arts, Theatre
HESPERIA COURSES: (Zellinger) Period 6
RIVERSIDE COURSES: (Thackeray) Periods 6,7
DESCRIPTION: 

COURSE: STAGE TECHNICIAN MANAGEMENT
COURSE NUMBER: 6401
A-G: 10 credits Elective (G)
PREREQUISITE: Audition / Interview Level I
HOUSE: Performing Arts, Career Arts
CONSERVATORY: Theatre, Career Arts
HESPERIA COURSES: (Nevarez) Period 1
RIVERSIDE COURSES: (Hill) Period 1
DESCRIPTION: Students enrolled in Stage Technology/3: Design will undergo a multi-step process of self-producing art by approaching it through a technical and academic cognizant framework. Instructional emphasis is placed on the creation, evaluation, adaptation, and interpretation of the following: (i) scenery design and construction, (ii) lighting design and technology, (iii) stage properties, (iv) costume design/makeup artistry, (v) sound design/audio engineering and (vi) pursuit of professional careers in stage technology. In every lesson unit, students analyze and apply technical theater elements and academic principles in demonstrating their mastery of a designer’s knowledge and skills via project-based learning (PBL) and work-based learning (WBL) opportunities. Students are also guided through in-depth academic learning through research in terms of technological breakthroughs, geographical idiosyncrasies and historical/socio-economical context of the subject areas. The overall objective of this class is for students to acquire a strong foundation of knowledge of stage technology at a professional level and to prepare them for university coursework or a career work path in technical theater. In addition, the competencies in this course are aligned with the Common Core State Standards and the California Career Technical Education Model Curriculum Standards.