The Theatre Arts Department and San Juan Hills High School strives to introduce any student that has a desire to learn about the theatre world to the art of the theatre. Our hope is that any student that wants to be involved will get the chance to be involved, whether it be just dipping their toes into the art form, or preparing for a collegiate program or career in the arts. We believe that taking risks is a huge factor in a successful creative environment, and we push each other to succeed in a safe environment, we rely heavily on the strength of our community- creating relationships that are sustainable and positive, and we reach for the stars by thinking outside the box in order to make the impossible, possible. 


The Theatre Arts program produces 5 full sale productions a year: 3 straight plays, and 2 musicals. We hope that you can attend any or all of our productions this school year!

 

Courses

Drama 1a/1b


Students in this beginning drama course will demonstrate their artistic perception and creative expression, their understanding of the historical and cultural context of theatre, aesthetic values of theatre, and their conception of the connections, relationships, and applications of theatre to other art forms, other classes, and their professional lives. This course will address the areas of acting, production, and technical theatre with a major focus on acting craft and scene study.

In this course, you will

•Explore Voice, Body, and Movement

•Dive into the history of theatre arts

•Learn how to develop characterization

•Understand basics such as blocking and Improv

•Create scene work in a variety of dramatic styles

•Critique dramatic work and analyze the author intent

•Write and develop new dramatic work

•Excel in the art of Stage Combat

•Awaken your awareness of the art of tech theatre design

Advanced Drama


Students in this accelerated drama course will demonstrate their artistic perception and creative expression, their understanding of the historical and cultural context of theatre, aesthetic values of theatre, and their conception of the connections, relationships, and applications of theatre to other art forms, other classes, and their professional lives. This course will build off the foundation of Drama 1, and further your acting experience through collaborative project based assignments. We will explore many different forms of theatre, both traditional, and experimental. We move at a faster pace! Buckle up!

In this course, you will

•Explore Voice, Body, and Movement

•Dive into the history of theatre arts

•Learn how to further develop characterization

•Understand the collaborative process

•Create scene work in a variety of dramatic styles

•Critique dramatic work and analyze the author intent

•Write and develop new dramatic work

•Excel in the art of Stage Combat

•Awaken your directorial instincts

Actors' Repertory


Welcome to Actors’ Repertory! Students in this top level drama course will demonstrate their artistic perception and creative expression, their understanding of the historical and cultural context of theatre, aesthetic values of theatre, and their conception of the connections, relationships, and applications of theatre to other art forms, other classes, and their professional lives. This course will build off the foundation you have built for yourself as an actor, and further your acting experience through collaborative project based assignments that simulate a real repertory theatre workplace. Attendance every day is essential, we move at a fast and steady pace! Buckle  up!

In this course, you will

•Explore Voice, Body, and Movement

•Dive into a simulated production environment

•Learn how to further develop characterization

•Understand the collaborative process

•Create scene work in a variety of dramatic styles

•Critique dramatic work and analyze the author intent

•Write and develop new dramatic work

•Excel in creative expression

•Awaken your directorial instincts

Stagecraft


Welcome to Stagecraft! Students in this technical theatre class will will understand and utilize basic stagecraft and technical design concepts in the four main technical design areas: Lighting Design, Audio Design, Set Design, and Costume Design. Students will be taught industry design standard approaches to technical theater. This coursework is heavily based on in class labs that are highly participatory and hands on. This course works on theoretical productions in order to prepare students to design full scale productions in later years in the secondary course- Theatrical Production and design, which creates our 5 main stage productions a year. 

In this course, you will

 

•Analyze creative text in order to create informed design decisions

•Adapt the resources around you to create impactful artistic moments

•Immerse your mind into the four main areas of technical design

•Create ideas with your imagination and then work them into reality

•Witness how practical construction and modern technology can make a mean creative team.

Theatrical Production


Welcome to Theatrical Production and Design! Students in this advanced technical theatre class will will understand and utilize stagecraft and technical design concepts in the main technical design areas. Students will further their learning of basic industry design standard approaches to technical theater in real life experiences designed actual productions. This coursework is heavily based on in class labs that are highly participatory and hands on. The course is built to simulate an artistic company, with weekly production meetings and a major focus on project based assignments. Each student is encouraged to take the lead on projects throughout the year.

In this course, you will

 

•Analyze creative text in order to create informed design decisions

•Adapt the resources around you to create impactful artistic moments

•Immerse your mind into the four main areas of technical design

•Create ideas with your imagination and then work them into reality

•Collaborate with a like-minded creative team in order to produce wonderful pieces of theatrical work.