Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills

§117.65. Theatre, Level II.

(a) General requirements.

Students may fulfill fine arts and elective requirements for graduation by successfully completing one or more of the following theatre courses: Theatre Arts II (one credit), Technical Theatre II (one credit), Theatre Production II (one-half to one credit). The prerequisite for each Level II theatre course is one credit of Theatre I in the corresponding discipline.

(b) Introduction.

(1) Four basic strands–perception, creative expression/performance, historical and cultural heritage, and critical evaluation–provide broad, unifying structures for organizing knowledge and skills students are expected to acquire. Through perceptual studies, students increase their understanding of self and others and develop clear ideas about the world. Through a variety of theatrical experiences, students communicate in a dramatic form, make artistic choices, solve problems, build positive self-concepts, and relate interpersonally.

(2) Students increase their understanding of heritage and traditions through historical and cultural studies in theatre. Student response and evaluation promote thinking and further discriminating judgment, developing students who are appreciative and evaluative consumers of live theatre, film, television, and other technologies.

(c) Knowledge and skills.

(1) Perception.

The student develops concepts about self, human relationships, and the environment, using elements of drama and conventions of theatre.

The student is expected to:

(A) practice warm-up techniques;

(B) employ stage movement and pantomime consistently;

(C) demonstrate effective voice and diction;

(D) analyze dramatic structure and genre;

(E) identify examples of theatrical conventions in theatre, film, television, and electronic media; and

(F) relate the interdependence of all theatrical elements.

(2) Creative expression/performance.

The student interprets characters, using the voice and body expressively, and creates dramatizations.

The student is expected to:

(A) demonstrate safe use of the voice and body;

(B) analyze characters from various genres and media, describing physical, intellectual, emotional, and social dimensions;

(C) create and sustain believable characters; and

(D) improvise and write dialogue that reveals character motivation in short vignettes.

(3) Creative expression/performance.

The student applies design, directing, and theatre production concepts and skills.

The student is expected to:

(A) construct and operate the technical elements of theatre safely and effectively;

(B) examine cultural, social, and political aspects of a script to depict appropriately technical elements;

(C) consider script selection, casting, and directing skills;

(D) define the director’s responsibility to the author’s intent, script, actors, designers, technicians, and the audience;

(E) compare the roles of actor, ensemble, and director in production decision making and produce theatre with a unified production concept and style for public performance; and

(F) select one or more areas of theatre production, demonstrating responsibility, artistic discipline, and creative problem solving.

(4) Historical/cultural heritage.

The student relates theatre to history, society, and culture.

The student is expected to:

(A) analyze historical and cultural influences on theatre; and

(B) define the influence of American society on live theatre and film.

(5) Response/evaluation.

The student responds to and evaluates theatre and theatrical performances.

The student is expected to:

(A) judge and apply appropriate audience behavior at various types of performances;

(B) evaluate emotional responses to and personal preferences for dramatic performances, using appropriate theatre vocabulary, and apply the concepts of evaluation (intent, structure, effectiveness, value) to live theatre, film, television, and electronic media in written and oral form with precise and specific observations;

(C) identify the treatment of theme, character, setting, and action in theatre, musical theatre, dance, art, and music and integrate more than one art form in informal presentations; and

(D) select career and avocational opportunities in theatre and film and explore the training, skills, self-discipline, and artistic discipline needed to pursue them.