Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills

§117.66. Theatre, Level III.

(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 III (one credit), Technical Theatre III (one credit), Theatre Production III (one-half to one credit), International Baccalaureate (IB) Theatre Arts SL, IB Theatre Arts HL (one credit per course). The prerequisite for IB Theatre SL and IB Theatre HL is one credit of any Theatre II course. The prerequisite for all other Level III theatre courses is one credit of Theatre II 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 theatre preparation and warm-up techniques effectively;

(B) employ stage movement and pantomime consistently;

(C) demonstrate effective voice and diction;

(D) analyze dramatic structure and genre;

(E) compare and contrast theatrical conventions of theatre to the conventions of film, television, and electronic media; and

(F) analyze 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) practice appropriate safety measures;

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

(C) portray believable characters in improvised and scripted scenes of various styles; and

(D) improvise and write dialogue that reveals character motivation, advances plot, provides exposition, and reveals theme.

(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) analyze and evaluate dramatic texts as a basis for technical discussions, considering themes, settings, times, literary styles, genres, and characters;

(C) cast and direct duet scenes;

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

(E) analyze the roles of actor, ensemble, and director in production decision making and produce a unified theatrical production; and

(F) select one or more areas of theatre production for study, 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) evaluate historical and cultural influences on theatre;

(B) analyze the influence of television on American society; and

(C) define selected theatrical styles and genres.

(5) Response/evaluation.

The student responds to and evaluates theatre and theatrical performances.

The student is expected to:

(A) compare behavior at various types of performances and practice audience etiquette;

(B) apply the concepts of evaluation to performances and evaluate theatre, film, television, and electronic media with depth and complexity, using appropriate vocabulary;

(C) compare communication methods of theatre with that of art, music, and dance and integrate more than one art form in informal and formal performances; and

(D) make judgments about selected career and avocational opportunities in theatre, film, and television and analyze the training, skills, self-discipline, and artistic discipline needed to pursue them.