Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills

§117.67. Theatre, Level IV.

(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 IV (one credit), Technical Theatre IV (one credit), Theatre Production IV (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 III course. The prerequisite for all other Level IV theatre courses is one credit of Theatre III 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) develop and practice theatre preparation and warm-up techniques;

(B) employ stage movement and pantomime consistently;

(C) develop effective use of voice and diction;

(D) compare the dramatic structure of theatre, film, television, and electronic media;

(E) evaluate theatrical conventions of various cultural and historical periods; and

(F) evaluate 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) evaluate and apply appropriate safety measures;

(B) evaluate character dimensions in scripts of various genres and styles;

(C) create and sustain believable characters; and

(D) outline and create imaginative scripts and scenarios that include motivated character, unique dialogue, conflict, and resolution for theatre, film, or television.

(3) Creative expression/performance.

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

The student is expected to:

(A) design, construct, and operate appropriate technical elements of theatre, safely and effectively, collaboratively and individually;

(B) analyze and evaluate dramatic texts and direct brief scenes;

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

(D) analyze production plans that include research, rehearsal plans, technical designs, and blocking;

(E) cast and direct a long scene or a short play, producing a unified theatrical production; and

(F) conduct concentrated studies in 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) evaluate historical and cultural influences on theatre;

(B) evaluate the role of live theatre, film, television, and electronic media in American society; and

(C) trace historical and cultural developments in theatrical styles and genres.

(5) Response/evaluation.

The student responds to and evaluates theatre and theatrical performances.

The student is expected to:

(A) evaluate and practice appropriate audience behavior at various types of performances;

(B) apply evaluation concepts to performances and compare and contrast literary and dramatic criticism of theatre, film, television, or electronic media;

(C) compare the nature, components, elements, and communication methods of theatre, music, art, and dance and compare more than one art form in a specific culture or historical period; and

(D) evaluate career and avocational opportunities in theatre, film, television, and electronic media, justifying choice(s), and analyze the training, skills, self-discipline, and artistic discipline needed to pursue them.