Course title



Live Theatre Performance and Productions 1-2 and/or instructor approval; selection through the audition process

Course description

Course Description-

This course is designed and offered in partnership with Fountain Hills Theater; a non-profit community organization dedicated to providing live; quality theatre experiences and performing arts education to the community. This is the intermediate-level course for the three-year sequence of our Live Theatre Performance and Productions program. In this course; students further develop their performance skills related to stage movement; vocal training; and characterization. Students will experience increased emphasis on understanding the actor's relationship with all parts of a production.

Students will learn how to create a believable character; develop a deeper understanding of their role through scene study work; learn to take stage direction and learn how to be a positive and contributing member of this collaborative art form. Students will learn more about the various production aspects of the show; such as set building and painting; setting lights; costuming; properties design; and hair and make-up.

To earn a fine arts credit in this course; students must be selected through the audition process and participate as an actor in a minimum of one live theatrical production at Fountain Hills Theater. This class meets outside of the regular school day and the majority of the coursework is incorporated through learning; preparing; rehearsing; and performing in all scheduled and required Fountain Hills Theater performances of the selected production.


This course addresses these Arizona Theatre Standards for high school grades 9-12:

Anchor Standard #1: Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work.
TH.CR.1.HS1a: Investigate historical and cultural conventions and their impact on the visual composition of a theatrical work.
TH.CR.1.HS1b: Implement design solutions for a theatrical work.
TH.CR.1.HS1c: Use personal experiences and background knowledge to develop a character that is believable and authentic in a theatrical work.

Anchor Standard #2: Organize and develop artistic ideas and work.
TH.CR.2.HS1a: Refine a dramatic concept to demonstrate a critical understanding of historical and cultural influences of original ideas applied to a theatrical work.
TH.CR.2.HS1b: Cooperate as a creative team to make interpretive choices for a theatrical work.

Anchor Standard #3: Refine and complete artistic work.
TH.CR.3.HS1a: Analyze and critique the dramatic concept of a devised or scripted theatrical work.
TH.CR.3.HS1b: Conceptualize and construct technical design choices to enhance the story and emotional impact of a devised or scripted theatrical work. (e.g. lighting; sound; scenery; props; costumes; makeup)
TH.CR.3.HS1c: Research and analyze scripts to revise physical; vocal; and psychological choices which impact the believability and relevance of a theatrical work.

Anchor Standard #4: Select; analyze and interpret artistic work for performance.
TH.PR.4.HS1a: Analyze unique choices and create believable sustainable characters theatrical work.
TH.PR.4.HS1b: Identify essential text information; research from various sources; and the director's concept that influence character choices in a theatrical work.

Anchor Standard #5: Develop and refine artistic techniques and work for presentation.
TH.PR.5.HS1a: Refine a range of acting skills to build a believable and sustainable theatrical work.
TH.PR.5.HS1b: Interpret and apply contractual royalties to secure rights for a theatrical work

Anchor Standard #6: Convey meaning through the presentation of artistic work.
TH.PR.6.HS1: Present a theatrical work using creative processes that shape the production for a specific audience.

Anchor Standard #7: Perceive and analyze artistic work.
TH.RE.7.HS1a: Demonstrate an understanding of multiple interpretations of artistic criteria and how each might be used to influence future artistic choices of a theatrical work.

Anchor Standard #8: Interpret intent and meaning in artistic work.
TH.RE.8.HS1a: Defend character choices when participating in or observing a theatrical work.
TH.RE.8.HS1b: Apply concepts from a theatrical work for personal realization about cultural perspectives and understanding.
TH.RE.8.HS1c: Provide multiple aesthetics; preferences; and beliefs through participation in and observation of theatrical work.

Anchor Standard #9: Apply criteria to evaluate artistic work.
TH.RE.9.HS1a: Analyze and assess a theatrical work by connecting it to art forms; history; culture; and other disciplines using supporting evidence and criteria.
TH.RE.9.HS1b: Construct meaning in a theatrical work; taking into consideration; personal aesthetics and knowledge of production elements while respecting others' interpretations.
TH.RE.9.HS1c: Justify how a theatrical work communicates a specific purpose for an audience.

Anchor Standard #10: Synthesize and relate knowledge and personal experience to make art.
TH.CN.10.HS1a: Choose and interpret a theatrical work to reflect or question personal beliefs.
TH.CN.10.HS1b: Integrate conventions and knowledge from different art forms and other disciplines to develop a cross-cultural theatrical work.

Anchor Standard #11: Relate artistic ideas and works with societal; cultural; and historical context to deepen understanding.
TH.CN.11.HS1a: Formulate creative choices for a devised or scripted theatrical work based on research about the selected topic.
TH.CN.11.HS1b: Explore and document how personal beliefs and biases can affect the interpretation of research data applied to theatrical work.


Grading will be on Credit/No Credit basis. Participants will earn credit by meeting all requirements; commitments; and obligations to the production and by demonstrating proficiency in the Arizona Theatre Standards for high school at the Accomplished level.

School country

United States

School state


School city

Fountain Hills

School / district Address

16001 E. Palisades Blvd.

School zip code


Requested competency code

Fine Arts

Date submitted



Approved competency code

  • FIAR
  • 1 year of Fine Art

Approved date

Online / Virtual