Theatre 1-8 is an introductory/intermediate class of Theatre--acting skills, production, and performance. Some specific skills you will learn are pantomime, improvisation, scene analysis, oral interpretation, playwrighting, acting theory, audition techniques, theatre history, stage combat, as well as other technical areas of study. 


All performances are only within the classroom and this is an excellent first step if you are interested in acting or just improving your public speaking skills. This class fulfills the UC system's A-G requirements as a Fine Art and adheres to both California State Standards and the National Common Core Standards for Theatre Arts.


This class does not have an after-school component and can be taken for four years.


Technical Theatre

The purpose of Technical Theatre 1-8 is to build the sets for the main stage shows and to learn the Art of Stagecraft. This is a physical class that will engage all parts of your mind and body. Tool use is required and passing safety tests is mandatory. Areas of study include construction, costuming, lighting, props, painting techniques, and scenic design. You will get dirty in this class, but nothing beats the satisfaction of creating something from scratch with your very own hands.


This class can be taken for four years and has the possibility for an after-school component working tech for the main stage productions.

Theatre Production Workshop

This course is only open to students based on approval of instructor. 


The Theatre Production Workshop class is a conservatory class where acting techniques are explored and deepened, technical skills are learned, and prominent movements in theatre are discussed. The class will focus on scene study and analysis, production design and implementation, voice and movement techniques such as Viewpoints and the Meisner Technique, and classical theatre including Shakespeare. Students will also learn many Technical Theatre skills and earn ranks within the Theatre Guild.


Performance techniques and building one's portfolio will be a focus and each semester will have a showcase as well as outside performances throughout the year such as the English Literature Workshop and Children's Tour.

"I think there is no world without Theatre."

Edward Bond, playwright

Monte Vista High        3230 Sweetwater Springs Blvd, Spring Valley, CA 91977        (619) 660-3179

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