Introduction to Theatre Arts
(1st, 3rd, 6th, 8th periods)
This Introductory elective is accepted by the University of California A-G Guide as a Visual and Performing Arts “f” requirement. This year-long, activity-oriented course is designed to introduce students to all aspects of Theatre Arts while building the student’s “Soft Skills” leading to College and Career Readiness. This class does not require an audition, and enrollment is at the discretion of the student’s counselor.
Intermediate Theatre Arts
These 2nd-year students take the next step in building confidence and ability by preparing for an Improvisation performance along with our resident Improv company, “The Polyesters” in the Fall, and by devising a performance for Roosevelt Elementary School classes in the Spring. Students learn ensemble work, improvisation, character study, and varied styles of performance through hands-on performance. This class will also develop a variety of Theatre Arts production skills through the direct support of main-stage productions. Membership is by instructor approval only.
Advanced Theatre Arts
These 3rd-year students rehearse scripted one-act plays that are mostly rehearsed and performed during class time with an invited audience. In the Fall, they will perform a play for Health Classes. In the Spring, a professional actor & screenwriter from NHSI of Northwestern University of Chicago will guide the students in writing their own one-act play. Several of these plays will be produced for performance, and one student will be selected for a scholarship to their Playwriting Intensive.
Students learn ensemble work, improvisation, character study, and varied styles of performance through hands-on performance. This class will also develop a variety of Theatre Arts production skills through the direct support of main-stage productions. Membership is by instructor approval only.
This is our select premier ensemble, which functions as a repertory theatre company. Two full-length plays are rehearsed primarily during class time. However, these students are also required to attend some after-school rehearsals, in order to perform at the high quality level expected by Long Beach Poly High School. This year, plays include the comedy
She Kills Monsters, Hairspray, The Broadway Musical; and Shakespearience, featuring Twelfth Night. Membership of Play Production is by instructor approval, and/or 4th year of Theatre Arts.