I regard the theatre as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being.
— ~Oscar Wilde
 
 

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.

Dr. Stephan Gray, certified fight director demonstrates safety in stage combat during a 6th period workshop series.. Dr. Gray has taught and administered in colleges, universities and regional theatre programs across the country. We are very fortunate to have his expertise!

Dr. Stephan Gray, certified fight director demonstrates safety in stage combat during a 6th period workshop series.. Dr. Gray has taught and administered in colleges, universities and regional theatre programs across the country. We are very fortunate to have his expertise!

A Toy Story Tableaux

A Toy Story Tableaux

Intermediate Theatre Arts

(6th period)

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.

Wig Master Melyssa Swenson teaches a guest workshop on wig design in preparation for the Addams Family Musical.

Wig Master Melyssa Swenson teaches a guest workshop on wig design in preparation for the Addams Family Musical.

Advanced Theatre Arts

(2nd period)

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.

“Advanced” class during Skype Interview with Playwright, Lindsay Price, who has written over 200 plays, including   darklight,   the play which IA students are currently rehearsing for our health department.

“Advanced” class during Skype Interview with Playwright, Lindsay Price, who has written over 200 plays, including darklight, the play which IA students are currently rehearsing for our health department.

Play Production

(7th period)

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.

Incoming students have just discovered their “Bigs” after a couple of weeks of secret buddy gifts.

Incoming students have just discovered their “Bigs” after a couple of weeks of secret buddy gifts.

Enjoying free tickets to “The Glass Menagerie” at our local professional theatre, International City Theatre

Enjoying free tickets to “The Glass Menagerie” at our local professional theatre, International City Theatre