The LCPS Theatre Arts Department provides students a challenging, sequential, authentic instruction program consisting of: Play Production, Theatre History, Dramatic Literature, Acting Styles, Improvisation, Playwriting and theatre criticism with an emphasis on the creative process. The Theatre Arts program develops critical thinkers, communicators, collaborators and problem solvers while providing experiences to make real life connections. Theatre Arts is a fine arts elective for grades 9-12. Middle school students are offered Exploratory Dramatics at five "pilot" schools in the county.
The first goal of the Theatre Arts program is for our students to master the process of creating, exploring, collaborating, rehearsing, reflecting and performing at a high level with their peers. Students will synthesize the personal, historic, and cultural importance of the dramatic arts. At each grade level the focus is on performance through the rehearsal process. Theatre students will learn to develop personal initiative, self-discipline, self-expression and creative problem solving skills in all projects.
The second goal is to scaffold learning for students to build their knowledge and skills through authentic challenging problems. Students will develop physical and verbal communication skills through study of dramatic literature and performance. They will use these communication skills to find and apply their artistic voice through performance opportunities in and out of the classroom.
The third goal is to prepare our students for "real world situations" that include college and professional auditions, applications, interviews and portfolio presentations. These skills will enable students to expand their understanding of the role of the professional theatrical artist and to prepare them for a career in theatre arts.
All high schools are equipped with a Black Box theatrical studio that provides students with the space and equipment to explore theatre arts on every level. Students are provided opportunities to create, write, direct and act in their own productions which "empowers all students to make meaningful contributions to the world."