Core Curriculum Content Standards

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Visual and Performing Arts Learning Progressions

1.1 The Creative Process All students will demonstrate an understanding of the elements and principles that govern the creation of works of art in dance, music, theatre, and visual art.
C. Theatre
NOTE: By the end of grade 2, all students progress toward BASIC LITERACY in the following content knowledge and skills in THEATRE. NOTE: By the end of grade 5, all students demonstrate BASIC LITERACY in the following content knowledge and skills in THEATRE. NOTE: By the end of grade 8 those students choosing THEATRE as their required area of specialization demonstrate COMPETENCY in the following content knowledge and skills. NOTE: By the end of grade 12, those students choosing THEATRE as their required area of specialization demonstrate PROFICIENCY in the following content knowledge and skills.
Content: The elements of theatre are recognizable in theatrical performances.

1.1.2.C.1Identify basic elements of theatre and describe their use in a variety of theatrical performances.
Content: The well-made play uses a specific, identifiable narrative structure (e.g., inciting incident, climax, dénouement, etc.).

1.1.5.C.1Evaluate the characteristics of a well-made play in a variety of scripts and performances.
Content: Distinct pieces of dramatic literature and theatrical trends reflect cultural traditions and periods in history.

1.1.8.C.1Analyze the structural components of plays and performances from a variety of Western and non-Western theatrical traditions and from different historical eras.
Content: Theatre and the arts play a significant role in human history and culture.

1.1.12.C.1Analyze examples of theatre’s influence on history and history’s influence on theatre in Western and non-Western theatre traditions.
Content: Theatre artists use precise vocabulary when staging a play.

1.1.2.C.2Express stage directions, areas of the stage, basic stage movements, and parts of a script using correct theatre terms (e.g., setting, costumes, plot, theme, etc.).
Content: The actor’s physicality and vocal techniques have a direct relationship to character development.

1.1.5.C.2Interpret the relationship between the actor’s physical and vocal choices and an audience’s perception of character development by identifying examples of vocal variety, stage business, concentration, and focus.
Content: Actors exercise their voices and bodies through a wide variety of techniques to expand the range and the clarity of the characters they develop.

1.1.8.C.2Determine the effectiveness of various methods of vocal, physical, relaxation, and acting techniques used in actor training.
Content: Characters have physical, emotional, and social dimensions that can be communicated through the application of acting techniques.

1.1.12.C.2Formulate a process of script analysis to identify how the physical, emotional, and social dimensions of a character are communicated through the application of acting techniques.
Content: Creative drama and storytelling use voice, movement, and facial expression to communicate emotions. Creating characters is an act of intention in which actors play themselves in an imaginary set of circumstances.

1.1.2.C.3Distinguish between characters, actors, and the self by demonstrating respect for personal space, creative movement, and pantomime skills while interacting with others in creative drama and storytelling.
Content: Time, place, mood, and theme are enhanced through use of the technical theatrical elements.

1.1.5.C.3Analyze the use of technical theatrical elements to identify how time, place, mood, and theme are created.
Content: Emotion and meaning are often communicated through modulations of vocal rate, pitch, and volume.

1.1.8.C.3Differentiate among vocal rate, pitch, and volume, and explain how they affect articulation, meaning, and character.
Content: Theatre production is an art, but it is also a science requiring knowledge of safety procedures, materials, technology, and construction techniques.

1.1.12.C.3Apply the basic physical and chemical properties (e.g., light, electricity, color, paint, scenic construction, costumes, makeup, and audio components) inherent in technical theatre to safely implement theatre design.
Content: The technical theatrical elements and theatre architecture are inherent in theatrical design and production.

1.1.2.C.4Describe the use of the technical theatrical elements by examining examples of theatrical design in productions.
Content: Sensory recall is a technique actors commonly employ to heighten the believability of a character.

1.1.5.C.4Explain the function of sensory recall and apply it to character development.
Content: A team of artists, technicians, and managers who collaborate to achieve a common goal uses a broad range of skills to create theatrical performances.

1.1.8.C.4Define the areas of responsibility (e.g., actor, director, producer, scenic, lighting, costume, stagehand, etc.) and necessary job skills of the front and back-of-house members of a theatre company.