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Theatre addresses the skills which benefit children's education and development in five general areas:



1. Physical development/

kinesthetic skills 

2. Artistic development /

drama and theater skills,


3. Mental development/

thinking skills,


4. Personal development/

intra-personal skills,


5. Social development/

interpersonal skills."


-Gai Jones,

Theatre Educator from California

Theatre Classes

Be a part of something GREAT!

  • Students involved in drama performance coursework or experience outscored non-arts students on the 2005 SAT by an average of 65 points in the verbal component and 34 points in the math component.


  • Drama activities improve reading comprehension, and both verbal and non-verbal communication skills.


  • Drama helps to improve school attendance and reduce high school dropout rates.


  • A 2005 Harris Poll revealed that 93% of the public believes that arts, including theatre, are vital to a well-rounded education!


  • Drama can improve skills and academic performance in children and youth with learning disabilities.


Research: The American Alliance of Theatre and Education



CHS, EHS, NHS 9, 10, 11, 12 .5 Credit

Theatre allows students an opportunity to explore the world of creativity through the eyes and experience of an actor’s perspective. Students will study acting through the use of improvisation, monologue, and scene work as well as activities designed to enhance everyday participation skills and self­confidence. Students will apply their learning in a performance based, active setting which will allow them to build criteria to critically evaluate the theatre experience.

Prerequisite: Theatre Arts 1


Prerequisite: T​heatre Arts 1 or Instructor approval

CHS, EHS, NHS 9, 10, 11, 12 .5 Credit

An in­depth study and application of skills learned in Theatre Arts I. Activity projects such as scene cutting, one­act plays, and development of original work are aimed at performance level for a class­selected audience. This course may be repeated for additional credit depending upon the student's intent and interest in selected areas of theatre.

CHS, EHS, NHS 9, 10, 11, 12 .5 Credit

Prerequisite: T​heatre Arts 1 or Instructor approval
This course utilizes a direct approach to producing a musical. It introduces students to the world of musical theatre by guiding them through first hand experiences in a number of areas: music preparation, choreography, auditions process, musical history, and performance. All students taking the course will be involved in the production/showcase to be performed at the end of the semester.

Summer Stock is a summer musical theatre course for

students from CHS, EHS, NHS and surrounding

CHS, EHS, NHS​ 1​0, 11, 12 .5 Credit

This is a beginning course in technical theatre production. Students will survey the aspects of technical theatre including lighting, sound, costume and makeup, set construction, props, and stage management in this project­based class. Projects for the class are designed to support students’ areas of interest and school productions. Students will be required to complete a technical internship on a school production. Working at the Forest Hills Fine Arts Center will fill this requirement.


Summer Stock is a summer musical theatre course for students from CHS, EHS, NHS and surrounding communities. This course is a tuition­based experience for th incoming 9​th graders through out going seniors. Students enrolled in the course will be responsible for mounting a Broadway­style show to be performed in July. Registration for auditions are generally held in February. More information is available through the community services office web site or by calling 616.493­.8950. 


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