Katy Theatre Handbook
Theatre courses are performance-centered, participatory theatre studies. The first level (Theatre Arts I and Technical Theatre I) are survey courses which introduce you to theatre activities, technical applications, the acting process and live performance. As an upper level student of theatre, you will continue learning about a wide range of theatre elements to include:
Stage Elements, Stage Properties, Crew Assignments, Dramatic Structure, Theatre Appreciation, Performance Auditioning, Problem Solving, Scene Design, Makeup Application, Costume Design, Publicity/Public Relations, Sound Design, Light Design Script Analysis, Movement, Stage Management
7411 Theatre Arts I
7412 Theatre Arts II*
7413 Theatre Arts III*
*The Theatre Arts II-III class is divided into one section that requires students to participate in public performances (4th) and the one that focuses on non-public performance (5th). Students in the non-public performance class are in no way prohibited from participating in any theatre activities.
7451 Technical Theatre I
7452 Technical Theatre II**
7453 Technical Theatre III**
7454 Technical Theatre IV**
**Requires placement approval.
7520 Theatre Production I***
7521 Theatre Production II ***
7522 Theatre Production III ***
***Requires placement approval.
** YES, it is possible to enroll in theatre all four years and still graduate on an advanced plan! Sample four year plans are printed and available in the theatre room or at the counselors’ office for parents and students to pick up.
*** NO, enrolling in advanced theatre courses will not necessarily lower the GPA if the GPA is over a 4.0 due to weighted classes! Third and Fourth year theatre students in advanced courses (Theatre Production and Advanced Technical Theatre) are eligible, if they meet the District criteria and with the director’s approval, to enroll in theatre as a Pass/Fail course in which they receive credit but the grade point is not averaged in to the final total.
**** Theatre students, especially students trained in technical theatre areas, have the opportunity to work after school and on weekends when needed to operate stage rigging, lights, sound, etc. for various activities and programs that rent the Performing Arts Center. The student(s) will be paid $10.00 per hour by the Katy ISD for his/her services upon completion of their work for outside events. Students will also have the opportunity to hone their skills running campus based activities and are paid according to their level of expertise.
High school theatre courses are Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) based courses which focus on:
« Enhancing perception, interpretation and performance
« Understanding heritage and tradition
« Understanding influences of theatre, film, T.V. and technology
« Evaluating self and others
THEATRE PERFORMANCE ACTIVITIES
Check the bulletin board outside the theatre room for dates and times for auditions.
« COMEDY SPORTZ, HSL team:
ComedySportz is a professional improvisation based team for as many as 18 students, much like the popular show, “Whose Line Is It Anyway.” Any second-year theatre student wishing to audition must be enrolled in a theatre class in order to audition. Look for announcements regarding the audition dates in the first two weeks of school.
« FALL THEATRE PRODUCTION
« INTERNATIONAL THESPIAN CONVENTION
« WINTER SHOW or BI-ANNUAL FINE ARTS MUSICAL
« THE UIL ONE ACT PLAY CONTEST SHOW
« ANNUAL THEATRE BANQUET
The Theatre department is responsible for any operating expenses not provided by the Katy ISD, so fundraising projects are necessary for a successful and active program. Throughout the year, the department and the Katy Theatre Arts Booster Club (KTABC), organize fundraisers to support the program. Students are strongly encouraged to participate in promoting the success of the fundraisers. Watch for the announcements of fundraising activities to include, but are not limited to: Fredericksburg Farms, themed basket drawings, silent auction and candy bar sales.
KATY THEATRE ARTS BOOSTER CLUB
The Katy High School Theatre Arts Booster Club (KTABC) has been established by parents who wish to support the activities of Katy Theatre either financially and/or by volunteering their time. The Boosters work to reach program goals set by the director.
Involved parents are more informed, develop a better understanding of the philosophy of the program and have a better appreciation of the benefits their child receives by being a part of the Katy Theatre troupe. Involved parents receive information at the monthly meetings which directly supports their students. Boosters’ efforts on several fundraising projects for the troupe are essential to the success of the theatre program.
KTABC holds a general meeting once a month, and all theatre parents/guardians are welcome to attend. Each meeting lasts approximately 1 hour. For more information check out our Membership page.
KTABC Meeting Dates:
Tuesday, September 5th at 6:30pm – includes complimentary dinner and Behind the Scenes Tour!
Tuesday, October 10th at 7:00pm
Monday, November 6th at 7pm – followed by the Coffee House
Thursday, December 7th at 6pm – followed by Dessert Theatre
Tuesday, January 9th at 7pm
Tuesday, February 6th at 7pm
Tuesday, March 6th at 7pm
Tuesday, April 3rd at 7pm
Tuesday, May 1st at 7pm
Meetings are held in the Black Box or Room B139.
INTERNATIONAL THESPIAN TROUPE #5168
All student work outside of the classroom will make you eligible to become a member of KHS Thespian Troupe #5168.
· A student must earn thespian points from active involvement in the theatre activities that are approved by the program director.
· Students are required to turn in their activities periodically during the year for which they may be awarded Thespian points. It is suggested that all students turn in their activities at each club meeting throughout the year.
· Transfer (other Thespian troupes) students must earn a total of 5 points in Katy Theatre and participate in the induction in May to be an official member.
· If their standing can be determined in time, they may attend that year’s State Convention.
· Thespians are also eligible to apply for scholarships through the ITS.
LETTER JACKET AWARDS
To earn an Award Jacket in Theatre, A STUDENT MUST:
1) Meet all TEA academic requirements
2) Be a member in good standing of the Theatre Program * (see below)
3) Been enrolled in and/or completed an “upper” level Theatre class, e.g. Theatre 2, 3, 4; Technical Theatre 2, 3, 4; Theatre Production 2, 3, 4.
4) Accumulate 40 Thespian Points (400 hours) as per Katy ISD revision of “ITS Official Point System”
5) Have recommendation of the Theatre Director(s)
In addition to the above criteria, the student must also complete one of the following:
6) Advance to the “Region” level in UIL One Act Play
7) Participate in UIL One Act Play for 2 or more years
8) Participate in 4 or more productions; participation should be in a minimum of 2 separate categories (i.e. acting, production) criteria for this component will be defined by the theatre director and approved by the campus principal.
Students wearing letter jackets represent more than their own individual achievement. Any student committing a serious offense as described in the Katy ISD Student Code of Conduct, or the organization by-laws, which may bring disrepute on the organization, school or district, will forfeit the award jacket if the offense occurs at any time during the remainder of the student’s high school career.
Senate Bill 1 mandates that students who participate in extra-curricular activities such as UIL One Act Play and field trips must receive a grade of no less than 70 in each of their classes.
< A student will be suspended from participation in ALL extra-curricular activities sponsored or sanctioned by the school district for a minimum of 3 calendar weeks after a grade reporting period if any grade is lower than a 70 in any class.
< Students who were eligible before the failing grade report will not lose eligibility until 7 calendar days after the end of the grading period.
< Ineligible students must wait 7 calendar days after the end of the three week evaluation period and/or the grading period to regain eligibility, whichever comes first
All Theatre activities outside of the normal academic day are considered “extensions of the classroom” or “curricular” activities. However, all theatre public performances, all UIL contests and their related activities, and any field trips are considered “extra-curricular” and fall under the Eligibility mandate.
STUDENTS MUST PASS ALL CLASSES WITH A 70 OR ABOVE!
GRADING SYSTEM FOR CLASSES
PARTICIPATION – 35%: This includes punctuality, having proper materials, and use of class and/or rehearsal time.
DAILY WORK /HOMEWORK– 15%: This includes in-class work, homework, scene work, group collaboration and group projects and lab scenes.
EXAMS/MAJOR WORK – 50%: This includes any written or oral exam, major projects, semester crew hours and performances. Criteria for grading all performances will be received by the students at the time the project/performance is assigned.
Katy Theatre Students have a high profile on campus and in the community. It is imperative that the conduct and appearance of all theatre students be above reproach. Theatre students will have the opportunity to participate in many exciting events on stage and behind the scenes. As representatives of Katy ISD and Katy High School, our students must reflect an image of positive leadership, character, responsibility, and good sportsmanship.
§ Any student who receives an “N” or “U” in conduct in any class will not be allowed to participate in theatre extra-curricular activities.
§ Any student assigned to in school suspension the day before or on the day of a contest or field trip will not be allowed to participate in that activity.
§ In accordance with Katy ISD policy, any student suspended from school for any reason will not be permitted to participate in any theatre activities during the period of suspension.
§ Any student who walks out of a rehearsal or quits during a rehearsal process for a performance without just cause defined by the directors, will not be allowed to participate in another theatre performance for the year.
§ Any student who is not directly connected to the production through the audition, casting and technical assignment process shall not be allowed in the rehearsal process backstage.
§ Any student who does not use theatre safety and etiquette guidelines established by the Katy Theatre Department will not be allowed to participate in any theatre activity for the remainder of the year.
§ Please refer to the KHS Student Handbook regarding TARDIES. Students are considered tardy if they are not in the door when the bell rings. Some extenuating circumstances, as deemed by the directors or teachers, are taken into consideration. Notes from a previous teacher or administrator are advisable.
Absences are DISCOURAGED since a large portion of your grade each 6 weeks is taken from assessments of “hands-on” work or work with partners and groups. Participation work missed for excused absences may be made up utilizing an alternative assignment.
Self-discipline is critical to the success of the Katy Theatre Department. Theatre students are expected to follow the KHS Classroom Rules and Consequences charts found in every classroom. Due to the nature of the theatre facility, the following rules shall also be enforced.
* NO GUM! NO GUM! NO GUM!!!
* NO FOOD OR DRINK ALLOWED IN ANY THEATRE SPACE. WATER MAY BE DRUNK IF IN ITS ORIGINAL BOTTLE AND IT IS CAPPED.
* PRACTICE THEATRE SAFETY AND ETIQUETTE IN ALL THEATRE SPACES AT ALL TIMES. THERE ARE NO EXCEPTIONS - YOUR SAFETY AND YOUR HEALTH COULD DEPEND ON IT! ANY IRRESPONSIBLE OR UNAUTHORIZED USE OF TOOLS, EQUIPMENT, MATERIALS AND/OR THEATRE SPACES IS CONSIDERED VANDALISM AND WILL BE DEALT WITH ACCORDINGLY.
* THOROUGHLY CLEAN ALL WORK AREAS AND STORE ALL TOOLS BEFORE BEGINNING ANOTHER TASK OR LEAVING THE THEATRE AREAS.
* FLIP FLOPS ARE NOT ALLOWED IN THE THEATRE SPACES. HARD SOLED SHOES ARE PREFERRED WHILE WORKING IN THE THEATRE. SHOES SHALL BE WORN IN THE THEATRE AT ALL TIMES. OPENED TOED SHOES ARE NOT ALLOWED IN ANY SHOP OR TECHNICAL WORK AREA.
* RESPECT EACH OTHER, ALL ADULTS, AND YOUR DIRECTOR. TREAT OTHERS AS YOU WISH TO BE TREATED!
* ALWAYS DO THE RIGHT THING!
PRODUCTION HOURS CREDIT
* First-year theatre and technical theatre students shall earn a minimum of 12 hours per semester. 12 hours = ½ of the grade in the 3rd & 6th grading period.
* Advanced theatre and technical theatre students shall earn a minimum of 25 hours per semester. 25 hours = half of the grade 3rd & 6th grading period.
* Complete the “Production Hours” card. The cards are kept in a notebook in the office. It is the student’s responsibility to keep track of all hours and write them down on the card after showing the director proof of attendance. Proof of attendance consists of a program signed by an adult in charge of the event. In the event that a program was not handed out at the event, a note signed by the sponsor or a ticket stub signed by the sponsor will suffice.
* With the exception of theatre events, no student may acquire all of their hours from a single source. For example, a student accumulating hours for enrichment in a theatre course should not accumulate those hours in any other single discipline; i.e., band, choir, dance, or simply by attending rehearsals. Working on a single theatre event is allowed and will earn the student up to 60 production hours per semester. The student must complete the entire production, start to strike, in order to receive the 60 production hours.
* Watch the Call Board for posted playbills, announcements of concerts, recitals, or other events.
* Some Production Hour credits may also be used for Thespian points.
* An effort will be made to note crew hour opportunities on the departmental calendar.
Theatre Arts Frequently Asked Questions
What shows will be performed this year?
Contest UIL One Act Play
How can I purchase tickets for the shows and ComedySportz or any other performance?
Show tickets may be purchased at katytheatre.org, ComedySportz tickets must be purchased at the door.
What are Thespian Points and how can I accrue them?
Thespian Points are given for student participation. The points can be earned for fundraiser participation, show participation, ComedySportz, or show attendance. Ten (10) Thespian Points allow the student to become a member of the International Thespian Society. Students are responsible for turning in their activities in the Thespian envelope located in the theatre office so that the Vice President of Thespians can tabulate their points. Students must turn these in after each show or every six weeks.
What is OAP (One Act Play)?
One Act Play is an annual competition among Texas high schools. The competition begins at the ZONE level (local area high schools), expands to DISTRICT competition, the AREA competition, REGION competition, and finally the STATE competition. The same play is performed at each level but each group of shows is different at each level.
What is the State Thespian Convention?
The Texas State Thespian Convention is a competition attended by high school Thespian troupes. There are auditions at KHS, and each school can only send one competitor per category. Some categories are for individuals and some are group events. Typically, only the Juniors and Seniors in upper level theatre courses are chosen to attend. The convention gives the student an opportunity to participate in the workshops, compete against other Thespians in various categories and audition for colleges (Seniors only). The convention is not only fun but very educational. The convention usually costs around $500 to attend which includes the workshops and shows, transportation and rooms.
How do I become a member of the Theatre Arts Booster Club?
Contact any parent or director or attend any meeting. Log onto katytheatre.org to get all the information needed.
What scholarships are offered to seniors involved in KHS theatre?
1. The State Thespian scholarship is available to students interested in acting, technical work, and educational work. The student applies, pays the fees, auditions and can earn up to $1000.
2. The Texas Educational Theatre Association scholarships are available to students interested in acting, technical work, and educational work. The student applies, pays the fees and auditions at the convention which will be in Houston this year.
3. The Katy Theatre Arts Booster Club offers two scholarships that are awarded to students majoring in acting, technical, or educational theatre fields at recognized universities. The Booster Club and high school representatives choose the recipient and awards up to $750.
How do I get in touch with the Directors?
Kelly Burnett: firstname.lastname@example.org
Charlie Woods: email@example.com