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Theater Arts


The Arts, Media, and Entertainment sector requires the greatest cross-disciplinary interaction because work is project-based, requiring collaborative and independent career skills. Students in this pathway learn both academic knowledge and professional skills for Theater, Professional Music, and Choreography. Students work with industry professionals in lighting, vocal music, sound engineering, dance, and theater in our remodeled facility with industry standard equipment. Royal students have received a number of awards including DTASC and the Jerry Herman Awards.


All courses meet a-g CSU/UC eligibility.

Theater Arts I  (Concentrator)

This course utilizes CTE AME Performing Arts Pathway standards in preparing students for real world work. Students learn theater basics including characterization, diction, memorization, movement, concentration, and stage design. Volunteer experiences and competition through Drama Club extends students' experience beyond the classroom.

ROP Musical Theater (Concentrator)

This course utilizes CTE AME Performing Arts Pathway standards in preparing students for real world work. Students explore professional work using fundamental elements in theater, dance and music. Technical skills includes sound, lighting, staging, costume, and make-up. Students develop a professional portfolio and compete in the Fall DTASC Competition. Internship includes 2-3 evening performances. (See Pathways for Schedule)

ROP Musical Theater Honors (Completer)

In this advanced course for year two students, students take on more leadership roles, including but not limited to more in depth characters, learning new aspects of technical theater, problem solving, mentorship, and assistant directing. Internship includes 2-3 evening performances. (See Pathways for Schedule) Musical performances are evaluated for the Jerry Herman Award Competition. 


Students learn to analyze live and professional theater. They apply choreography, vocal music, instrumental music, and technical theater (sound, stage, lighting) in a variety of applications. Students produce two shows annually, one play production and one musical. Off campus industry experiences included professional productions, like American Idol, and recording vocals in a professional sound studio.

Mean Girls Spring Musical

Mean Girls Singing


Many jobs in the entertainment industry are in demand and are growing faster than the average of all US jobs. The number of working actors continues to increase which also means support positions, such as set designers, camera people, grips, and others are in similar demand. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the producer and director fields are projected to grow by 12% in the coming years, with growth spurred by the success of streaming media studios.

Actor $101,661/year

Theater Technician $55,791/year

Producer/Director $126,220/year


Composer, Conductor, Choreographer, Dancer, Director, Lighting Designer, Musician, Voiceover Artist, Narrator, Producer, Production Manager, Singer, Sound Engineer, Talent Agent, Theatrical and Broadcast Technician.

Jerry Herman Awards Nominee

Ensemble for Mean Girls the Musical