THEATRE MAGNET PROGRAM OVERVIEW
Missions, Goals and Philosophies
School Mission Statement
The primary mission of Patapsco High School and Center for the Arts is to provide students with quality comprehensive educational experiences enabling students to develop the productive habits of a life-long learner. Students will be able to think critically and creatively, learn independently and in collaboration with others, value ethical behavior, and develop skills needed to function in a technologically changing and diverse world. In addition, Patapsco offers a magnet program in the visual and performing arts to provide selected students an opportunity to acquire knowledge and develop skills within their chosen field of endeavor that will lead to post-high school study, employment or both.
The Theatre Department’s Mission
To provide selected students in the magnet program with the opportunity to acquire knowledge and develop skills in theatre that will lead to post-high school study, employment or to life-long learning skills that can be used in other areas of study. Additionally to:
- To provide high-quality pre-professional training of students within the classroom setting, as well as in the production setting
- To bring the finest live theatre performance and production to the school and immediate community
- To serve as a resource for the local community and surrounding high schools, providing workshops, outreach performances, and projects on a consistent basis.
The Theatre Department’s Production Philosophy
Acting, directing, designing, teaching and mentoring productions are the center of the training process in our Theatre Department program. Class work is critical in that theoretical understanding is established in class, and then applied practically in production. Classes and productions should not be viewed as adversarial, but rather as extensions of the same training process. Faculty and students must apportion time allotted to curricular and production needs so as to provide all involved the ability to accomplish the goals of both classes and productions.
Season Selection Philosophy
The Theatre Department’s main season is devised to serve and enrich two principal groups (1) our creative theatre artists, including actors, directors, dancers, designers, technicians, musicians and visual artists within our school and community, and (2) our audience, consisting of students, family members, and community members. For both groups the selection of shows must contain a variety of theatrical experience, and taken as a whole, must be balanced.
A variety of theatrical experience is expressed through content and form. In content there must be contemporary issues and there must be historical perspectives. There must be works by newer writers and works by old. In form, there must be varieties of genre, music theatre, period-style, as well as contemporary realistic acting and production techniques.