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Theatre Arts opens the world of theatre to youth with activities in communication, improvisation, pantomime, script writing, cultural and historical influences, stage design, and costume design. These materials offer extended activities in communication, improvisation, pantomime, script writing, cultural and historical influences, stage design, and costume design. Life skills and workforce development concepts are woven throughout the curriculum as youth master more sophisticated theatre techniques and ideas.

Project Levels

Theatre Arts 1

In level 1, express yourself through movement, voice, speech, and characterization. Create and present a ploy, or do improvisation, pantomime, monologs, or clowning.

Theatre Arts 3

In level 3, design costumes and stage sets, create sound effects, apply makeup for a character, and experiment with lighting.

Resources to help you learn

  • Level 1: Play the Role: Theatre Arts Acting Activities
  • Level 3: Set the Stage: Theatre Arts Stagecraft Activities

Group Resources

Theatre Arts 1 -3

In level 1, groups recognize non-verbal communication, improvisation, cultural influences, and stage design. In level 2, groups write scripts and design costumes. In level 3, groups, plan and perform plays, develop characters in scripts, create costumes, and job shadow theater professionals.

  • Imagination in Action Beginner Facilitator’s Guide
  • Imagination in Action Intermediate Guide
  • Imagination in Action Advanced Facilitator’s Guide 
  • Theatre Arts Group Activity Helper's Guide

State Fair Exibit Rules

Each county may 3 entries total for 50299, 50301, 50302; and 1 entry for 50304.

Theatre Arts 1 (SF 50299)

Exhibit one of the following items:

  • Portfolio of acting activities completed during the current year (A video of performances is not considered a portfolio and will not be accepted for exhibit.); OR
  • Display illustrating a drawing/photograph of a clown character created by the exhibitor; OR
  • Display illustrating a picture story developed by the exhibitor.

Theatre Arts 3 (SF 50301)

Exhibit one of the following items:

  • Portfolio of activities for set design; make-up; or sound, props, or costuming completed during the current year; OR
  • Display that includes sound, props and costume charts appropriate for a selected scene from a story or play (limited to no more than 8 items); OR
  • Display a scenic design model to depict a scene from a script; OR
  • Display illustrating a character with make-up drawn or colored in. Include a photograph of a person wearing the make-up and information on the character’s personality or part in the play.

Theatre Arts Innovation Class (SF 50302)

Open to youth enrolled in Theatre Arts. Demonstrate the skills and knowledge you have gained through Theatre Arts project. The exhibit may include, but isn’t limited to, original works, objects, demonstrations, digital presentations, programs, websites, games, apps, performances, or posters which you have made. Choose whatever method best shows what you’ve learned. Your exhibit should not fit in the other exhibit options for this project. You must furnish any equipment you need for your exhibit. Internet service will not be provided for the exhibit. All exhibits must include something visual, such as a printed copy of a digital presentation, which will remain on display during the exhibition. Electronic equipment will only be used during your personal judging time and will not remain on display during the entire exhibit period.

Theatre Arts Ready4Life Challenge (SF 50304)

Open to 11- to 18-year-olds enrolled in any Theatre project. Exhibits in this category must include the following: a) a physical representation of the career or business product such as a model, prototype or display/portfolio that includes images of accomplished work; b) verbal or written explanations that demonstrate knowledge of the related career or business fields, potential careers, and the appropriate requirements for achievement in those fields. The judging criteria for this class values thoroughness of career and/or business exploration and pursuit above the workmanship of the physical specimen on display.

Theatre Arts Maker (SF 50400)

Open to youth in all projects. Counties may submit 3 entries TOTAL combined from all Maker exhibit divisions

Exhibits in this category are designed to be multi-disciplinary in nature, innovative, and must not fit into any other exhibit category. To qualify for this category, your project MUST abide by the following guidelines:

  • Exhibits must be an object or device that has an intended purpose and uses technology in either a mechanical way, digital (computer) way, or combination of the two.
  • The device must be something that can be used in everyday life by multiple people (a target audience), and MUST be manufactured/built by the exhibitor (If not fully manufactured by the exhibitor, the device MUST be modified structurally or be reprogramed to perform a different function other than what it was designed to do
  • Exhibit MUST be able to interact with the outside world. (e.g. an on off switch, input sensors, feedback, etc.)
  • Exhibits MUST include a detailed build log with instructions on how to make or build the exhibit, AND contain either a 3D rendering or detailed and labeled sketches of the device/product.
  • All parts and software used in the design/build MUST be listed in a detailed Bill of Materials including cost per item and total cost. Total time spent on the build must be documented in your build log.

In addition, exhibitors are HIGHLY encouraged to use tools such as 3-D printers, laser cutters, routers and/or other hand/power tools to help in the manufacturing process (NOTE: Simply 3-D printing or laser cutting an object without the other specifications does not qualify as a Maker Project). It is also HIGHLY encouraged that exhibits use Open Source Software and/or Hardware in the build.