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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.

Explore the world of the theater:

  • express themselves through movement, voice, speech, and characterization
  • create and present a play
  • do improvisation, pantomime, monologs, and clowning
  • design costumes and stage sets
  • create sound effects
  • apply makeup for a character
  • understand the use of lighting

State Fair Exhibit Rules

Each county may 3 entries total for 50299, 50301, 50302, 50303; 1 entry for 50304.

50299    Theatre Arts 1: 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.

50301    Theatre Arts 3:  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.

50302    Theatre Arts Innovation Class

Open to youth who were at least 13 years of age on 9/1/16 and are 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.

50303    Theatre Arts Clover Challenge

Open to 15- to 18-year-olds enrolled in the Theatre Arts Clover Challenge Project who have completed Theatre Arts 1, 2 and 3.

Exhibits in this category should go “above and beyond” what the 4-H project books cover and should represent an accumulation of years of project study. 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. 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. The completed Illinois 4-H Clover Challenge Agreement must be presented with the exhibit.

50304    Theatre Arts Ready4Life Challenge

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.