Lights! Camera! Action!

LHMS houses the facilities for students identified as talented in theater. These students have undergone the evaluative process and been classified as theatrically talented. The talented theater class meets once a week for two hours. Students are pulled from their regular classroom for that time. Students gain a variety of experiences with theater druing this time, including involvement in at least two productions that are performed for a variety of audiences.

Screening Process for Talented Theater

A student is identified by his/her regular or special education teacher as having theatrical needs which are not being met in the class in which the student is enrolled.

The classroom teacher may want to read the Special Education talent handout "Characteristics of a Talented Student" before actually screening for talent in her class. This will provide some examples of behavior displayed by those who have exceptional ability in theater.

After the teacher has identified one or more students who appear to excel in a particular arts area, the appropriate talent screening instrument obtained from special education is completed by the teacher.

Every item on the screening instrument receiving a score of four or higher must be documented with examples, or samples, of the student's work, whichever is more appropriate.

The screening teacher then presents the completed screening instrument and documentation to the School Building Level Committee where the child is enrolled.

The School Building Level Committee reviews the information and determines if the student is eligible for a full evaluation in talent according to Bulletin 1508 screening criteria.

If it is determined that the student is eligible for a full evaluation, the pupil appraisal office of special education will complete screening procedures and assign an evaluation coordinator.

The evaluation coordinator initiates the process for a full evaluation.

Talented Theater Screening

The student talented in theater demonstrates the following characteristics:

Is effective in vocally communicating ideas, directions, and feelings to others

Shows leadership in group activities, but follows when appropriate

Shows emotion and feels with others in shared school experiences

Shows freedom in using facial expression, gestures, and body

Shows ability to focus on the activities at hand

Stays with a task until it is successfully completed

Shows imagination in deciding how to proceed with a problem

Responds to activities in elaborate detail

Shows ability to mimic physical and vocal behavior of others

Volunteers to perform in front of people