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The Adams Family
Spring Musical
14 The Musical
Six photos of student performing
Winter Theater Performance



Performing Arts: Theatre

The Performing Arts Pathway at Royal High School is part of the Arts, Media & Entertainment Career Education Program. This project-based Performing Arts pathway prepares students in the performance and technical aspects of theater via direct instruction, activities, and both in-class and schoolwide performances. Students understand the technical aspects of professionals in lighting, sound, costuming, and make-up. They write dialogues and scenes while applying basic dramatic structure. Students observe, deconstruct and analyze peer and professional performances while acting, singing, and dancing in formal and informal theater. They collaborate as producers, designers, technicians, and actors. Last, students create a career plan in the performance disciplines.

What opportunities are available for students outside of the classroom?

Royal theater students participate in extracurricular activities outside of the classroom. The International Thespian Society, a division of the Education Theatre Association, is an honor society which provides leadership and advocacy opportunities for high school students. The ITS tracks student work in performance tech and production while recognizing scholarly achievement.

Each year, Royal High School students perform in the annual Spring Musical. Musical Theater includes ALL students. Students may or may not have had theater, vocal music, or choreographic experience. This past year, students performed 14 - The Musical which included works from Shrek and Six. In years prior, The Adams Family and Little Shop of Horrors were brilliantly performed on stage.


California's creative economy generated $604.9 billion in 2018. Well rounded industry professions, and those in the highest paying jobs, have experience both on stage and behind the scenes. They are well versed in all aspects of theater. The Employment Development Department expects a decline in the need for professional actors in the upcoming ten years. Other high paying industry careers are increasing significantly. Annual incomes for these careers include

  • Makeup Artists, Theatrical and Performance $97,805
  • Postsecondary Art, Drama and Music Teachers $101,072
  • Producers and Directors $101,154
  • Broadcast Technicians $40,286




 Almost Maine
Five photos show student performing in Almost Maine
Little Shop of Horrors
Seymore and Audrey talk before the big Audrey II, man eating plant.


Why certify in Theater?

As part of Royal's CTE Pathways, seniors earn distinction at graduation by completing a minimum of 20 credits in the following courses with grades of "C's" or higher.

Theater 1

Theater 2