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Stage & Screen Pathways

Stage & Screen students create design, produce & perform full length theatrical works.

Stage & Screen students create documentary and creative short films.

The exciting worlds of Hollywood & Braodway come to life in the Stage & Screen Pathway. Focus on discovering and developing your creative voice as you learn the practical steps to producing all aspects of live and recorded entertainment.


Presently two pathways (Theatre & Film), steps are being made to bring them together in a unified study of the world of arts, media & entertainment!
CTE Stage & Screen pathways Flowchart
9,10,11   Introduction to Professional Theatre or Intro to Video Production    
10,11,12  Advanced Theatre Performance or Advanced Video Production    
In order for a student to maximize their industry readiness and to receive a CTE pathway graduation cord, they will need to complete all courses within the pathway.    
Classes must be taken in sequential order.    
Introduction to Professional Theatre
Put on a happy/sad face for the study of dramatic history and the rehearsal and performance of scenes from plays of these periods. Tune up presentation skills with the study of acting techniques and body control. Explore the creative process through writing and the design of sets, costumes, makeup, and advertising. Group and individual projects and at least one major production a year are included. Participation in public productions is mandatory. This course is UC/CSU A-G approved.
Advanced Theatre Performance
Further your study of theatrical production through the experience of creating a number of productions from inspiration through to closing night. Design concepts will grow into practical fabrication of costumes, sets, and props, and progress into the technical running of performances. Alongside, acting techniques will take center stage as rolls will be cast, rehearsed, and performed in a number of theatrical styles and local venues. Ready yourself to be cast or crew at a theatre festival, a fully realized play, the school's spring musical, and in a local tour to bring the performing arts to kids. Required: 24 hours minimum participation in public performance as cast or crew member. This course is UC/CSU A-G approved.
Beginning Video Production
Beginning Video Production is an entry level course in which students learn the basics of creativity, visual thinking, and the piratical aspects of video production: use of video cameras, digital editing, and creating different types of concept videos. Students learn to communicate effectively by working individually and in groups to plan productions, create storyboards, write scripts and edit videos. Students will learn editing by using Adobe After Effects, software that is used by professionals in television and movie production. This course is UC/CSU A-G approved.

Advanced Video Production
Enter into the world of documentary film-making as you peruse expose and breaking news, including helping to produce the weekly RCTV shows. Cover events and activities in and around the school in order to keep the student body, faculty and community informed as to what’s happening at River City. Learn how to read the news on camera, interview people and create news packages. Advanced Video Production students are required to cover after school activities including sporting events and other events or activities that happen throughout the year. This course is UC/CSU A-G approved.


PROJECT BASED LEARNING Write & Perfrom Monologues, Duos, Scenes
Design & Present Theatrical Designs
Audition, Rehearse, Perfrom: Full Length Play, Musical, One Act Play
Produce Storybook Theatre
GUESTS & MENTORS Greg Alexander, B Street Theatre
David McCain, KMAX Good Day Sacramento
Kathleen Poe, Sacramento City College
Mike Poe, West Sacramento Black Box Theatre
Dominicque Robinson, Graphiix Project
Gina Smith, California Music Theatre
Michael Stevenson, Capital Stage
Attend Local & Touring Theatre 
Lenaea High School Theatre Festival
Mini-Golf Tournament
Lenaea High School Theatre Festival
Various Film Festivals
FUNDRAISING SnapRAISE online sponsors
Program Advertising
Ticket & Merchandise Sales
CTSO MEMBERSHIP Internatial Thespian Society
INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES West Sacramento Home Run (eligible at 16 years of age and completion of 2 courses in a pathway)
GRADUATION HONORS Stole, cord, pin(s) based on induction and rank status


From design thinking, to creative writing, practical application of building and logistical planning, and our course performance, the art of making something out of nothing is utilizing industry standard methods and equipment, pathway participants experience roles center stage, backstage, and beyond as they produce both original and published works. Exploring the history of theatre students will learn about the impact theatre has had our our culture as well as discover career opportunities available in the world of production, design, and performance. Students accomplishing the pathway will enter college or the workforce with resume building skills like leadership, presentation ability, writing and design strengths, as well as technical knowledge of theatre equipment and performance techniques. 
Utilizing industry standard equipment and editing software, pathway participants experience roles in front of and behind the camera as they produce both narrative and documentary films. Exploring the history of film students will learn about the impact of changing technology and the career opportunities available in the world of film, design, and broadcasting. Students accomplishing the pathway will enter college or the workforce with resume building skills like leadership, presentation ability, writing and design strengths, as well as technical knowledge of film equipment and computing and editing software. 


High School Diploma  2 Year
College Degree 
4 Year
College Degree
Actor Actor Actor
Lighting Technician Audio/Video Technician Art Director 
Makeup Artist  Board Operator  Casting Director
Stagehand Broadcast Engineer Costume Designer 
Voice-over Artist Grip Creative Director
Announcer  Television Technician Theatre Director 
Electronic Operator  Special Effects Technician Fashion Designer 
Camera Technician Video Coordinator Lighting Designer
Broadcast Technician Video Editor  Playwright
  Video Effects Editor Press Agent
    Critic - Broadcasting
    Film Director
    Production Coordinator
    Special Effects Designer
    Television Producer
    Television Reporter/Anchor
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