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Nogales High School
Theater Arts Program
Bringing the beauty and engagement of the performing arts to the communities of La Puente, West Covina, Walnut, and Rowland Heights. 
Nogales High School boasts an inclusive theater arts program that invites all student to participate in the classroom, on and behind the stage, and in the community. 

Beginning Theatre

Course ID 2619

Articulation with Mt. SAC (Course THTR 9)

This course prepares students with an overview of the art of the theatre with an emphasis on performance activities including scene study, monologue work, pantomime, Reader’s and Children’s Theatre, Comedy Sports and improvisation, and oral interpretation. Technical work, such as set, lighting, makeup and sound design is also covered. Students are given the opportunity to become familiar with the latest techniques and technology in the profession and assess their importance to the art of the theatre.

Intermediate Theatre

Course ID 2620

Prerequisite: “B” or better in Beginning Theatre or recommendation of teacher 

Articulation with Mt. SAC (Course THTR 9)

This course prepares students for in-depth performance and production work including acting styles and period theatre, technical drafting of advanced design work, and application of theatre history to performance and design work. Student performances and projects are entered local and statewide competitions and festivals. Students also prepare productions to perform on and off campus in a variety of community outreach programs. This course is required for those students who wish to pursue the Theatre-Performing Arts pathway in the Arts & Communication Career Certification Program.

Advanced Theatre

Course ID 2621

Prerequisite: “B” or better in Beginning Intermediate or recommendation of teacher 

This course prepares students for the opportunity to study the most advanced techniques in performance/design and apply them to projects of their choice. Students have access to the most advanced technology available on site. Creativity is emphasized through a concentration on original work and individual interpretation. Each student is encouraged to develop his/her artistic voice. Advanced level student projects benefit both school and community. 

Theater Production
Students apply processes and skills in acting, designing, and producing formal, public theatre productions. Students undergo the entire rehearsal/production process as either a performer or technical support member. Student actors will make acting choices using script analysis, character research, reflection, and revision to create characterizations effectively portraying their role(s) in the play. Student technical staff will design technical elements, i.e., sets, props, costumes, hair and makeup, lighting and sound effects, and provide technical support during performances.
IB Theater

The IB Diploma Programme theatre course is a multifaceted theatre-making course. It gives students the opportunity to make theatre as creators, designers, directors and performers. It emphasizes the importance of working both individually and as part of an ensemble. It offers the opportunity to engage actively in the creative process of inquiring, developing, presenting and evaluating. Students are encouraged to work as inquisitive and imaginative artists, transforming ideas into action and communicating these to an audience.

NHS Drama Company
The Nogales Drama Company is a committed group of students who dedicate themselves to performing 2-3 three production per school year. Our company members engage in acting, set design and building, costume creation, and student directing.
Our 2022-23 Season featured Matt Cox's Puffs, or Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic and Rick Elice's Peter and the Starcatcher. 
ComedySportz High School League®

The ComedySportz High School League® is the largest, most successful teen improv theatre program in the United States.

We play improvisation as a team sport, with two teams “competing” for audience laughs. The stage is covered in turf, there’s a referee and the players are in uniform. It’s not comedy about sports; it’s comedy played as a sport. Because everyone knows what a sport is, there is immediated buy-in from the audience. People who have never been to the theatre before walk through the door because they’re not intimidated. Because it’s improvisational, it’s always different, and you will have fans that come to every performance.


Our performances are all in the MPR- $3 with ASB and $5 without. Show dates: December 7 vs West Covina HS, February 17 Intersquad Match, and April 27 vs Teachers.