To graduate from Asawa SOTA Vocal / Musical Theatre, full participation in the Senior Cabaret and a service learning project in an SFUSD Middle School are required. 

The key to success in the Asawa SOTA Musical Theatre Department is EFFORT. If you put forth your best effort, and maintain a positive attitude YOU WILL SUCCEED. Regular attendance and participation are mandatory. Our artists expect you to be prepared for every class (i.e. changed for movement on movement days, etc.). Our written schedule will be posted on our callboard ahead of time, in order to know when dance/movement classes are planned, and when we will be working on voice and acting. To better understand how grades are determined, check the Grading Rubric and Department Standards here.


  • Learn the integral steps to building an Ensemble.
  • Use voice and body to communicate character, situation and style. 
  • Play character transitions.
  • Show consistency of character while acting, singing and dancing.
  • Create action consistent with character’s motivation.
  • Demonstrate the ability to focus on, and achieve the objective of a scene or musical number.
  • Recognize, create, select and sustain physical details of the character from scripted material and/or vocal score. 
  • Perform a scene and monologue from a musical.
  • Demonstrate the ability to focus on and achieve a character’s immediate objectives, and main objectives during a scene or musical number.
  • Demonstrate the ability to focus on and achieve the character’s overall objective and outcomes throughout an entire musical or act.
  • Make logical acting choices consistent with the character, situation and style of material.
  • Analyze a script/score for character transitions, antecedent action (action before the play begins), character clues and character motivation. 


  • Develop and demonstrate basic warm up skills, consistent with the dance style studied.
  • Develop and explore movement in relation to level, shape, direction, dimension and extension. 
  • Recognize and demonstrate different rhythms, tempos and phrasing as they relate to music and movement combined. 
  • Develop focus and concentration to enhance memorization of dance combinations and sequences. 
  • Demonstrate physical competency in a variety of dance techniques.
  • Memorize and execute choreography for musical production numbers. 
  • Recognize and demonstrate the role of dance in maintaining and continuing the Musical’s storyline.
  • Use gesture, movement and body language to develop characterization.
  • Choreograph solo, duet or group production numbers 



  • Understand the use and care of the vocal instrument. 
  • Understand and demonstrate proper warm up techniques.
  • Demonstrate diaphragmatic breathing and breath support, and use staggered breathing to achieve desired phrasing. 
  • Demonstrate appropriate posture for singing in warm-ups, rehearsal and performance. 
  • Understand and demonstrate proper musical phrasing.
  • Project to audience through focus of sound and energy.
  • Recognize when the voice is in tune with instruments or other voices.
  • Demonstrate the ability to maintain correct rhythm throughout a given piece of music.
  • Perform in large ensembles, small ensembles and solo work. 
  • Demonstrate the use of articulation, diction, dialect, word coloration, dynamics and variety of tempo in song, that is appropriate to the character and dramatic situation. 
  • Communicate mood and emotion through voice.
  • Learn notes, choreograph and perform a solo piece, independent of the teacher.