Fine Arts

Exploration of the arts is essential to building a well-rounded adult. The arts allow students an outlet for their abilities and help them build their natural talents as they gain self-confidence. At Rio Rico High School we offer performance theatre, stagecrafts, marching band, concert band, jazz band, color guard, art, and ceramics. We also have an International Thespian Honor Society attached to our theatre programming. Our focus is providing students with quality arts education and opportunities for expression with the pursuit of creative interests. We're proud of our growing department and the successful students we have entering the world of arts. So no matter if you want to be a Marching Hawk, a painter, or a RRHS Thespian, we encourage every student to try an art form and dare to be creative.

Student Spotlights



What an amazing Welcome Back Ceremony for our district and superb jobs from our performing arts programs as they gave us a sneak preview to this years performances!

Photos by C. Cullen

Photo by Joseph Ellison

The Hawk Theatre Company hosted the first annual middle school summer program for inspiring thespians. The first week included acting lessons were students learned the process of character development and stage presence. The second week focused on technical aspects that allowed students to explore the areas of costuming, scenic design, light, and sound. For more information on middle school programming, please visit the theatre middle school webpage.


The 2018 RRHS Graduation Ceremony celebrated the National Anthem, “Star Spangled Banner,” with performances by Seniors, Jon Soto (left) and Victor Sinohui

We wish our graduating young artists the best in all their pursuits!


Photo by C. Cullen
Photo by Joseph Ellison

The last weekend of April our Thespian Honor Troupe traveled to Flagstaff to participate in NAU Drama Day. Both of our tech students placed second and third in the tech challenge and we had one of our two acting students make it to the second round of selections.

Pictured is Jose Valencia (3rd in Light Design) and Chantel Guzman (2nd in Costume Design).

All enjoyed the amazing performance of tartuffe and several workshops about production and performance.

RRHS Theatre seniors, Frida Gomez and Leslie Encias, have created a “movement storytelling piece based on the legendary volcanoes of Mexico and their formation that was mythed to be based on the power of love,” said RRHS Theatre Director, Joseph Ellison.

Ellison said the RRHS Theatre Department was asked to create a piece for the Boys and Girls club by El Consulado de México for the Day of the Children (April 30) -- something the Theatre program has never done. He assigned Frida Gomez and Leslie Encias to head the project. The project managers have cast several performers and are currently in rehearsal for the project.

Photos by Joseph Ellison
Photo by Katja Vaatz


Jazz Red received an Excellent at State Jazz Festival and Symphonic Band received a Superior at State Concert Festival. Way to show sight reading skills Hawk Bands!

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