“I regard the theatre as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being.”–Thornton Wilder (1897–1975), Pulitzer Prize winning American playwright and novelist
ECR Drama is an award-winning high school drama program committed to excellence. We provide our students with the opportunity to develop their acting, singing, dancing, musical and technical theater skills through dynamic course work and a variety of festival and stage productions. We strive to offer a safe, broad and rigorous artistic education that will help build any student’s confidence and prepare them for successful careers in college and beyond.
Meet the Drama Teacher
This class is only open to 9th graders and 12th graders. The 9th graders are either auditioned by me or recommended by their middle school drama teacher, while the 12th graders are chosen by myself. The 9th graders perform in the DTASC (Drama Teaches Association of Southern California) JV Fall Festival, the DTASC JV/Varsity Spring Shakespeare Festival, the Speak To Power Festival, and the One Acts Festival. The 12th graders get to further their artistic gifts by stage directing the 9th graders in their festivals. Friends and family are invited to FREE evenings to see their students pursue their passion. It’s a win-win class for all!
Intro to Theatre
This is a great class for students in grades 9-12. It’s perfect for the student that knows a little or nothing about Theatre/Drama. The first several weeks are spent doing ensemble work—exercises that help the students to break outside of their comfort zones. Basically, “the basics”. Stage presence/movement, pantomime, creating a character, voice projection, relaxation techniques, visualization, memorization, establishing a warm-up routine, accents, some improvisation, stage acting technique, mirrors, theatre history, scene analysis, and script analysis. The class culminates with performing a monologue first semester, and an entire scene by second semester. It’s always a joy to see a student blossom from a shy and timid person, to a confident and capable individual!
This class is also open to grades 9-12, but it’s meant for students that have fairly extensive Theatre/Drama experience, but can’t make the time commitment that Play Production brings with it. In addition to re-visiting the basic elements of the Intro to Theatre class, the students will go more in-depth in the process. Other possible skills they will explore are: stage combat, method acting techniques (esp. Meisner), stage make-up, emotional recall, dance, dramatic writing, and film acting techniques, etc. This is a perfect class for the “drama kid” with a busy life!
This class is the “AP” of the Drama program. All students in this class must go through a step-by-step process, and it culminates with an extensive audition process where they must present a memorized monologue, song, and pitch a show of their choosing. (More details will be given when appropriate)
If you are used to being the “stage star”, and thinking of yourself as “the talent” only, then this class isn’t for you. It is ALL about teamwork. The students always say, “Teamwork makes the dream work.” So true! Putting on a production is the epitome of a collaborative process. Expect a few weeks of some LOOONG days every semester.
The class is broken up into six different committees: Tech, Set, Props, Costumes, Programs, and Publicity. The students are responsible for ALL aspects of a show. From the designing the program and poster, promoting the show in the halls, classes, and social media, to designing the costumes, props, building the set, lighting the stage, and designing the sound… oh yeah, and ACTING/SINGING in the production at the same time! Because the students are all carrying a full case load of classes, you’ll soon find out it’s all about time management and hard work. Yes–passion plays a huge part, but when the recipe calls for passion, blood, sweat, tears, sacrifice, humility, and time–the end result is a Play Production masterpiece!
Thespians Club’s purpose is to welcome and encourage theatre lovers of every race, gender, creed, grade level, and orientation into one all-inclusive social club. Our goal is to bring together the most determined, passionate, hardworking, and loving drama enthusiasts into one big happy family and community.