Klein Forest High School Theatre Department
|SHAUN HEATH||LESLIE RHODES||CEDRIC WEST||
The new school year is fast approaching! We are excited that you have chosen a Theatre class or are joining our Drama Club and would like to welcome you. We have an exciting year of productions and drama club events planned! The more you are involved, the better our productions and drama club events will be. There are opportunities for everyone that wants to be involved in our department. We have acting opportunities in our Mainstage Show, Thespian Showcase, Musical, One-Act Play Competition, Student-Directs and Encore. If you prefer to work behind the scenes or you just want to be involved in the productions in some way, we have various crews that are essential to the realization of our productions. Student leaders have the opportunity to become Designers and Crew Heads. You can join lighting, sound, set construction, costumes, props, publicity or stage management.
We are thrilled to announce that we will be adding a new teacher to our wonderful KF Drama family this year! Leslie Rhodes is a theatre veteran of 32 years. She has worked in all aspects of theatre and music from community theater to national tours. She has 17 years of teaching experience in grades k-12. Her undergraduate degree is from Berklee College of Music in Boston and she holds a Masters degree in teaching. She is absolutely THRILLED to be at Klein Forest and can already feel the energy of the department by the few students she has already had the pleasure of meeting. She would like to thank Ms. Heath, Mr West and Ms Crittendon for the warm welcome into Klein Forest family.
Our first event of the year is called Summer Drama Camp. For three days in August
(8/13-8/15 from 9AM-3PM), we will meet in the theatre to get the facilities ready for our upcoming season. We will do some organization and cleaning, but will also play theatre games, get to know the theatre spaces, and the drama club officers will give you information that will help you understand the ins and outs of our theatre department. We may even start building the sets for our first show! We will end Summer Drama Camp on Friday with a picnic. This will be a great way to meet other theatre students and get introduced to the theatre department. Come dressed to work, move and have fun!
Our first show of the school year will be The Game’s Afoot, or Holmes for the Holidays, by Ken Ludwig, a farcical comedy who-done-it. This will be a mainstage show in the auditorium directed by Mrs. Shaun Heath. The performance dates are in late October. Rehearsals are typically 3-5PM Monday through Friday and will begin on September 5th. We will have auditions September 2nd & 3rd. The auditions are open to the whole school, not just acting students. All performers should prepare a 1-minute memorized comedic monologue (if you have an acting resume/ headshot you can bring this as well). Anyone who is interested in leading a crew: set, lights, sound, costume, props, publicity, or stage manager; should bring a resume and portfolio if you have one and should be prepared to interview (designs and design ideas are encouraged as well). In the interview you will explain why you would be a good leader in the position you are interviewing for and what ideas you have for your crew. We encourage you to read this play over the summer when you have a chance.
Our second show will be a Showcase of competition pieces that will be competing at The Thespian State Festival and an improv comedy night. This show will be presented week of November 3rd. All competition pieces (acting or technical) will be arranged through Mrs. Heath or in Production classes.
Our Third production will be a musical, directed by Mrs. Rhodes. We will be collaborating with the music and dance departments to create another award-winning show! Auditions will be in late October, and performances will be January 29, 30 & 31st.
In March we will compete in the UIL One-Act Play competition, directed by Mr. West. More information will come regarding the show and audition dates later.
We will also have a comedy showcase each semester, and hope to have Student-Directed show(s) to end out the school year along with our participation with the Goldduster’s Encore! These productions will be a great chance for many of you to get more experience on-stage or behind the scenes.
The Drama club is open to anyone who enjoys drama whether they are in a theatre class or not. We will hold a meeting once a month. Our first meeting will be at 2:35 on Thursday, August 28th in the Little Theatre. These meetings will keep you up-to-date on what is happening in the department and will also give details about our drama club events. Some possible events this year will be: attending a professional show, going to the Renaissance Festival, Thespian State Festival, Holiday parties, and game night.
All theatre students should be scheduled in the correct class this year. When you check your schedule, please let me know if your theatre class is not correct. All freshmen that auditioned for a production class made it. If your schedule does not include a theatre class, it could be because of scheduling conflicts (IBA, AVID). If you still want to take Theatre, contact your counselor and let me know as well. Junior Varsity Acting meets 4th period, Varsity Acting, Varsity Technical Productions, and Freshman Acting Productions meet 5th period, and Freshman Technical Production will meet 7th period.
We are offering training for student technicians. Events that come into the auditorium require technicians to run equipment for them, but technicians must be trained or update their training to work events. We will try to offer training during Summer Work and one afternoon after school starts. If you would like employment throughout the year, don’t miss these training sessions.
We look forward to seeing all of you soon and making this our most successful season/school year ever! Please check out our website at www.kleinforestdrama.org and if you have any questions, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mrs. Shaun Heath
Theatre Department Chair
Klein Forest High School
Check out this fantastic commercial filmed and edited by two of our own KF Drama students! It features cast and crew at rehearsals after school and building the set for Cindrella over the winter break!
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