Los Alamitos High School offers a comprehensive drama program geared to prepare students to further their education on the college. Each year students have the opportunity to work on up to six full-scale productions, local theatre festivals, and many more exciting opportunities. Under the direction of award-winning teacher and director Stacy Castiglione, Los Al's Drama's goal is to continue to build the program and create professional-quality theatre.
Beginning Drama is a one year introductory class designed as an overview of the world of Theatre Arts. You will become acquainted with various aspects of theatre and performance including acting, basic technical theatre elements, and improvisation. In-class performances of scenes and monologues, as well as participation in theatre games and exercises will provide you with plenty of opportunities to perform on stage and gain higher levels of confidence to help eliminate stage fright. You should be prepared to be active, take risks, and have a lot of fun! A full performance done in class will occur for each semester, and will be determined by the units being studied in the class.
Intermediate Drama is a technique-based class. This course focuses on the development of theatre over time and across cultures. You will study vocal technique, performance skills, acting theories, and various playwrights from ancient Greece to modern day playwrights and film. You will also participate in many performance opportunities throughout the year including a season production in the Black Box Theater. Students will have the opportunity to participate in the CETA (CA Educational Theatre Association) Festival in January, as well as the Fullerton College High School Theatre Fest in March.
Advanced Drama is a performance-based class for advanced actors who will perform in a number of aspects both in a school setting and at theatre festivals throughout Southern California. Students will focus on honing their craft and will learn about advanced acting methods. This class will also aid in preparing students for Theatre programs at the college level by prepping for auditions and creating a "working actors" book to aid in further endeavors. This class will present a showcase at the end of the year that highlights the work that has earned accolades. A main goal of this class is to become eligible, through hard work and performance, to be eligible to attend the International Thespian Festival in Lincoln, Nebraska in June. Students will perform in at least three productions, and have opportunities for more. Students will also assist in the technical aspects of the Intermediate production, attend the CETA Festival, and the CA State Thespian Festival.
Theatre tech is a UC/CSU approved, project-based class for students interested in the production side of theatre. Students will learn their way around a scene shop, design techniques, and will assist in building and creating the sets and props for the department's season. Students are required to be on crews for mainstage shows, and will have the opportunity to present their work and compete at various local and state theater festivals. Students will become the crew for the Performing Arts Center, working closely with the Technical Director in aiding productions for Drama, Choir, Dance, and Instrumental Music.
Theatre Production is for those students who are working on the Fall Play or the Spring Musical. This is a 7th period class, and students will receive credit for the work that they are doing on the productions. This class is open to any student, but does not guarantee a role or position in the mainstage productions. If not cast in the mainstage, a secondary stage production is available. Students may add or drop the class after the cast lists and tech crews have been announced for each of the productions. This will be a semester long class, and is available for repeat.