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 and performance based class. This class focuses on the development of technique as it translates to performance. Students will study ensemble work, audition techniques, Shakespeare, playwriting, competition performance, and acting theories. This class will perform Results May Vary: 30 Plays in 60 Minutes, based on the playwriting done in class. Additionally, students will participate in the CETA (CA Educational Theatre Association) Festival in January, the Fullerton College High School Theatre Festival, and inducted Thespians may attend the CA State Thespian Festival. Student's goals are to become eligible for the International Thespian Society.
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 produce a show in the first semester to be adjudicated by CETA (CA Educational Theatre Association), 2 different competition one-acts, and an end-of-year show. 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 Role About, the CETA Festival, and the CA State Thespian Festival. Students are expected to audition for at least one mainstage production.
Beginning Theatre Tech
Beginning 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 and/or Black Box 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.
Advanced Theatre Tech
Advanced Theatre Tech is for students who have successfully completed a year of Beginning Theatre Tech. Students in Advanced Tech will be required to design or lead technical elements for the Mainstage and/or Black Box shows. They will continue their work in design and implementation, and will serve as mentors to the Beginning Tech students. Advanced Tech students are expected to compete in festivals throughout the year, as well as working on the creating and maintenance of a digital portfolio.
Theatre Production (NOT OFFERED FOR THE 2023-2024 SCHOOL YEAR)
Theatre Production is a 7th period class geared towards students who are participating in the Fall Play and/or Spring Musical. This is a semester-long course that is responsible for the production of these two PAC productions, as well as the support of the Black Box productions when needed. Students who are in this class should either have been cast in the semester's production, or be a designer or technician on that production. When there is no production, the class will cover things like: audition techniques (play and musical), as well as keeping portfolios/headshots/resumes formatted and up to date.