Drama and Programs

The Drama Department at Saint Francis is one of the best in the area. Our outstanding Theater Program offers a unique, four-year curriculum for serious theater students as well as countless performance opportunities for all interested students. In addition to the two major stage productions, students interested in drama have the opportunity to perform in several events throughout the year including Children’s Musical Theater, Drama 4 Shows, children’s drama camps and One Acts. Drama provides leadership programs in all aspects of theater including student directors, stage crew, technical crew, costume design and student choreographers.

The Drama Department takes pride not only building a strong theater program, but also in building a strong community with student leaders aiding the directors in running all aspects of the theater. If you want to be a part of quality productions, prepare for college auditions or even pursue a career in theater or television, then Saint Francis drama is the place to be!

Sincerely,
Ms. Laura Rose
Drama Director

Theater Activities

Fall Drama

Spring Musical

One Acts

Children’s Theater

Drama 4 Shows

Drama Camps

Set designers

Costume designers

Stage crew

Technical crew

Student directors

Student choreographers

Large Stage Productions

Saint Francis stages two major productions each year that are open to auditions for anyone at Saint Francis. Our fall drama occurs each year in November, with auditions during September. Past fall drama productions include “The Crucible” (2007), "The Diary of Anne Frank" (2006), “The Importance of Being Earnest” (2005) and “To Kill A Mockingbird” (2004).

The annual spring musical is performed two weeks after Easter. Nearly 100 students participate in these productions that include large casts, a complete stage crew, student choreographers, costume designers, a technical crew and an orchestra. Past shows include "Cabaret" (2008) “Grease” (2007) “42nd Street” (2006) and “Beauty and the Beast” (2005).

Drama Course Information

  • 8110    DRAMA 1 - Full Year
    This course is an introduction to the study of the evolution of theater including dramatic literature through the ages. Students will also experience the art of acting, emphasizing body movement, pantomime, voice projection, articulation and characterization. Students will gain knowledge of the various aspects of theater through continual researching, reading, writing, performing, observing, oral evaluation and actual "hands on" experience. An in-depth study of various theatrical styles is included during the second semester.

  • 8211    DRAMA 2 - Full Year
    Drama 2 is a course designed for the serious student of theater. It is a performance- oriented course, which also allows second year students the opportunity to enhance their performing skills. The class focus is on developing an ongoing workout for the actor both physical and vocal; learning to create an ensemble approach to working; developing of specific stage techniques; discovering style acting, a historical approach; and developing auditioning techniques. The class will deal with children's theater, advance scene work, monologues and eventual one or two act material. Another major focus is to direct the students’ energy into performance work for an audience other than the class.

  • 8311    DRAMA 3 - Full Year
    This course is designed for the student who plans to major or minor in theater in college. The course is performance-oriented with student selection and direction of the performing pieces. The course will focus on three major areas. Students will have the opportunity to enhance their performing skills by acting in several class-project plays. The students will learn the psychology and application of directing, and complete a director's project of a play. Each student will take part in all of the major technical roles of design and application of production.

  • 8411    DRAMA 4 - Semester
    This course is designed for the student who is planning on pursuing a career in theater. The student will spend a great deal of time finding a repertoire of material for an audition portfolio. The student’s final portfolio will be presented for a final grade at the end of the semester.

Additional Performance Opportunities

The “One Acts” are performed each spring. Auditions are held and over 50 students are usually involved with directing, acting and producing these shows.

Children’s Theater is an annual favorite for the community. Saint Francis students perform seven shows for over 900 grammar school students ranging from ages 5 to 10.

The Drama 4 Shows are directed and produced by Drama 4 students and grace audiences during January and May each year.

Saint Francis holds an annual drama camp at a local elementary school. Every 30 Saint Francis students volunteer to teach K-8 grade students how to sing, dance and act in this camp, which finales with a performance for the parents. Our students are true leaders as they touch the lives of many young students.

Saint Francis hosts a summer drama camp for middle school students from grades 7 to 8. Our drama students, under the direction of Ms. Rose, teach singing, dancing and acting during the camp, which is held at Saint Francis. Once again, our students reach out to serve the community by sharing their talents with others.

Contact Information

Laura Rose
Drama Director
Email: laurarose@sfhs.com
650 968-1213, ext. 663 

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