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!
Ms. Laura Rose
Drama 4 Shows
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).
- 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.