Department Philosophy & Goals
Through the involvement of 10 theatre classes and four productions, DSHA students gain confidence as communicators and public speakers while mastering critical thinking skills on stage and behind the scenes. Students learn in a fun and caring environment that teaches the importance of teamwork and dedication while expanding their abilities in acting, singing, dance, carpentry and other technical theatre skills. DSHA Theatre produces professional-level shows in our state-of-the-art theatre, challenging students both artistically and educationally. By producing four shows a year, students experience a diverse performance repertoire and learn how theatre can be a tool to entertain, to teach, and to connect us to our community, our world, our past and our future.
Theatre Course Descriptions
Come experience the world of theatre through involvement in various areas of production. Whether you are musically inclined, technically talented or a budding actress, there is a place in the DSHA theatre program for you. DSHA offers Acting I and II every year. Both classes include voice, movement, improvisation and scene study. Every other fall, the theatre department teams up with the English department to teach Playwriting I, in which selected plays will be produced as the spring Arena Theatre production. Acting The Classics also alternates every other year. Advanced Acting or Musical Theatre Company is offered second semester for experienced students who become the cast of the second spring production in May. Stagecraft is a ‘hands-on’ course that uses the state-of-the-art carpentry, light and sound technology in The Robert and Marie Hansen Family Fine Arts Theatre. Stagecraft II provides students with instruction and skill development in scene design, stage painting and lighting design. Theatre Production Apprenticeships are available to a limited number of students involving stage management, directing and technical theatre. Students will be expected to work extracurricular hours and staff the current productions.
During the fall, you can enjoy performing in the award winning annual musical, open to all of our students through audition. Besides the musical, we produce two more productions each spring. One is a main-stage comedy or drama open to all students. The second is an Arena Theatre production cast from members of the Advanced Acting course or a main-stage musical theatre showcase cast from members of the Musical Theatre Company course. Advanced Acting and Musical Theatre Company rotate every other spring. Our very popular course, Summer Musical Theatre, results in another fully-staged community musical open for ages 12 to adult. All of these major productions require a variety of "behind-the-scenes" personnel. If backstage production work appeals to you, we have a job for you to fill: stage crew, costumes, make-up, props, publicity and set construction, to name a few.