Roosevelt High School Theatre 101

What is a Thespian and how does my student participate?

The International Thespian Society (ITS) – Roosevelt High School Gold WA Thespian Honor Troupe 5832

 

ITS is the honor society for secondary school theatre students. Membership is granted for the performance of meritorious work in theatre arts. It often takes until sophomore or junior year to be inducted. High school Thespian induction eligibility requirements and procedures are detailed in the Troupe 5832 Constitution and Bylaws.

 

On Stage & Off Stage Opportunities  (classes offered both semesters)

Theater Beginning:

  • Who: Open to all students!  This class is the starting point for all freshmen and students from any grade wishing to get more involved in Theatre at RHS!

  • What: This highly active and collaborative class covers acting foundations and the processes used in higher level theatre courses and productions in the program.

 

Dance Beginning:

  • Who: Open to all students! 

  • What: This class (and the Dance Advanced class that follows it) is a wonderful way for more artistically inclined students to earn PE credit. It’s also strong preparation for the dancing required in the Musical Production class!

 

Theatre Tech Beginning:

  • Who: Open to all students! 

  • What: This class (and the Advanced Tech class that follows it) is a wonderful way for theatre students to earn their CTE/tech credits. We learn the fundamentals of stagecraft and build the scenery for Dramafest and all of Roosevelt productions!

 

Costume Design Beginning:

  • Who: Open to all students! 

  • What: This class (and the Costume Design Advanced class that follows it) is a wonderful way for theatre students to earn their CTE/tech credits. We learn the fundamentals of costuming and create the costumes for all Roosevelt productions!


Fall Opportunities:

 

Oregon Shakespeare Festival – early October – 2021 cancelled due to Covid-19 

  • Who: All theater students, grades 10 and up. Small group, limited availability. Booster grants available.

  • What: A field trip to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Participants have the opportunity to see several shows by the OSF company.

  • When: Sign-up in spring and attend the festival in early October the following year.

  • Where: Ashland, Oregon

 

Dramafest – November, 66th Annual festival in 2021

  • Who: All Roosevelt students (including freshman) can audition for acting roles or sign-up to work Tech Crew. Auditions are held in mid-September. Seniors who want to direct must be enrolled in Theatre 7.

  • What: A series of about ten (10) one-act plays directed by seniors in the Directing Class. Seniors must apply to direct one of the plays in the spring and commit time to preparing for their show over the summer in addition to taking the first semester class.  The shows are adjudicated to determine the top three shows which are performed a second time during “Best of Fest”.  Students typically dress-up for this event (cocktail-type dresses and/or pants with a nice shirt or top).

  • When: Shows are performed immediately after school and again in the evening, typically in mid-November

  • Where: RHS Mainstage

 

Light Up The Stars Auction (LUTS) – early November - 2021 cancelled due to Covid-19

  • Who: All theater parents and students. Auditions are held for busking positions, monologues, and small group musical numbers. Students who have been cast in past performances can participate in the large group musical numbers. 9th graders who have not yet been cast in a performance can still participate in the evening as servers.

  • What: The largest annual fundraiser for the Theater Department. The spring musical is announced.

  • When: Typically in early November

  • Where: TBD

 

WINTER OPPORTUNITIES

 

Thespys Northwest – December/January

  • What:  RHS Thespian Troupe participates in events throughout the year. This regional event provides students the chance to showcase and receive feedback on singing, acting, and tech pieces. Learn more: http://www.washingtonstatethespians.com/

  • Who: Any theatre student. Required for inducted Thespians.

  • When: December or January

  • Where: TBD

 

Play Production Class – January - replaced by Mamma Mia Musical in 2021

  • Who: Auditions are held in the spring of the previous year.  Auditions are open to any rising 10th, 11th, and 12th graders, no prior experience necessary.

  • What: A class that presents 1-2 full-length productions.

  • When: First Semester course, performs in January

  • Where: RHS Black Box Theatre

  • Past Play Production class shows: Passage; Everybody; Puffs; Circle Mirror Transformation; Spring Awakening; The Adventures of Tom Sawyer; Anne of Green Gables; Almost, Maine.

 

SPRING OPPORTUNITIES

 

After School Winter Production - March - replaced by Mamma Mia Musical in 2021

  • Who: Auditions are open to any current RHS students, no prior experience necessary!

  • What: Before or after school, not for credit, full production.

  • When: Performed in March

  • Where: RHS Mainstage

  • Past Winter Productions: Trumpet of the Swan; The Wolves; Our Town; Medea/Macbeth/Cinderella; The Game’s Afoot; Disney’s The Little Mermaid.

 

WA State Thespian Festival - March

  • Who: Students who have been cast in the musical, State qualifiers from Thespys Northwest, and casts performing cuttings from their shows.

  • What: Theatre students from all over the state come together to take workshops, watch each other’s shows, support other schools, and learn from one another.

  • When: Annually in March

  • Where: Alternates between Central Washington University and Western Washington University.

 

Theatre Advanced Class: The Variety Show - April

  • Who: Open to all students!  Completing Theatre Beginning prior to this course is encouraged for Freshman.

  • What: A show for students who take Theater Advanced demonstrate the specialized skills learned in class including pantomime, improvisation, and stage combat.

  • When: Second semester course, performs in late April

  • Where: RHS Mainstage and Black Box Theatre

 

Narrative Theater/Theater for Justice Class: The Book-It Shows – April/June

  • Who: Open to all students!  Completing Theatre Beginning prior to this course is encouraged for all Freshman.

  • What: The Narrative Theatre class focuses on using literature as theatre. Coursework culminates in public performances called “The Book-It Shows.”

  • When: First Semester course, typically performs in November and/or January

  • Where: RHS Mainstage and/or Black Box Theatre

 

Musical Production Class – late May/early June

  • Who: Auditions are held in early December and are open to any current RHS students, no prior experience necessary.

  • What:  A class that presents a large scale musical at the end of the year

  • When: Second semester course, performs in late May through first weekend in June

  • Where: RHS Mainstage

  • Past Musicals: As You Like It, A Musical; A Chorus Line; Fiddler on the Roof; Nice Work if You Can Get It; Sweeney Todd; Disney’s Mary Poppins

 

Playwriting Class: The Roughwriters Show – mid June

  • Who: Open to all students!  Completing Theatre Beginning prior to this course is encouraged for Freshman.

  • What: An evening of world-premiere plays from students who take the Playwriting class.  Each cohort of new plays is considered for production in Dramafest the following fall.

  • When: Mid-June

  • Where: RHS Mainstage and/or Black Box

 

SUMMER OPPORTUNITIES

 

International Thespian Festival – late June

  • Who: Open to all students, National qualifiers from Thespys Northwest, and rising seniors who are strongly encouraged for the ITF Unified College Auditions. Booster Grants are available.

  • What: Students have the opportunity to see high school shows from around the country, attend workshops taught by some of the world’s leading performing arts teachers, and meet theatre students from all over the world. Learn more about the festival at their website: https://www.schooltheatre.org/events/thespianfestival

  • When: Annually in late June (sometimes conflicts with RHS finals week, attendees need to be prepared to take their finals one week early)

  • Where: Indiana University in Bloomington (IU)