Productions strive for high artistic excellence while offering exciting and creative opportunities.
There are two major drama productions every year—one in the fall and another in spring—where students shine both on stage as actors and behind the scenes as the technical crew.

List of 5 items.

  • Acting

    This class introduces the fundamentals of acting. Students are exposed to various theater traditions and taught the work habits and skills of a professional theater artist. Both individual and ensemble work are emphasized. Participants develop spontaneity, creative problem-solving, and the expressive use of the body and voice through exercises, improvisation, games, and in-class scene work. All students analyze scripts, learn to evaluate visual texts, and take creative risks.
  • Creating and Touring a Play

    Students in this class design and perform a new theatrical production. The course begins with “devising,” a creative process which involves collaboration and improvisation. The devised work starts with a question and then explores how design elements and physical movement can tell the narrative. The course then shifts to fully producing a trunk show that can travel. The class performs on campus and at two off-site locations. 
  • Drama Performance

    College Prep’s drama productions span a variety of theatrical styles and time periods, including frequent musicals. Each production is a unique adventure for the cast and tech crew. Recent productions include: The Tempest, Guys and Dolls, The Servant of Two Masters, Radium Girls, and Into the Woods. No prior acting experience is required; enrollment and casting are by audition, usually held in the first week of each semester.
  • Drama Tech

    Students design and create all of the technical aspects of the College Prep drama production. The class begins by reading the play, discussing it with the director, and determining its look and feel. Drama Tech students then create the sets, props, costumes, light, and sound for the production. During performances, class members crew the show backstage and in the tech booth. No prior tech experience is required.
  • Stagecraft

    Students acquire hands-on experience with a wide variety of tools and techniques commonly used in the creation of theatrical productions. This class is designed to develop confidence when working with physical materials, to nurture artistic sensibility, and to encourage students to have fun with the creative process. Projects include carpentry, stage lighting, metalwork, sound design, mask-making, scenic paint techniques, theatrical makeup, and stage design.

List of 2 members.

  • Photo of Molly Aaronson-Gelb

    Molly Aaronson-Gelb 98

    Drama Teacher
  • Photo of Mitchell Ost

    Mitchell Ost 

    Drama Tech Teacher
    510.652.0111 x232

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