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Theatre Arts

Theatre Arts at SVHS

There are multiple ways to get involved in theatre for actors, tech crew, and aspiring directors, choreographers, and designers.

  • Bi-monthly Drama Club meetings
  • Year-long theatre classes for all levels (beginning, intermediate, advanced) with a broad curriculum primarily focused on play production and acting
  • DTASC Fall Festival - the annual competition for high school performers and designers in Southern California
  • Fall Murder Mystery - acting roles are limited to students in the Theatre II class; crew roles are open to all students in the Drama Club
  • All-School Spring Musical - open to all SVHS students
  • Patchwork - a spring showcase featuring student performances from Theatre I/II
  • Dramathon - our annual Awards Night and Talent Show in the spring, open to all students who have been involved in theatre throughout the school year

Why Theatre? 

The value of theatre in education is greater today perhaps, than in any time since its inclusion in the standard secondary and post secondary curriculum. Where the academic themes of past years have been lodged in the work “specialization,” today the need is for a learner who has the capability to assimilate many realms of seemingly unrelated meaning, evaluate them against a new set of variables, and then, through a process of synthesis, embark on a new course of action which might be totally new and untried. This is a valuable skill in the ever-changing diversity of the United States. Flexibility, broad levels of competency and the ability to strategize learning in a plastic, fluid manner that keeps open all options, is the profile of the successful learner of he 21st Century.

Of all the arts, theatre is most concerned with the study of human personality. The process of acting requires an ability to step outside of oneself and value the perspective of another human being. This single skill is perhaps the most important reason for educational theatre. The ability to get along with those who are different; to understand and resolve conflicts without resort to violence; and to value the individual in an era of mass media: these values are imperative for our social survival.

Theatre is the most collaborative of the arts. It must be created by and for groups of people working together. Theatre classes teach cooperation and teamwork, and especially teamwork without gender discrimination, perhaps better than most team sports.

Theatre also validates individual self-expression, unusual ways of behaving, dressing, and speaking. The high school theatre class is often a place of refuge for creative students who might otherwise be social outcasts. Acting encourages them to understand and express their full range of feelings, not only those that are acceptable in the classroom or in their teen peer groups.

Moreover, the study of playmaking is a social laboratory for high school students, whose prime developmental concern is the formation of personality. It allows them to exercise their curiosity about adult behaviors. They can `'try out" various relationships with no risk of real consequences. They can satisfy their curiosity about how one can behave.

The College Entrance Examination Board, in its document titled “Academic Preparation un the Arts”, notes that “there are certain skills learned in the arts that are learned nowhere else in the curriculum and if our children wish to be well-educated they need those skills.” It was also stated “…that students who took more than four years of music and arts [K-12] scored 34 points higher on the verbal sections of the SAT and 18 points higher on the math sections…”

Living Skills Learned In Theatre:

Self Discipline- the ability to work alone independently 

Cooperation- the ability to work congenially within a group - putting the group above oneself 

Responsibility- meeting deadlines on time 

Sense of self-worth, poise and confidence- the realization of one’s importance within the group 

Punctuality- theatre can’t function unless everyone is present 

Effective communication  - one of the fundamentals of theatre activities 

Dedication- commitment to an activity and its completion 

Respect for authority and peers- learning to take direction (orders) and sharing a goal with fellow actors/technicians 

Concentration- the ability to carry through a task without distractions 

Acceptance of disappointment- realization that the effort of the process is more important than the product 

Time management- getting chores and homework completed while participating in additional activities

Drama Masks

Mrs. Bonn

Mrs. Shanda Bonn
Theatre Arts
French

shanda.bonn@simivalleyusd.org

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Productions & Competitions

2019-2020
Mystery Dinner Theatre: WCKY
Spring Musical: You're a Good Man Charlie Brown

2018-2019
Mystery Dinner Theatre: Money or Murder?
Spring Musical: Chicago - High School Edition

2017 - 2018
Mystery Dinner Theatre: Murder at the Pie Auction
DTASC Fall Festiival Showcase
Winter Production: Dystopia!
Spring Musical: Little Shop of Horrors

Patchwork 5: Our Favorite Scenes
Dramathon 2018

2016 - 2017
Mystery Dinner Theatre: Dinner at Eight, Dead by Nine
DTASC Fall Festival Showcase
Winter Production: The Grimm Brothers Spectaculathon
Patchwork 4: Respect

Spring Musical: Disney High School Musical
Dramathon 2017

2015 - 2016
Mystery Dinner Theatre: Who Killed the Director
DTASC Fall Festival Showcase
Winter Production: The Ukrainiacs
Classic Theater: The Taming of the Shrew
Spring Musical: The Nifty Fifties
Patchwork III: Relationships
Dramathon 2016
     

2014 - 2015
Mystery Dinner Theatre: Three Doors to Death
DTASC Fall Festival Showcase
Two One Acts:
           Ray Bradbury's Kaleidoscope
         
Much Ado High School
DTASC Shakespeare Festival Showcase
Spring Musical: Back to the 80's

Title-for-TicketsPatchwork II: Legends
Dramathon 2015

 

2013 - 2014 
Roomers, a comedy in one act
DTASC Fall Festival

Two One Acts:
           Vonnegut's Who Am I This Time?
          
Dickens' A Christmas Carol
Patchwork, performances on the theme of Love
Dr. Suess Day
DTASC Shakespeare Festival
Read Across America (SV Public Library)
Spring Musical: Good News!
Dramathon 2014

2012 - 2013 
Comedy Sportz Game Con

back-to-the-80sDTASC Fall Festival
Holiday Show
The Crucible
Actor's Festival Ojai
DTASC Shakespeare Festival
Simi Valley Library Day: Celebrate Literature

Spring Musical: On The Town
Dramathon 2013

2011 - 2012 
DTASC Fall Festival
Spirit of Hispania
Actor's Festival Ojai
DTASC Shakespeare Festival
Simi Valley Library Day: Tales from Latin America

Spring Musical: Guys and Dolls
One Act Festival
Dramathon 2012

 2010 - 2011 
trouble-at-the-talent-showTrouble at the Talent Show
DTASC Fall Festival
Waiting for Lefty
Actor's Festival Ojai

Spring Musical: How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
Simi Valley Library Day:
                             Jungle Stories
Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum
Dramathon 2011

2009-2010
Murder Most Fowl
DTASC Fall Festival
Canterbury Tales
DTASC Shakespeare Festival

Spring Musical: Wonderland
One Act Festival
Dramathon '10 

2008-2009
The Clumsy Custard Horror Show
and Ice Cream Clone Review

DTASC Fall Festival
Actor's Festival in Ojai
DTASC Shakespeare Festival

Spring Musical: Wonderful Town
Dramathon '09 

2007-2008
Stop the Presses! - Melodrama
DTASC Fall and Shakespeare Festivals
Antigone
Dr. Seuss Day - Horton Hatches an Egg

Spring Musical: Back to the '80's
Brown Bag Theatre
Becoming Bianca - One Act
once-upon-a-mattressDramathon 

2006-2007
Lost in the Bermuda Triangle - Dinner Theatre
DTASC Fall and Shakespeare Festivals
The Skin of Our Teeth
Comedy Sportz Improv Team
Dr Seuss Day - The Cat in the Hat
International Thespian Festival

Spring Musical: Bells are Ringing
Dramathon 

2005 - 2006
Murder at Homicide High
DTASC Fall and Shakespeare Festivals
Midsummer Night's Dream
MacBeth
Condensed
Dr. Seuss Day - Go, Dog, Go!
International Thespian Festival

Spring Musical: Everything I Needed to Know
                                                 I Learned in Kindergarten 

2004-2005
DTASC Fall and Shakespeare Festivals
murder-most-fowlDr. Seuss Day - Theatre Arts II
Comedy Sportz - Rebecca Stoner - manager
Pride and Prejudice

Spring Musical: Hello, Dolly
            
- Kristina Stieffel - choreographer
Dramathon
Mystery Dinner - Brandon Flick –Director 

2003-2004
DTASC Fall and Shakespeare Festivals
Mystery Dinner - Remains to Be Seen
The Outsiders
- Kyle Robertson - Director
Twelve Angry Jurors - Caylin Jett -Director
Thespian Festival @ Fullerton Colleges
Comedy Sportz - Kenny Dietz, Armand Greene - managers

Spring Musical: The Pajama Game 

2002-2003
DTASC Fall and Shakespeare Festivals
Playboy of the Western World
Comedy Sportz - Beth Cooper - manager
Thespian Festival
skin of our teeth
Spring Musical: Once Upon a Mattress
Dramathon 

2001-2002
DTASC Fall & Shakespeare Festivals
My Fatal Romance
ComedySportz Meets
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Dr. Seuss Stories
The Canterbury Tales
Romeo and Juliet

Spring Musical: Flapper
Dramathon 

2000-2001
DTASC Fall & Shakespeare Festivals, B/C divisions
Mystery Dinner Theatre: Who Killed the Director
ComedySportz Meets
The Tempest
Is It Soup Yet?

Spring Musical: Bye, Bye, Birdie
Dramathon 

1999-2000
DTASC Fall & Shakespeare Festivals
The Front Page
Barefoot In The Park
The Devil and Daniel Webster
Alice In Wonderland
M*A*S*H
Bang, Bang, You're Dead  

1998-1999
DTASC Fall & Shakespeare Festivals
As You Like It
Wagon Wheels West
The Grinch Who Stole Christmas
A Christmas Carol

One-Act Festival

drama-masks1997-1998
Much Ado About Nothing

Spring Musical: Into the Woods
The Night of January 16th