Theatre Arts & Musical Theatre

MSA’s Theatre Department offers two possible courses of study — Theatre Arts and Musical Theatre. Both of these paths overlap in their curriculum, covering the same core of techniques and literature, to be applied to all productions, including musicals. Both classes comprise one department offering the same opportunities, responsibilities, and privileges to all participating students. Our curriculum is based on techniques from the MFA in Professional Acting, Tisch School of the Arts, NYU, the physical theatre work of Jacques LeCoq, and Meisner technique. We emphasize focus, intention, standard American speech, spontaneity, listening, and a full-bodied approach to acting and performing. Technical theatre, design, and mindfulness activities also enrich our experience.

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Entering freshmen are enrolled in a Theatre Foundations class covering all of the basic techniques they will need in advanced courses of study. They are also enrolled in a Dance/Movement for the Stage class, which counts towards their PE requirements.

Sophomores through seniors take double periods each day, allowing students to dive deeply into their passion, while maintaining more flexibility within NHS class scheduling to include languages and AP courses. Each week all theatre classes have a day dedicated to voice and another to dance/movement with guest artists.

Awards + Accolades

2020

Lenaea Theatre Festival

  • Gold – One Act Play, The Dream Project (based on Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream)
  • Outstanding Performance in a One Act
  • Gold – Monologue – Dance Nation
  • Gold – Musical Theatre – Fifty Percent from Ballroom
  • Bronze – Monologue – M. Butterfly
  • Bronze – Duo Scenes – Love/Sick
  • Tech Olympics Lighting Challenge

Chapman University Henry Kemp-Blair Shakespeare Festival

  • Outstanding Scene, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Act II Scene I
  • Outstanding Monologue

2019

English Speaking Union Shakespeare Competition

  • 1st Place – ESU San Francisco Branch – King John, Sonnet 145

ESU National Competition/ Lincoln Center, NYC

  • National Finalist – King John, Sonnet 145

Lenaea Theatre Festival

  • Synergy Award, Richard III
  • Gold – One-Act Play, Richard III
  • Outstanding Performance in a One Act
  • Respondents’ Choice – Monologue, The Flick
  • Bronze – Duo Scenes, Parallel Lives
  • Silver – Musical Theatre, “Changing My Major” from Fun Home

Chapman University Henry Kemp-Blair Shakespeare Festival

  • Outstanding Scene – Richard III, Act I Scene III
  • Outstanding Monologue
  • Excellent Monologue

Mother Lode Drama Festival

  • Superior – One-Act Play, Richard III
  • Lighting Design
  • Sound Design
  • Script Editing – Cast Richard III
  • Outstanding Individual Performance
  • 1st Place – Male Monologues
  • 2nd Place – Male Monologues
  • 3rd Place – Vocals

Rita Moreno California High School Musical Honors

  • Nominated Best Overall Production, Bye, Bye Birdie
  • Nominated Best Leading Actor - The Boys From Syracuse

Beach Blanket Babylon Scholarship Competition

  • Acting Award $15,000
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