FS Theatre is welcome to any student at Free State High School! Being involved means many things. Taking classes, auditioning for productions, and doing tech for productions are great ways to start off. In addition- attending Thespian meetings, festivals, fundraisers, service events are additional ways to be involved with the theatre department at FSHS.
Aside from the website, GroupMe is our main form of communication for reminders and announcements! Contact Mr. Percival (email@example.com) and he will email you a link to join our GroupMe. Another way to join our GroupMe, contact a peer of yours in theatre and they will get you added. Make sure to download the app on your phone and keep your notifications unmuted throughout the year!
Theatre classes at FSHS teach you various forms of critical thinking and help prepare you not just for applying skills for productions, but for many skills needed for outside of the world of theatre. There are many cross-curricular elements applied to theatre. Topics such as public speaking, geometry, chemistry, physics, reading comprehension, marketing, finance, and many other areas are taught in the world of theatre. While it is not required to be enrolled in theatre classes at FSHS to participate in theatre activities, it is highly encouraged as the directors get first-hand experience to see your work ethic and attitude. At-times in auditions, students being enrolled in a class will be the deciding factor on roles/positions for a show, however, it will not always be the case. To see our course offerings, click here:
Each school year the Free State theatre department is split into three seasons (fall, winter, and spring). Each season centers around a single play or musical referred to as the season’s “mainstage” production. Mainstage productions often require extensive rehearsal time and being involved is a major commitment for all involved. Throughout our three theatre seasons, we also produce smaller shows aka “lab play” alongside our main stage shows. Lab plays are perfect for students who work or are busy with other activities since the rehearsal process takes only three to four weeks. In the past, FSHS lab plays have been original scripts by area playwrights, one-acts, as well as student-written and directed plays.
How to Audition
Carefully read through, and fill out the audition form found under the students section of our website. You may submit the form anytime prior to the audition date.
Come to the audition on time! The audition process will vary depending on the show. You may be asked to come with a memorized and prepared piece or you may simply be asked to read from the script. If it is a musical, you will be asked to sing and you may also be asked to dance. Just relax and perform to the best of your ability.
Callbacks will be posted following auditions. They are usually posted two hours after the audition is complete. Those called back are the people being considered for a role in the show. Students making callbacks are asked to attend a final audition after school that day. If you are not called back, you may still be cast in the show. In addition- if you are called back, it does not mean that you have been cast.
Usually, after the final audition, the cast is posted the Saturday morning after audition week. If you have been cast, follow the directions on the list. If you were not cast, please realize that there is always next time and consider signing up to work on a tech crew.
Technical theatre is a vital part of the theatre process. Technical students bring the plays to life. Students on technical crews learn life-long skills in leadership, responsibility, and creative problem-solving. Since there are so many opportunities to get involved in a variety of technical areas, the majority of students who “do drama” at Free State are also “doing” tech theatre. Everyone is accepted and no one is cut from crews.
Crew heads are experienced students, who run the crews. Crew heads teach crew members technical skills under the guidance of our department's teachers and area professionals. If you would like to be a crew head, and you are an upperclassman with expertise in the desired crew area, apply via email to Mr. Percival in the weeks prior to auditions.
The time commitment for crews varies widely. Some crews require a lot of time (i.e. construction, props, etc.) and others require less. If you are placed on a run crew (those working backstage on the performance dates), prepare yourself to put in almost as many hours as the actors involved. Please sign up accordingly. Remember that technical theatre is an integral part of our department. Without it, the actors would not be seen, heard, or dressed. Tech theatre is for everyone. Sign up!
How to Join a Technical Crew!
Fill out the Sign-up sheet, found under the students section of our website. You may sign up for all the crews that interest you. No experience is needed for any crew, for you will learn while working.
If you are unsure about which crews to choose, ask Mr. Percival, or an experienced student, for help describing the duties of the crews.
The crew head of the crew you signed up for, should be in contact with you soon after you submit the sign-up form. If they do not connect you, please either find a way to contact them or tell one of the theatre teachers and we will get you in touch with the crew head.
Sometimes crews are slow getting started, be persistent. Some crews don’t have much work to do for several weeks (box office, painting, ushering, makeup).
Be sure to communicate with crew heads so they can let you know when they need your help.
Good luck and have fun becoming a “techie.”
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