The EPHS drama department puts on 7 shows a year and that includes Trajectories, Fall Musical, One Act, Winter Play, Spring Showcase, Spring Show, and Broadway. All these shows and the Drama department as a whole is heavily built on student work.
Trajectories–This show is a series of student-written and directed skits and student choreographed dances. This is a no-cut show so everyone can have an opportunity to be on stage. It is a great way for new students to start in the theatre department! Produced by Suzie Sime. Auditions are in early August. Shows are early September, usually the first week of school.
Fall Musical–Starts late September. Shows are mid-November. The fall musical is a fun opportunity to work with are large cast and a variety of people.
Actors: Auditions are typically held within the first month of school. Students who wish to audition should prepare a 30 second to one-minute monologue and a 45-second excerpt of a song. Students considered for a lead, supporting, or minor role in the show will be called back for a second audition, and the next day a cast list is posted. If you are not called back, it does not mean you are not cast, still check final cast list. Rehearsals begin soon after.
Technicians/Costumers/Pit: Tech, costuming, and pit orchestra starts just after and is a great way to be involved in the show while not in the cast. Tech involves construction, lighting and sound design, as well as shift crew. Costuming consists of helping obtains measurements, gather costumes, working the dressing rooms, helping mend the costumes or create new ones altogether, and assist with quick changes and last-minute alterations during the show. Pit orchestra is conducted by Dr. Jackson and is an auditioned group of instrumentalists. Pit orchestra guidelines change from show to show.
Winter Play– Is a play/musical that has a large variety of formats. It starts in December and usually performs at the end of January.
Actors: Directed by Kari Beutz. Auditions typically 2 weeks after the closing of the musical. Prepare a 30 second to one-minute monologue. All students considered for a role in the show will be called back for a second audition, and the next day a cast list is posted.
Technicians/Costumers: Tech starts soon after rehearsals begin. Same experiences as fall musical, and often there are more opportunities for underclassmen to try what they want to learn. Costumers often get a chance to assist design costumes (depending on the show) and help with both one act and winter show.
One Act– The one act is a unique theatre experience unlike any other at EPHS. The One-Act is a short, one-act play that competes in our district competitions. The set must be assembled in under 10 minutes and the show has to be under 35 minutes. It is a more serious experience in the drama department and gives actors and technicians a chance to grow and compete with other one-acts.
Actors: Auditions are joint auditions with the winter play.
Technicians: Interviews are held usually the same week of auditions. The crew is chosen by head technicians and work closely with the actors.
Spring Show & Showcase– The spring showcase begins late February and the shows are late April. This show is performed in the PAC. The Spring show begins early March and the shows are early May. This show is performed in the auditorium.
Actors: Auditions are at the end of February. Same as winter shows, prepare a 30 second to one-minute monologue. All students considered for a role in the show will be called back for a second audition, and the next day a cast list is posted.
Technicians/Costumers: Same experiences as fall musical, and often there are more opportunities for underclassmen to try what they want to learn. Costumers often get a chance to assist design costumes (depending on the show) and help with both showcase and play.
Broadway– Broadway Extravaganza is a compilation of student choreographed Broadway dances and vocal performances. The final show of school year. It is produced entirely by upperclassmen students. There are separate auditions for becoming a junior producer, choreographer, dancer, and singer. Auditions are late April and early May. If you wish to dance there is a no-cut policy, so every student can participate in a dance. This is a fun opportunity to be apart of a show if you usually aren’t in theatre and a great way to end the year with friends who don’t do performances. Technicians and costumes usually take this opportunity to be in the spotlight. Usually largest cast of the year, with over 100 people participating.
My Book Day – Recently, we began assisting the second graders’ annual “My Book Day” by performing a rendition of The Good Queen Sue written by John Jorgensen. It is all volunteers, and often a letter project for those who organize it. It is a fun way to spend a day and share theatre with all the elementary school kids.
Coffee House – Coffee houses are a great lettering project and are a fun way to spend a Friday night. It’s organized by students for students. Includes open mic and performance by peers. The coffee houses are a chance for students to perform songs, poems, short stories, and comedy in a relaxed, open environment. The night includes snacks and fun decorations. Often done in the winter and spring.