Theatre Department has 135 students who are divided into four levels. Students
in Levels 1 and 2 begin by studying all aspects of theatre including acting,
voice and movement for the actor, design, theatre history, musical theatre,
dramaturgy, play-writing , directing, and stage management. In the second semester
of the Level 2 year, students will choose an area of focus in which to
specialize for the Level 3 and 4 years of study. They will focus on hands-on
preparation, production, and performance as well as audition and portfolio
development for college auditions.
The mission of the HSPVA Theatre Department is to give
the theatre arts student a diverse foundation of rigorous theatrical training
while nurturing the artistic spirit, which will ultimately allow the student to
thrive in a competitive professional world.
The HSPVA Theatre Department bases its philosophy on
the writings of Dr. F. Loren Winship, an early chairman of the University
Interscholastic League and later professor and chair of the University of Texas
Department of Drama. Winship was a pioneer in the area of theatre education in
Texas, if not the nation.
- Educational theatre is a creative, practical activity.
Its participants learn the dignity of human labor through a variety of tasks. They
master the techniques of handling tools, electrical equipment, paint, lumber,
and sewing materials. They learn to sell tickets, to make and upholster
furniture, and to launder clothing. They draw upon their knowledge of
mathematics, physics, speech, art, journalism, music, English, dance, history,
literature, industrial arts, psychology, homemaking, and foreign languages, and
combine all these to produce a play.
theatre is a creative, culturally enlightening activity. Its participants learn
to appreciate the great literary masterpieces of Moliere, Shakespeare, Shaw and
the Greeks as well as noted contemporary playwrights. Art appreciation is
engendered through study of good literature, music, dance and visual arts.
theatre is a creative, democratic activity. Students learn the principles of
democracy and civic responsibility through working in close harmony. Inherent
to play production are aspects of a functional democracy always present in a
free society, such as the natural bonding that occurs during rehearsal periods,
crew responsibilities, meeting deadlines, settling differences with tolerance,
leading and being led.
- Educational theatre is a creative activity that has
personal and therapeutic values. Students develop self-confidence, poise,
initiative, resourcefulness, self-discipline, and independent thought while
appreciating the abilities and efforts of others. They learn the importance of
orderly procedure and detailed planning. Students keenly experience a sense of
belonging in the midst of an outlet for physical, emotional, and mental
concerns. Theatre provides a defined purpose for staying in school while paying
closer attention to scholastic pursuits.
- Educational theatre is a creative
activity that provides a basis for success in any avenue of the student’s
future. Training in theatre prepares young people for a variety of careers and
for the skills necessary for a rich personal life.
- Therefore, educational
theatre is a creative segment of academic life that becomes more than an
extracurricular activity, more than a medium of entertainment, and more than
just a class play.
For more information about the Theatre Department please visit
the following site: www.onstagehspva.org