Crossroads Drama Conservatory Program, 2.5 credits per year with full participation. Open to grades 11 and 12, prerequisite: Theater 1, Theater 2, Technical Theater 1, or other fulfillment of the Tech requirement; admission through audition and interview.
The Drama Conservatory is a full year commitment that offers students an opportunity to immerse themselves in theater without compromising their academic focus. Teaching units and production units are scheduled in a modular fashion. Class modules meet from 1:00-3:00 p.m. Productions initially rehearse from 3:00 – 5:30 p.m., then 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. as opening night draws closer, with weekend and evening rehearsals as needed. Auditioning and participation in productions is an expectation rather than an option, credit is adjusted accordingly. Students are asked to take on a significant production assignment in at least one production during the two years. Acceptance to the program requires an audition, technical theater evaluation, and interview. Students enrolled in their 11th grade year are evaluated at the end of that year to determine if they should continue in the 12th grade. Class modules in Directing, Acting, Improvisational Acting, Production Design, Movement, Audition Skills and Playwriting form the basis of Conservatory study. Other modules, offered either on an occasional basis or as independent study, include: Suzuki/Viewpoints/Composition, Technical Theater, Vocal Production (singing), Dance, Musical Theater, Basic Carpentry, Lighting Design, Set Design, Production Management, Acting for Film, Stage Makeup, Play-reading and Costume Design and Construction. When available, guest artists present workshops or conduct seminars in a specific study, e.g. audition techniques, makeup design, production theory, etc. Production modules vary and may include Classical Theater, Contemporary Comedy/Drama, Musical Theater, or Performance Art. Self-evaluation is encouraged and included when appropriate. Students may also participate in the Conservatory program with a focus on Technical Theater and Design.
Please note: Drama Conservatory is not intended as a professional training program, though students who aspire to a career in theater are supported in their efforts.