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Student Directed One Acts - March 23 & 24




Drama Course Descriptions

Hillsdale Drama offers a sequential theater training program taught by Allison Gamlen, a theater educator who has decades of experience as a director, designer, dancer and professional actor. In addition, guest teachers from Bay Area Theater Sports, TheatreWorks and the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival are invited in to coach students in playwriting, improv and various acting techniques. 
Acting training is Meisner, Spolin and Stanislavsky-based and incorporates techniques designed to help students explore the full potential of their own unique resources. Students interested in design and production have opportunities to join our stage crew team and receive pre-professional training in all aspects of technical theatre. When students leave Hillsdale Drama, they have a broad range of experiences and are prepared for success in any university, conservatory or professional theatre.

Beginning Drama / Drama 1-2
Beginning Drama meets the fine arts requirement for graduation.  A full year of Beginning Drama meets the CSU and UC requirements for admission.  The class introduces the student to beginning acting techniques and theatre appreciation.  The course is organized into five areas: Artistic Perception, using the language and skills of theatre, Creative Expression, creating theatre to communicate meaning and intent, Historical and Cultural Content, examining the key figures and historical periods of theatre and the role theatre plays culturally in the world, Aesthetic Valuing, analyzing theatre for meaning and intent as well as its ability to communicate effectively, and Connections, Relationships and Applications, developing lifelong skills such as creative problem-solving and planning for college and careers in the theatre, the arts, the communications and entertainment fields.  The class includes: Team work, relaxation, concentration, movement, voice, play analysis, acting, improvisation, character analysis, performance, scene work, monologues, audition/interview skills, theatre vocabulary, theatre history and play reviews.  The curriculum is aligned with the California Visual and Performing Arts Standards. 

Intermediate Drama / Drama 3-4
Intermediate Drama is a theatre class for those students who have enjoyed and passed Drama 1-2 with a “B” or better. Incoming freshman with at least 2 years of theater experience are invited to audition for this class in May. A full year of Intermediate Drama meets the CSU and UC requirements for admission.  It is designed to build upon past theatre experiences and enhance skills.  The class is aligned with the California State Standards, including the five areas listed above in the beginning class description. Intermediate Drama will cover ensemble work/team work, movement, voice, scene and play analysis, scene work including an emphasis on objectives, obstacles, and acting techniques, improvisational skills, character analysis and performance, monologues, audition skills, career paths and theatre history.  
Advanced Drama / Drama 3-4

Advanced Drama is an audition-only theatre class for those students who have enjoyed and passed Beginning or Intermediate Drama with a “B” or better. A full year of Advanced Drama meets the CSU and UC requirements for admission.  In this intensive course, actors develop a deeper understanding of theater and production from different cultural and historical perspectives and build upon past theatre experiences.  The class is aligned with the California State Standards, including the five areas listed above in the beginning class description. Advanced Drama will strengthen and enhance skills in ensemble work/team work, movement, voice, scene and play analysis, scene work including an emphasis on character development and emotional truth, improvisational skills, character analysis and performance, audition skills, career paths, designing, directing and playwriting with an emphasis on performing original work. Students participate in the Young Playwrights Project with TheatreWorks each Fall, and produce Student Directed One Acts and original musicals each Spring.


Hillsdale Drama is proud to announce our 2017 Fall Musical, Les Misérables. One of the greatest musicals of all time; Les Mis is based on Victor Hugo’s landmark novel about social change and political revolution in 19th century France, and Boublil and Schonber’s musical adaptation is a powerful examination of justice, change and redemption.

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Our Fall 2017 musical will be LES MISERABLES!

Auditions will be August 2017


  • Perform one minute of a song appropriate to style of show and character you are going for

  • Get to know the story and characters so that you can demonstrate an understanding of the character and situation

  • Keep training in voice - remember that this musical is ALL singing!

  • Bring a typed resume and recent photograph to leave at the audition

  • Show dates are Nov 9 - 12, 2017

For more info or to register for auditions, please contact Allison Gamlen - agamlen@smuhsd.org or hillsdaledrama.com



AND - Check out these ongoing  meetings and shows:

Drama Club meetings - every Monday in Green Room at Lunch!

Film Club meetings - every Tuesday in Green Room at Lunch!

HIT shows - every other Friday in Little Theater at Lunch! only $0.25!

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Performance Opportunities

Hillsdale Drama stages three productions every year:

Fall Musical 


Spring Play 


Student Directed One Acts 


Past Performances

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