THS Drama Boosters Begins Annual Sponsorship Campaign This Week
– Like everyone else over the past 18 months or so, drama students at Templeton High School have had to make a lot of adjustments to the way they’ve done things in the past. The old adage “The show must go on” has taken on new meaning for them today.
Despite all the challenges, the drama students at THS put on two productions last year. Pride and Prejudice was recorded outdoors as a video production only, and Young Frankenstein was performed outdoors in front of a live audience. Usual rehearsal time was cut in half and only half of that rehearsal time was actually in person, the rest was on Zoom. The challenges of singing through masks, rehearsing outdoors in all kinds of weather conditions and contexts, facing the wind and the sun in their eyes during performances, were all opportunities to learn how to s ‘adapt and get things done in the way of classical theater.
The THS Theater Arts program plans to produce two more shows this year: Our Town in November 2021 and Sugar in March 2022. Knowing that everything is subject to change, and that it is impossible to predict how things will be in a few months, n t is not dissuasive for these students, nor for their director, Catherine Kingsubry.
Katelann Harms performed in both shows last year. “Last year provided a lot of accolades, although it was difficult,” Harms said. “I learned to act on film as well as in an outdoor location and I think these skills are extremely important and beneficial. Last year’s shows tested our comfort zone a bit. Struggles like the weather, actual distance restrictions and masks as well as the setup of the behind-the-scenes aspects. The short rehearsal and bonding period was also difficult, but I wouldn’t change a thing as we put on some amazing shows last year.
Kingsbury is proud of the way the students reacted to all the uncertainties and changes. “While the process and journey of creating shows last year was definitely different and challenging in new ways, the sheer joy of students coming back, working and creating with their friends, expressing their talents and their passions together and share it all. with a live audience was worth the hard work and effort to make it happen. And we’ll be ready to find a way to do it again this year!
To help support the theater arts program at Templeton High School, THS Drama Boosters begin their annual sponsorship campaign this week.
Vicki van den Eikhof founded THS Drama Boosters in 2014 and has been an officer since its inception. “Our sponsors allow Drama Boosters to fund things like sets, costumes, props, field trips, scholarships, technology and other things that directly benefit students,” she says, “We also help to pay for supplies, like microphone covers, batteries, rolling costume racks and other needs. Most of these things are not paid for out of the school budget, but are essential to keep our program among the best departments California Public High School Theater Arts We have an amazing theater on campus that has an equally amazing theater arts program.
Audience members can help ensure that the show not only continues, but that local drama students thrive in their arts education. To become a sponsor, visit their website at templetondrama.org and click on the “Donate” tab.