The Valley Catholic Drama Department produces two shows a year which they perform for the public and the Valley Catholic School community: a non-musical in the fall and a musical in the spring.
The 2017-18 season includes William Shakespeare’s romantic comedy Much Ado About Nothing and Gilbert & Sullivan’s classic musical comedy The Pirates of Penzance.
Our Spring 2018 Production: The Pirates of Penzance
Get ready to set sail with The Pirates of Penzance, a hilarious farce featuring sentimental pirates, bumbling policemen, young lovers and an eccentric Major-General. This comic opera by Gilbert and Sullivan has been an audience favorite for generations. With 48 students involved in the production, The Pirates of Penzance will come to life on the stage of Kelly Auditorium at Valley Catholic High School on Feb. 23-25 and March 2-4.
Curtain times are 7 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Sundays. Ticket prices are $10 for adults and $6 for students and seniors. Tickets are on sale now!
Our Fall 2017 Production: Much Ado About Nothing
- Learn more about our exciting production of “Much Ado About Nothing,” featuring love, deceit and music in the 1940s.
- Production photos (courtesy Scott Cary)
- Dress rehearsal photos
- Video trailer
- Video feature: Behind the scenes of “Much Ado About Nothing”
The Valley Catholic Theatre Program
Valley Catholic productions are not only acted out by students, they are also completely run by students once in performance. That means that middle and high school students run the lights, operate sound and spotlight, manage props, run scene changes, and take care of things backstage. Because the Valley Catholic community is smaller than other high schools, any student who wants to participate in the productions can in some way, either as actors or on technical crew. Some graduating seniors have even taken it upon themselves to produce a show on their own while at Valley Catholic. Students learn that they not only can play characters onstage, but that they can actually build, design, direct and create theatre on their own.
We have had a number of students get bitten by the theatre bug here, and then go on to bigger and better things in the professional theatre world. Valley Catholic Alumni are currently working with theatre companies in and around Portland, and all over the country. One alum just ended a touring stint with the world-famous Rockettes. Several current and past students are regular cast members for Northwest Children’s Theatre, Oregon Children’s Theatre, Theatre in the Grove, and HART theatre in Hillsboro. We have had two students spend part of their summer working with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland. Students also have the opportunity to take drama classes in the high school. The Introduction to Drama course invites students to try every aspect of producing theatre, from acting to directing, from light and scenic design to playwriting and costume design. In the spring groups of students mount their own productions. In the Advanced Drama class, students learn how to act and understand some of the most important dramatic literature, from the Greeks to Shakespeare to more contemporary plays. Each year we take a theme that runs through a variety of plays, and let that culminate in a showcase of scenes for the public in the spring. Students learn to use the same physical, vocal and text exercises that professional stage actors have used for decades, and gain a deeper appreciation not only for the plays, but also for the skill needed to effectively perform classic and contemporary works. In both drama classes, students also have the opportunity to increase their skill at improvisation, both in scenes and games. If someone were to peek in the auditorium on a Friday afternoon, they’re likely to see drama students performing scenes and building the most fundamental acting skills.
The theatre department at Valley Catholic is small, but mighty. We work together to produce quality work that we create with integrity and a love of the art. It’s a pretty special place to be!