Theatre Arts Course Recruitment

Take Theatre Today!

It’s that time of the year where students get to select their schedules for next year. With so many choices, it can be overwhelming. Students wonder: What if I don’t like the class? What really happens in that class? What if the teacher is mean? Yet they have to decide on one year-long Visual or Performing Arts [VAPA] class in order to graduate.

Now, likewise, VAPA course teachers like myself wonder: will enough students sign up for my class? How do I let them know that theatre isn’t all just about acting? How can I woo them to take my class? How can I let them discover that my elective course could be a great fit for them?

To solve this dilemma, the teachers in the Visual and Performing Arts Department [VAPA] have teamed up with the teachers in the Physical Education Department. The PE teachers give up one valuable day of instruction [thanks, you guys!] to allow their students to see what goes down in the various VAPA classes. We work with the PE department because we know we can hit the majority of the underclassmen. I need to offer a shout-out to our super-supportive administration who allowed us to do this all-day activity. Thanks as well for attending our shows!

Students escort PE teachers and their classes to see the VAPA courses that are offered here at North High. Each period, we cycle through four PE classes and present a student-centered program of what happens in our respective VAPA classes.

Celebration of the Arts Rehearsal

First Period Rehearsal

27 students were involved in creating scripts, rehearsing, directing, stage managing, escorting, MCing, and teching for our Theatre Arts course performance. We put on 15 shows in four class periods. Here is the handout on the process. In addition, here is the schedule of our day, in case anyone is interested.

While we were all tired by the end of sixth period, we find that spending this day is a great way to reach students to assure them that theatre is not all about acting. By allowing students to see highlights of what happens in our class, they are better prepared to make an appropriate elective selection for the Visual and Fine Arts that they need to graduate. And it lets us in the theatre use those CA Theatre Arts standards to rehearse and perform a show for our peers!

I had one student flag me down at lunch, “How do I sign up for theatre?” Now that is music to my ears! Hopefully students got the message that theatre isn’t just for actors. In addition to the song and dance, we distribute a short flyer that reads:

Who should take a drama class:

  • DJ’s
  • Technicians
  • Actors
  • Anyone who likes to dance, sing, draw, and write
  • Anyone who likes to sew, do hair and makeup
  • Anyone who likes to tell others what to do
  • Anyone who likes to work behind the scenes
  • Anyone who likes to wear and design interesting fashions
  • Anyone who laughs or cries during a good movie

On the back, we also include more information that includes our contact info:

  • Like us on Facebook!
  • But wait: there’s more! We have videos too. Visit our youtube page for a real look at what happens in class
  • Finally, it pays to keep this flyer to redeem a free treat at any NSHS Theatre event this semester. See you soon!

Below, check out some of our pictures of our event! Now, these are just a few of our pictures. Check out our Flickr page for more. {Well, it’s mostly drama students posing with zany hats from the costume shop, but the pix are worth a quick look and a definite laugh!}

What else should we do to advertise our classes? Any suggestions? Please leave us your thoughts.

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3 replies

  1. Utilizing social networks is brilliant in this day. It makes it easier to know what’s going on especially since everybody has FB now.

    • I agree with Jovan. It’s a smart idea to use social networks to provide information about everything because people are constantly on social networks, it’s simple to find out things in class that you need to know.

  2. Ooh, I wish the blog God(dess) would implement sharing buttons (settings -> sharing -> bottom of page -> drag the ones you want to Enabled Services -> select button style and where they are visible… Bingo!

    Love your blog, I would share it in a minute, but I’m too lazy to do it without a button!