The Performing Arts Department

Avery Young, Staff Writer

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Coronado High School has something to offer everyone.  Coronado’s Performing Arts Department is no different, with a wide range of acting, technical theatre, and choir classes to choose from. Every theatre class available counts as a humanities credit and the technical theatre classes have practical arts credits on the horizon in the coming fall semester.

 

Theatre

 

Instructor: Mrs. Erin Ambroz

 

Course Offerings

 

Drama Workshop: is a great class for anyone who wants to check out something new. Covering everything from backstage, to onstage participants get the chance to act, direct, tech, write, and play, play, play! Interested in trying something new? Give Drama Workshop a shot.

 

Advanced Acting: Advanced Acting requires auditions in order to take the class. Spots are limited and require basic acting skill/knowledge. Most people take this class following the introductory intermediate course.

 

Stagecraft: Stagecraft is the prerequisite to Theatre 1 and teaches technical theatre basics, with group projects and design challenges simulating a smaller scale production experience. The class teaches technical theatre basics in construction, makeup, design, costuming, lights & sound, preparing students to move up into Theatre 1.

 

Theatre 1: Commonly known as Technical Theatre, Theatre 1 allows students to work directly on the mainstage productions that the theatre department itself functions around, with different design teams and independent activities to take part in. This class always has something to do and generally has higher stakes and, as the advanced class, Theatre 1 provides the opportunity for out-of-class leadership responsibilities.

 

The Coronado Theatre Department has both in and out of class opportunities. Students who cannot fit the classes into their schedules are always welcome to audition for the mainstage productions. The Thespian Society is a theatre club which produces Open Mic Coffee Houses quarterly and is a great way to be part of the theatre community- even if you can’t take a class.

Since each class is different each year, the CTD courses are a great way to participate in something you enjoy year after year earning Humanities, Elective, Practical Arts, and even Honors credits! According to Mrs. Ambroz, “The theater is for everyone- regardless of race, economic status, gender, ability- everyone! The theatre does not discriminate, but rather invites all people to tell the truth on stage.”

 

Choir

 

Instructor: Mr. Jeff Hodur

 

Course Offerings

 

Repertory Choir: Repertory Choir is the first women’s choir and is non-audition, so anyone can participate regardless of experience. With minimal difficulty levels and a friendly environment, this course is great for beginners and students looking for more direct, guided class style.

 

Men’s Choir: Like Repertory Choir, Men’s Choir is also non-audition, giving anyone who wants the chance to participate and learn. It is also similar in difficulty level and class structure to Repertory Choir.

 

Intermediate Choir (Cantadoras): An all-women audition choir, the Cantadoras perform at a lower level while still offering a challenge, allowing members to challenge themselves at a pace that works for them. This is a class with mid-level difficulty.

 

Chamber Choir: Chamber Choir is an upper level audition-based choir that focuses on classical music and has a greater emphasis on music theory.

 

Show Choir: Show Choir, also an upper level audition choir, centers around show tunes and includes more pop music. In addition to higher level singing, the class features choreography, costumes, and an out-of-class rehearsal commitment greater than that of the other choirs.

 

In addition to the multitude of choir classes is an out-of class-audition-based commitment. Blue Notes is a high level acapella group at Coronado, comprised of eight people, and everyone in this group must be invited to audition. All students are invited to audition for musicals and mainstage plays, and perform at Open Mic Nights. The Dance Club, managed by Mrs. Ambroz, focuses on the choreographic side of performance.

 

The Coronado’s Performing Arts are open to everyone regardless of ability, prior education, or “whatever”. Anyone can audition and take part in the community here at Coronado High School!

 

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