Theatre Students

GLVPAA Theatre Program

Theatre Teacher, Drama Club:

Elizabeth Silkwood

2130 Hayes Ave.

Sandusky, OH 44870,

What Theatre classes do I need to take in the 4 year long program?

Listed below are the theater courses that will be available throughout your 4 years at Sandusky High School. Theater has many different elements. A tentative 4 year plan will be developed for you your freshman year depending on your area of focus.

Acting I/II

Theatre I/II

Scriptwriting 101

The Performing Art of Social Media

Summer Theatre Camp

Theatre Production I (Junior Year Career Tech Program 2 periods a day)

Theatre Production II (Senior Year Career Tech Program 2 periods a day)

How do I join Drama Club?

To make sure our organization is one that values both “academics” as well as the “arts” there are some minor requirements that every member must meet:

  • 2.0 GPA

  • Teacher Recommendation

  • No more than 5 unexcused absences

  • No more than 12 times tardy

  • Don’t miss more than 3 meetings unexcused

  • Participate! Participate! Participate!

**Applications and teacher recommendations will be available at the beginning of the school year and at the beginning of of the 2nd Semester.**

What careers can I go into as a Theatre/Drama major?

There are a plethora of avenues and opportunities you can with a theater background. Listed below are some, but there are many more that can be explored.

  • Actor

  • Director

  • Writer

  • Producer

  • Technical Director

  • Theater House Manager

  • Set Designer

  • Comedian

  • Stage Manager

  • Agent

  • Sound Engineer

  • Lighting Designer

  • Costume Designer

  • Hair and Make-Up Artist

  • Choreographer

  • Music Composer

How can I become a theatre intern helping the Jr. Arts Academy's elementary after-school program?

The Jr. Arts Academy is an after school arts program for students in the 3rd - 6th grade. Students are there Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays between 2:40pm-6:00pm. An ideal candidates for the internship should be able to commit 2-6 hours a week in a consistent program schedule and the ability to work with younger learners. Selected interns will also receive certified volunteer hours from Oberlin Center for the Arts and letters of support.

Fine Arts Internships are available to SHS Junior or Senior Arts student for the 2020-21 school year. If you are interested contact Rosalyn Shepherd at, or Ms. E at

General responsibilities are to assist the Site Manager and program staff before, during and after programming, which includes:

  • Arranging program spaces, site preparation, set-up, tear-down and cleanup duties

  • Being in the classrooms to guide students through artistic experiences at the direction of the instructors

  • Support students outside of the class time, and working at the direction of the Site Manager

  • Monitor student behavior and communicate issues in a timely manner

  • Help to coordinate and implement special events including family nights and program showcase

What do I need to do for my audition into the GLVPAA's theatre program?

Great Lakes Performing and Fine Arts Academy at Sandusky High School

Audition Requirements: Theater/Technical Theater

Theater: Acting

  1. Monologue Performance

    1. Students will need to have a 30-60 second monologue memorized.

    2. The monologue must be from a published play (no original material).

    3. The monologue should be age appropriate.

    4. Applicants must bring a copy of the monologue to judges at the audition.

    5. A chair will be provided and may or may not be used.

    6. Dialects, props, costumes, and theatrical make up are all discouraged. We want to see and hear “you” the applicant.

**Professional acting is not expected, but preparation is. Select your piece in advance and take time to memorize and perform it.**

  1. Improvisation Situation

    1. Students will have the opportunity to show additional acting skills and abilities.

    2. You may be asked to show certain expressions and/or act out and respond to certain situations.

  2. Scene Reading

    1. Student will read through and possibly act out a scene with another person.

    2. The scene will be provided.

  3. Other Talent

    1. If the student has another talent such as (dance, singing, spoken word, etc…) they may prepare a 30-60 second performance for the audition.

    2. If singing:

      1. The song should be from a Broadway Musical or a Mainstream Play (no popular music is allowed).

      2. Student should bring sheet music (in their key) for audition.

    3. If dancing:

      1. Student must have music prepared on a CD.

      2. Music must be appropriate with no profanity or inappropriate language.

  4. Interview Portion

    1. Students will be asked a series of questions and given an opportunity to respond.

Theater – Technical

  1. Typed Statement

    1. Students should prepare a typed letter explaining why they would like to become a part of our program.

  2. Interview Portion

    1. Students will be asked a series of questions and given an opportunity to respond.

**Students who are seeking to enroll in the Fine Arts Academy with a focus on Technical Theater (Lighting, Stage Managing, Sound, Set Design, etc…) will be required to take some theater classes that consist of other aspects of theater as well.**

Contact Mr. Sherman for and audition requirements and to schedule an virtual audition.

How can I get more experience as an actor?

The best way to get experience is be involved as much as you can, build healthy relationships, and don't be afraid to try new things. The more tools you can put in your "theater toolbox" the better and the more relationships you build and develop will present more opportunities for experience.

Dream big!

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