Theatre33 prides itself on its longstanding tradition of exposing our students and our audiences to a wide variety of genres of theatre. Although our goal is to entertain, education comes first.
This has resulted in a number of plays rarely produced on the high school stage, such as: Two Shakespeare plays (A Midsummer Night’s Dream ’07, Much Ado About Nothing ’10), a Spanish lyrical play (Blood Wedding ’08), a Greek tragedy written over 2,000 years ago (The Trojan Women ’09), and an AIDS awareness play performed for all West Noble High School students as well as taken on the road to Ft. Wayne (three separate casts - ’00, ’04, ’10). Beyond the complexity of the plays themselves, we have produced unique productions of these plays with concepts derived from our own creativity and research. All of this plus more traditional high school fare have allowed us to provide a learning experience / variety of drama unparalleled in the area.
Although an auditorium is an eventual goal for us, we are blessed to possess an audeteria (or, cafetorium if you prefer) that allows us to use our space as though it were a black box theatre. We can perform plays in the traditional proscenium style, in a thrust (audience on three sides), or in the round (audience surrounding the playing space). This has allowed our students to gain proficiency in all types of theatrical performance; a feat almost unheard of in public high school performance.
In addition to three major productions a year (including one musical), we have the extreme pleasure of offering a week long afterschool theatre camp for students between 3rd and 8th grade. Each year has a theme with activities each day that culminate in a performance for parents and family members on the last day. Each activity is lead by high school members of Theatre33. This allows for an amazing opportunity for our high school students to apply what they’ve learned by sharing it with younger students. Theatre33 directors outline the framework of the curriculum in order to provide specific pedagogical steps, but the students are encouraged to make each lesson their own. This provides sound theatre education for young people while developing the communication skills of our high school students.
We are self-sustaining when it comes to our regular productions and our camp. We are able to pay for royalties (fees to the author / publishing company for performing each show) and for costume / set construction. But certain aspects of our program are in dire need of repair / replacement. We would like your help in collecting funds for one or more of the following projects:
Please contact us if you have any interest in supporting one or more of these projects. Thanks for your support of local students!