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THEATRE

The Theatre program at Santa Susana High School of the Arts allows students to develop and further their knowledge and training of theatre skills and techniques, as well as self discipline and a professional attitude needed for college and work in the entertainment industry.  Many SSHS graduates have continued their theatre education in many prestigious universities and private institutions such as PACE, Julliard, NYU, TISH, AMDA, FIDM, Syracuse University, Boston Conservatory (to name a few) and some finding success in the professional entertainment industry with television and film, private theatre companies and Broadway.  There is also opportunity to certificate and graduate with high honors in Theatre in addition to the diploma.

Theatre Certification Information

For more information regarding Musical Theatre please contact artur.cybulski@simivalleyusd.org


Auditions for incoming students will take place LIVE March 9th, 2024. 

The Process

Theatre I is required for entry into any of the above advanced classes.  No audition is required. It is a college prep class and is meant for all levels of ability and experience in theatre, including no experience. This class prepares each student for college level theatre.  We study and perform monologues, scenes, improvisation, famous playwrights, theatre history and character study. In order to certify in theatre you need this class.  I encourage all new students to enroll in Theatre I first. 

FOR CURRENT STUDENTS:
If you are a current student but not currently enrolled in Children's Theatre or Play Production, you must submit an audition to be considered for either of these classes.

​Your audition material is a key component of your audition.  Please read the information below carefully so that you come fully prepared.

Children's Theatre

Children’s Theatre is a college prep advanced class that includes two formal mainstage productions as well as performances for local elementary schools and community service. We study famous storytellers, theatre history, the art of storytelling as well as character and play study.  

Play Production

Play Production is an advanced class that includes two mainstage performances per school year.  We study famous playwrights, theatre history, character/play study, monologues, scenes and improvisation.


LIVE AUDITIONS

SSHS Theatre Department Auditions 2024/2025

Prior to auditioning, please fill out this Google Form and join the Auditions Remind (text @sshsau to 81010) 
If you are auditioning for more than one discipline, please check the boxes for all the departments you are auditioning for.

Please carefully read through the audition elements required for each class.  Please audition for each class of your choice introducing yourself before demonstrating the necessary skill sets. You may use the same monologues for each audition.

Example: State, “Hello, my name is ______ and I will be in ______grade. In this video I am auditioning for ______.”

How audition-
If you have questions please reach out to artur.cybulski@simivalleyusd.org

Children’s Theatre - Please include two contrasting monologues. The audition should be continuous and include your introduction and both monologues. Please make sure to introduce each monologue and state what the monologue is from. You may take a moment between monologues but please keep the performance continuous as we will be looking at how you transition from one monologue to the next as part of your audition. The complete audition should not exceed three minutes.

Play Production - Please include two contrasting monologues. The audition should be continuous and include your introduction and both monologues. Please make sure to introduce each monologue and state what the monologue is from. You may take a moment between monologues but please keep the performance continuous as we will be looking at how you transition from one monologue to the next as part of your audition. The complete audition should not exceed three minutes.

How to Prepare:

Your audition material is a key component of your audition.  Well in advance of the audition, you need to select two (2) contrasting monologues, approximately one minute each. (both need to be memorized)  (happy/sad, angry/happy, classical/contemporary, etc.)
  • Monologues should be age appropriate
  • Monologues must be from a published play or monologue book/website
  • Monologues need to have appropriate material (no bad language, sexual content, etc.)
  • Rehearse, rehearse, rehearse!
  • We are looking for memorization, creativity, believability, strong characterization and an understanding of the text
  • Be your most professional, enthusiastic, and creative self.  HAVE FUN!