OK, I'm interested. How do I get involved?
Terrific! The first thing you should know is that you don't have to take theatre classes at Herndon High School to take part in most of the school productions.
There are main stage shows in the fall and spring as well as a children's theatre production in the winter. Watch for audition notices. There will be posters around the school, morning announcements, and postings on this website. You may also contact the HHS Theatre Director.
I do chorus/sports/dance after school. May I still participate?
Absolutely! Most rehearsals are immediately after school. If your activities happen later in the day, you should be fine. Also, the theatre and chorus departments work closely together on scheduling, and instructors try to be very flexible, asking you to list your preexisting commitments when you tryout.
What's involved in trying out?
Everyone who wants a role in a production has to audition. You'll be asked to perform a one-minute monologue from the 20th or 21st century. If the show is a musical, you'll also have to sing and dance. Don't worry! Before every musical audition, there is a workshop where you will be taught a dance and will be given song options.
What's a monologue, and where do I find one?
A monologue is just a speaking part. You'll be playing a character and speaking some lines to another character or the audience. It could be dramatic or comedic. Pick a monologue with which you're comfortable.
There are lots of places to find monologues. Try the library, the Internet, and local bookstores.
What if I don't want to be on stage? What else may I do?
There are a ton of things that go into producing a play or musical. This means you have lots of options—set construction, props, costumes, make-up, run crew, and/or stage management. If you take the technical theater class, you may also work with lighting and sound.
May I do just one production a year? Or just the summer theatre program?
Yes, of course you may! We're betting, however, that once you get bitten by the theatre bug, just one production won't be enough. Lots of students participate in only the fall or the spring production, and many love the summer theatre program, when they have time to immerse themselves in the whole experience.