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  • Troupe 900 | Countryside High School

    Announcements Theatre Movie Night ! An upcoming Friday Movie TBD ​ F or more information on what the atre participation entails, please reference the Countryside High Theater Handbook , also listed in the Student Resources Tab. ​

  • About Us | Countryside High School Drama

    ABOUT US Here at Countryside High Theatre, we take pride in our study of various acting methods and technical skills. Our classes have the freedom to explore different areas of expertise within the theater, and learn by getting hands-on with acting exercises and the technical equipment at our disposal. Want to take it a step further? Consider joining our fantastic Theatre Club! As a member, you'll be updated with news on upcoming events within our area, invited to our club's activities and special events, and also have the opportunity to audition for real on-stage productions and delve deeper into the world of theatre. Whether you're an energized actor, an aspiring director, or a valuable crew member, Countryside High Theatre is a place for everyone. Ms. Wills Ms. Jennifer Wills is very excited to be the theatre director at Countryside High School! Ms. Wills has a bachelor’s degree in Drama and a master’s degree in Integrated Arts in Education, both from the University of Montana. She has worked professionally for theatre companies in Montana, Seattle and Cincinnati and previously taught at John Hopkins Middle School and Largo High School. When she's not making magic happen onstage, you’ll find her traipsing around Disney with her handsome husband or volunteering for local animal shelters. Ms. Wills is extremely honored to be the sponsor for Countryside Troupe 900 and thanks her amazing Thespians for their support, hard work, and dedication to the performing arts. Email Ms. Wills 2010 - present 2010 - present ITS/ THEATRE CLUB BOARD Sebastion Ragosta President My name is Sebastian Ragosta, I'm honored to be the president of troupe 900. As president, I hope to uphold the aims and ideals of the troupe creating a positive, safe environment where everybody can feel welcome, because I love this troupe and want to work with everybody to make it better. Let's have a great year! Riley Golden Vice President Hello, my name is Riley and I am one of the Vice Presidents. I am so excited for the line of events and opportunities we have coming into the 2023-2024 year. When I was new to Troupe 900, I was welcomed with so much love. My senior year, I want to reciprocate that love to everyone - new and returning members. I can’t wait, I already know this year is going to be a blast! See you soon!!! Sarah Venable Vice President Hi! I’m Sarah Venable, a returning Vice President of Troupe 900. I’m a senior looking forward to my 4th and final year at Countryside High. As VP I organize events like Coffee House, take over the duties of the President when needed, and help out just about everywhere. I love my troupe and everyone in it and am so excited for this new year! Zay Martin Secretary Hi! I’m Zay if you don’t already know me, and I’m a senior! I’m the secretary this year and my job is to manage board meetings, and help plan a majority of things including theatre club. I look forward to meeting all the new members, and getting to work with our current members again! Ayden Stencil-Raddatz Bootcamp Hey! My name is Ayden and I’m in 12th grade this year. This will be my second year as troupe bootcamp, and I couldn’t be more excited for this opportunity! I run the inductions process to officially welcome people into our Troupe and the International Thespian Society. I’m really looking forward to a well rounded and communicative troupe this upcoming year and hope to see you as a part of it! Lauren Morahan Booster Liaison Hi! I’m Lauren, I’m a senior as of this year and the board position I’m filling is Booster Liaison. As liaison, I coordinate and communicate between our wonderful adults and the board. I’m so excited for myself and the rest of the board members to make this the best year yet! Chloe Hodges Webmaster Hello, I’m Chloe, I’m a sophomore and I’m thrilled to be the webmaster for Troupe 900!! It's my job to maintain the website for Countryside High Theatre, and make sure everyone receives accurate and up-to-date information. I cant wait to talk to everyone, and I look forward to helping my fellow board members make lasting and positive change. I can't wait to make this year amazing for everyone! Jade "JT" Thomas Publicist Hey y’all I’m Jt, I’m going to be a junior this year its gonna be my third year with troupe 900 I will be one of the social media queens also know as Publicist this year, my screen time online is actually ridiculous and I cannot wait to spend part of my screen time on Cside theatres platforms I’m so excited to get our social media up and running with valuable information. AHHGAH I cannot wait to meet you all :) Fin Casey Publicist Hey, I'm Fin. I'm one of Troup 900s publicists. I'm so excited to get to help share what this Troup has to offer by putting our hard work out into the digital and physical world! I'm so proud to be on the board with all these dedicated and talented people! I'll see yall later <3<3 Shelby Wilson New/ Future Members Coordinator My name is Shelby Wilson, I’ll be this years New Members Coordinator. I’m excited to be apart of the board and help us expand our theater family to even more people at Countryside.

  • Head Over Heels | CHS Theatre

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  • Use Our Auditorium | CHS Theatre

    HOST YOUR EVENT Make an impression. Utilize our large auditorium at Countryside High for seminars, plays, awards, and other events. Tech staff and ushers are available should you need them. For serious inquiries and rates contact Countryside High School's AP in charge of facilities Cynthia Ramos-Gonzalez

  • Spider's Web | CHS Theatre

    SPIDER'S WEB by Agatha Christie Avenir Light is a clean and stylish font favored by designers. It's easy on the eyes and a great go-to font for titles, paragraphs & more. SYNOPSIS ​ Clarissa, wife of a diplomat, is adept at spinning tales of adventure, but when a murder takes place in her drawing room she finds live drama much harder to cope with. Desperate to dispose of the body before her husband arrives with an important politician, she enlists the help of her guests. Hilarity ensues when they are interrupted by the arrival of wry detective Inspector Lord. A conscious parody of the detective thriller, Christie delivers a unique blend of suspense and humour. There is tension and laughter in equal parts in an intricate plot of murder, police, drug addicts, invisible ink, hidden doorways and secret drawers. CHARACTERS CLARISSA HAILSHAM-BROWN (F, 25-30) The second wife of Henry Hailsham-Brown, charming and inventive. Her imagination tends to work overtime, with some unexpected consequences. SIR ROWLAND DELAHAYE (M, 50-60) A distinguished gentleman with very definite charm. Clarissa’s guardian, friend, and adviser, he likes to think that he can guide her, but would never admit that she has him wrapped around her little finger. HUGO BIRCH (M, 50-60) The local Justice of the Peace. A rather irascible type who shouldn’t be involved in business like a murder. JEREMY WARRENDER (M, 25-30) An elegant young man and guest at the Hailsham-Brown’s house, the private secretary for a man much wealthier than he. PIPPA HAILSHAM-BROWN (F, 12-14) Clarissa’s young stepdaughter. She exhibits the strong emotional swings of a pre-teen, made worse by previous family problems. MILDRED PEAKE (F, 30-50s) A big hearty country woman who lives in a cottage on the estate and acts as gardener. ELGIN (M, 40-60s) The butler. Nothing escapes his attention. OLIVER COSTELLO (M 40s) He is suspected of shady dealings. None of the other characters like him and neither should the audience – even though he is killed in the first act, his body gets to hang around in the second act. HENRY HAILSHAM-BROWN (M, 35-50) Clarissa’s husband. A good-looking man with a rather expressionless face who works in the foreign office, a strong, solid type. INSPECTOR LORD (M, 40-50s) The wheels are always turning in his brain. Although he doesn’t let on, he doesn’t miss a thing. CONSTABLE JONES (M 20-40s) He and the Inspector have been working together long enough that they understand each other well. HOW DO I PREPARE FOR AUDITIONS? Here are some very simple tips: If you are asked to memorize something, do it thoroughly. In the audition you want to be focusing on the character and what they are saying and doing, rather than being an actor desperately trying to remember your words. The audition room will be different from your bedroom, so try performing your speech in different locations. The director will want to know that you are reliable if they are going to trust you with the responsibility of a role in the production. Engage imaginatively with what the character is saying and why they are saying it. Remember that they are speaking to someone else, so engage with what you want them to understand. Even if the character is speaking to themselves, they are still doing so for a reason, so try to engage with what you think that might be. To make sure you have learned it fully and deeply, do other activities while speaking the speech. The more you do this, the sturdier your learning of the speech. Also, quite often this will encourage you, unconsciously, to say it in different ways. This will be helpful in making you more confident, especially if a director asks you to do it differently. Don’t forget to practice your SLATE! The slate is the part of the audition (before the monologue) when you introduce yourself and tell the director what play your monologue is from and the playwright. Finally, READ THE PLAY! The answers to many questions about the speech will be in the play itself. Find out ALL the simple facts about your character, and make sure you have an understanding of what has recently happened to them and what is happening to them at this point in the play. If you don't know, not only will it be very difficult to perform the speech with any sense of integrity or accuracy, but you will feel silly if a director asks you about the character you are playing and you can’t answer. Tips for the big day… Be confident and try to enjoy the audition as much as possible. Remember the team will be there to help and support you, not to judge you! Arrive with plenty of time to spare so that you do not add to your nerves. Warm yourself up in advance both physically and vocally using exercises you have learned in theatre class. Good preparation in advance of your audition is key to helping you feel calm and confident on the day, giving you the best chance of showing yourself off to the best of your ability. Dress professionally, yet comfortably. If you want to be taken seriously, you need to look like it. Avoid long sleeves or jewelry that you’ll be tempted to fidget with onstage. Students with long hair should ensure they have their hair tied back. Try to enjoy the audition and use it as a fun, learning experience. Do not make the mistake of believing that you have a part before you do! Building yourself up too much can lead to disappointment. Go into the audition with an open mind, looking at it as an opportunity and new experience from which you will learn. Do not worry if something goes wrong in the audition. The audition team is there to see potential, not a finished, polished routine. Presentation is important. Ensure that even if you feel nervous and everything goes wrong, you smile, project your voice and try to come across as enthusiastically and confidently as possible! ​

  • Events & Productions | CHS Theatre

    Fall Play! "Spider's Web " Oct. 26th Oct. 27th Oct. 28th ​ Spring Musical! TBD Coffee House 1!! Aug. 31st Auditions Sep. 15th, 6:30-8:30pm Outside by the Student Parking Lot Perform Songs, Poems, anything else!

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