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Drama

The award-winning Santa Fe High School Theater Department is recognized as one of the most diverse and active student theater programs in the Southwest. The program nurtures young artists in the various elements of production, performance, and analysis. 

Producing an average of five full productions a year, the program demands a great deal of commitment and participation while understanding the need for academic success.  Students involved in the department perform in main stage productions of both “straight” and “musical” shows, student-directed productions, state theater festivals, solo performance pieces, and world premieres. 

In recent years, SFHS Theater has performed in the Edinburgh (Scotland) Fringe Fest - the largest theater festival in the world - taken excellence awards for acting and technical theater at the state one-act competition at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales, staged a multi-discipline world premiere in conjunction with the Dance Department (Words Mean Nothing), presented classics of American theater (The Hot L Baltimore), and produced offbeat shows like The Rocky Horror Show and Sylvia.

Collaborations with local theaters (The International Shakespeare Center and The Lensic) have allowed students to be immersed in the professional world while still being centered in an educational environment.

Students are introduced to character construction, improvisational work, stage make-up, stage combat, script analysis, lights, construction, sound, stage managing, and much more.

Available Programs

What We Offer

Drama 1

This is an introductory class open to all students, regardless of experience and grade level.  Topics to be covered include, but are not limited to, Character Construction, Public Speaking, Improvisation, Monologue Work, Make-Up, Stage Combat, and Theater Positions.

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Advanced Drama

Advanced Drama is open to students who have successfully completed Drama 1, or who have extensive prior theatrical experience.  A rotating, three-year "conservatory style" class, students who take all three years of advanced will have a deep, and collegiate ready, understanding of external character creation, internal character work, and script analysis. Advanced Drama is by teacher approval and/or audition.

Students are expected to do technical support for two productions during the course of the show season.

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Drama Stagecraft

Drama Stagecraft is an intensive but essential element of SFHS Theater.  Students oversee and produce all technical elements of productions.  This includes, but is not limited to, lighting, construction, costume management, sound, and stage management.  Students annually participate in The Lensic Theater Internship, providing valuable professional experience for further study in college.  For highly dedicated students, opportunities to design lights, sound, and sets are also available.

 

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Advanced Film Studies

Another joint class with Santa Fe Community College (accommodating Dual Credit class requirement for graduation), Advanced Film Studies examines major film movements from history, analyses film concepts such as Mise en Scene, Cinematography, and Screenplay.  Other movements such feminist filmmaking, World New Wave cinema, and animation are also covered.  Class participation and discussion is expected in this class.

Beginning Film Studies

A joint class with Santa Fe Community College (accommodating Dual Credit class requirement for graduation), Film Studies is an introductory Film History course that examines the history of film as an art form, it's aesthetic fundamentals, and milestone films.  Starting with the birth of silent films and ending with modern masterpieces, this class is open to all students 10th grade or higher that have an interest in film and film history.

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International
Thespian Society

As a member of The International Thespian Society (Troupe #4115), students will gain points through participating in all things theater.  Whether they are performing on stage, minding the booth, ushering and house managing, or organizing and promoting the theater itself, students will gain organizational skills and have valuable experience for college and professional resumes.

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Past Production Slideshow (click image for full size)

Drama I
Advanced Drama
Drama Stagecraft
Film Studies
International Thespian Society
Past Productions
Instruction

Instruction

 

Reed Meschefske:

Drama 1

Advanced Acting

Film Studies

Reed Meschefske has been active in theater for over thirty-five years.  Mr. Reed spent a large part of the 1990s performing improvisational comedy with both ComedySportz (Green Bay Branch) and Theater Sports (Midwest Branch), as well as developing a love for Shakespeare with the Dancing Moon Theater Company. 

 

He received his bachelor's degree from Columbia-College Chicago and his Master's of Fine Arts Degree from the National Theater Conservatory in Denver, CO.  Mr. Reed has performed with The Utah Shakespeare Theater, The Denver Center Theater Company, Attic Theatre Company, Theater Oobleck, and many others.  Before becoming a full time educator, he was a member of The Actor's Equity Association.  He has been Head of Theater at Santa Fe High School since 2010. 

 

He won the Partner's In Education Teachers Who Inspire Award in 2015.

Contact: Rmeschefske@sfps.k12.nm.us

Zoe Burke:

Drama Stagecraft

Zoe Burke, who has been involved in theatre as an actress since her youth, began studying technical theatre and directing while obtaining her education degree at Newman University. Since then, she has acted in, directed, staged managed, and worked on technical design for productions with a variety of theatre companies, both in her home state of Kansas and here in Santa Fe. 

 

In addition to teaching stagecraft at Santa Fe High, she teaches drama at Ortiz Middle School and has taught drama classes at Warehouse 21.

Contact: Pburke@sfps.k12.nm.us

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Upcoming Productions

Upcoming Productions

SFHS Theater Presents: 

Much Ado About Nothing 

by William Shakespeare

Directed by: Reed Meschefske
Technical Direction by: Zoe Burke

   Messina, Italy!  1984!!!

  Don Pedro has brought his compatriots to the luxurious Italian countryside to relax after a long conflict.  Claudio immediately falls in love with Hero, while Benedick and Beatrice trade insults and mockery.  That is until...

 

  A group of Messina nobles decide they will get Benedick and Beatrice to marry each other despite their outward animosity.

 

  While this is taking place, a cruel trick leads to horrible consequences for the newly betrothed Claudio and Hero.

 

  What will happen in the end?  Join these talented and dedicated students as they proudly present this Shakespearean classic of love, tricks, and misunderstandings.

Tickets: 

$8 - students and seniors

$10 - general adult admission

Performances:

November 17, 18, 19 @ 7:33 pm

Production will take place at SFHS Performing Arts Building - 2100 Yucca St.

 

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