GHS CAPA: THEATRE & COMMUNICATION ARTS

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The Department of Theatre and Communication Arts at Germantown High School has received national and international recognition for its superior work in the field of dramatic arts training. The theatre program offers four years of comprehensive, sequential arts classes that include training in all phases of theatre, history, performance and aesthetics. The theatre and communication arts faculty is composed of highly trained individuals who not only have excellent teaching credentials, but also have a variety of professional acting, playwriting, film and television credits.

The Poplar Pike Playhouse at Germantown High School presents a full season of theatrical productions in its 300 seat on-campus theatre facility. The yearly roster of events includes two mainstage shows, several acting festivals, a touring children's theatre company and additional small ensemble presentations. Students not only perform on the stage, but they also are responsible for every element of the theatre operation, including the technical as well as the business side of the program. The theatre has state-of-the-art lighting and sound equipment and a business office that is computer-assisted and staffed year round by student volunteers. The Playhouse has presented over 70 full length productions in its thirty year history.

There are two active speech and theatre honor organizations on the GHS campus: the International Thespian Society and the National Forensic League. Students may earn membership in both groups. Additional services, enhancements, and financial support is provided by the Poplar Pike Arts Guild. The mission of this parent and community organization is to serve the needs of the entire GHS fine arts program.

Additionally, the music and visual art components of the Fine Arts Department work in close coordination with the theatre arts faculty to help support both the curricular and co-curricular aspects of the program. Interdisciplinary course work and after-school enrichment opportunities are planned as part of each year's syllabus in all classes.