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TALON THEATRE

Talon Theatre is an educational theatre community within the Performing Arts Department at Santa Margarita Catholic High School. The program is rooted in the spirit of Caritas Christi and the philosophy of Theatre on Purpose which uses the performing arts as a way for students to discover who they are by nurturing their God-given talents and interests in a supportive, challenging and comprehensive training program in acting, musical theater, technical theater and design.

Talon Theatre alumni have gone on to some of the most prestigious college theater programs in the country and many have gone on to professional careers in theater, film and television. A veteran theater director and teacher with numerous awards, Santa Margarita's program is under the direction of Mrs. Amy Luskey-Barth.

2018-2019 School Year "At a Glance" Calendar

Courses Offered

Theatre 1

Theatre Arts 1 is a foundational course designed for students who are interested in furthering their knowledge of drama. Students will study the basic elements of acting, design, and directing through research, rehearsal, and performance of monologues, scenes, improvisation, and ensemble projects. While emphasis will be contemporary theatre, the history of the theatre is included in this curriculum. Students will have the opportunity to study playwriting, dramatic critique, and technical aspects of Classical through current theatre practices. Attendance at Talon Theatre Fall and Spring Productions is mandatory. Participation in the annual SMCHS Christmas Production is encouraged.
Length of Course: Year
Open to Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
(f) UC Approved

Theatre 2

Semester one is an intermediate level of acting. Semester two is advance level of acting. This class is highly recommended for students who plan to go on to IB Theatre or who are interested in improving their acting skills. In the first semester, students develop their acting and character development techniques through scene, monologue and ensemble work. In the second semester, students explore Shakespearean acting and other classical styles and work together on either an original or published one act play. There are two field trips to professional productions. Attendance at Talon Theatre Fall and Spring Productions is Mandatory. Participation in Christmas Production is encouraged.
Length of Course: Year
Open to Grades: 10, 11, 12
(f) UC Approved
Prerequisites: Theatre Arts 1, Musical Theatre or Teacher Recommendation.

IB Theatre Higher Level 1 & 2 - Two-year course

Students interested in fulfilling the group six requirement of the IB program can opt to do so through this theatre subject. IB Theatre HL 1 is the first year of a two year course beginning in the student’s junior year. In HL1 students do the preparatory work for the IB Assessments which they complete in their senior year. Students focus on theatre processes and develop skills, knowledge, and understanding through practical application in directing, Creating, Collaborating, Designing , and Performing. Students will explore various acting techniques, world theatre traditions, and playtexts throughout the course. Course work includes in depth exploration of various theatre practitioners and their processes, world theatre traditions, the directorial process, the role of the designer in theatre, and collaboration on an original theatre piece. Participation in Talon Theatre Productions is factored into the grade as rehearsal and performance credit. IB Theatre Students are eligible to apple for Design positions for the fall and Christmas productions.
Length of Course: Year
Open to Grades: 11
(f) UC Approved
Prerequisites: No pre-requisite but previous theater background recommended

7221F THEATRE IB HL 2

This course is a continuation of IB Theatre HL 1 and builds on the work done in throughout the previous year. Students are required to complete four IB Assessments by the end of the school year: The Director’s Notebook for which a student selects an unfamiliar play and develops a directorial concept for a production; A World Theatre Research Presentation for which the student explores an unfamiliar theatre tradition and performs a solo presentation demonstrating the tradition; The Collaborative Project in which students take on a role within the production process such as playwright, designer, director, or actor and creates an original piece of theatre and a solo theatre piece using the techniques of a theatre practitioner. Participation in Talon Theatre Productions is factored into the grade as rehearsal and performance credit. IB Theatre Students are eligible to apply for Design positions for the fall and Christmas productions.

Length of Course: Year
Open to Grades: 12
(f) UC Approved
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Theatre HL 1 IB.

IB Theatre Standard Level - One-year course

Students interested in fulfilling the group six requirement of the IB program can opt to do so through this Theatre subject. Theatre IB SL is an honors level course designed for students to complete in on year. Students focus on theatre processes and develop skills, knowledge, and understanding through practical application in Directing, Creating, Collaborating, Designing, and Performing. Students will explore various acting techniques, world theatre traditions, and playtexts throughout the course. There are three IB assessment projects that must be completed by the end of the school year: The Director’s Notebook for which a student selects an unfamiliar play and develops a directorial concept for a production; A World Theatre Research Presentation for which the student explores an unfamiliar theatre tradition and performs a solo presentation demonstrating the tradition; The Collaborative Project in which students take on a role within the production process such as playwright, designer, director or actor and creates an original piece of theatre. Participation in Talon Theatre productions is factored into grade as rehearsal and performance credit. Theatre IB SL students are eligible to apply for Design positions for the Fall and Christmas productions.
Length of Course: Year
Open to Grades: 11, 12
(f) UC Approved

Musical Theatre 1 & 2 - Beginning and Advanced Levels, Solo and Group Performance

This course is an overview of how musical theatre has evolved as an art form from its earliest roots in European Operetta, Vaudeville, and the Jazz Age through the Golden Age of Musical Theatre to the present day. An understanding and appreciation of this theatrical genre will be fostered through the study of musicals such as Showboat, Oklahoma, West Side Story, Sweeney Todd, Les Miserables, Wicked, and Next to Normal. Students will be introduced to a range of musical theatre styles, composers, lyricists, and choreographers. Students will learn how this uniquely American art form has reflected changes in society through the years. Throughout the course, students will perform scenes and songs and work together to create an original musical revue. No musical experience necessary.
Length of Course: Year
Open to Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
(f) UC Approved

7213A MUSICAL THEATRE 2

This course builds on the foundational skills developed in Musical Theatre 1. Emphasis will be given to performance of a variety of musical styles and genres from the history of the American Broadway Musical from Operetta, to the Golden Age, Rock Opera and Contemporary Song Cycles. Students will focus on acting through in depth character analysis, vocal type, physicalization, phrasing, staging and Choreography. Emphasis will also be given to developing vocal technique. Students will rehearse and perform in a showcase at the end of each semester. Students will collaborate on creating an original musical theatre performance piece.

Length of Course: Year
Open to Grades: 10, 11, 12
(f) UC Approved
Prerequisites: Musical Theatre 1 or Teacher Approval


Theatre Arts Production (Stagecraft)

This course provides students with hands-on instruction in various aspects of theatrical production including artistic design, technical theatre, set and prop construction, costumes, makeup, lighting, sound, and theatre management. Students must work on the technical crew for each public performance of Talon Theatre and the Performing Arts Department including the fall show, spring musical, the Christmas Production, and showcases as a requirement of the course. Evening rehearsals, technical rehearsals and performance dates are mandatory. Students must fulfill a minimum of 20 technical crew hours per semester during a Drama Lab period on Thursday afternoons from 3:30 – 6:30. Students will take a field trip to one professional production a year and will be required to write an in depth analysis of the technical elements of the production.
Length of Course: Year
Open to Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
(f) UC Approved

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Productions

Talon Theatre productions are cast through open auditions. In addition to the comprehensive training available to students, Talon Theatre produces two main stage productions annually. Students also perform in the annual Performing Arts Department Christmas Program, showcases, workshop productions, original ensemble pieces and student directed works throughout the year.


SEEK FIRST TO UNDERSTAND
“A Season of Unusual Love Stories”

The 2018-19 Talon Theatre season focuses on the qualities of kindness, trust, and understanding in human relationships.

FALL PRODUCTION
DAVID AND LISA

DAVID AND LISA by James Reach, follows the story of two mentally disturbed adolescents who find solace, comfort and healing through one another and with the compassionate support of the teachers and staff during one term at the Berkley School. This award-winning and heart- wrenching drama will be presented in the

OCTOBER 25th, 26th, 27th @ 7:00 p.m.
OCTOBER 28th @ 2:00 p.m.
EAGLE DOME


SPRING PRODUCTION
PHANTOM

PHANTOM with Book by Arthur Kopit, Music and Lyrics by Maury Yeston is based on the novel “The Phantom of the Opera” by Gaston Leroux. This mesmerizing musical boasts a rhapsodic score that entrances, moves, and haunts. The emotional story explores more deeply than other versions, the man behind the mask, Erik, and his love of beauty found in the exquisite singing of his protégé, Christine. The richly developed characters elicit empathy, pathos, and understanding.

April 11th, 12th, 13th @ 7:00 p.m.
April 14th @ 2:00 p.m.
EAGLE DOME


The International Thespian Society

The International Thespian Society is the only organization recognized by colleges and universities to honor high school students for outstanding work in theater on the secondary level. Talon Theatre maintains an active membership in the society with Honor Troupe #5524. Membership gives students incentives to participate in theater activities and can be an important factor in gaining admission to a quality theater program at the university level. There are two initiations each year and students are recognized with awards at the Talon Theatre Awards Banquet in the spring.

For more information on the International Thespian Society, please visit their website.

Membership

To become a Talon Theatre Thespian, inductees must earn 10 points, 5 of which must be earned through Talon Theatre. Refer to the thespian point award category sheet and fill out the sheet. Students must have participated in at least two Talon productions to be inducted. The deadline for inductions is quarterly, please turn in forms to Mrs. Barth.

Accolades

These recognitions are the cumulative effect of the combined effort of every thespian board and president since Troupe # 5524 was reactivated in the fall of 2010 by Talon Theatre Director Amy Luskey-Barth. Since that time, over 100 students have been inducted into Troupe #5524 with students attending the International Thespian Festival and the California State Festival annually.

  • Recognized at the California State Festival as the 2016 California State Honor Troupe. Honor troupe designation is similar to being identified as a “Blue Ribbon” School for participation in local, state, and national levels and for excellence in theatre.
  • In 2014, SMCHS was represented at the California Youth in Theatre Day in Sacramento where then Thespian President Joanna Pisano delivered her first place award-winning essay about the importance of educational theatre.
  • Performed at the International Thespian Festival in the Chapter Select Showcase in 2013 with “The Miracle Worker.”
  • Numerous students have competed in the National Individual Event Showcase in acting, musical theatre, technical theatre and design by achieving superior ratings at the state festival.
  • In 2015, Tyler Cotner won first place in sound design at the International Thespian Festival.
  • Many students have received sizeable scholarships from the Educational Theatre Association and state thespians and have gone on to study at some of the top theatre programs in the country.

2018/19 Leadership Board

President: Ella Lao
Vice President: Katie Flores
Secretary: Lilly Scannell
Treasurer: Emma Smith
Historian: Ciara Hunt
ComedySportz Liaison: Bella Carpenter
Communications Liaisons: Garrett Webb and Kennedy Kemmerer
Tech Liaison: John Luke Polson
Philanthropy Liaison: Natalie Mitchell
Junior Trope Liaison: Alex Roges

QUESTIONS?
Contact Mrs. Amy Luskey-Barth at bartha@smhs.org

Mentorship

MENTORSHIP
COLLEGE PREP PRE-PROFESSIONAL PROGRAM

WHAT IS IT?

The Mentorship Program is an individualized course of study to prepare students for audition and interviews for admission to college, university, and conservatory theatre arts training programs. Students who intend to major in theatre arts should enroll in the Mentorship Program in the spring of their Junior Year.

The Mentorship – College Prep Pre-Professional Program assists parents and students in their search and selection of the right theatre training program for the student.

  • Selection and cutting of audition material for each audition
  • Private Coaching
  • Preparation for college scholarship auditions
  • Counseling
  • Time Management and Focusing
  • Portfolio
  • Interviewing techniques and practice

  • HOW DO I APPLY?
    A student must fill out an application before Christmas Break of their Junior Year indicating their intention to enroll in the Mentorship Program. The student and parents will then be invited to conference with the Talon Theatre Program Director to discuss the student’s goals and to discuss the best course of training and preparation.

    Preparation begins in the spring of the student’s junior year outside of school time.

    For more information, please contact Amy Luskey-Barth at bartha@smhs.org

    Comedy Sportz High School League


    Talon Theatre is an active member of ComedySportz High School League. ComedySportz is competitive improvisation played in a fun environment as a team sport. It's a great way to build your acting skills and meet new people!

    The ComedySportz High School League® is the largest, most successful improv training program for high school students in the country. The High School League® empowers students to create their own theatre and nourishes their communication skills through improvisational theatre workshops and performances. It encourages their individuality and provides the forum to succeed or fail in a safe environment that combines showmanship and sportsmanship. The League provides an extracurricular activity that goes beyond stage work into everyday situations. And the students just think they're having fun!

    ComedySportz Los Angeles has established varsity teams in schools across five counties in Southern California, where "winning" is the least important part of the game. The High School League is low-cost, terrific theatrical training and a great way to fundraise.

    Applications available in August.

    Please view Talon Theatre Calendar for practice dates and matches.


    CAPPIES and MACY Awards

    Talon Theatre participates in the Orange County Cappies and the MACY programs. The Cappies Critics and Awards Program trains high school theater students as critics. Students attend shows at other schools and write reviews with the potential of being published in The Orange County Register. The Spirit of the MACY Awards, founded in 1969, is dedicated to encouraging, recognizing and rewarding achievement and excellence in Southern California high school musical theater. Santa Margarita is the proud recipient of numerous MACY Awards including the 2014 award for Best Musical.


    CAPPIES

    Talon Theatre participates in the Orange County Cappies and the MACY programs. The Cappies Critics and Awards Program trains high school theater students as critics. Students attend shows at other schools and write reviews with the potential of being published in The Orange County Register. The Spirit of the MACY Awards, founded in 1969, is dedicated to encouraging, recognizing and rewarding achievement and excellence in Southern California high school musical theater. Santa Margarita is the proud recipient of numerous MACY Awards including the 2014 award for Best Musical.

    For the 2017-18 Season, we are proud to announce the following Cappies nominations for Godspell:


    GODSPELL WINS the Cappie for BEST MUSICAL
    THE TWELVE DISCIPLES WINS the Cappie for BEST ENSEMBLE IN A MUSICAL
    Emma Smith WINS the Cappie Best Dancer Award
    Emily Freeborn WINS the Cappie for Best Freshman Critic

    For additional information on the Cappies program, please visit their website: https://www.cappies.com/occ

    MACY

    For the 2017-18 Season, we are proud to announce the following MACY nominations for West Side Story:


    ISTA – Member International School Theatre Association

    For information on ISTA, please visit: https://ista.co.uk/

    Travel Opportunities

    Members of the Thespian Honor Society have the opportunity to attend both the California State Thespian Festival as well as the International Thespian Festival where students perform in individual events, compete for scholarships, take workshops and meet other theater students from around the world.

    TALON THEATRE 2019 INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL THEATRE ASSOCIATION ISTA FESTIVAL, ATLANTA, GEORGIA
    MARCH 14 – 17 2019
    THEME: THE PRICE OF FREEDOM

    This festival explores modern slavery, the rise of trafficking in the 21st Century and how we can take action to stop it. Students will visit the Center for Civil and Human Rights and will create ensembles to devise an original piece of theatre with students from around the world.

    Open to Juniors and Seniors in IB Theatre and Performing Arts. Approximate Cost: $1500 - $1800 based on the number of participants and airfare.

    Includes: ISTA registration, all meals, flight and ground transportation, chaperone hotel/related costs and tickets to CNN. Students stay with host families from the Atlanta International School.

    TO REGISTER: Permission form and non-refundable deposit of $300 DUE by June 5th, 2018. Make Checks Payable to SMCHS. Please turn in to Mrs. Barth or Mrs. Melosini

    Download forms and information below:

    Information
    Field Trip Permission Form

    Talon Academy of the Arts and Master Classes

    Talon Academy of the Arts is an extra-curricular, after-school program for students who seek specialized training in a worship environment with guest artists and industry professionals. Master classes are offered throughout the year in musical theater, improvisation, cabaret performing, dance, playwriting and more!

    ENCORE!

    This is Talon Theatre's vibrant musical theatre touring troupe. Encore! performs thematic revues in the community and for campus events.

    Speak Up!






    SPEAK UP! is an original award-winning play that follows the stories of four teenage characters who struggle with issues of identity, sexual assault, guilt and suicide. The play, inspired by Project Semicolon, brings to light some of the real life circumstances and causes of teen suicide and provides hope for those in need by demonstrating the power that one person can have in the lives of those who feel isolated, abandoned or misunderstood. Encouraging empathy, compassion and love, the play is a powerful reminder of how inextricably linked we are to each other.
    SPEAK UP! is a call to action.