Ashley Bowen 323 - 5310
The Fall play allows students to develop skills in many parts of the theatre, including, but not limited to, costume design, stage managing, running crew, acting, and hair/makeup crew work. The Fall play is typically a smaller ensemble than the school musical and functions as educational theatre, meaning that both highly experienced theatre students and students without theatre experience can come together than put together an excellent production. Auditions for the Fall play are typically during the first full week of school with performances near the end of October and beginning of November.
Ashley Bowen 323-5310
Each year the award-winning theatre department at Portage Central High School presents a Winter Musical for our community to enjoy. As a high school program, we view ourselves as an educational program that provides professional level opportunities for actors, technicians, and musicians. Past productions include Beauty and the Best, The Sound of Music, and West Side Story. Portage Central Performing Arts also prides itself on producing area and national premieres of challenging pieces such as the critically acclaimed 2012 production of The Phantom of the Opera and the 2011 production of Hairspray.
Theresa Mills 323-5318
Forensics highlights twelve public speaking categories from two different genres. Six of the events - broadcasting, impromptu, extemp, oratory, sales, and informative - are from the public address genre. Storytelling, prose, poetry, dramatic interpretation, duo interpretation, and multiple interpretations are from the interpretation genre. This is a competitive activity with competitions occurring in March, April, and May, while rehearsals begin in January.
Any questions, please contact Nikki Smith.
We expect to meet a couple of times a week after school and compete in state and national circuit tournaments including: Long Beach State University, The University of Florida, Harvard University, Novice Nationals and The Glenbrooks Invitational in Chicago. We will be focusing on Legislative Debate/Student Congress and hope to regain our former position as one of the top programs in the country. Participation in competitive debate has a substantial influence on admission to Ivy League schools and other top universities around the country.