Is High School Theater Important? Local Student Critics Explain Why
Is theater important for students today? Was it important for you? Should it be stressed in high school? More than 120 students around the region learned about how to do theater criticism for the 29 shows they'll review this school year.
Everyone's a critic? Well, for 120 students from high schools throughout St. Louis and St. Charles counties, they're not officially critics until they've gotten their training from The Cappies, the national student theater critics program.
Students from 15 area high schools converged on Rockwood Summit High School over the weekend for a morning of training in how to write reviews, the rules of The Cappies program and tips on theater etiquette.
Patch tagged along to find out why some of the aspiring scribes think theater is important in their lives, their schools and the world. Check the photo captions to see what students from around the region answered. Do you agree? Offer your replies in the comments below. Was theater important to you in school? Is it now? Why? Is it important for students to learn?
This school year is the eighth year for The Cappies program in the St. Louis area. Students from high school theater and journalism programs will review 29 high school theater productions during the 2011-12 school year. The theater season ends May 19 with a Tony Awards-style gala, in which students are awarded acting, music and technical awards.
Participating schools are: Bishop DuBourg, Clayton, Francis Howell, Francis Howell North, Holt, Maplewood Richmond Heights, Marquette, Mary Institute St. Louis Country Day School, McCluer, Nerinx Hall, Northwest, Notre Dame, Parkway Central, Pattonville and Rockwood Summit.
Dates and times for show The Cappies will review (note all times are p.m.; show dates do not indicate the full run of the performances):
|Oct. 15||7:00||Pattonville||Arsenic and Old Lace|
|Oct. 22||7:30||Bishop DuBourg High School||The Haunting of Hill House|
|Oct. 28||7:00||Francis Howell North||Chateau La Roach|
|Nov. 4||7:00||Maplewood Richmond Heights||A Raisin in the Sun|
|Nov. 4||7:00||Rockwood Summit High School||12 Angry Jurors|
|Nov. 6||2:00||Clayton High School||Taming of the Shrew|
|Nov. 10||7:00||Northwest High School||Twelve Angry Jurors|
|Nov. 10||7:30||Parkway Central High School||Don't Drink The Water|
|Nov. 11||7:00||Francis Howell High School||Distracted|
|Nov. 11||7:30||Notre Dame High School||The Crucible|
|Nov. 18||7:00||Holt High School||FOOTLOOSE|
|Nov. 18||7:00||Marquette High School||GREASE|
|Nov. 19||7:30||Nerinx Hall High||PHANTOM OF THE OPERA|
|Nov. 26||8:00||Mary Institute St. Louis Country Day School||Picasso at Lapin Agile|
|Jan. 19||7:00||Clayton High School||Footloose|
|Feb. 10||7:00||Francis Howell High School||Return to the Forbidden Planet|
|Feb. 17||7:30||Nerinx Hall High||PRIDE and PREJUDICE|
|Feb. 18||7:00||Pattonville||The Music Man|
|March 2||7:00||Maplewood Richmond Heights||Steel Magnolias|
|March 3||7:00||McCluer High School||Dreamgirls|
|March 8||7:30||Parkway Central High School||The Diary of Anne Frank|
|March 9||7:00||Holt High School||You Can't Take It With You|
|March 9||7:00||Rockwood Summit High School||How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying|
|March 10||8:00||Mary Institute St. Louis Country Day School||The Drowsy Chaperone|
|March 30||7:30||Notre Dame High School||Thoroughly Modern Millie|
|April 14||7:00||McCluer High School||The Diviners|
|April 19||7:00||Francis Howell North||Death of a Salesman|
|Fri, Apr 20||7:30||Bishop DuBourg High School||Godspell|
|Thu, Jan 1||12:00||Northwest High School||TBA|