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Students Get Real Life Interview Experience with Theatre Projects

Technical Theatre Projects

Senior Conner VandeVenter presents his project on “Sherlock Holmes” to metro theatre professionals.

Valley High School drama teacher Stacy Hansen gave her technical theatre students a peek at what a career in theatre might be like when they gave their second semester portfolio project presentations to theatre professionals from the metro area. Each student selected a script and designed the lighting, set and costume components.  Additionally, they created the marketing, property and sound designs for each individual play.

“This is very real life,” said senior Conner VandeVenter, who is planning on majoring in theatre next year. “We worked the entire semester on the same play and it’s very cool to see everything come together.”  

VandeVenter completed his project on “Sherlock Holmes” and presented a scale model of his vision of the set, costume designs with fabric swatches and ideas for lighting and sound for his production.

Technical Theatre Projects

Farah Hashim shows her project for technical theatre class.

The presentations were judged on delivery, summary of the play, analytical explanation of their choices and creativity of their production concept. Judges were:

  • Alex Baranosky, Dowling High School Theatre/Speech Director
  • David and Bethany Byrd, Dreamstate Photography
  • John Graham, Drake University Theatre Professor
  • Ron Lambert, STAGEWEST Producer/Director
  • Aimee Langager, IHSSA Speech Judge
  • Sam Melz, Drake University
  • Becky Scholtec, Des Moines Metro Theatre Advocate
  • Rob Todd, Iowa State University
  • Doug  vanOostenrijk, Iowa State University Theatre
  • Thatcher Williams, 7/11 Theatre Project, Valley High School Technical Director