Last October, 30 students came together to devise an original theatrical piece in response to the events of 2020. They created EARTH II, a story that answers the question; What if the worst-case scenarios for 2020 had come true? Our story begins with a world that is toxic and unsafe for human life. The solution? Earth II, a completely virtual world where citizens are secured in their individual pods and free to enjoy the vast virtual world created for them. After 15 years of this virtual “paradise”, the citizens begin to realize their safe pods, once a sanctuary, are in fact, more like a prison. This script was imagined, written, and performed by the Bearcat Devised Theatre Company, with story direction from Ms. Wozniak and choreography guidance from Ms. Reidy.
Link to the youtube live stream on March 19th at 7:00 pm: https://youtu.be/F_Z75ivjtDA
Screening starts at 7pm. Immediately after the film, the cast will join the livestream via zoom and we will share the conversation on that same YouTube link.
Jan 29 (Date Change) | Feb 26 | Mar 26 | Apr 30
About SMHS Drama
San Mateo High School is the home of one of the Bay Area’s finest and most comprehensive high school drama programs. Offering courses in Drama, Musical Theatre and Cinema and Society, students are exposed to the dramatic arts in multiple forms and formats. Coursework provides students with hands-on academic opportunities in acting, directing, design and choreography (often in conjunction with San Mateo High’s highly acclaimed dance and music departments).In addition to its high-level classroom work, San Mateo High School typically produces 3 exceptional quality shows each year in the newly renovated state-of-the-art on-campus performing arts center. Boasting multiple awards from both San Jose Stage Company’s Top Honors and American Musical Theatre of San Jose’s Honors, San Mateo High School has developed a reputation for excellence in drama education and performance. By providing a robust drama curriculum, San Mateo High School is developing students’ skills in numerous areas emphasized by California’s recently-implemented Common Core curriculum, including real-world problem-solving, collaborative learning and communication. Most importantly, San Mateo High School’s drama program provides students the opportunity to develop a time-honored craft: telling stories, using a toolkit comprised of their voices, bodies and imaginations, while testing their maturing senses of reasoning and emotion. By making high-quality productions accessible to the greater Bay Area community, San Mateo High’s drama students are educating the next generation of audience members.
Stephanie Wozniak (Artistic Director)
Kim Pitzer (Treasurer)
Jodi Zwiebach (Parliamentarian)
Linda Oberstein (Publicity/Outreach)
Dina La Bove- Administrative Assistant
Christina Simmons (President)
Jennifer Gloss (Vice President)
Martha McKenna (Recording Secretary)
Ellen Fellenz (Corresponding Secretary)
Shari Yoshihara (Historian)
The purpose of Drama One is to give you a chance to become better performers, theatre scholars and critics. Advanced Drama students have the opportunity to deepen their acting skills, as well as take a leadership role as improvisation team leaders and scene directors. Our curriculum is aligned to the state and district standards for theatre in which you will be expected to demonstrate proficiency in order to pass the class. Download Drama Syllabus
Cinema and Society
The purpose of this class is to make you talk and think and write about art – in this case, one particular art form that we call film – and how it reflects the society in which we live. I never want you to stop enjoying watching movies; however, I hope that after this year will watch them more critically and with a better understanding of how form and content are interrelated. Download Cinema and Society Syllabus
The purpose of Musical Theatre is to teach the history and structure of this most American form of drama. This is done through a minimum of lecture, a bit of research, and primarily through your performance of a variety of projects. For those of you who are new to this, the materials you will need are: water to drink, comfortable clothes so that you can sing and move as needed, a small recorder (if possible) to record songs you will need to sing, and a pencil to mark your materials. Download Musical Theater Syllabus