The Drama program at St. John Paul II Catholic High School strives to give students a creative outlet in which to grow and showcase their God-given talents. There are multiple opportunities available each year to participate on-stage, back-stage or both! The department sponsors a full length fall play, spring musical, Broadway Review, student talent show, open mic nights, and a spring one-act play. Each year, the Drama program participates in both the Trumbauer Theatre Festival and the Alabama Thespian Festival. At both festivals, students may compete in any number of performances or technical events, attend workshops and perform in either a one-act play or full length play competition.
The classes currently offered within the Drama program include the following:
This class introduces the student to all aspects of the theatre including performance, technical aspects and history. Students are encouraged to participate in the Trumbauer Theatre Festival and the Alabama Thespian Festival and perform a one-act play at the end of the school year.
This is a performance-based class for students who have completed Drama I. Students perform in the fall play and the spring musical. They are required to participate in the Trumbauer Theatre Festival and the Alabama Thespian Festival. Additional assignments may be based on the current production.
This is a practical class in all areas of technical theatre. Students will learn requirements for putting a production together from start to finish. Assignments include publicity, costuming, set design and building, makeup and props.
The St. John Paul II Catholic High School Drama program is under the direction of Mari Adams. Adams graduated from Louisiana Tech University with a B. A. in both history and theatre. She then went on to earn her Master of Fine Arts degree in theatre from the University of Alabama. After working professionally for two years, she decided she wanted to teach. She worked for five years at Southern Union State Community College as the full-time Director of Theatre. After a brief time off to care for her two children, she returned to teaching in 2005 at St. John Paul II Catholic High School.