The theatre department provides students with quality training in the areas of acting, voice, movement and choreography, design, construction and directing. The vision to continue providing students with the best learning experiences possible has included raising the standard of main stage performances and restructuring the class offerings to include a multi-tiered, conservatory-style training structure.
Kidservatory - K through 4th grades
Students are invited to participate in fall and spring semester plays. Past elementary performances have included Disney's Cinderella, A Year with Frong & Toad, 101 Dalmations, and Willy Wonka Jr. A summer theatre program is also open to these students, with programs such as Aladdin, Wizard of Oz,and The Music Man.
After School Sessions
Junior Conservatory - 5th through 8th grades
Junior High theatre offerings introduce the Conservatory model of classroom training and extra-curricular performance opportunities. With classes in beginning and advanced theatre, students are able to develop their performance skills through scene work, improvisation and character study. Students in the Junior High can also take part in a fall play and a spring musical. Past performances have included Schoolhouse Rock Jr., Annie Jr, Into the Woods, and Once Upon a Mattress.
Conservatory - 9th through 12th grades
High School theatre continues to provide students with the best theatrical learning experiences possible. In addition to introductory classes in theatre and technical theatre, students may take classes in film acting, musical theatre, and honors level theatre and technical theatre, some of the first UC-approved honors theatre courses available in California. Over the past few years, CT has revolutionized the way theatre is presented in the beautiful proscenium-style performance space through the addition of a computer operated Vortek rigging system for flying in and out set pieces. A 1,620 square-foot scene shop includes equipment for set construction, wood-working, metl working, scenic painting, and more. Open auditions are held for fall plays, a spring musical, multiple student-directed one-act "Brown Bags," and the honors students' main stage production, Experiments in Comedy and Tragedy.
In the spring of 2009, VCT presented the epic musical, Les Miserables. Complete with the traditional turntable and barricade, this musical tour de force marked a new level for the performing arts at VCS. Spring of 2011 brought the production of the classic Fiddler on the Roof.
Summer Theatre at VCS has become one of the largest summer programs at Valley, with nearly 100 performers involved annually. Students ages 7-16 take part in the program which offers instruction in acting, singing and dance while preparing a full-length musical production.
In 2009, the Theatre Arts Conservatory Honor Program was launched, offering students the opportunity to major or minor with a theatre performance emphasis.