Drama

Theatre lives in the present tense. It is always here and now. Whether the story is drawn from Ancient Greece or set in some futuristic world of tomorrow, the sense of occasion and participation make it a communal event.

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2022-23 Productions

Tickets are available now for all the 2022-23 shows. Tickets will also be available at the door. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors and CC students. 

Fall Quarter - Nov. 12-23

Leaving 50 Wimpole Street by John Pratt

"How do I love thee? Let me count the ways." This opening line to a sonnet was written by English poet Elizabeth Barrett for fellow poet Robert Browning. Though Elizabeth was forbidden to marry, she was not deterred, exchanging hundreds of letters with Robert--often multiple times a day--for over two years.  In 1846, they were secretly married and famously eloped, escaping to a life together in Italy. Their courtship and courageous love are brought to life by Centralia College Professor Emeritus John Pratt in this world premiere.

 

Winter Quarter - Feb. 24-March 5

The Sneeze by Anton Chekhov

Anton Chekhov is best known for his dramas The Three Sisters, The Cherry Orchard and Uncle Vanya.  However, he also was a master of comedy, penning hundreds of hilarious short stories and vignettes for the stage.  The Sneeze brings together a handful of Chekhov's short works, in a translation by Michael Frayn (an author in his own right for comedies such as Noises Off).  Come enjoy these pieces in the spirit of vaudeville, which poke fun at ironies of life and love.

Spring Quarter - May 12-21

The Sound of Music by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein

Beloved by audiences for generations, The Sound of Music by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein captures the power of music to transform lives. Inspired by the memoir of Maria Augusta Trapp, the musical is set in 1938 in Austria during the rise of Nazism.  The story follows an aspiring nun who is assigned to serve as governess to seven children under the strict watch of their father, Captain von Trapp.  It includes many popular musical numbers, including "Climb Every Mountain," "My Favorite Things", "Doe-Re-Mi" and "Sixteen Going on Seventeen."  Don't miss this musical theatre classic!  

Dramatic Arts Academic Program

  • Actor 
  • Director 
  • Playwright 
  • Stage Manager
  • Scene Designer
  • Costume Designer
  • Lighting Designer
  • Sound Designer
  • Choreographer
  • Music Director/Conductor
  • Vocal/Dialect Coach
  • Technical Director
  • Master Electrician
  • Dramaturg
  • Literary Manager 
  • Wardrobe Mistress/Dresser
  • Arts Administrator
  • Artistic Director
  • Managing Director
  • Theatre/Drama Educator

Dramatic Arts Education Plan

Degree: Associate in Arts
Emphasis: Dramatic Arts

The Dramatic Arts degree program meets the needs of students interested in acting or working in technical theater and who intend to transfer to a four-year institution.

Notes for Students

  • A maximum of 15 credits in DRMA 100 level courses may be credited toward an Associate in Arts degree.
  • Up to 5 credits in Drama may be used as Humanities distribution credits.
First Year  
Fall Quarter
  • DRMA& 101 Introduction to Theater - 5 credits
  • ENGL& 101 English Composition I - 5 credits
  • Social Science Distribution - 5 credits
Winter Quarter
  • DRMA 107 Beginning Acting - 5 credits
  • ENGL& 102 Composition II - 5 credits
  • Social Science Distribution - 5 credits
  • Health and Fitness Distribution - 1 credit
Spring Quarter
  • DRMA 108 Intermediate Acting - 5 credits
  • DRMA 205 Contemporary World Theatre - 3 credits
  • Elective - 3-5 credits
  • Natural Science Distribution - 5 credits
Second Year  
Fall Quarter
  • ENGL& 114 Introduction to Dramatic Literature - 5 credits
  • Health and Fitness Distribution - 1 credit
  • Quantitative Skills Distribution - 5 credits
  • Social Science Distribution - 5 credits
Winter Quarter
  • DRMA 120 Introduction to Playwriting - 5 credits
  • Elective* - 3-5 credits
  • Health and Fitness Distribution - 1 credit
  • Natural Science Distribution - 5 credits
Spring Quarter
  • ENGL 204 Introduction to Shakespeare - 5 credits
  • Humanities Distribution - 3-5 credits
  • Natural Science Distribution - 5 credits

* Recommended offerings include DRMA 115 and DRMA 120.

DRMA 100 - Applied Drama

Provides credit for participation in either the artistic or technical aspects of the college’s quarterly play productions. This course may be repeated for credit.

DRMA& 101 - Introduction to Theater

Overview of theatre as an art form with emphasis on the play in production and the roles of various theatre artists. Students are expected to attend two plays during the quarter at their own expense.

DRMA 103 - Set Design

Introduction to the basics of scenic design for the theatre; drafting and model building. Students will work on the concurrent Centralia College Drama production. Prior enrollment in DRMA 106 is preferred.

DRMA 105 - Theater History

Survey of the major periods in Western drama through study of major representative plays and development of the physical theater of those periods.

DRMA 106 - Introduction to Stagecraft

Introduction to basic tools, materials, equipment, techniques used in the design and implementation of sets, lighting and sound for the theatre. Students will participate in the design, construction and lighting of the concurrent drama production.

DRMA 107 - Beginning Acting

Introduction with emphasis on concentration, imagination, movement, and characterization via vocal, physical, emotional exercises, improvisation, and scene work. Students will be expected to attend two plays during the quarter at their own expense.

DRMA 108 - Intermediate Acting

Continuation of acting fundamentals with an emphasis on improvisational techniques and exercises, and advanced monologue and scene work. Students will be expected to attend two plays during the quarter at their own expense. Prerequisite: DRMA 107 or instructor permission.

DRMA 110 - Stage Makeup

Introduction to the types of theatrical makeup and the techniques of application.

DRMA 111 - Stage Lighting

Introduction to the basic principles of stage lighting as an integral part of theatrical productions. The course will deal with theories and equipment commonly used in theatre lighting. Students will participate in the drama production.

DRMA 115 - Dramatic Performance

For students involved in the creative/performance aspects of a play production, from audition through research/preparation for their portrayal and evaluation of their performance. The student must successfully audition and be cast in a college production. Prerequisite: audition selection for quarterly play production.

DRMA 118 - Musical Theatre

The study of musical theatre, its major works, its significance in theatre history, and role in American culture with an emphasis on production elements and the play in performance.

DRMA 120 - Introduction to Playwriting

Study the art and craft of writing for the stage. Students will be required to complete and oversee the production of a short play. Final performances of student works will be presented to the public.

DRMA 130 - Directing

An introduction to the theories, methods, and processes of directing a theatrical production. The course will culminate in the performance of a short play, which will be shown to the public. Prerequisite: DRMA& 101, DRMA 107, DRMA 108.

DRMA 141 - Theater Speech

The training of the human voice to develop control. The emphasis is on voice projection, quality and accuracy of sound and articulation of the English language.

DRMA 148 - Introduction to Dance

Study the fundamentals of Ballet, Modern, and Jazz dance. Prior dance experience is not necessary. The student will be required to wear casual, comfortable clothing. Students may participate barefoot. Dance shoes are optional.

DRMA 149 - Introduction to Movement for Theatre

Introduction to dance for Musical Theatre. Prior dance experience is not necessary. The student will be required to wear casual, loose fitting clothing. Students may participate barefoot. Dance shoes are optional.

DRMA 150 - Introduction to Modern Dance

Study basic Modern Dance, Latin, and Swing movements. Prior dance experience is not necessary. The student will be required to wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing. Students may participate barefoot. Dance shoes are optional.

DRMA 155 - Technical Production I

This course is an introduction to the technical aspects and procedures specific to setting up and running live entertainment.

DRMA 201 - Advanced Acting

Continued study of acting; character analysis, scene interpretation and classical styles. Students will be expected to attend two plays at their own expense and will be responsible for the presentation of a children’s theatre production. Prerequisite: DRMA 108 or instructor permission.

DRMA 205 - Contemporary World Theatre

Introduces contemporary world theatre using the theatrical productions of the Pacific NW regional theatres and the Broadway theatres of NY City. Travel to and study these productions. Visits to additional cultural events/locales will be included.

DRMA 210 - Multicultural Theatre

An introduction to the dramatic literature and contemporary theatre practices of people of color; the study of the intersections of cultures in American society as portrayed in American theatre and performance

Contact 

Emmy Kreilkamp (she/her/hers)
Professor
Office: WAH 104
360-623-8467
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