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.
Auditions for the 2021-22 theatre season are now underway. No experience is necessary. Centralia College students AND community members are welcome to audition.
To audition, you can present a short monologue or read a scene from the play (provided for you). If you want a singing role, you will also need to prepare a song (and bring sheet music). Callbacks will be at 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 23.
Two state-of-the-art performance venues house the season offerings: the 500-seat Margaret Corbet Theatre and the intimate 100-seat Phillip Wickstrom Studio Theatre, both in Washington Hall. We invite you to attend an upcoming production, take a class, volunteer, or audition. Casts include both students and community members. We hope to see you soon in the theatre!
The Living by Anthony Clarvoe
7 p.m. Nov. 12-13 and 18-20
2 p.m. Nov. 14 and 21
Wickstrom Studio Theatre
Set in 1665 London as The Plague ravishes London, The Living explores the impact of a pandemic upon the individual psyche, society, and human relationships. With sardonic humor and wit, this award-winning play tells the story of a few brave people who faced the challenges of their time, which hauntingly echo our own.
Noises Off by Michael Frayn
7 p.m. Feb. 11-12 and 17-19
2 p.m. Feb. 13 and 20
Called "the funniest farce ever written," this witty comedy portrays all that can go wrong on AND off-stage when under-rehearsed itinerant actors go on tour in rural England. Doors slamming, physical antics, on and offstage romance, and an errant herring all figure in the plot of this hilarious and classically comic play.
Into the Woods
Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by James Lapine
7 p.m. May 13-14 and 19-21
2 p.m. May 15 and 22
Loosely based on the fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm, this Tony-award winning musical interweaves the stories of Jack and The Beanstalk, Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, and Rapunzel. Each character enters the woods on a journey--but they find their fates are bound to each other when a wolf, a giant, and a witch are discovered in their midst. Filled with memorable, funny, and moving musical numbers, Into the Woods will enchant and delight.
Dramatic Arts Academic Program
- Stage Manager
- Scene Designer
- Costume Designer
- Lighting Designer
- Sound Designer
- Music Director/Conductor
- Vocal/Dialect Coach
- Technical Director
- Master Electrician
- 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.
* 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
Centralia College has direct AA-degree transfer agreements with the following colleges:
- Bastyr University
- Central Washington University
- City University
- Cornish College of the Arts
- Eastern Washington University
- Gonzaga University
- Heritage University
- Northwest University
- Pacific Lutheran University
- Saint Martin’s University
- Seattle Pacific University
- Seattle University
- The Evergreen State College
- Trinity Lutheran College
- University of Washington
- Washington State University
- Western Washington University
- Whitworth College