Director, Drama Department: Ms. Nicole Thompson
Room: OAR
Phone: 310-378-8471 ext. 237

Pippin - PVHS Drama

Step Into the Spotlight with our award winning Drama Department. Offering courses in both Drama and Musical Theater, our Theater Arts classes help to build confidence, creativity, and communication skills. Beyond the classroom, our Drama Department offers a wide range of performance opportunities, including the Fall Play, Spring Musical, Musical Theater Showcases, Theater Festivals, Thespian Club, ComedySportz, and more! More interested in working backstage? Join stage crew and work with professional mentors in scenic design, lighting, sound, and costumes. For more information, visit www.pvhsdrama.com

Nicole ThompsonNicole Thompson is thrilled to be the head of the Drama program here at Palos Verdes High School. Named 2017 Educator of the year, Nicole holds a BA in Dramatic Arts from the University of California, Santa Barbara, a teaching credential in Drama/English from San Diego State University, and has trained at New York University’s CAP21 Musical Theatre Conservatory. Prior to teaching at PVHS, she taught in San Diego at the Coronado School of the Arts, the La Jolla Playhouse, and the Old Globe Theatre. Her directing credits include Palos Verdes High School’s award winning productions of Pippin (John Raitt Awards for Youth (JRAY) for Best Ensemble) and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Jerry Herman Award for Best Director and JRAY Musical of the Year).


Upcoming Productions:
Footloose – April 12-14, 18-20

PVHS DramaCourses Taught:
Drama 1, Drama 2, Drama 3-4, Musical Theater, Stage Crew

Course Descriptions:

Drama 1

Students will study the following:

• Team Building/Trust Exercises
• Theatre Terminology
• Pantomime/Movement
• Voice and Diction
• Improvisation
• Original Monologues
• Theater History – Greek Theater
• Theater Etiquette
• Play/Scene Analysis – The Rainmaker & Our Town
• Contemporary Monologue
• Audition Techniques
• Contrasting Contemporary Monologue
• Musical Theater
• Contemporary Scenes
• Intro to Technical Theater

Drama 2

Students will study the following:

• Team Building/Trust Exercises
• Improvisation
• Monologues – Contemporary
• Theater Discipline
• Theater History – Shakespeare
• Contemporary Scenes
• Fullerton Festival Prep
• Musical Theater
• Children’s Theater
• Audition Techniques
• Monologue – Against Type
• Career Preparation

Drama 3-4

Students will study the following:

• Team Building
• Improvisation
• Play/Scene Analysis – Death of a Salesman, Streetcar Named Desire
• Audition Techniques – The College Audition
• Monologues – Contemporary
• Musical Theater – 16-32 bars
• Classical Monologue
• Fullerton Festival Prep
• Musical Theater
• Acting Techniques (Stanislavsky, Strasberg, Adler, Meisner)
• Audition Techniques – Professional Auditions
• Directing One-Acts

Musical Theater

This course is designed to give students a high-performing opportunity to combine singing and dancing talents in an educational and performance setting. Students will learn and practice basic techniques in singing, dancing, auditioning, and musical theatre. Students will participate in two productions, which will showcase their talents and skills learned in class.

Performance Opportunities:
Fall Play
Spring Musical
California Educational Theater Association Festival
Fullerton College Theatre Festival
Dessert Theatre
Musical Theater Showcases
Evening of One-Acts
John Raitt Awards for Youth
Jerry Herman Awards

Extracurricular Opportunities:

Comedy Sportz     |     Thespian Club

Comedy Sportz  |  Thespian Club