Hart District schools shine in regional theater competition
Valencia High School placed first for its performance of "Les Miserable" in the Open Musical division of the DTASC Varsity Division Fall Festival at Calabasas High School on Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017. Courtesy of Gina Painter
By Christina Cox
Monday, October 30th, 2017

Five high schools from the Santa Clarita Valley took home several awards, honorable mentions and recognitions from the annual Drama Teachers Association of Southern California (DTASC) Varsity Division Fall Festival.

A total of 74 schools from across Southern California took part in the all-day competition at Calabasas High School Saturday, including the theater departments from Canyon High School, Golden Valley High School, Hart High School, Saugus High School and Valencia High School.

DTASC’s Varsity Division Fall Festival allows schools to compete in nine events that include: Costumes and Makeup, Graphics and Publicity, Audition Monologue, Leading Ladies, Horror / Thriller, Student Original based on a Painting from the Renaissance thru 1970, Large Group Drama, Large Group Comedy and Open Musical.

Overall, DTASC’s program aims to create a network where theater educators and students can effectively communicate ideas, share resources, workshop and showcase their theater skills, according to the organization’s website.

It also works to foster an educational environment through performance opportunities, diversity and professional adjudication.

Golden Valley High School received an honorable mention for its performance of “The Book of Mormon” in the Open Musical division of the DTASC Varsity Division Fall Festival at Calabasas High School on Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017. Courtesy of Gina Painter

All five William S. Hart Union High School District schools performed well in the competition, making it to semi-final rounds, taking home honorable mentions and placing first in several categories.

Canyon High School, led by Yass Molerio, placed third in Large Group Comedy, fifth in Large Group Drama and placed in the top 10 overall.

Golden Valley High School, led by Janie Prucha, received honorable mentions for Open Musical and for Leading Ladies.

In its first competition, Hart High School, led by Jennifer Magon, took four student scenes to their first competition.  One scene and one monologue from the school made it to the semi-finals.

Saugus High School, led by Gina Painter, placed fifth in Leading Ladies, placed fourth in Large Group Comedy, placed third in Open Musical, placed first in Student Original and placed second overall.

Valencia High School, led by Stephen Whelan, placed second in Large Group Drama, placed first in Open Musical and placed fourth overall.

ccox@signalscv.com
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About the author

Christina Cox

Christina Cox

Christina Cox is a multimedia journalist covering education, community and breaking news in the Santa Clarita Valley. She joined The Signal as a staff writer in August 2016.

Valencia High School placed first for its performance of "Les Miserable" in the Open Musical division of the DTASC Varsity Division Fall Festival at Calabasas High School on Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017. Courtesy of Gina Painter

Hart District schools shine in regional theater competition

Five high schools from the Santa Clarita Valley took home several awards, honorable mentions and recognitions from the annual Drama Teachers Association of Southern California (DTASC) Varsity Division Fall Festival.

A total of 74 schools from across Southern California took part in the all-day competition at Calabasas High School Saturday, including the theater departments from Canyon High School, Golden Valley High School, Hart High School, Saugus High School and Valencia High School.

DTASC’s Varsity Division Fall Festival allows schools to compete in nine events that include: Costumes and Makeup, Graphics and Publicity, Audition Monologue, Leading Ladies, Horror / Thriller, Student Original based on a Painting from the Renaissance thru 1970, Large Group Drama, Large Group Comedy and Open Musical.

Overall, DTASC’s program aims to create a network where theater educators and students can effectively communicate ideas, share resources, workshop and showcase their theater skills, according to the organization’s website.

It also works to foster an educational environment through performance opportunities, diversity and professional adjudication.

Golden Valley High School received an honorable mention for its performance of “The Book of Mormon” in the Open Musical division of the DTASC Varsity Division Fall Festival at Calabasas High School on Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017. Courtesy of Gina Painter

All five William S. Hart Union High School District schools performed well in the competition, making it to semi-final rounds, taking home honorable mentions and placing first in several categories.

Canyon High School, led by Yass Molerio, placed third in Large Group Comedy, fifth in Large Group Drama and placed in the top 10 overall.

Golden Valley High School, led by Janie Prucha, received honorable mentions for Open Musical and for Leading Ladies.

In its first competition, Hart High School, led by Jennifer Magon, took four student scenes to their first competition.  One scene and one monologue from the school made it to the semi-finals.

Saugus High School, led by Gina Painter, placed fifth in Leading Ladies, placed fourth in Large Group Comedy, placed third in Open Musical, placed first in Student Original and placed second overall.

Valencia High School, led by Stephen Whelan, placed second in Large Group Drama, placed first in Open Musical and placed fourth overall.

ccox@signalscv.com
661-287-5575
On Twitter as @_ChristinaCox_

About the author

Christina Cox

Christina Cox

Christina Cox is a multimedia journalist covering education, community and breaking news in the Santa Clarita Valley. She joined The Signal as a staff writer in August 2016.