Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Philippians. 4:8

Crean Lutheran drama department presents four entertaining programs

The Crean Lutheran drama department, directed by James Whitson, has a number of entertaining performances planned this school year. The performances include "The Diary of Anne Frank” November 7, 8, and 9 in the school’s Black Box Theater.

“Anne Frank is a great story and it never loses its meaning and its poignancy and its relevance. It gives us a little slice of what life was like and what they went through,” Whitson said. “Clearly, it’s an ageless, timeless piece and it’s also a really good script.”

The drama department is also planning "It's a Wonderful Life Radio Drama” December 6 and 7. “People know the story and it’s done in a very light hearted radio show,” Whitson said.

Two other producations are planned in the spring:  "Beauty and the Beast” March 19, 20, and 21 and “The Odd Couple” May 7,8, and 9.” Students have made commitments to prepare for the performances. “The students need to commit to after school rehearsals, 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday for five to seven weeks before the show opens,” Whitson said.

This is the second year that Crean Lutheran has utilized the Black Box Theatre on campus, which can hold 60 to 85 people, according to Whitson. “This Black Box really helps,” Whitson said. “We did three shows in there last year and three more this year and we continue to learn how to use it and light it.” The program follows the verse “Philippians 4:8-13,” Whitson said. “Because it speaks volumes about God's desire for us to live joyful, Christ-centered lives.”

Drama Courses

Acting I

This year-long foundational class promotes enjoyment and appreciation for all aspects of theater. Classwork focuses on the exploration of beginning scene work used to introduce students to acting and character development. The course provides opportunities for students to develop skills in critical listening and thinking, as well as stage presence, ensemble work, and aesthetic awareness culminating in periodic classroom and/or public performances. Students will participate in field trips to see live theater.

Acting II

This year-long class enhances the concepts and experiences learned in Acting I. This class has an emphasis on performance with required participation in at least one show per semester. Students will also write and direct class projects. And of course - Improv!


Drama Teacher: Mr. Jim Whitson

Email: Whitson@creanlutheran.org