Waterville High School Drama

Where All Things Drama Occur

“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination
embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution.” -Albert Einstein


The Musica’ “Mamma Mia” Is Happening This Week, November 17, 18, and 19, at 7 pm at Waterville High School Auditorium

WTVL Drama Mamma Mia Rehearsal Video 

The Drama Program At Waterville High School

The drama program at Waterville Senior High School allows students the opportunity to explore many aspects of the performing arts within many different venues. The drama year varies slightly year to year by usually consists of a fall variety show(SEE CALENDAR), November musical, March one-act play competition, spring mystery dinner show or spring production. Given time and money, we also invite a guest artist to teach a workshop perhaps on improvisation, stage fighting, make-up or costume design. Aside from singing, dancing, acting, and playing of musical instruments, our students have an opportunity to learn to stage-manage, direct, build sets, run lights and sound equipment, the crew a show and many other technical endeavors.

The students enjoy performing for their peers at WHS, but they especially enjoy performing out in the community and around the state each year where they get a chance to share their talents with others and see what other high schools are doing in the performing arts. The one-act play competition has been a great vehicle for this kind of touring. Within the drama club, there is the ability to earn membership to the Thespian Society, an international theatrical honor’s society. To know more about the Thespian Society see our side menu. To become a member of the drama program, only interest and perhaps a bold heart are needed. Everyone is welcome to audition for any of our shows or be involved as a “techie”. Overall, the drama program fosters teamwork and disciple while having a great time. GIVE US A TRY!

Our drama program has numerous places for students of all interests and backgrounds. Want to act? Want to learn how to light a stage? Want to learn how to use sound effects? Want to learn how to dance? Come one, Come all!

Acting Careers

Look up actors in many career publications, and the message can be dispiriting. Yes, it’s hard work, the hours are long and unsocial, regular employment is unlikely and, for many, income may be limited and need to be supplemented by temporary periods of alternative employment.

But acting is a profession in which the personal rewards are immense. After all, how many careers are there where you can make a living doing something that you really want to do? And for a significant number of actors, the financial rewards can be very healthy indeed.

Of course, not everyone is going to achieve an illustrious career. But for many others, sufficient income can be generated by work in theater, film, television, and radio to provide a decent living for the individual and a family.

Check out MITOPENCOURSEWARE Music and Theater Arts to take acting courses. This is a great source of material for becoming an actor and it’s free!

Cast and Crew of Blithe Spirit at the Regional One-Act Play Competition in Brewer. Thank you Cast and Crew for all your hard work.

Should I Choose A Drama School After Waterville High School?

No-one denies that acting is an increasingly competitive profession. It, therefore, makes sense to have as many advantages under your belt as possible. And certainly training at a recognized drama school is one of the greatest advantages of all.

Acting provides not only the discipline, practical skills and intellectual understanding necessary for a lasting career but also opportunities to be seen by agents, casting directors, theatres and television companies, so vital to securing that all-important first job.

The Juilliard School, a private performing arts conservatory in New York City established in 1905, trains about 850 undergraduate and graduate students in dance, drama, and music. Julliard is one of the world’s leading drama, music, and dance schools, with some of the most prestigious arts programs. With more than 700 dance, drama, and music events each year, audiences can see and hear Juilliard students and faculty in outstanding performances of world premieres and reinterpretations of the classics.

What Careers Can Drama Majors Pursue?

Like other liberal arts graduates, drama majors pursue a variety of careers. Some graduates apply their skills of critical reading, writing, and thinking to fields as diverse as business or law. Other graduates remain within the field and work in their chosen area whether as actors, designers, directors, or dramaturges; as managers of theaters or arts organizations; or as critics and teachers.

All of the above career paths require forethought; some require graduate study. Check out this link on careers in drama.

The first read-through always takes place in Ms. Giguere’s room. Above photo of the first read-through with the leads of the musical Grease.