COMMUNITY CHRISTIAN SCHOOL THEATRE

 

CCST exists to teach, expose, challenge, encourage, and involve students in the theatrical arts.


General Information


The purpose is not only to present a theatrical piece, but to present an opportunity for students to glorify God through their gifts and talents.


Through work on stage and backstage, students develop leadership skills, teamwork, confidence, and a servant’s heart.


A play truly is a sum of all the parts. Excellence is expected in order for the finished production to be a success. And it is so much fun!! 


On stage, actors develop their tools— their voices, bodies, and imaginations to clothe the pages of the script in flesh.


Backstage opportunities abound working on costumes, makeup, hair, sets, props, the technical art of sound, lights, video, and crew—the unseen movers who transform the stage throughout the show.


CCST has 2 performances a year. 


1.    Fall (Tentatively early November)
2.    Spring (Tentatively late March)
Recently, the shows that have been on the CCST stage are: 


2014-2015                  2015-2016             2016-2017
Christmas Carol        Godspell              Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap
Charlotte's Web        Jungle Book        Get Smart            

 

The 2017-2018 season is coming soon!! 
We recommend signing up with our weekly CCS Newsletter, known as Parent News, to hear more about the life of the school, the announcement of our next shows and when auditions are for said shows. If this is something you are interested in, please email info@ccs-chargers.org and we will gladly add your email to the electronic distribution of our newsletter. 

Rehearsal Schedule


1.    Monday, Tuesday and Thursday nights 6:30-8:30 PM. This excludes the week before and week of production week. 
2.    A more detailed calendar and scene breakdown are handed out at the first parent meeting/cast read through.
3.    Production week, the week of the play, we rehearse for the entire week from 6:30-9:30 PM at the latest. 
4.    There are Saturday work parties from 9 AM -12 PM. Cast and crew members are encouraged to attend at least 2. Some Saturdays are reserved for rehearsing at the Director’s discretion.  


Auditions

1.    Fall auditions are held in August in the CCS Auditorium.
2.    Spring auditions are held in January in the CCS Auditorium.
3.    Auditions are held for two nights, with callbacks the third night, if needed.  
4.    Audition packets will be available upon your arrival to auditions. To speed up the process, acting resumes are encouraged but not required.
5.    Auditions are closed to fellow actors, but open to the parent of the student auditioning (if they so wish). 
6.    Actors should come prepared with a monologue. Memorization is not required but highly recommended. If auditions are for a musical, actors should prepare a monologue and a 16 bar song. A pianist will be available.  
7.    CCST fees (see below) will be billed to the family account upon formal acceptance of the role.
8.    CCST homeschool families will receive a registration fee form (see form below) that will be due upon acceptance of the role.

Crew


We strongly encourage all actors to work as a crew member at one point or another. A play truly is a sum of all the parts. Crew is just as important to the production as the actors on the stage. Without our crew, there would be no show. 
Through work back stage, students develop leadership skills, teamwork, confidence, and a servant’s heart. 

Crew members are required to attend all rehearsals and performances the last two weeks of production. They are also required to work at least 2 of the Saturday work parties.

Type of Crew and Responsibilities: 

Costume/Make-up Prep


The costume crew is responsible for assisting in the construction of all the costumes, with the leadership and guidance of our Costume Director, for a production. A knowledge of sewing is helpful but not essential; sewing skills will be taught during crew hours. Depending on the production, a variety of non-sewing jobs is available. The work schedule for costume prep is arranged with the Costume Director.
The make-up crew is responsible for assisting the Make-up Director in applying base make-up and/or advanced character make-up on actors and/or backstage crew runners. 


Scenic Prep


The crew builds and paints all scenery and properties for the show. Students may work under the guidance of the Set Director, Scene Designer(s) or Scenic Artist(s) depending upon the specific duties assigned and the needs of the production. The crew is geared towards those who have had no previous building experience. During the construction period, students will work with a variety of craft materials, and learn basic carpentry and painting skills. 


Scenic/Prop Running (Backstage Crew)


The scenic crew moves all the scenery during the play, under the direction and guidance of the crew head (backstage assistant stage manager) and stage manager. The students learn various running techniques, organization, and timing. The crew person will need to be present for all the technical and dress rehearsals which occur during the week before the show, the week of the show, and each performance. This crew is dressed in all black or in character outfits for the play/musical. 


The props crew, under the guidance of the Head of Props, and the stage manager, organizes and moves all the props during the production. In addition to the props on stage, the prop crew maintains prop tables backstage for all hand props. This crew requires a great deal of organization, responsibility, and patience. The crew person will need to be present for all the technical and dress rehearsals which occur during the week before the show, the week of the show, and each performance.


Light Prep/Operation


This crew member will set up all the lighting instruments under the guidance of the Lighting Designer. The crew learns about the different types of lighting instruments and their various uses. No previous experience is necessary. This one-person crew programs and runs the light control board under the guidance of the Lighting Designer and Stage Manager. The crew person learns the basics of lighting instruments and the set-up for the production so that they can fix malfunctions in the equipment, if necessary. No previous experience is necessary. The crew person will need to be present for all the technical and dress rehearsals which occur during the week before the show, the week of the show, and each performance.


Followspot Operator


This one-to-two-person crew is responsible for operating a followspot during the production under the guidance of the Lighting Designer and Stage Manager. No previous experience is necessary but the student must be comfortable with operating a heavy and hot spot machine. The crew person will need to be present for all the technical and dress rehearsals which occur during the week before the show, the week of the show, and each performance.


Sound Prep/Operation


This crew member is responsible for collecting and creating the various music and sound effects necessary for the production under the guidance of the Director and Sound Designer. This crew will learn to use editing and playback software. No previous experience is necessary. They will also learn how to properly mic an actor, perform mic checks, and set up the house for pre-show music and vocal recordings. This one-person crew programs and runs the sound board and sound computer under the guidance of the Director and Stage Manager. The crew person learns the basics of sound and editing. No previous experience is necessary. The crew person will need to be present for all the technical and dress rehearsals which occur during the week before the show, the week of the show, and each performance.


Projection Operator


This one-person crew is responsible for running the projection and media cues for a production under the guidance of the Lighting & Sound Supervisor and Stage Manager. No previous experience is necessary. The crew person will need to be present for all the technical and dress rehearsals which occur during the week before the show, the week of the show, and each performance.


Ushers


The usher is responsible for handing out playbills, showing patrons to their seats, and assisting in concessions (if needed). These crew members will need to be present for all the technical and dress rehearsals which occur during the week before the show, the week of the show, and each performance.



CCST Fees


FT CCS Students
Acting- $79
Crew- $40


Homeschool & CEO Students
Acting- $99
Crew- $50
Contact Hillary Underwood at hunderwood@ccs-chargers.org for more information.


SECONDARY DRAMA ELECTIVE


Course Description
The drama elective is an introductory course in basic acting techniques. The students will develop their skill in voice, movement, pantomime, improvisation, characterization, and stage direction. They will put their talents to use through a variety of performances, including skits for secondary chapel. This course takes place during 7th period, Monday - Friday in the CCS auditorium. 
PLEASE NOTE: Electives may not occur each semester, and are dependent upon the availability of instructors.


 4th & 5th Grade QUEST Drama Class


Course Description
The 4th and 5th grade QUEST drama class is an introductory acting class. The students learn the basics of performance through dramatic games and skill building activities. They finish the class by presenting a skit for the elementary community chapel. 
 


 


So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God." 
-1 Cor. 10:31

"Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established." 
- Prov. 16:3

"Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith;" 
-Romans 12:6

" In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive."
-Acts 20:35