OCHS Theatre Makes Big Strides

March 11, 2019



Oregon City High School Theatre makes big strides this year.  In addition to bringing back the musical with the very well received and attended The Drowsy Chaperone, Mr. Berry and Mr. Anderson the new Director of Theatre, and new Technical Director reactivated OCHS’ Thespian Troupe.  


Competing at the Northeast Regional Thespian Conference resulted in 8 ratings of Superior from the Judges, 28 ratings of Excellent, and 18 Good ratings.  Alissa Damewood and Ellie Lundgreen will advance to the State Conference in April.


The Drama 4 students recently directed Almost, Maine for their Senior Project in the Black Box Theatre to several sold out performances.  Elephant Graveyard will close the season out on May 15-18 at 7:30 nightly.  This intense tragedy is suggested for students at 13+.  The Theatre Department will be making this production a community awareness project on animal cruelty.  


At the recent Clackamas Community College skills competition, Cole Pearson won 2nd place for his monologue, and technicians Mitchell Pace and Hailey Hochhalter tied for 3rd place in Technical Design.


Now Oregon City High School has been selected by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival to participate in the School Visit Partnership Program.  This three year program is application based and only for six schools in Oregon.  The partnership involves OSF providing training, curriculum support, and materials to the English and Theatre Departments.  A team of actors will also visit the campus for five days of performing and teaching workshops.  Two teachers each summer will get to attend the OSF Teacher’s Symposium.  At the end of the third year, OSF sponsors a trip for 50 students to attend two plays and four educational events at their festival.  These programs total well over $30,000.


The department will end the year with the Thespian Induction / Banquet on May 22.


For more information, contact Clyde Berry at clyde.berry@orecity.k12.or.us