Activities and Events
Parkway South Theatre department has several activities and events students can take part in throughout the year. Sign-up and specifics will be posted in room 1101 and on the Thespian Troupe 3168 Google Classroom. If you see something you are intersted in getting more information about to be involved please see an ITS officer, Mrs. Forrest-James, or check the classroom and/or classroom
Students have several opportunities to audition or apply for tech position for productions including cabaret, various one acts and our improv team.
A student-lead performance and fundraising production. This production is held on non-musical (odd) years. Students select songs, create the choreography. write the script, and design all lighting, sound, and other tech elements. Group numbers as well as solos and duets are performed.
Main Stage Productions
Our theatre department annually produces at least 2 full length shows in a school year. On odd years (17-18, 19-20, ect) this usually means 2 plays and on even years (18-19, 20-21, ect) this means a play in the fall and a musical in the winter. A third full length production may occur depending on availible resources.
Our participation in this organization will usually mean a one act (student or adult directed) which we will perform at the district level competition. Past experience has usually qualified us for State (every year attempted for the past 15 years). Students involved in this production must meet MSHSAA guidelines for participation.
Parents who wish to support the theatre department at South high may elect to become involved with this booster club. Activities depend on the interest of those parents involved but have included in the past providing time, talent, and resources to the department and the students involved. Annually fundraising for a scholarship is awarded to a senior(s) through an application process. Past grants scholarships have also been provided for both the state and national ITS conferences.
Students who are interested in helping with the programing for next year's season can apply to participate in the Reading Committee. Students on this committee will read 3-4 plays and will have the ability to vote on what next year's Fall Play is. Those students who are interested in participating should see Forrest and look for more info to be posted on-line.
Several opportunities exist for students to go on field trips in St Louis, the state of Missouri, and around the country. Past day trips have included shows at the Fox, Stages STL and the Rep. State trips include the MST State Conference and Leadership Conference. Extended overnight trips have included Chicago, England, Ireland & Wales, ITF, LA, and New York.
Students interested in improv can audition for a slot on the improv team for a semester long tenure and students who wish may re-audition for subsequent semesters. 2 shows are produced each semester. See the calendar for audition dates/times.
PSH Theatre annually holds 2 lock-ins. Lock-A-Thon is the fall event where students fundraise to support the department. Big Spring Clean is the spring event and students help organize and clean our space throughout the night.
Missouri State Thespians
MST offers ITS students several opportunities to be involved. At the local level PSH participates in TOTS Eat. In addition we attend the state conference where students may audition for the All-State production, scholarships, IEs, IO, and Tech Challenge. See the ITS page on this website for more info.
Several opportunities exist for performance or tech in this shorten format. Students taking the capstone theatre course (Directing) will produce a fully realized one act as their performance final. In addition we have participated in South Talks with one act performances which meet that theme. We have competed in MSHSAA district and state level one acts. Finally we have been invited to perform several one acts at the MST state conference.
PSH theatre students participate in activities in an effort to help others. Our annual food drive (TOTS EAT/FEED THE NEED) is held every October. Several of our 5FD shows help raise money for providing shelter and and other necessities for those without these. Finally, past productions have tied the show's theme with a chariiable organization (ie Linus Blanket Project, Cinderella Affair, ect)
While our school yearbook does an excellent job recording the school year, due to space issues there are several things about the theatre dept which do not make it into their yearbook. All our activites and events are recorded photographically throughout both semesters and an annual Theatre Department yearbook is availible for purchase to remember your experiences. A limited number is ordered so reserve your copy with your payment early in the school year - no additional copies will be ordered after April 1st. These yearbooks are delivered to students before the last day of school.