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High school thespians countywide to take Grossmont College stage

Posted on: Jan 28, 2015 1:00:00 AM
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High school theatre students from across San Diego County will converge at Grossmont College on Saturday for the annual DramaFest, a daylong series of acting workshops co-sponsored by the San Diego Educational Theatre Association.

More than 1,000 high school students have taken part in DramaFest since it began more than a decade ago. More than 150 young actors have signed up to join college professors and college students at the Jan. 31 edition.

“This is a great opportunity for our students to get constructive criticism from professors and theatre arts students at the college level,” said Carrin Edwards, a theatre arts teacher at West Hills High School in Santee who also is active in the San Diego Educational Theatre Association. “It’s a day of constant learning.”

DramaFest is set to run from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Grossmont College’s Stagehouse Theatre and surrounding performing arts classrooms. In addition to workshops on acting, the day will include competitions, mock auditions and more. Students must be registered through their high schools in order to take part.

“This is a wonderful program that allows high school students in the area to take part in college-level workshops and auditions and get some critical feedback,” said Beth Duggan, Theatre Arts Department chair and professor who helps to organize the event. “It’s also an amazing opportunity for our students at Grossmont College to teach and act as judges.”

DramaFest is but one of several efforts the Grossmont College Theatre Arts Department stages annually to benefit local high school students.

For example, a troupe of actors from Grossmont College’s Theatre Arts Department on Jan. 26 launched their annual tour of San Diego County high schools via the highly-touted `Inside the Actor’s Process,’ a program that aims to expose teens to the finer points of stage performance. Inside the Actor’s Process, now in its ninth year, will visit 15 campuses through March 18.

Grossmont College’s Theatre Arts Department also stages an annual summer conservatory featuring local high school and college students in acting and technical roles.

Edwards said DramaFest is among the highlights of the year for her students. “It reignites their passion to be in the performing arts.”

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