H-F Theatre / Drama
H-F’s drama programs involve both curricular offerings and co-curricular productions. Five courses make up the curricular program: Acting, Theatre Production, Advanced Theatre Performance, Technical Theatre I and Technical Theatre II.
Drama classes include much more than learning in the classrooms. For credit in these classes, students do a variety of activities. For example, one year a senior student adapted an Agatha Christie story to play form. The students then created a complete production and toured the play to a local elementary school to create a workshop in the Drama area. Each year, the Theatre Production class teams up with the technical theatre class to produce a play in the spring. Nearly every year since 1979 Advanced Theatre Performance classes have taken the literary magazine, Edda, and created a complete showcase production. Technical Theatre classes help construct sets for the various plays.
All H-F students are invited to participate in the co-curricular plays which annually include a musical, a children's play, a spring play, and summer children's theatre. These plays are presented in the Mall Auditorium, which seats 756 individuals with a fully equipped theatre and backstage area.Casts and production crews are drawn largely from Acting, Theatre Production, Advanced Theatre Performance and Technical Theatre classes. Tryouts are held before every play and students may sign up to work on various crews.
• Children’s Play (early fall)
This full-scale production of children's classics offers drama students the opportunity to entertain and to educate community elementary school students who attend performances at H-F. Thespian points are earned and assigned by director. Recent productions include Still Life with Iris, The Falling Moon, Honus & Me and How I Became a Pirate.
• Musical (November/December)
Full scale Musical Theatre production began at H-F when the theatre was constructed in 1968. On an average, around 150 students are involved in the musical including cast, crew and orchestra. In addition to drawing students from Drama classes, students also come from Vocal Music and Broadcasting classes. The Orchestra is drawn largely from Instrumental Music classes.
• Spring Play (early May)
The spring play at H-F has been recognized by several state organizations for its superior quality. Previous shows include Lost in Yonkers, The Boys Next Door, Light Up the Sky, Metamorphosis and a host of Broadway hits that are seen in student large groups and spring evening performances.
• Summer School
This program provides a summer opportunity for students in Grades 2-12 to participate in the staging of a full-scale children's play. Students who sign up for the program perform and work on the technical aspects of the production as well. In 2004, H-F’s Summer Theatre Program won the Illinois Theatre Associations “Outstanding Contribution to Children’s Theatre Award,” granted to only one children’s theatre program in the state. Thespians are welcome to sign up to perform or volunteer to assist in the program.
H-F also offers students a Competitive Drama program and a Thespian Society.