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The Firestone Theatre curriculum features two (2) courses of study designed specifically for students intent on a career in the arts: a Comprehensive Theatre Track and a Technical Theatre and Design Track. The Comprehensive Theatre student spends two periods each day in an intensive theatre curriculum that features four levels of acting in addition to a full slate of technical and foundation courses. The Technical Theatre and Design student follows a course of study that combines the best of our technical and foundation theatre classes with with selected visual art classes. Read more here.
Thespian Troupe 5570 inducts close to 20 new members each year in recognition to their excellent contribution to theatre education in our school. The troupe is student-led and is active in area, state and international conferences.
Our Thespians compete in individual events, participate in troupe development, undertake service projects, and plan social activities. Read more about Thespians here.
Firestone Theatre presents a full season that includes two full-length plays and a large musical each year. Nearly 200 students participate in the annual musical presented each spring in collaboration with the school's other arts programs. An one-act play festival features four or five other short plays. A touring production of Schoolhouse Rock Live, Jr. is mounted each year and presented throughout the district. Read more here.
All auditions for Firestone Theatre productions are open to any FHS student. Audition notices are conspiculously posted for each production.
Firestone Theatre presents special events throughout the school year. These events include a children's puppet show, a student film festival, an all-school talent show, a 24-hour theatre project, and improvisation nights, among other special performances.
Firestone Theatre is the play production component of the school’s arts program and features a full season of plays and musicals. We provide students with the opportunity to appear on stage and also to contribute to the creative process via a backstage or technical role. Firestone students are not just actors but also designers and technicians; our students design sound, lights, scenery, props, and many other aspects of production. Students run the equipment, pull props, play an instrument for the musical pit, focus lights, sell tickets, and record sound effects as well as build, paint, and move scenery.
Students are active in many backstage and support areas through an organization called Stage Crew. Students can work on set, lights, sound, props, costumes, box office, ushering, and hair and make-up crews. Read more here.
Parents of theatre students support our program through volunteerism and fund-raising via an organization called Stage Parents. Read more here.