One Theatre. One Family.
Theatre Director: Jessica Magers-Rankin
KCHS theatre instructor Jessica Magers-Rankin is an award-winning actor with over 25 years of theater training and experience. She has worked and studied in New York City (American Musical and Dramatic Academy), the San Francisco Bay Area and Knoxville, TN.
Students in the theatre program learn theatrical vocabulary, elements and conventions, as well as, play form and structure, improvisation and creative thinking. Advanced students move into strategies for evaluating theater experiences and scene study. Other aspects of theatre include:
• Movement and physical acting
• Audition technique
• Character development
• Monologues and songs
• Musical scene study
• Vocal performance technique
• Music theory
In addition to theatre, the Coffee House Committee produces a yearly concert series produced and performed entirely by students. Coffee house is open to any KCHS student interested in the performing arts!
Students audition and perform two plays per year in the
Megan Birkel Performing Arts Center.
☘ 2019-2020 Irish Arts Season
Fall Play: Sense and Sensibility
Adapted By: Kate Hamill
A playful new adaptation of Jane Austen’s beloved novel follows the fortunes (and misfortunes) of the Dashwood sisters—sensible Elinor and hypersensitive Marianne—after their father’s sudden death leaves them financially destitute and socially vulnerable. Set in gossipy late 18th-century England, with a fresh female voice, the play is full of humor, emotional depth, and bold theatricality. Sense and Sensibility examines our reactions, both reasonable and ridiculous, to societal pressures. When reputation is everything, how do you follow your heart?
Auditions: August 2019
Performances: October 2019
Spring Musical: Little Women
Music By: Jason Howland
Lyrics By: Mindi Dickstein
Book By: Allan Knee
Based on Louisa May Alcott’s life, Little Women follows the adventures of sisters, Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March. Jo is trying to sell her stories for publication, but the publishers are not interested – her friend, Professor Bhaer, tells her that she has to do better and write more from herself. Begrudgingly taking this advice, Jo weaves the story of herself and her sisters and their experience growing up in Civil War America. Little Women embodies the complete theatrical experience, guaranteeing a night filled with laughter, tears and a lifting of the spirit. The powerful score soars with the sounds of personal discovery, heartache and hope – the sounds of a young America finding its voice.
Auditions: November 2019
Performances: April 2020