ABOUT HAMMOND THEATRE
Hammond Theatre offers a range of courses devoted to all aspects of theatre practice. In Theatre I, students are introduced to the basics of performance, and have the opportunity to learn and practice dramatic analysis and theatrical criticism. Theatre Company focuses on further developing students' performance skills, while also covering theatre history, performance styles, and various careers in theatre. Students in Theatre Company also have the opportunity to learn and apply skills related to the theory and practice of various technical and management aspects of theatrical production, including scenery, props, costumes, theatrical design, lighting, sound, make-up, and publicity. Musical Theatre Company, a performance-based course, trains students in the acting, singing, and movement skills required of musical theatre performers, while emphasizing collaboration and creativity. More information on Hammond Theatre classes is available here.
Our annual productions include a fall play, a spring musical, performances by our hilarious improvisational troupe Dramastics, and a Spring Showcase from the Theatre Company and Musical Theatre Company classes. Any Hammond student can audition to perform in the fall play, spring musical, or Dramastics. Students enrolled in theatre classes are not required to participate in any of these activities. (However, Theatre Company and Musical Theatre Company students must perform in the Spring Showcase.)
International Thespian Society is an honor society for students who have worked on Hammond Theatre productions and who have successfully completed at least one Theatre Arts course. It is focused on giving back to the community and celebrating and elevating theatre in all forms.
Hammond students also enjoy the opportunity to participate to support our productions in various technical roles. They may serve as stage managers, assistant directors, or designers (lighting, scenic, makeup, props). In addition to helping construct sets, they can serve as a member of the running crew, manage costumes or props, and assist with make-up.
Lauren Tobiason, Theatre Director
This is my 17th year at Hammond as theatre teacher and director. I'm originally from Seattle and earned my Theatre degree and a Master's in Teaching from Western Washington University. I enjoy performing in the summers and was most recently in Twelfth Night.
My free time is usually spent wrangling my spunky daughters, who are 6 and 8. I love board games, chocolate, silly socks, and anything purple.
The Advanced Theatre Festival held at Howard Community College each January is a wonderful opportunity for upper level theatre students to expand their skills and knowledge and meet other theatre students from across the county. All students in Theatre 2, 3, 4, Musical Theatre and Technical Theatre are invited to participate. Check out this video to see many familiar Hammond faces and learn more about the purpose of the festival.
Do you want to go in 2020? Then sign up for an upper level Theatre Arts course!