Theatre as taught in high schools is intended to fulfill four basic purposes:

THEATRE AS THERAPY:

To enhance students’ personal growth and development, and self-discovery, developing self-confidence, teaching group work, etc.

THEATRE AS LIFE ENRICHMENT:

To produce aesthetically responsive citizens with life-long interest in the arts.

THEATRE AS SOCIAL AND RECREATIONAL ACTIVITY:

Giving the student a break from academic activities, fulfilling the same needs of a sports activity.

THEATRE AS TRAINING:

As preparation for continued and future studies in the field.

Drama curriculums are usually built around one of these purposes.  THEATRE at THE COLONY fulfills all four, but our mission statement is focused primarily on the fourth goal.

Our Mission

We create happiness by training our students to provide the finest in entertainment for people of all ages within our community.  Our objective is to prepare each student to continue his or her career or education goals in the theatre, be it in college, university, conservatory, acting school, or an apprenticeship program.  However, by creating good work habits, study skills, and cooperative learning experiences, the student is better prepared to establish a career in any field of endeavor.  Students acquire poise, self-confidence, and skills in self-expression and speaking that will be useful in any career or vocation.  Theatre is particularly important for the development of the whole person – to produce aesthetically responsive citizens with life-long interest or involvement in the arts.

Our focus is on the actor’s/technician’s art and on the story.  Our “product” stems from “process.”  The mounting of any theatre production is completely interrelated and integrated into our curriculum, based on the training needs of the students.

About Theatre at the Colony High School {TATC)

 

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Dwayne & Ronda Craig

The TATC Program started growing in the 2013-2014 school year, when directors Dwayne and Ronda Craig were hired. Better known to their students as Pops and Mamma Craig, they have over 25 years of experience directing award-winning programs and building supportive theatre communities. Their Vision for what could happen here in The Colony, Texas with our students has propelled our school into State winning status. More importantly they are raising up generations of honoring, well rounded young people who are respectful of their peers and authorities. In a self entitled world, their approach to a Theatre Family is so refreshing - it is setting a new precedent. These Directors are a force for good in our world. We thank our Directors for helping our community to become a much better place, full of love and acceptance.

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Laura Darce

Mrs. Darce is excited to be a part of Theatre at the Colony! She began her career in education in 1998 in her hometown of Lake Charles, Louisiana, after graduating from McNeese State University with a Bachelor of Science in Theatre and Speech Education. A few years later she moved to Plano where she taught and directed theatre for nineteen years at Shepton High School before stepping into her role at The Colony High School.

Mrs. Darce just celebrated her twentieth year of marriage with her husband, Mark. Together they have one son, Corey, and two dogs, Agnes and Archie. In her spare time, Mrs. Darce enjoys volunteering for the Legacy Boxer Rescue. She also loves to travel, most often to New York City.

Mrs. Darce’s favorite directing credits include The Elephant Man, Footloose, and Fiddler on the Roof. Her favorite technical direction credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Little Mermaid. She has a passion for working with her hands and for working with teens!

  • Currently we have over 130 students involved in TATC, and that number continues to grow.

  • We perform two major musicals each year – fall and spring. In 2014-2015 the shows were The Addams Family and Aladdin. 2015-2016 season included Beauty and the Beast, and Grease.  The 2016-2017 season included Tarzan and All Shook Up. The 2017-2018 shows included The Drowsy Chaperone, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and Mary Poppins.  The 2018-2019 season included Urinetown, Mamma Mia, and Bonnie and Clyde. We look forward to the 2019-2020 season which includes Chicago, Elf, and Shrek.

  • In addition to the two major musical productions, we perform a Christmas show in December, Christmas Comes to The Colony.   

  • Last but not least, (and a process our directors absolutely love) is our UIL One-Act Play in the Spring.

In May of 2015, our One-Act Play, The Lost Boy, received first place at the State competition!

In May of 2016, our One-Act Play, The Hands of Its Enemy, received First Runner Up at the State competition.

In April of 2017, we were once again UIL TEXAS State Champions this time with the play, Second samuel.

 

  • In addition to being very impressed by the students’ performance, judges and others at the competitions comment on how supportive our students are of each other, and what great kids they are. 

  • Our audiences for each show continue to grow, and are generally at least 2,500-3,000.  

  • Getting involved with Theatre at The Colony is a great experience that will cause students to grow in character and disciplines that give them life skills and great memories to last a lifetime.

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