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Welcome to Argonaut Drama!

Argonaut Drama Argonaut High Drama gives students knowledge and understanding of the ancient art of theatre through reading, analysis, discussion, rehearsal, stagecraft, and performance.

Beginning Drama focuses on the fundamentals of acting through improvisation, scene work, and the practicum of performance.

Advanced Drama builds on these skills, adding the components of classical acting and festival competition.

Stagecraft teaches students the technical aspects of theatrical production, allowing for hands-on practical work.

Yearly performance projects include talent showcases, a live holiday radio show, participation in regional theatre festivals, student-directed one-acts, children's theatre, and a yearly Shakespeare production.

Argonaut Drama has been regularly acknowledged for excellence in high school theatre, winning Gold (2016) and Silver (2013) for overall production at the Lenaea Theatre Festival, and Superior (2014) and Excellent (2016, 2015, 2013) at the Motherlode Drama Festival.

Contact Mrs. Flint at 209-257-7731 or email dflint@acusd.org.


Argonaut's Beginning Drama Class Presents Snow White

Argonaut Drama Argonaut Beginning Drama is pleased to announce its annual children's theatre production, a fractured fairy tale version of "Snow White," perfect entertainment for audiences preschool through elementary.

Performances will be held in the Multi-Purpose Room at Argonaut High School on March 13th at 10:45am and 12:45pm, and March 15th at 9am and 10:45am. The 40-minute production features music, audience participation, and two rotating casts, starring Ashlyn Frost and Devynn Lockhart as Snow White. Admission is free.

For more information, contact Mrs. Flint at 209-257-7731 or email dflint@acusd.org. Argonaut Drama's 2017-2018 season is sponsored by the Jackson Rancheria.


Argonaut Advanced Drama presents The Taming of the Shrew

Argonaut Drama Argonaut Advanced Drama proudly presents William Shakespeare's classic "battle-of-the-sexes" comedy. Performances are Friday and Saturday evening, May 18 and 19, at 7pm in the Multi-Purpose Room at Argonaut High School. Tickets are $6 for students/seniors and $8 for general admission, available at the door.

The premise of Shakespeare's comedy is simple enough. Baptista has two daughters, but the younger, milder daughter, Bianca, cannot be married before her strong-willed older sister, Katherina. In comes Petruchio, swearing he was born to "tame you, Kate," but in the end, who really tames whom? Relevant questions about gender roles and conformity are made even more thought-provoking as Argonaut Drama includes some non-traditional casting in key roles. What can Shakespeare's 450-year-old play teach a modern audience about what it means to be a man? A woman? A husband and a wife?

The production, set in the Wild, Wild West, stars Manhattan Clark as Petruchio, Charity Goldsmith-Ding as Kate, James Smith as Lucentio, Karlie Stein as Bianca, Vanessa O'Brien as Baptista, Will Molinelli as Tranio, Brendelyn Stuart as Biondello, Joseph Archuleta as Gremio, Wyatt Calestini as Hortensio, Daniel Maysee as Vincentio, Steven Van Winkle as Pedant, Yolanda Medina as Curtis, Victoria Studger as Tailor, Lexi Wheeler as Widow, and Gysselle Bibiano as Peter.

Argonaut's 2017-2018 Drama Season is sponsored by the Jackson Rancheria.


Argonaut Drama Wins Highest Honor at Regional Theatre Festival

Argonaut Drama On February 11, 2017, Argonaut Drama competed at the Lenaea Theatre Festival, an event attended by 68 high schools and over 1,200 participants, taking home three awards, including the Festival's top prize, given to Argonaut senior, D'Lynn Zagami. To a standing ovation, D'Lynn received the Bob Smart Spirit of Lenaea Award, the festival's highest honor, for exhibiting "the values that [Lenaea] strives to honor and celebrate."

Last spring, D'Lynn suffered a major depressive episode. With the help of Siramanee Ruchupanai and Elyssia Maysee, she wrote the one-act, "It's Reflection," telling her journey from despair to hope. She researched how to handle the topics of depression and attempted suicide responsibly. She consulted with mental health professionals. She visited an educational touring program, and met with its director. In writing the piece, she probed her own wounds, but always with an eye for how she could make others feel better, to know they were not alone.

To create meaning out of personal tragedy is to fulfill one of theatre's most sacred missions: to share stories; to empathize; to know what it means to be human and to struggle. That is what D'Lynn achieved in her play, and why she was recognized by the Lenaea judges.

Argonaut Drama is also pleased to announce two other awards: an Outstanding Performance award for Elyssia Maysee, and one of only three Original Script Awards for "It's Reflection." This is the second year in a row Argonaut has won for Original Script, including last year's "Phoenix," written about the Butte Fire. Congratulations to all!
 
 

Last update: 8/9/2017