Category: Past Shows

Our Town

Our Town

Welcome to CTE’s production of Our Town. This play was written by Thorton Wilder in 1937, and earned him the title of “radical playwright” when it premiered in 1938. It challenged normal play format and content in a way that had not been seen before in the theatrical mainstream and turned the theatre world on its ear. Wilder wanted no scenery, that time in the play wouldn’t  stay constant, that actors mime their stage business, scenes begin and end by the will of a “stage manager” who both narrates and participates in the action and characters are both living and dead (all this in a time when melodramas and light comedies were the staple fare on Broadway). Playwright Donald Margulies wrote in 2003, “Wilder exploded the accepted notions of character and story…he did for the stage what Picasso and Braque’s experiments in cubism did for painting and Joyce’s stream of consciousness did for the novel.” 

Mostly the takeaway from Our Town, now that innovation of the format is not so shocking to the modern aesthetic, is the simple and plain beauty of it. The sparseness of action and yearning for connection that the characters display at times is heartbreaking, especially when viewed through the lens of our own time. All those moments we have snapped and stored in our phones, how many of them did we live with complete authenticity and open hearts to those around us? Life moves so fast, we never know who will be there tomorrow, and savoring the everyday moments of life and our human nature is out of sync with the frenetic pace that we, and our children, are subjected to.

I grew up in Mill Valley, went to Old Mill School, Mill Valley Middle, and Tam High. I graduated from CTE when it was called ETC (Ensemble Theater Company) and was a student of Dan Caldwell, in whose theater my students are performing in tonight. These students and I have worked hard to shed habits of looking towards the future in order to truly and honestly be here with you tonight and share a story. Thanks for listening and being part of the collective history of our town.

Spring One Act Festival 2018

Spring One Act Festival 2018

May 10-12, 15-19, and 22-24 @7 PM

Don’t miss this wild variety of 20 minute plays! Directed by Advanced Drama Directing Students and acted in by first and second year students there are over thirty-six plays with over a hundred actors rotating over eleven nights. From plays written by Tam students to word for word renditions of short stories to famous classics, this one act season could not be more fun. 

All performances are at the Daniel Caldwell Theatre located at the back of Tamalpais High School’s campus (near Almonte/Stadium) where there is plenty of parking available in the back parking lot.

Tickets are available online here, or at the door. Prices are $5 for students and senior citizens and $12 for Adults. CTE students are admitted free, with a suggested donation of $5.
Non-reserved seating. Doors open at 6:30 to claim your seats on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

Henry IV Parts 1 and 2

Henry IV Parts 1 and 2

 

April 23-27  at 7:00 pm 

William Shakespeare, directed by Julianna Rees

All performances are at the Daniel Caldwell Theatre located at the back of Tamalpais High School’s campus (near Almonte/Stadium) where there is plenty of parking available in the back parking lot.

Tickets are available online here, or at the door. Prices are $5 for students and senior citizens and $12 for Adults. CTE students are admitted free, with a suggested donation of $5.
Non-reserved seating. Doors open at 6:30 to claim your seats on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

The Government Inspector

The Government Inspector

March 13-17  at 7:00 pm 

By Nikolai Gogol, adapted by Jeffrey hatcher, and directed by Amy Winnick Stock

All performances are at the Daniel Caldwell Theatre located at the back of Tamalpais High School’s campus (near Almonte/Stadium) where there is plenty of parking available in the back parking lot.

Tickets are available online or at the door. Prices are $5 for students and senior citizens and $12 for Adults. CTE students are admitted free, with a suggested donation of $5.
Non-reserved seating. Doors open at 6:30 to claim your seats on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

Improv Comedy

Improv Comedy

February 10-12  at 7:00 pm 

Directed by Regina Saisi 

On-the-spot comedy show by an incredible ensemble! It’s a different show every night, so don’t miss it! 

The art of improv comes alive on our stage under the direction of Regina Saisi, Dean of BATS School of Improv. The cast Tamalpais High drama students have learned the skills to create new and interesting theatre each night.  The cast will take suggestions from the audience and then perform an original full-length play that night.

All performances are at the Daniel Caldwell Theatre located at the back of Tamalpais High School’s campus (near Almonte/Stadium) where there is plenty of parking available in the back parking lot.

Tickets are available online or at the door. Prices are $5 for students and senior citizens and $12 for Adults. CTE students are admitted free, with a suggested donation of $5.
Non-reserved seating. Doors open at 6:30 to claim your seats on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

Winter One Act Festival

Winter One Act Festival

January 16-20/22-27/29-31 at 7:00 pm  

Come be a part of our Winter One Act Festival! 40 plays each directed by Advanced Drama students and acted in by Freshmen and Sophomore drama students. Don’t miss it!

All performances are at the Daniel Caldwell Theatre located at the back of Tamalpais High School’s campus (near Almonte/Stadium) where there is plenty of parking available in the back parking lot.

Tickets are available at the door. Prices are $5 for students and senior citizens and $12 for Adults. CTE students are admitted free, with a suggested donation of $5.
Non-reserved seating. Doors open at 6:30 to claim your seats on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

 

You Can’t Take it With You

You Can’t Take it With You

 

December 4-8  at 7:00 pm 

By George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart, directed by Molly Noble

Thank you for coming to see You Can’t Take It With You!

 Directed by Molly Noble, You Can’t Take It With You is a feel-good classic comedy just in time for the holiday season and a delight for both young and mature audiences.

 

Hamlet

Hamlet

 

 

November 4-8  at 7:00 pm 

By William Shakespeare, directed by Carla Spindt  

Thank you for coming to see Hamlet!

Skillfully directed by Carla Spindt, the famed story of the Prince of Denmark was reimagined to feature an all female cast of students.

Set in a dystopian future, the play follows the story of Prince Hamlet, who comes home to find that his uncle, Claudius, has taken his place on the throne and has married the Queen after the passing of his father. As if this were not distressing enough, the ghost of his father appears to him and imparts the secret that Claudius was the one who killed him. Hamlet must decide what to do when asked to properly avenge his father’s murder.

Oliver Twist

Oliver Twist

October 10-14  at 7:00 pm 

By Charles Dickens, directed by Stephanie Hunt

Thank you for coming to see Oliver Twist!

The captivating tale took to the stage of Conservatory Theatre Ensemble on October 10th and ran through the 14th. This adaptation, by Neil Bartlett, was beautifully directed by Stephanie Hunt and involved a very talented cast and crew of students from Tamalpais High School.

Set in the bewitching time period of the original story, the play follows the life a young orphan, Oliver Twist, as he goes from worker to apprentice to thief in a struggle to survive. Twist’s desperate search for a caretaker artfully points out the injustice that was dealt to both the young and the poor during Dickens’ time, and balances the ideas of danger and fear against innocence and hope.

Neil Bartlett has been making rule-breaking theatre and performance since 1983. After a controversial early career he was appointed Artistic Director of the Lyric Hammersmith in London in 1994; since leaving the Lyric in 2005 major cultural producers he has worked for theatres including the National Theatre, the Abbey in Dublin, the Bristol Old Vic, the Manchester ROyal Exchange, the Edinburgh International, Manchester International, Brighton, Aldeburgh and Holland Festivals, the Wellcome Foundation, and Tate Britain.

Spring One Act Festival 2017

Spring One Act Festival 2017


May 11-13/15-19/22-25 7pm

Thank you for coming to see our spring one acts!

Our exciting One-Act Festival featured 40 one acts in 12 nights all written, directed, and performed by students in the CTE ensemble. Every night of our festival is always a new combination of comedy, tragedy, and absurdity.