Our program seeks to promote respect, love, and understanding of theatre as a craft and tradition. We wish to both have fun and achieve excellence in our productions and endeavors. Most importantly, we hope to develop lifelong memories, relationships, and habits of integrity.
1. We want our high school years to be rich and valuable. We seek balance in life between school, family, friends, and extracurriculars; and in each arena, we seek to make good social choices. We thus reject drugs, alcohol, and the related associations out of respect for ourselves and those for whom we care.
2. We set challenging and meaningful goals for ourselves, our productions, and our program. We work to produce good shows for everyone and to maintain the vibrancy of the theatre community. The accomplishment of one goal leads into the formation of the next.
3. We do something extraordinary every day to achieve a goal. We practice self-discipline in our rehearsals, self-direction in our responsibilities, and self-reflection in our lives. We believe success is in mastering small details and we work to develop positive habits with respect to the right way to direct, act, build, light, costume, and write.
4. We choose a positive outlook on life and theatre. We understand that our attitudes impact others’ experience, and so we support fellow theatre enthusiasts, respect the efforts of others, and take pride in our associations. We are thankful for our opportunities and space and humble in our actions.
5. We believe that good theatre is recognizable and derived from artistic choices made according to qualitative standards and traditions. We work together with each part of the theatre to understand and make those choices, to educate one another and develop skills, and to promote exposure to and consideration of other artistic visions.
6. We work to build a family. We do not acknowledge elitist distinctions between participants, instead valuing everyone equally regardless of experience, class, background, responsibility, or gender. We learn one another’s names and shake hands at rehearsal’s end.
7. We value positive leadership. We follow those who embody our standards, support others, and demonstrate commitment to our shared experience. We respect a director’s authority and understand that all decisions are made in accordance with what’s best for our show, our program, and our values.
8. We value our traditions and history. We learn from experience and reflect on past shows. We appreciate and honor those who make significant value-consistent contributions to our program.
9. We are committed to more than our shows, but to the theatre community at Neuqua Valley. We promote and support one another’s productions, invite others to join our activities, and work to spread the love of theatre. We recognize that high school theatre is an educational venue first and are patient and supportive of one another’s growth.
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