Theatre department presents new house program

Students come together in first social

Opening up the year with a fresh start, the theatre department had their first social of the year Thursday, Aug. 26.

In the social, the department introduced a new ‘house program’ to showcase their sense of family. Theatre currently prepares for their fall play and fall musical.

“If you’ve ever read or seen the ‘Harry Potter’ series, you’ll know of the Hogwarts Houses,” junior officer Lauren Grammer said.  “We’ll be doing our own version of these houses right here in Prosper. Based on the students questionnaire responses, everyone was sorted into four houses. Throughout the year, the goal is for students to get to know their house officers and fellow members as if they were family.”

Shown above is the crest and motto of each house in the theatre department. Courtesy of Prosper Theatre.

They will compete in game competitions alongside housemates at our social events, post about their house pride on social media and get the chance to compete in weekly competitions. Thespians’ participation in our department’s activities will go towards points for their given house, and, at the end of the year, they’ll have a finalized point ranking. The goal through this season is to rally Prosper Theatre house members to work as a team and get as many points as possible.

“I think the new house setup is going to allow people to get to know each other better and get students more excited about the theatre program through competitions and challenges,” junior officer Madeleine Wentz said. “The first social was so much fun and I can see us thespians benefiting from this.”

The theatre officers designed four houses with respective officers. Each house has four officers and follows the motto of one of the theatre department’s core values. There is ‘Concordia,’ which is Latin for Harmony.  The Concordia mascot is a wolf and they stand for the value of working together. Secondly is ‘Ursa’, which is Latin for bear. The mascot is a bear, and their motto is the Golden Rule, which is “treating others how you’d like to be treated. Next is ‘Callidus,’which is Latin for clever. The mascot is the fox and throughout the year, thespians in this house will focus on inspiring magic in others. Finally Procyon, which is Latin for raccoon. Their mascot is a raccoon and motto is, “life is short, strive for excellence.”

“I am really glad that we are incorporating a new system in the department to accommodate the big group, in the past our ideas haven’t always been successful,” senior Carrington Langston said. “This year however, I think we are starting out on the right path.”

Shown above is a graphic including the officers and respective houses in the theatre department. Courtesy of Prosper Theatre.

The actual sorting of the department was done through a Google form created by a group of the officers. During the social, junior officer Austin Rose, read thespians’ name and what house they were apart of. Then students got to make their way up to where the officers with the certificates were located at the front of the stage. Each officer belonged to a different house, and they welcomed students to their group before directing them on where to go. The sections of the auditorium have were assigned to each house, so everyone get a chance to meet both their house officers and fellow house members during the ceremony.

Kodachrome,’ the department’s fall play, will open Oct. 14 at 6:30, its second performance will occur Oct. 15 at 6:30. The final Kodachrome performance will be Oct. 16 at 2:00. All performances will take place in the PHS Black Box — 1168F.

The Lion King Jr,” this year’s fall musical, will open Nov. 4 at 6:30. Following, will be performances Nov. 5-6 at 6:30. There will be an additional performance that will take place on Nov. 6 at 2:00.

‘The Lion King Jr.’ will have a Character Breakfast for kids to get a chance to meet some of the main characters in the show. There will be two sessions, one at 9:00 a.m. and the other at 11:00 a.m.

“The social was super fun,” junior Dylan Korsah said. “I’m excited to be apart of the groups. I’m also excited to be in the ‘Lion King Jr.’ and I am hoping that my group will win the competition at the end of the year.”