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Our Courses

Beginning Drama

Beginning Drama provides students with a general introduction to the basic theories of acting. Through improvisation, creative movement, vocal studies, scene and monologue work and basic terminology and vocabulary, students will gain an appreciation of the art form as it applies to the performer and life long arts appreciator.

Advanced Drama

(instructor approval) this course is designed for serious and committed theatre students who are interested in continuing the study of acting at a higher level. The course will consist of studying various methods and styles necessary to the development of the actor, including a unit on Shakespeare. A technical theatre aspect will be introduced to students, providing them with a better appreciation of all aspects of the industry.

Advanced Production

(by audition/interview only) Advanced Production is a junior/senior class devoted to students whose goal it is to continue acting in college and/or as a career. This course acts as an ensemble performance group, producing One Act Plays, student originals, competition pieces and school tours. An audition/college search component is offered to aide in the student’s future endeavors. This course may be created for credit and counts as a fourth year of English, due to the strong writing elements included in the course.

Theatre Tech

Theatre Tech is designed for students who are interested in the “behind the scenes” aspect of production. The course consists of part “design” and part “craft”. Throughout the year students will gain an understanding of how to design and implement lighting, set, costumes, props, sound, theatre business, stage management and makeup. Students will have an opportunity to work on three productions during the year, including the Fall and Spring plays and the student directed One Acts.

About Our Program

Located in Placerville, California, Studio 81 is home to El Dorado High School’s
Award Winning Drama Program.

COVID-19 Update

These are strange days in which we are living. While Studio 81 had hoped to bring Twelfth Night to the stage in June, things remain uncertain as to the status of large events. While we may eventually be able to share this amazing show with you, we are beginning to look at refunding tickets that have been purchased. 

Unfortunately for Studio 81, the Stay in Shelter order came one week prior to opening. What that means for us is that we had incurred all of our expenses including costumes, sets, rights, etc. for which we will receive no refund. This leaves us short of funds, and possible not able to completely refund all tickets. If you are able, we hope that you might consider turning your ticket purchase into an donation for our program. 

We will be processing refunds or donations beginning today. Please just reply to Studio81Boosters@gmail.com and let us know if you would like to have your tickets converted to a donation or you would like a refund. Due to credit card processing limitations, we are only able to process a certain amount of refunds each day. 

High School Drama is a important element of a students experience, and we are thankful for all the support you have shown us. We look forward to once again being able to bring you our fabulous Studio 81 productions!