The Valhalla Theatre Arts Department is dedicated to the acquisition of performance and technical theatre skills through standards-based curriculum, hands-on projects and production and performance experiences.
VTAD is a program of exploration for the beginning level theatre student. Students acquire the foundational knowledge of a theatre performer or technician. Most importantly, students learn valuable skills in public speaking, self-responsibility, and working with a team.
VTAD gives advanced level students real-world experience in acting and technical theatre as training for professional theatrical careers. Course curricula are created with input from working theatre professionals to ensure up-to-date practices are taught. Critical workplace skills are emphasized including: punctuality, responsibility, teamwork, critical thinking and creativity.
VTAD is committed to giving the students theatrical experience in a professional atmosphere by stressing self-responsibility, commitment, and dedication.
We do not do good high school theatre; We do excellent theatre with young adults.
Departmental Awards and Recognitions
*Best Supporting Actress Legally Blonde: National Youth Arts 2013
*Participating School: "Making Magic/Defying Gravity" with Educational Theatre Association and the cast of the National Touring Company of Wicked.
*2nd Place Musical Ensemble Alice at the Palace: Musical Theatre Competitions of America 2012
*Best Female Soloist "Thanks Mr. Sondheim "Musical Revue: Musical Theatre Competitions of America 2012
*1st Place Set Design Alice at the Palace: Musical Theatre Competitions of America 2012
*Best Director Alice at the Palace: National Youth Arts Awards 2011
*Best Supporting Actress Alice at the Palace: National Youth Arts Awards 2011
*Best Director Grease: National Youth Arts Awards 2010
*Best Supporting Actress Grease: National Youth Arts Awards 2010
*Distinguished Theatre Program: San Diego Educational Theatre Association.
*2nd Place Musical Theatre Performance Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat: Musical Theatre Competitions of America:
*1st Place Costume Design South Pacific: Musical Theatre Competitions of America
*2nd Place Graphic Design South Pacific: Fullerton High School Theatre Festival 2009
*2nd Place Technical Theatre Olympics: Fullerton High School Theatre Festival 2007
*3rd Place Lighting Design Once Upon a Mattress: Fullerton High School Theatre Festival 2007
*Excellence in Theatre Education– TekGod Publications.
*1 of 5 schools accepted to the inaugural year of the Performing Arts Festival at Walt Disney World.
*Outstanding Achievement in Educational Theatre– Escondido Center for the Performing Arts.
International Thespian Society
California Educational Theatre Association
Thespian Canned Food Drive– “Trick or Treat so Tots Can Eat, ‘Cause Hunger is a Scary Thing”
San Diego Theatre Educators Alliance
VTAD is a program that relies on fund raisers and donations to help with the annual budget. Donations, sponsorships are voluntary and in no way attached to curriculum, grades or success in any of the classes.