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We are the Oak Ridge High School Theatre Boosters, dedicated to supporting and promoting the arts in our community. Our mission is to provide opportunities for our amazing Oak Ridge High School student performers and technical artists to showcase their talents and develop their skills.

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OR Theatre Classes & Extracurriculars

Oak Ridge High School Theatre Arts Department

Elective Class Information


Classes Offered to Everyone:

Drama 1 (#0620): Learn the foundations of theatre and stage performance class, where you will get the opportunity to perform theatre styles such as puppetry, pantomime, monologue, scenes, and one acts! This class is great for students who want to become more comfortable with talking in front of people, gaining confidence, and working in a collaborative setting, all while becoming better actors! No previous experience in theatre or performance is required!


Additional Theatre Pathway Classes (4 Year Pathway with Graduation Cord)

Advanced Drama (#0621): Continuation class of Drama 1. Need to pass Drama 1 with a C or better (or have teacher approval). Students learn more specific acting techniques and focus on the dramatic side of acting in this class. Students will have field trip opportunities to the Lenaea High School Theatre Festival in Folsom and to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Oregon. This is a class students can take 3 times, with differing curriculum and activities each year. Unit focuses can include Shakespeare, Directing, Audition Workshops, Callback Workshops, and the One Act Festival. Students are required to complete 20 service hours a semester (participation in fall/spring production or other ORHS Performance based activities including choir, band, and dance)


Theatre Technology & Production (#0625): Continuation class of Drama 1 or with teacher approval after being on tech crew for both the Fall & Spring production. In this class you learn the backstage world of theatre. Learn how to build sets, design lights, sound, and costumes, and gain valuable hands-on experience with carpentry, problem solving, and teamwork. Students are required to complete 20 service hours a semester (participation in fall/spring production or other ORHS Performance based activities)


Extracurricular Performances

The Oak Ridge Theatre Arts Department produces two mainstage productions per year: one musical in the Fall and one play in the Spring. Auditions are open to all students on campus, and you do not need to be enrolled in a performing arts class to audition or apply for our tech crew positions. 

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Kate Rolls

Oak Ridge High School Theatre Program Director

Sykes Rolls

ORHS Theatre Mascot


Ms. Rolls is in her sixth year as teacher and director of the Theatre Department at ORHS. Previous shows at Oak Ridge as director include Mean Girls, ClueRock of Ages, The Odd Couple, Les Miserables, Grease, and We Will Rock You. Previous shows as a student/volunteer include Little Shop of Horrors, All Shook Up, and Noises Off. In the last 10+ years, Rolls has also worked as a Head Electrician at Harris Center for the Arts and as a freelance lighting designer for Pamela Hayes Classical Ballet and El Dorado Musical Theatre, lighting annual productions of The Nutcracker and EDMT's high voltage cabarets. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her parents and musical theatre mascot, Sykes, and going to Kings games.

After being lovingly rescued in October 2020, Sykes has become a staple of the Oak Ridge Theatre and is now officially its mascot! Sykes's favorite theatre activities include helping out at set builds, walking in paint, and performing in cameo roles on stage! Sykes was last seen in the closing performances of Clue: On Stage as the police dog, a surprise to our audience at the time! He enjoys coming to rehearsal because he knows he will get lots of tummy rubs from the performers and chases around the audience. He wants to give a shout out to his grandpawrents who look after him when he doesn't get to come to rehearsal, Gita & Jonathan, and his two besties, Gucci & Moxie! 


The ORTAB Board is actively recruiting for several positions to start
 June 1, 2024 (2-year term). Contact for more information

Christie Wilson, President
Danyelle Woodley, Vice President
John Krueger, Treasurer
Sherry Butler, Hospitality/Concessions
Vani Das, Publicity/Merchandise
Melissa Petersen, Fundraising

The ORTAB Board is committed to supporting Theatre Arts at Oak Ridge through fundraising efforts, ticket sales, show promotion, and more. We invite you to join us as an ORTAB member or future Board Member. For more information, contact us at

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