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Theatre Arts


The Theater Arts program at Capistrano Valley High School includes a comprehensive performing arts training.  We offer training in Acting, Stagecraft, IB Theatre, Musical Production, Musical Theatre PE, and Choir.  Three levels of Drama are offered including: Drama 1, Advanced Drama, and Actors' Repertory.  The after school productions are audition-only but are open to all.  Auditions are held during the first week of fall semester for the fall play, and the first week of spring semester for the musical (although this is subject to change per show).  Please visit the tabs to the left to navigate through the Drama classes and Stagecraft classes for more information on what to expect from the program.
For further information about Capo Theatre Arts related activities such as auditions, field trips, meetings, upcoming productions, festivals, etc. please visit or click below

Capo Drama Activities

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Wondering how to fit Theatre into your class schedule?  Check out this info, then email Mrs. Tucker with any further questions.  Update:  CCP is no longer a required class for graduation, so Freshmen now have more room in their schedule to take a Theatre class!
Actors' Repertory Class:  Auditions for current Drama students who want to reach the top level acting class at Capo.  Pre-requisite is Drama 1, Advanced Drama, or a combination of the two, or extensive theatrical training at a different high school or theatre.  More information on what to prepare for the Actors' Repertory Class audition.
Advanced Drama Class:   Auditions are only for students who feel that they are ready to skip a year of Drama 1.  This should only be considered for students who have experience in plays (at Capo or community theatre) and have a love of theatre.  Students will be skipping a year of lessons, so they should be fast learners who can catch up with the terminology, theatre history, and analysis techniques taught in Drama 1.  Students in Drama 1 automatically advance.  More information on what to prepare for the Advanced Drama Class audition.
There are no auditions necessary if you want to add Drama 1 to your schedule, or if you are a continuing Drama 1 student who wants to take Advanced Drama.


Emily Tucker (Theatre Teacher, Director) Mrs. Tucker teaches Stagecraft Honors, Drama 1, Advanced Drama, Actors’ Repertory, and Drama Musical Comedy (the after school productions of straight plays and musicals).  She has directed over 25 plays and musicals during her 13 years at Capo. She received the Capistrano Valley High School Teacher of the Year in 2012.  More information about Ms. Tucker, or email with any questions.
Cris Stuart  (Choreographer)  Cris has been the on-site choreographer for Capistrano Valley High School musicals for 20 years.  He has won numerous awards including Best Interpretive Choreography and Best Choreography at the O.C. MACY Awards.  He also choreographs dances for cheerleaders at various schools and companies in southern California, including a recent half-time dance for the Lakers cheerleaders.  Additionally, he has choreographed dances for TV, including a music video for Gwen Stefani.  To reach Cris, please email
Madison Cole  (Assistant Director). Maddy is a Capo Theatre Arts graduate and is currently studying theatre at UCI.  She has assistant directed the following shows at Capo:  Peter and the Starcatcher, Seussical, Chicago, Clue, Almost Maine, Urinetown, Puffs, and Matilda.  She has spent 8 years working on the musical at Center Stage Studio, including 3 years as the program director. To reach Maddy Cole, please email
Justin Barnes (Capistrano Performing Arts Center Theater Manager)  Justin Barnes is the facility manager for the theater building, thus any and all rental inquiries should be directed at him.  He has worked with the local Stagehands union in both Orange and Los Angeles Counties, giving him the opportunity to work on productions ranging from Hamilton to Beyonce.  He has also been the Technical Director for the plays and musicals at Capo, overseeing the construction, rigging, sound, and lighting for the after school shows, and still donates his time to us. To reach Mr. Barnes please email
Directions to Theater

Directions to Theater

The Theater is on the top of the school