High school seniors and current Lamar State College-Port Arthur students interested in majoring in drama will have a final opportunity to interview and audition for the college’s new two-year drama associate degree program on July 28-29.

Associate professor Laura Stafford said, “We require the interview and audition to give us some insight into students’ skill levels as they enter the program. It lets us learn about their background, experience and their interest level.”

Stafford said interest in the drama degree was generated by the strong UIL participation in the region and the college’s new Performing Arts Center, which houses two theaters – a 400-seat theater with state-of-the-art lighting, sound and stage rigging that will accommodate large productions; and a “black box” space for more intimate performances.

The drama degree also ties into the two-year associate degree in teaching drama, which the college already offers.

“Students will learn about all aspects of theatrical production from staging and scenery to lighting, sound and performance,” Stafford said. “In addition to staging a theater production each semester, students may take courses in acting, voice and stagecraft.”

Stafford said one of the advantages of studying drama at Lamar State-PA is the school is the only higher education institution in the area doing musicals as part of its academic program.

“Other schools focus on drama,” Stafford said. “We believe staging musicals and musical comedies broadens students’ scope of theatrical experience, which will be a significant advantage for them in the future.”
The general education courses that are included in the drama degree plan will satisfy Lamar State’s core curriculum requirements.

Semester-hour credits earned at the college will transfer to any state-supported college or university in Texas.

To prepare for the interview/audition, students must prepare a typed paragraph, no longer than one page, that describes their past theater experiences and goals.

They also must prepare a memorized monolog or song no longer than two minutes.

To make an appointment for an interview/audition, call Laura Stafford at (409) 984-6331.