Long Trail bases the success of its drama program on the quality of the drama participant’s experience. To help ensure the greatest possible experience for all participants, Long Trail strives to provide the best possible direction, facilities and equipment. Student participants also share responsibility in creating a positive experience by supplying commitment, enthusiasm and dedication. This means attending, with a positive attitude, ALL possible rehearsals and productions. All participants are expected to assist in any set construction/painting as needed by the drama production and tech directors, as well as setup and strike for all productions. Student participants are expected to treat their fellow actors and technicians, scripts, costumes, props, facilities and equipment with the utmost respect. Any form of abuse may result in expulsion from the production and may affect the opportunity to participate in future productions. Eligibility is a privilege, not a right.
- Fall: Students in grades 6-12 may participate in the fall musical. Auditions are held in late August and rehearsals begin the first week of school. Students may audition for a role in the cast or assist as part of the tech crew, depending on their interests and the production’s needs. Students participating in a fall sport may join the ensemble for the fall musical but cannot expect a role in the production.
- Winter: Students in grades 9-12 are eligible to audition in early January for the VPA-sponsored Vermont One-Act Drama Festival. Advanced middle school students may participate with the approval of the drama production director. All participants in the One-Act Festival must commit to ALL rehearsals, participation at the Regional Drama Festival (weekend in March), the State Drama Festival (weekend in early April) AND the New England Drama Festival (late April). Participation may require a monetary commitment by students for meals and lodging at the various festivals.
Costumes, Drama Props and Set Policy
The Drama Department purchases props, costumes, and set materials out of a finite budget each year for the purpose of enhancing its productions. Long Trail School expects that all actors and students will respect these items and use them only for the express purpose for which they are intended. Costumes and props are assigned to specific actors by the director, and the student is responsible for maintaining and returning them in good condition at the end of the production. Students may be billed for damaged or unreturned costumes or props. Set pieces and scenic props must be treated with respect both on stage and backstage by all students. Items may only be borrowed for other school classroom use after obtaining approval of the theater director, and must be returned in good condition. Items not returned will be billed to the borrower.