Q: Where are the theatre class rooms/ the Black Box?
A: On the front side of Seven Lakes High School, in the ninth grade parking lot, between the P.A.C. and the Main entrance is a large Black Gate in front of a long driveway. Pass through that gate, through the loading dock area, and into the school entrance. The Design Studio (Room 1134) is the first door to the right. The entrance to Black Box (Room 1130) events is just past the Design Studio on the right. The backstage entrance to the P.A.C. is across from the Black Box in the Theatre Hallway.
Q: What is the P.A.C.?
A: The P.A.C. stands for Performing Arts Center. This is where major Fine Arts productions/events are held. The entrance is on the East end of the School (Ninth Grade Center) in the front (Fry Road side). The gyms and other sports areas are on the West end.
Q: Can my child participate in shows as a freshman?
A: They certainly can. Each production has open auditions for any student interested in trying out for a production. Prior experience is not required but is beneficial. The directing staff will make all casting decisions. If the student does not make the cast, they can still participate in Technical areas such as Set, Lights, Sound, Fly Crew or in areas such as Costume and Make-up, all of which are critical to the success of any production. Younger students also learn the complexity of producing shows and appreciate the work that is put in with their participation as well.
Q: What fees are due if my child participates in Studio VII Theatre Co.?
A: Any student participating in Studio VII Theatre Co. after school activities/productions must pay an annual $50 Student Company Fee.
Additionally, there is an individual production fee due for each student selected/cast to work on a particular production. This amount varies based on size & scope of each production (it usually pays for things like: show costs, show shirt, cast party, dry cleaning, meals, etc.). A production packet is published on the website under the shows tab for all cast/tech members at the beginning of each production with details and due dates.
Q: How do you join the Booster Club?
Parents are encouraged to support the Company by joining the Booster Club, but this is not mandatory for student participation. Volunteers are also not required to join. There are options to pay for a Family Membership (includes both student fee and booster club dues), separate Booster Club dues and/or support via the Patron program available. See ONLINE FORMS packet for details.
Q: Do you do a musical every year ?
A: No. Due to the high costs of putting on a musical, Seven Lakes produces a musical every other year (odd years) usually the first weekend in February.
Q: How many productions do you do a year?
A: It can vary, but typically there are two large shows and one smaller show, as well as two class production called "Scenes From" and Student Directed One Acts. In March, Studio VII Theatre Co. competes in the U.I.L., "One Act Play" (O.A.P.) competition against other schools. There are also about 12 Comedy Sportz Matches a year.
Q: Comedy Sportz? What's that?
A: Comedy Sportz is competitive Comedy Improvisation! The quickest thinking, wittiest and funnest kids that Seven Lakes has to offer, compete in various Improv games against other schools. There are home and away matches against other Katy ISD, Cy-Fair ISD and Spring Branch ISD area schools and an end of the year fundraiser against the SLHS Teachers and Staff. The season typically runs from January thru April with matches usually on Thursday or Friday nights. There are 16-18 students per team, but only 8-10 play per match. Cost to see a Match is only $6. However, seating is limited in the Black Box so come early. See the Comedy Sportz page for more details.
Q: Do we have a coach for Comedy Sportz?
A: Yes, and her name is May "the force be with you" Yera, who is a professional ComedySportz veteran. Let's show her how great our team is and support us by having all of you, tonight's Loyal Fans - "Whoop, Whoop" by attending. What's that - you don't get it? Well if you don't get it, you're gonna get it, 'cause here we go". That's your teaser to come check it out!
Q: What is a U.I.L. One Act Play?
A: As described above, it is a U.I.L. competition where each school selects a play of their choosing and cuts it down to 40 minutes or less, with a limitation of no more than 15 performers and 5 technicians. Each school competes in their District first. We compete against the 6 other schools. The top three in each move on to Bi-District. This continues through Area, Region and then State where a State Champion is crowned.
Q : What are "Scenes From"?
A: Scenes From are a collection of various "Scenes From" movies or shows which the students in Productions classes direct the students in Theatre classes. The Production students select the "scene" they wish to direct and are responsible for a minimal set design and props, the selection of the actors and the direction of the scene which is typically 10-15 minutes long. Both groups of students are graded on individual and the group performance as this is a class grade.
Q : What are "Student Directed One Acts" (S.D.O.A.'s)?
A: These are very similar to "Scenes From" where a senior student selects and directs their own One Act. We choose two Seniors, who want to do theatre in college to direct a one act. Both are only $5 for the public to enjoy. Refreshments are served at the production night as well. Both provide the experienced performer as well as the casual student completing an elective requirement, a chance to have an on stage experience.
Q: What are the Tommy Tune Awards?
A: Tommy Tune is a Tony Award winning performer from Lamar HS here in Houston. Several years ago he initiated the contest bearing his name for 45 of the top High Schools in the Houston area to compete in musical theatre. Each school competes for categories such as Best Musical, Best Set, Best Lighting, Best Male and Female performers etc. Each of the participating schools are judged and the top 8-9 in each of these categories then get nominations. The winners are then announced at a very elegant event at the Hobby Center in mid April. In addition, the Best Musical and Best Performer nominations get to perform on stage in front of 2000+ people. This event is open to the public and is also taped by ABC 13 for broadcasting on TV a few weeks later.
NOTE: In 2009, StudioVII earned 14 nominations (tied for most) and won 4 (tied for most) for "Once Upon a Mattress". In 2011, StudioVII earned 10 nominations and won for Best Supporting Actress for Carly Nunn and Best Scenic Design for "Guys & Dolls". In 2013, StudioVII earned a hard fought 5 nominations for "The Drowsy Chaporone": Best Orchestra, Lighting Design, Costume Design, Best Crew and Technical Execution and Best Actor for Joseph Nicholson (Man-in Chair).