The mission of FCS Theatre Arts Department is to teach, inspire, disciple and enable the students, whether through music, acting, writing, dancing, directing or designing, to use their creative and artistic abilities to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ. By utilizing the power of high quality drama, musical theater, and choral music to the school, the community directly and, by extension, throughout the world, all to the Glory of God.
The Junior High Drama Department is under the Direction of Jennifer Robinson. The advanced theater students may choose to become part of our thespian troupe (#89389). The troupe attends the Southern California thespian festival and has been involved in several leadership training workshops.
The theater department has received many awards including ‘Best in Music’ at the Junior Theater Festival in Sacramento, both in 2018 and 2019. Best Ensemble performance, SoCal Jr. Thespian festival. First place for ‘Musical Theatre Ensemble Number’ and ‘Duo Theatre Scene’ at the Christians In Theater Arts festival, hosted by Azusa Pacific University. At this festival our jr. highers competed against high school students and attended various workshops. They were also finalist at the Candlelight Pavilion’s Got Talent competition, where they won the title ‘Audience Favorite’.
Some of the opportunities and classes available to the middle school include basic drama, show choir, advanced drama/music, thespian troupe meetings, play production and improvisation and musical theatre. These elective choices are offered at different times throughout the school year.
Junior High Musical Production
The Foothill Christian School Junior High musical production program is an elective class designed to allow students who are interested in acting, singing, and dancing perform in a major musical. Many of our graduates proceed to join theatre and drama programs in their high schools, local communities, and colleges. Each production takes place during second trimester. Students must audition and be selected to enroll in the elective class and major production. Past major productions include Shrek Jr., Peter Pan Jr., James and the Giant Peach, Madagascar Jr., Beauty and the Beast Jr., Disney’s Aladdin Jr., Annie, Seussical, You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown, Godspell, and Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
Fine Arts Dept Head
Jennifer Robinson is the chair of the performing arts department who has been teaching music and drama, as well as directing and producing shows for the past 17 years.
Jennifer is in her second term as a California State Thespian ‘Festival’ board member. She is also an active member of the Drama Teachers Association of Southern California, the California Educational Theater Association, and Director of the FCS Junior Thespian Troupe, #89389. As an active member of the theater community, she is continually attending classes and workshops for acting, directing, and musical theatre. Some of these include workshops in New York instructed by world renowned actors, directors, and choreographers. Additionally, she has worked throughout the local theater community. Some of her projects, outside of FCS, include designing and/or directing at Western Christian, The Grove Theater, and California School of the Arts. Jennifer received her Liberal Studies degree and teaching credential from Azusa Pacific University (APU). While attending APU she traveled with the University Choir and Orchestra, playing the flute and singing. Some of her favorite productions she has directed at Foothill include The Little Mermaid, Matilda, Beauty and the Beast, Shrek, Aladdin, Seussical, and Godspell.