Students can enroll for one or both productions based on their availability. There will be a fall production and a spring production. Extended Wednesday rehearsals (ending at 5:30) begin 4-6 weeks before the fall and spring performances. Production fees include costumes and scripts. Plays will be selected based on enrollment in each semester. All students will be cast in significant speaking roles. Class will also attend plays together. Dr. Spears' directing credits include numerous Broadway musicals and the MAS productions of Kaufman and Hart's "You Can't Take It with You," Louisa May Alcott's "Little Women," and Oscar Wilde's "The Importance of Being Earnest."
Plays being considered for 2019-2020 are:
Aladdin, Jr. (fall) - Tech days Nov. 17-20. Shows Nov. 21-23
Pride and Prejudice (spring) Tech days April 13-15. Shows April 16-19
The class plans a trip to New York City over fall break.
Dr. Dana Spears received her Ph.D. in Child and Family Development from the University of Georgia. After graduation, she worked as an assistant professor at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas and then returned to Georgia to work as a counselor in private practice for many years. She retired from counseling and now focuses on teaching social studies, drama, English, science, and speech for home schooled students. She also does instruction in English Country Dancing. Dr. Spears is the primary author of The Konos Way high school social studies curriculum for home schoolers and co-author of the parenting book "Strong-Willed Child or Dreamer" on parenting creative-sensitive children. She and her husband are active at Intown Community Church in Atlanta. Dr. Spears and her husband have three adult children who were home schooled: a daughter who graduated from Wagner College in New York City and works in wardrobe on Broadway, a daughter who graduated from the University of Georgia who works for UGA providing classes and support for foster parents, and a son who is at the University of Tennessee majoring in business.
Cost: $350 per production, due at beginning of each semester (includes class tuition)
Sibling production discount: 1/2 for siblings of full-pay students
Production fee (same for all students): $50 per production (includes script and costumes)