Harris County Students Proud of Theatre Program

A lot of teenagers might say their high school years are filled with drama.  But students at Harris County High School are taking their drama to the stage in the school's theater department.  And they take it very seriously.

We caught up with the Harris County High School Theatre Department during rehearsals for "The Wizard of Oz." The production involved 60 students from six schools.

"Having the elementary school, the middle school, and the high school all working together, like, it's amazing to see what we can all do together," said Flora Hall, President of the HCHS Thespian Society.

And while putting on a production this big can be stressful, these students say they wouldn't trade it for the world.

"I love going onstage and being someone I'm completely not. And that's my favorite part," Hall said.

"You create an illusion, and people love that. It's a whole different world, and you just have so much fun doing it," said senior Rachel Davis, who played the role of Auntie Em in the musical.

Many productions, like "The Wizard of Oz," incorporate the choral department, and students even do their own choreography and set design. The results are often award-winning.

"We go to competition every year and we usually place first or second," explained Stage Manager Emily New. "We have a great facility, we have great teachers and a great department in general."

Althouth most people probably don't think about the sleepy town of Hamilton, Georgia, as a hotspot for cultural arts, these students hope to change that perception.

"People kind of look down on us because we are a county school, but we do, we bring it, as far as theater goes," New said.

"We've had schools ask if they can come perform here. We're so lucky to have such a big and nice facility," Davis added.

"But I'm glad it is so big and that it is widespread and we do get a lot of local attention. Even more, I think it's just going to keep expanding, which is better," Hall said.

"The Wizard of Oz" has already finished its run, but the students are now working on "The Crucible" for competition, and auditions are coming up soon for the musical, "Annie Get Your Gun."