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To make a tax deductible donation, please make a check payable to MCHS (write "Drama" in the memo) and mail to:

MCHS Drama Department

c/o Denise Elia-Yen

6975 Montecito Boulevard

Santa Rosa, California 95409

Wish List!

Print paper

Ink (96 black/97 color)

Paint and paint brushes

We gratefully accept new or gently used:


measuring tape

carpenter pencils

power tools (drills, sanders, saws, etc.)

rechargeable batteries:

- (AA for bodymics, 18V Ryobi or other for power tools)

- drill battery charging stations

1" screws

drill bits 

adjustable clamps (metal preferred)


mini sledge


8' x 1" x 4" , 8' x 2" x 4" lumber

4' x 8' Luann or plywood sheets




military uniforms



costume jewelry and accessories


To help fulfill our Wish List, please e-mail Denise Elia-Yen at

Drama, Stagecraft, Film

War of the Worlds Auditions


The MCHS Theatre Department presents the radio play, The War of the Worlds, under the direction of Drama, Stagecraft, and Film teacher Denise Elia-Yen.

The show will be recorded and broadcast before the end of this school year.

Auditions are easy! All grades and students are welcome to try out. Here's what to do:

1. Sign into your school email.

2. Complete the audition form here.

3. Follow the audio recording instructions here and upload your audio audition recording in Google Classroom if you are already one of Mrs. Elia-Yen's students.

If you are not already one of Mrs. Elia-Yen's students, please email her at to learn the code and upload your audition.

A little about us...

Mission Statement

MCHS Drama, Stagecraft, and Film students are provided with a safe haven to develop performing, technical, and cinematic skills among the standards of a professional environment. Students grow together as they gain confidence in their work and collaborations alongside solid show business skills. It is the goal of the MCHS Drama, Stagecraft and Film program to cultivate budding performers, designers, technicians, writers, directors and other industry personnel who are ready to continue their education in college, and who are prepared for job opportunities in theater, television, and film.

Course OverviewS

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Drama 1:  An introduction to the world of theatre, students learn a variety of basic performing skills culminating in two showcases per year.

- Explore theatre history, terms, and jobs.

- Warmup with improv games and meditation.

- Learn standard comedic character types.

- Choose, analyze, and perform beginner monologues and scenes.

- Create your own stand-up comedy routine.

- Learn how to audition, and create your resume and headshot photo.


Drama 2: Continue in learning challenging performing techniques culminating in two showcases per year. (Drama 1 prerequisite or by audition/teacher approval.)

- Delve further into character development through complex monologues, scenes, and plays.

- Direct a student scene.

- Discover tips for callbacks and cold readings.

- Learn and apply Shakespeare's language.

- Connect with colleges, agencies, and casting directors.


Stagecraft: Become proficient in technical theater skills and design basics.

- Design and implement skills in marketing, costumes, sets, lights, and sound for MCHS productions.

- Be a part of at least one run crew for one of the two main drama productions.

- Opportunities to run crew for choir, band, or dance concerts, as well as rental shows.

- Collaborate with classmates and professionals in the industry.

Film Studies: This is a college-prep elective that the UC system recognizes as fulfilling their Fine Arts entrance requirement.

- We will watch a wide range of films representing different genres, styles, and ground-breaking expressions.

- Students will understand artistic perception, creative expression, context and relevance, and explore aesthetic analysis and criticism.

- Students create their own short films from pre through post production among a wide range of film-making projects.



- Drama and Stagecraft students may be selected to participate in the Lenaea Festival in Folsom and meet other drama students from around the state! Observing the festival is open to all!

- Visits to local theater companies and film festivals, The Oregon Shakespeare Festival, New York, and more are on the horizon for anyone interested in joining us! Check the Callboard in the Drama hallway in the Performing Arts Building and morning announcements for updates!


- There are four main drama productions produced each year for which students are required to audition:

1. an outdoor Shakespeare production as part of our new Shakespeare in the Square series in September;

2. a student-written haunted house walk-through story in October;

3. a fall straight play in November; and,

4. a spring production that is usually a musical in March/April. 

Intensive after-school and weekend commitments are required for rehearsals and performances for these productions, and advance notice is always given to arrange your schedule. For audition announcements and updates for these four productions, attend Drama Club meetings, check the Callboard in the Drama hallway, and listen to morning announcements. You can also visit or e-mail Mrs. Elia-Yen with any questions!

- Additionally, theatre class students participate in fall and spring showcases highlighting their in-class work. This can include monologues, scenes, or even a one-act show and original stand-up comedy pieces!

- Technical theater students design and support all of these fantastic productions!

Production Calendar


December 21 - 25: Winter Drama Production


February 5, 6, 7, 2021 - Lenaea High School Theatre Festival held virtually this year!


Thursday, April 22 – Saturday, May 1 - Spring Drama Production

Tuesday, May 25 – Drama 1 and Drama 2 Spring Showcases

Drama & Stagecraft Locker
8/16/14 3:04 PM
10/15/18 8:58 PM
8/12/19 8:05 PM
12/10/20 10:22 PM

About the Director


Denise Elia-Yen has performed on both coasts and represented the United States in international theater festivals. She received consecutive Best Principal Actress in a Musical awards from the San Francisco Bay Area Critic’s Circle. She made her directorial debut with the critically-acclaimed Spreckels/Riot Theater production of STALAG 17, and directed THE SUGAR BEAN SISTERS which won the SFBATCC Award for Best Set Design, and Marquee Award for Best Lighting Design.

Elia-Yen built drama programs at local schools and drama camps. She is delighted to be at MCHS. You will find her in film, television, commercials, print, and voice-overs. She holds a B.F.A. in Theater Performance and B.A. in Italian from the Center for the Arts, S.U.N.Y. at Buffalo, New York.