Students from all backgrounds have an opportunity to learn various aspects of performance, from voice and movement, to dialect and classical styles. The Powers Catholic Theatre Department produces two shows a year which they perform for the public and the Powers community. The productions are not only acted out by students, they are also completely run by students once in performance. That means that students run the lights, operate sound and spotlight, manage props, run scene changes, and take care of things backstage. Students learn to use the same physical, vocal and text exercises that professional stage actors have used for decades, and gain a deeper appreciation not only for the plays, but also for the skill needed to effectively perform classic and contemporary works.
All theatre productions are performed in the Powers Auditorium comprised of 394 seats (four handicapped). The stage has been named for the late Karen E. Fraction-Hamilton, a professional actress, dancer, and spokesmodel who also was an alumna of Powers Catholic (1976). Ms. Fraction died in 2007 and the stage has been named in her honor thanks to generous donations from Karen's family, friends, and fans.
See more about Karen at www.karenfraction.com.