GLHS Theatre Philosophy –

The arts play a very important role at Gahanna Lincoln High School. We feel being a part of the GLHS theatre program is a not luxury, but a necessity in creating a well-rounded student. The students involved take their work very seriously.

We work to train them not just as students who want to be "stars", but as young adults who, by their study, preparation, and participation, will be able to take the knowledge gained and apply it to their years beyond high school. We want and expect them to become lifelong learners. We feel they will learn to think critically and communicate effectively, to learn what it means to be a productive part of an ensemble, learn to fail and handle disappointments, and from those failures and disappointments, learn to succeed. They will also learn to expect the best from themselves and from the other people with whom they work; to stretch themselves further than they thought possible. They will discover that there is a right way and a wrong way to treat people, and that their actions have consequences. We believe:

"…the whole is greater than the sum of its parts." By that we mean that it takes EVERYONE involved doing their best work to create a successful production. We expect the students to be prepared, punctual, and give their best performances, whether in the classroom or on the stage. Crew and cast members are equally important; we depend on each other. We encourage the students involved with the program to experience theatre life from both sides; everyone takes ownership.

"…we are what we repeatedly do." We ask each student who participates to maintain a good attitude, exhibit strong and positive character traits, and conduct themselves in such way as to bring honor to themselves, their families and their school.

"excellence is a habit." Excuses should not become a standard operating mode. The students who take part understand that self-discipline and a strong work ethic are needed to produce something of quality. Putting together a show requires good time management skills and proper preparation. The more they get in the habit of doing their best work, the more accomplished the outcome.

We hope that by becoming a member of the family which is the GLHS theatre program, students will gain knowledge in their study of the theatre, but more importantly, gain a better understanding of themselves and the world in which they live.