Copper Hills High Theater began in the fall of 1995 when the school opened. Since the opening of the school, the Theatre Department has established and continued a rich tradtion of performance in productions, class work and festivals.
The program opened under the direction of Kent Burrell who moved from West Jordan High School to begin the program. Having a rich foundation in performance and technical theatre, Kent helped design the facilities and pick the equipment and supplies for the Auditorium. Kent taught at Copper Hills from 1995 until 2000, and has moved to Jordan High School where he continues to teach.
During Kent's time at Copper Hills, the program grew so big, they needed to bring in another teacher to help with class loads and productions. Heather Hancock came to teach at Copper Hills in 1999 and continues to teach at Copper Hills High. Heather took over the entire program when Kent moved on to Jordan High School. Heather also had a rich tradition of performance experience in theatre, film and dance, which has helped propel our film program further today. She took leave of teaching theatre in 2003, but continues to teach film and video at Copper Hills High, as well as direct productions
Jordan Morrell came to Copper Hills High in the fall of 2003 as the new Theatre Director and Technical Theatre Director. Jordan stepped into the growing program at Copper Hills bringing new ideas and fresh approaches, while still celbrating the traditions established by Heather and Kent. For the last five years Jordan has worked to incorporate classical theatre styles, field trip viewing experiences, and outreach events for the students in the program. He continues to work at Copper Hills and is looking forward to this seasons productions.
Beginning Theatre (Theatre 1): This class is for students who have not taken an acting class. It introduces students to the basic concepts of acting and theatrical terms.
Intermediate Theatre (Theatre 2): This class is a continuation of beginning theatre. It builds on the basic concepts working to develop character, style and depth to each performance.
Advanced Theatre (Theatre 3): This class is a continuation of intermediate theatre. It incorporates elements of production, including directing, playwriting, and deconstruction.
Theatre Productions(Theatre 4): This class is for students who are interested in the production aspects. It continues to develop acting skills, ensemble skills, and directing skills, through teamwork and performance production.
Stage Technology: This class is for students who have an interest in technical theater but little experience. It introduces students to the basic theatrical terms, eqipment and procedures for construction and production.
Theatre Design & Construction: This class is an advanced Stage Technology class. It introduces students to the basic concepts design for lighting, sound, scenic and costume.
Musical Theatre This class is for students who have taken an acting class and music class. It introduces students to the specific performance art of Musicals, with acting, singing, and dancing exercises.