Hoover drama provides students with the opportunity to explore different areas of theatre and develop a wide range of skills. Students get to participate in hands on activities such as building and designing sets, publicizing productions in the community, working in a broad range of backstage work, acting, and leadership opportunities. For years Hoover drama has brought forth the best of the best students at Hoover High school and will continue to shine a light on the exemplary students the department has gathered.
For decades former drama director Denis Hildreth built a department that became respected and acknowledged in the Des Moines area. Annually receiving top honors in IHSSA and improving the quality of performances, the department’s growth and success throughout the years is indisputable. But the honors and recognition that the department has received hasn’t been as important as the individual growth and accomplishments of the students who have passed through the department.
Students involved in the department become a part of an open, diverse, and friendly group of kids. They become more open to others, overcome fears, grow as individuals, and develop public speaking skills. Not only do students get to work in an environment set up like professional theatre, but they also receive the support and coaching of other students and directors.
Currently, Hoove Drama is under the directorship of Miss Emily Griffin, who is working to create an environment that fosters collaboration, creativity, and community among students with diverse experiences and interests through the production of quality theatre. Her first year with Hoover Drama debuted many new student actors and she looks forward to the positive changes in the years to come, including creating the Hoover Drama Parents Chapter.
This website was created by the Hoover thespians to display our achievements as a department and serve as a forum of communication between current and past members of the Hoover drama family. Here you can find information on current and future shows, tips, resources, thespian info, photo galleries, forums, and much much more! Please take the time to browse through all that this site has to offer and let us know of things that you’d like to see. We hope that you enjoy all the features that we have gathered together and support the drama department that you love. Until next time...
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