Citrus Hill High School’s theater production ranked Top 3 in the Inland Empire

PERRIS – The California Educational Theater Association ranked Citrus Hill High School’s theatre production of “Argonautika” as one of the Top 3 in the Inland Empire. In 2013, Citrus Hill received this honor for their production of “The Iliad, the Odyssey and All of Greek Mythology in 99 Minutes or Less.”

“I particularly value this recognition from CETA because it is based on sharing complete productions with the judges, families and friends. Other competitions involve taking bits of plays to the competition. Here the judges come to us and evaluate us on our own terms” Joshua Brady, dead of the Citrus Hill High School’s theater department, said.

A selection from “Argonautika” will be presented at the CETA festival Sunday, Jan. 14, in Rancho Cucamonga.

Written by Mary Zimmerman, the play combines modern elements with classical texts to tell the story of “Jason and the Argonauts,” the original Avengers of Greek mythology, as they journeyed from Greek to Colchis to reclaim the golden fleece.

The Citrus Hill Theater students created most of the costumes, all of the masks and set pieces in the school’s Career Technical Education-based theater program, which is led by Deanna Long. The theater department also collaborated with the visual arts department, and students created complimentary artwork that was displayed at the show’s entrance.

Through this production, the theater department raised hundreds of dollars for Thanksgiving meals for needy area families, and Christmas presents for the foster youth of the community.

Citrus Hill High School has earned recognition based on the quality and creativity of their performances from educational programs like CETA, the Drama Teachers Association of Southern California, as well as the Lieutenant Governor’s office.

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