West High School is proud to offer drama club. The West High drama club is committed to providing a positive theatrical experience for all students by empowering them to participate in superior theatrical productions. Through involvement in drama and theater, students learn valuable life skills, including teamwork, problem-solving, and communication. West High is proud of our accomplishments and will continue to strive for excellence.
The West High drama program hosts two plays a year – one fall play that is either a comedy or a drama, and a spring musical. West High is the only school in Sioux City that mounts a musical annually.
Past musical productions include:
Mamma Mia - 2023
Grease: School Edition - 2022
Little Shop of Horrors - 2021
Avenue Q - 2020
13 - 2019
Songs for a New World - 2018
Godspell - 2017
Mame - 2016
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat - 2015
Guys and Dolls - 2014
Jane Eyre - 2013
Beauty and the Beast - 2012
Sweeney Todd: School Edition - 2011
South Pacific - 2010
Footloose - 2009
Cats - 2008
42nd St. - 2007
The Secret Garden - 2006
Aida - 2005
Jekyl and Hyde - 2004
Les Miserables - 2003
The drama club alternates comedies and dramas every other year to give students diverse experiences. Along with familiarity in both styles of theatre straight shows and musicals, students also receive experience in technical theatre and acting fields.
Beyond the Theatre
The West High drama club also competes in the Large Group and Individual Events categories of the Iowa High School Speech Association. West High students have won Iowa High School Speech Association All-State (IHSSA) honors in One Act, Readers Theatre, and Ensemble Acting. Student have also won Individual Event categories in IHSSA and National Forensic League. These experiences further our students’ reasoning and speaking capabilities.
Students who have made theatre into a livelihood are:
Antoine Smith (Broadway), Juan Ahumada (Metropolitan Opera Company),
Jesse (Atkinson) Bangarang (New York). Colin Morgan (Chicago),
Charlie Morgan (Minneapolis)
J. J. Sitzman (Minneapolis),
Additionally, numerous performers from high school go on to own/operate theatres and studios and work for in educational and community theatres.