|Daniel Cortez, a then-senior at Diamond Bar High School, focuses a spot light as he competes in the tech olympics in 1999.|
|Andy Howe and Harmony Smith, who attended Rancho Cucamonga High School at the time, perform a scene in 2004.|
|Students from West Covina High School perform in 2005.|
Hundreds of young dramatists will converge at Cal Poly Pomona on Friday, Jan. 12, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., to participate in the High School Scene Festival and Technical Olympics.
Nearly 500 students from 16 Southern California high schools will compete in the daylong event hosted by the Cal Poly Pomona theatre department. The annual competition celebrates theatre arts, and cultivates future actors, designers and technicians.
The High School Scene Festival features a competition among drama students who will perform scenes in front of judges, including professional actors and university faculty. Aspiring designers and technicians will have the opportunity to showcase their skills in competition at the Technical Olympics in such areas as sets, lighting and costumes. Awards and modest scholarships are given to the top performers. In addition, faculty members will hold workshops for the students covering a range of topics.
The High School Scene Festival also provides students an opportunity to network with their peers and the university community. Students interested in drama can work toward an undergraduate degree in theatre at Cal Poly Pomona and can participate in a wide variety of productions, not only as performers, but also as designers and stage technicians.
Competing high schools include: Bassett, Bonita, California, Centennial, Chino, Chino Hills, Los Angeles County High School of the Arts, Los Altos, Montclair, Orange City High School of the Arts, Rancho Cucamonga, Sultana, Upland, Walnut, West Covina and Whittier Christian.
Scene competitions will run from 9:30 a.m. to noon, with Technical Olympics following from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Workshops are scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 10:20 a.m. and 10:40 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.