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.: Past Productions

Legally Blonde

El Camino's most popular show had record attendance and racked up awards. Awards were: McKenzie Kruse – Best Lead Actress in a Musical, Rachel Dillon – Best Supporting Actress in a Musical, Cast of Legally Blonde – Best Ensemble. Nominations included: Martin Ortiz – Lead Actor in a Musical, Reden Magtira – Supporting Actor in a Musical, Saika Pitre – Supporting Actress in a Musical, Kaitlyn Halseth – Featured Actress in a Musical, Lacey Phelps and Marci Francis – Lighting Design.  More pictures: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7



A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

was a celebrated show for both actors and guest alumni Directors Laurel Burns and Bryce Nicastro. Receiving National Youth Theatre Awards were: Reden Magtira for Lead Actor in a musical and Kaitlyn Halseth as Best Supporting Actress in a musical. Nominations included: Colt Apodoca as Supporting Actor, Martin Ortiz as Supporting Actor, Jessica Michaels as Supporting Actress, Anton Maroun as Featured Actor, Cast of Forum – Best Ensemble. Allyson Francis and Leilani and Hana Mauga – Costume Design, Sharon Strong and Laurel Burns – Best Direction.


Obtaining the rights to the newly-released "Hairspray" for our 2011 spring musical was a big coup and El Camino Drama rose to the demands of this show with high-octane energy.  Cast members garnered over 5 National Youth Theatre Nominations and Senior David Eseroma broke the mold with his portrayal of "Edna" receiving an "Outstanding Best Actor in a Musical" National Youth Theatre Award. Other nominees included: Outstanding Best Supporting Actress in a Musical:  McKensie Kruse, Helena Marie-Woods, Diane Dumpit; Outstanding Best Supporting Male in a Musical - Colt Apodoca, and Outstanding Ensemble in a Musical - El Camino Cast of Hairspray.  More pictures: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

The Wiz

El Camino High School's musical extravaganza, "The Wiz" won top honors in five categories at the National Youth Theatre Awards June 2009 for Best Direction-Sharon Strong, Best Actress in a Musical - Kim Moore, Best Supporting Actor in a Musical - Preston Butler, Best Ensemble - The Wiz cast, Best Costume Design - Renetta Lloyd and Janie Newsom.  Choreographer Jake Tidwell was also nominated for Best Choreography.  Over 1300 productions from across the United States were reviewed with award ceremonies held inCalifornia, Arizona, and New York. More pictures: 1, 2, 3


The musical Urinetown 2008 was an El Camino all-time favorite. The show garnered 4 National Youth Theatre Awards for Best Actress; Makenzie Daris, Best Supporting Actor; Kevin Cleary, Best Supporting Actress; Laurel Burns; and Best Ensemble; Urinetown Cast. More pictures: 1, 2, 3

All Shook Up

In the Spring of 2010, El Camino put on, All Shook Up and this show still has the cast and crew singing and dancing as they prepare for the Edinburgh Scotland Theatre Festival Summer of 2011.  Helena Marie Woods won Best Actress and the cast won Best Ensemble at the National Youth Theatre Awards.  Additional NYT nominations included:  Best Actor - Wayne Higgs, Best Supporting Actresses -  Kim Moore and Shelby Caughron, Best Choreography - Kim Moore and Demi Boyd. More pictures: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5


.:Creative Team for Spring Musical

Sharon Strong – Director

Sharon celebrates 27 years in the Oceanside Unified School District and is excited to be at El Camino where she first began her teaching career under the tutelage of Speech and Drama legends Cliff Roach and Marvin Read. Prior to her return to El Camino, Sharon served for 16 years as the Speech and Drama Chairperson at Oceanside High School where she coached over 200 students to State and National finals garnering over 10 state championships in various events. Sharon was honored with the Double Diamond Award from the National Forensic League for her dedication to extra-curricular work. Sharon holds a MA in Curriculum Design from UCSD using drama, speech and video activities across the content area. In her limited spare time, Sharon also serves as a community producer for KOCT. Her true inspiration however, is her family who has always supported her throughout every project she endeavors. Sharon and her husband, Ken has two sons Chris, 22 and Nathan, 21. They enjoy their life in Bonsall on a someday vineyard.

Matthew Gherna – Alumni/Co-Director

Matthew has been involved in the theatre arts for most of his life. Performing anddirecting all over San Diego County and California, he is thrilled to be working at the ElCamino Truax - the same theatre and school he graduated from. Favorite past creditsinclude, Artie in What's Wrong With This Picture? Freddie in Noises Off! and Nick inOver The River And Through The Woods. He would like to thank his amazing friends fortheir support, Batman, Randy and Doug for being his mentors, the Easter Bunny, SharonStrong for letting him play in her amazing department, Santa, the Allstate Insurance guy,and Mary Noble for sparking the fire that has driven him all these years. There is nothinglike the magic of theatre! It is a gift that he is grateful for everyday of his life!

Amy M. McDowell – Vocal Director

Amy is a singer, teacher, and performer from North County San Diego, and hasperformed with such musical theater companies as Lyric Opera San Diego, The WelkResort Theater, Moonlight Amphitheater, Starlight Musical Theater, and othersthroughout California. She has also worked in directing, musical directing, and orchestraconducting with California Youth Conservatory (The Secret Garden, …Spelling Bee,Ragtime, Spring Awakening, Big River, Rent, Les Miserables, & Shrek), Encore YouthTheater (Honk! & big!), Kroc Kids (Joseph…, Disney's Beauty and the Beast, SeussicalJr, Guys & Dolls Jr.), and The Canyon Club Dinner Theater (Annie, My Fair Lady,Joseph…, The Music Man, Meet Me in St. Louis, The Goodbye Girl). Amy received herBachelor of Arts in Music, voice emphasis, from the Conservatory of Music at theUniversity of the Pacific and now passes on her wealth of knowledge and experience inthe performing arts to others as she teaches private voice out of her Carlsbad home.

Hanz Enyeart - Choreographer

Hanz is very happy to be working with this talented and hard-working group of students. As a dancer, he has trained professionally with the Academy of Performing Arts and Culture Shock in San Diego. As a performer, he has worked with San Diego Musical Theatre, The Lawrence Welk, Performance Riverside, ion, Diversionary, and Moonlight Amphitheatre, as well as Legoland, Disneyland, and Tokyo Disneyland. 



Excellence is the result of caring more than others think is wise, risking more than others think is safe, dreaming more than others think is practical and expecting more than others think is possible.


El Camino Drama seeks to promote excellence for all students as skillful performers and storytellers, and as educated audience members.



Video Production 
Hall of Fame Film Shorts
(Students from the Theatre and Video Production Department team together  to produce award-winning films) 

Student Producer Ike Mauga '13 received top honors for his film Cadence which won 1st place at the California Educaton Film Festival and also The IVIE Grand Recognition Award for San Diego County High Schools. Check it out here


California Educators Theatre Associaton (CETA) Awarded these fall festival entries with "Excellence in Theatre Awards."


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