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.
.: Past Productions
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
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
.: Director Bios
Sharon celebrates 25 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, 21 and Nathan, 19. They enjoy their life in Bonsall on a someday vineyard.
Bryce Nicastro – Alumni/Vocal Director
Bryce is excited to be back with El Camino in the Truax! Bryce is an accomplished alumnus from the El Camino Drama Department who has progressed further in his art to such schools as Manhattan School of Music and UCLA. His training spans from Music Education to playing, reading, and writing music to even extensive training in the Alexander Technique.
He was last seen musically directing Into the Woods and A Funny thing Happened on the Way to The Forum at the Truax and helping out the EC Drama Club with their musical score for their summer Scotland trip. He is extremely honored to be working alongside his high school drama teacher, Sharon Strong and in this amazing theater with such bright and talented students.