Students in drama classes at La Cañada High School understand that theater can be fun, creative and a great adventure, but they also are taught that it is a business.
Director Justin Eick first sat in the La Cañada director’s chair a brief two years ago, but in that time he has created a program that produces eight productions a year, comedy sports competition and a strong acting class.
He credits his predecessor Gale Caswell with developing a powerful theatrical foundation. After Caswell’s retirement four years ago, the department had two years of temporary instructors until Eick. He came to the school with specific goals and an impressive background. He taught at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts and is director of the Theatrical Education Group, which produces Shakespearience at the Alex Theatre in Glendale.