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Theatre, Technical Theatre, and Film

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MCHS Drama, Stagecraft, and Film is an award-winning program. Our students are provided with a safe haven to develop performing, technical, and cinematic skills among the standards of a professional environment. It is our goal to cultivate performers, designers, technicians, writers, directors, and other industry personnel who continue their education and find fulfilling jobs in theater, television, voiceovers, and film.



A spacious dance studio to rehearse.

Students learn stage management, design, operation, and more!

MCHS Drama students connect using different acting techniques.

Students work together in set construction and tool proficiency.

We produce bold and dynamic interpretations.

Full-length musicals challenge and highlight all performers.

Students explore all aspects of technical theater design.

Set construction takes place on our stage and in our scene shop.

Students perform original material at Stand-up Comedy Night!

MCHS cast members learn make-up techniques.

Lighting design students add layers of inventive storytelling.

Sound design students create sound cues in our tech booth.

Students learn textured painting techniques for set pieces.

Students learn proper stage make-up application skills.

Student costume designers highlight individual characters.

Stagecraft students collaborate for their final projects.

MEET THE Director




Denise Elia-Yen is an award-winning actress and director with 30+ years of experience including performances on stage and screen, print, voiceover, on both coasts, and in international theatre festivals representing the United States.

Originally from Long Island, New York, she received back-to-back Excellence in Theatre Principal Actress in a Musical awards from the San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle for her portrayals of Annie Oakley in Annie Get Your Gun and Elizabeth Benning in Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstein: the Musical, among several nominations over the years. Her productions have also received SFBATCC, Marquee Theatre, and Theatre Bay Area awards and nominations for their set, lighting, and sound designs. Mrs. Elia-Yen most recently directed and starred in Left Edge Theatre Company's grand re-opening production of Slow Food, the first in-person production in the North Bay Area post lockdown.


West Side Story


Her first teaching gig was a weekend workshop for Cornell University's Four-H program. For nearly a decade since, she taught privately, and built drama programs at schools and drama camps in Sonoma and Marin counties.

Mrs. Elia-Yen is delighted to be an MCHS puma since 2017! She continues to work as a local actor and director as time allows to keep her skills sharp and current. She holds a B.F.A. in Theater Performance and B.A. in Italian from the Center for the Arts, S.U.N.Y. at Buffalo, New York. When not in the classroom or on stage, you'll find her at the coast or on her standup paddleboard. She has two grown stepsons and lives with her loving husband and two cats.

Click here to email Mrs. Elia-Yen about the program!

Make a tax deductible donation today in one of three ways to directly support our productions and festival trips. THANK YOU!

1. Use the DONATE HERE button to donate directly to our club fund!
2. View our Amazon Wish List:

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3. Write a check payable to MCHS (write "Drama" in the memo) and mail to:

MCHS Drama Department
c/o Denise Elia-Yen
6975 Montecito Boulevard
Santa Rosa, California 95409


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Check here and our social media for updates on auditions and upcoming productions! Click here to email Director Denise Elia-Yen for more information.


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2022 - 2023

Haunted House: Movie Mayhem
A Midsummer Night's Dream

2021 - 2022

Rock of Ages
A Christmas Carol
Haunted Trail: Operation Undead
Romeo and Juliet

2020 - 2021

Send a Shakespearean Sonnet
What Went Wrong The Night Before Christmas?
War of the Worlds, Radio Show
Haunted Stories: Stage Fright

2019 - 2020

Legally Blonde: The Musical
The Diary of Anne Frank
Haunted House: Coven's Curse

2018 - 2019


Haunted House: Escape the Phantom Ship
Twelfth Night

2017 - 2018

The Music Man
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow