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Mrs. Hall with Scott Dreier and Sal Masekela - Carlsbad High Hall of Fame
Mrs. Hall with Sal Masekela and Scott Dreier - Hall of Fame 2011
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CHS Alum Robert Stromberg Directs Hit Film "Maleficent"

CHS Art & Theatre Alum Robert Stromberg - Two Academy Awards for Art Direction
CHS Art & Theatre Alum Robert Stromberg Wins Academy Award for Art Direction

Mrs. Monica Hall

Welcome to the Carlsbad High School Theatre Department!

National Youth Arts Awards 2017!

At the 12th Annual National Youth Arts Awards for the 2016-2017 season, Carlsbad High School earned 8 awards and 13 additional nominations!  The pit orchestra students and Ben Little (accepting for himself, fellow actors and the Outstanding Production Award) accepted their awards at the ceremony on Monday, July 3.  Monica Hall and Jane Craig-Jones also accepted their awards for Direction, Lifetime Contribution to Youth Theatre, and Costume Design.



Outstanding Production: The Drowsy Chaperone

Lead Actor in a Musical: Ben Little as Man in the Chair in The Drowsy Chaperone

Lead Actor in a Musical: Ben Little as Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors

Lead Actress in a Musical: Alexis Dytko as The Drowsy Chaperone in The Drowsy Chaperone

Lead Actress in a Musical: Thalia Morales as Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors

Costume Design: Jane Craig-Jones for The Drowsy Chaperone

Youth Orchestra:  The Drowsy Chaperone

Direction: Monica Hogue Hall for Little Shop of Horrors


Lifetime Contribution to Youth Theatre:  Monica Hogue Hall



Lead Actress in a Musical: Sophia Marks as Janet in The Drowsy Chaperone

Supporting Actor in a Musical: Brandon Rovelo as Audrey II in Little Shop of Horrors

Supporting Actor in a Musical: Harrison Schwartz as Mr. Mushnik in Little Shop of Horrors

Supporting Actor in a Musical: Harrison Schwartz as Aldolpho in The Drowsy Chaperone

Supporting Actress in a Musical: Kira Davis as Ronnette in Little Shop of Horrors

Supporting Actress in a Musical: Kaylen Lash as Crystal in Little Shop of Horrors

Supporting Actress in a Musical: Breanna Lehman as Kitty in The Drowsy Chaperone

Supporting Actress in a Musical: Abigail Yi as Mrs. Tottendale in The Drowsy Chaperone

Ensemble: The Drowsy Chaperone

Costume Design: Jane Craig-Jones for Little Shop of Horrors

Choreography: Suzanne Fernandez for The Drowsy Chaperone

Musical Direction: Lyndon Pugeda for The Drowsy Chaperone

Direction: Monica Hogue Hall for The Drowsy Chaperone



At the 47th Annual Spirit of the MACY Awards, the Carlsbad High School musical productions won 27 individual awards, 4 finalists, a merit scholarship, and a Spirit of the MACY Award.  The cast of THE DROWSY CHAPERONE performed "Fancy Dress" for a packed house at the Segerstrom Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa.




Bright Spots:  Breanna Lehman and Michaela Edgin

Special Recognition:  Baylee Taylor and Jack Tunney

Achievement:  Harrison Schwartz, Brandan Rovelo and Nolan Palm

Outstanding Achievement:  Thalia Morales, Kaylen Lash, Kira Davis, Abigail Yi

Highest Achievement:  Ben Little




Bright Spots:  Brynn Wightman and Maya Alexander

Special Recognition:  Nolan Palm and Matt Gonzalez

Achievement:  Harrison Schwartz and Brandan Rovelo

Outstanding Achievement: Thalia Morales, Brandon Blackmon, Robert Forward Breanna Lehman

Highest Achievement:  Abigail Yi, Ben Little, Sophia Marks, Alexis Dytko, Carter Knight


Alexis Dytko and Ben Little were finalist for Best Actor and Best Actress as well as Best Comedian and Best Comedienne


Ben Little received a $1,000 merit scholarship.


AND Carlsbad's production placed in the top ten schools, receiving a Spirit of the MACY Award!





Lancer Day Parade 2016

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RoleAbout Success... Five Events to Finals!


Farewell to The@tre 902

After 37 years at CHS, I've taken my final bow as the teacher in charge of "high school drama".  


To go to "work" and do what you love every day is a blessing.  Seeing students catch the theatre "bug" and grow and blossom as performers and as people has been my joy.  I can say that I never had a boring day, watching students exploring their artistic talents, and was lucky to teach with such a dedicated department and great colleagues.  Special thanks to current CHS teachers Chris Robertson and Jeff Spanier and former CHS Teachers Tom Robertson and Wayne Beauvais who took the risk to become actors in our musicals and trusted me as their director.


I may be retiring from my position, but I will always be an arts educator and a Lancer.  Thank you for your support of the CHS Theatre students... you really cannot know how much your attendance at productions and hearing you say "Good job" means to them... and has meant to me, too.


Thanks for the memories ---


Mrs. Hall


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Congratulations to the PreAdvanced Theatre students for taking 1st place in Ensemble scenes for their KING LEAR scene and 3rd place for Ensemble scenes for A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM at the 12th Annual San Diego Shakespeare Society Festival in Balboa Park!  Bravo to Adam Oberman for winning the award for Outstanding Actor on the Folly Stage!  Great work!!

Congratulations to the "Bright Spots" at the 2nd Annual Carlsbad Theatre Festival!


Serious Monologues:  Maddi Austin and Carter Knight

Musical:  The ALADDIN Group!

Comedy Scene:  Sophie Edelman

Serious Scene:  Addy Janssen

Film Scene:  Natalie Moeller



To contact Mrs. Hall:

phone:  760 331-5764

e-mail: or

CHS Theatre website:

Meet Mrs. Hall

Mrs. Monica Hall received her B.A. and Master's degrees in Theatre from UCLA. She teaches Theatre One, Intermediate Theatre, PreAdvanced Theatre, Advanced Theatre, Technical Theatre and Musical Production and can usually be found in the Cultural Arts Center or Room 5002. Mrs. Hall directs the Fall Play and Spring Musical and is the sponsor of the Drama/Improv Club and International Thespian Troupe 1519, as well as Teen Korps, Disney Club, and the Spoken Word Poetry Club.  Mrs. Hall was the Carlsbad Unified School District Teacher of the Year in 2000; she received the Bravissimo Award from the San Diego County Office of Education in 2004 and 2009.  In 2013, the CHS Theatre Department won the Outstanding Theatre Program Award from the San Diego Theatre Educators Alliance.  Sweeney Todd School Edition was awarded the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Educational Program in the Arts Award in May 2009.  Mrs. Hall has received National Youth Arts awards for Outstanding Direction for Ghost, the Musical  in 2015, for Almost, Maine in 2013 and The Phantom of the Opera in 2012.   As co-chairperson of the Visual and Performing Arts Department, she is proud to work with her Carlsbad High School colleagues in instrumental music, vocal music, dance, and visual arts.

Alums Visit January 2016
Alums Visit January 2016

CHS Alum Jamen Nanthakumar @

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Alum Kevin Klauber (left) - ACE Award for Editing Oscar Winner 20 Feet From Stardom

The CAC in 1982
The CAC in 1982