Giving Students opportunities
Welcome to The Computech Theatre Company, home of the Computech Players. We are located at Computech Middle School, a STEM magnet school in the Fresno Unified School District. Our program consists of four areas of study for performance art students. We offer classes in acting, directing, stagecraft design and Forensics: speech and debate. Our program was the first of its kind at the middle school level in Fresno Unified. The Computech Theatre Company is committed to providing a variety of performance arts opportunities for all students. We believe there is a place for everyone in the Arts. Our Company motto is “Solve the Problem” because we see problems as opportunities for learning and growth. Our Company values friendship, trust and respect as we work together to create inclusive educational performance-based experiences for students and the public.
What we do
Our Company seeks to offer opportunities for students of all interests and abilities in the performance arts. Our acting program teaching students on-stage acting techniques such as stage combat, pantomime, and character choices. Our Directing program is for students who have completed the acting program and wish to expand their knowledge into stage management and directing. Our program is completely student-run as Second Year Directing students work with First Year Acting students. Second Year students can work on the Production Team for each of our shows. Second Year students can also elect to continue their acting education by focusing on Advanced Acting techniques.
CTC recognizes not every student wishes to perform on stage, so we have built an active backstage training program. The Stagecraft program was created to provide design students the opportunity to learn all aspects of show design including costume, lighting and set. Stagecraft students learn research techniques and how to build historically accurate shows.
CTC Forensics is a competition-based training program which focuses on performance and debate skills. Our team regularly competes at the middle school level and is one of the only middle school programs that competes at the high school, State and National levels. Forensics students learn the art of argumentation and research as they build cases for debate. Forensics also provides a platform for politically and socially minded students to speak their views. We celebrate diverse points of view as we engage in respectful argument.
The Computech Theatre Company performs twice a year. We produce a Fall Show which is open to all Computech students, regardless of enrollment in CTC. Rehearsals take place after school. Usually, the rehearsal schedule runs from August to November. Performances can happen in November or December. To provide the most access for students to diverse types of shows, CTC will alternate between straight plays and musicals each year for the Fall Show.
Our Spring shows are class-run, and rehearsals take place in class usually from March to May. Performances usually happen in May. Every student enrolled in a CTC course will be required to participate in the Spring shows, except for Forensics.
Performance cost $5 per person, with children 3 and under free. Doors will open at 6 PM and curtain will be at 6:30. Refreshments will be sold at every show.
My name is Rachel Hibler, and I am honored to serve the students of Computech as the Advisor of The Computech Theatre Company. I am from Bakersfield, California, and I moved to Fresno to attend Fresno State University where I majored in English Literature. I earned my Masters of Theatre Production and Design from Southern Oregon University. I have been married to my husband, Chris for 15 years and we have a dog, Helena, and two cats, Hamlet and Ophelia. When I’m not teaching, I am an actor, director and cosplayer. I try to be active in our local community theatre scene. Most recently, I designed the costumes for StageWorks’s productions of Mamma Mia and Book of Will. I work to promote performance arts in Fresno Unified by serving on our Arts Leadership Committee and I am the Lead of our FUSD Middle School Theatre Program.