TADA is the Theatre Club for all Gavilan students. Under the jurisdiction of the ASB (Associated Student Body, TADA’s mission is to promote and encourage theatrical events in the greater Gilroy    Area.

What does TADA do?
In the past TADA has sponsored student trips to see Theatre in New York, sponsored a series of staged readings of new and controversial scripts, and co-sponsored various public events at Gavilan and around the Gilroy Area.

What are the plans for next year?
TADA has many exciting new projects in the works for next year including a Gavilan Talent Showcase and a “Battle of the Bands” as a TADA benefit. We will also continue to hold our Monday Night Series staged readings.

How do I join?
Come to a TADA meeting in fall term. Meetings are held every other Monday, starting September 17th, 2007. We will elect new officers and plan out our calendar of events for 2007-2008. Or contact Dr. Haehl,

If I’m not a student, how can I support TADA?
Attend TADA sponsored events, donate money to fund TADA productions, volunteer to help with outreach or promotions, or help us by buying concessions from our stand during the intermission.



Arts Back in the Classroom

Ladd lane Elementary

Teachers: Ms. Damm, Ms. Masoni

Session Times: Fridays April 20 & 27, May 4 & 11, 1:00-2:00

Contact: Dr John Lawton Haehl, 408.848.4860

This spring we launched an exciting new pilot program at Gavilan College called ABC (Arts Back in the Classroom). As a product of the California Public School system, I know firsthand the importance of early exposure to and participation in the creative arts. ABC is an outreach program that sends Gavilan Fine Arts faculty and students to local public schools to lead classes with elementary and middle school students. We participate in hands-on workshops with the classes exposing them to the magic of theatre, and providing an early awareness of college to the students and their families.

ABC sent actors from Treasure Island to talk with students about what its is like to be in a play, lead students through a series of theatre workshops, and finally help students stage a performance of their own. All ABC workshops incorporated the California State Standards for the Arts, and it is our goal to work closely with teachers to fit the individual needs of their classroom. ABC workshops were taught on Fridays and were free to the participating schools.

I’d like to share an email response from one of the participating teachers:

“Wow!  What a great presentation!  ….. My class thoroughly enjoyed the experience and they look forward to Friday morning.  I / we also appreciated the focused lesson--students had a clearly stated goal; it was reinforced and reviewed.  Absolutely solid teaching from my perspective.  The greatest part of the presentation is the fact that we are left with some common vocabulary, skills to work with and knowledge to build upon. … What a tremendous difference an instructor/instructors can make.”

Many thanks to Ladd Lane School in Hollister and Nordstrom School in Morgan Hill for participating in the ABC program in Spring 2007! If you would like more information about ABC, please feel free to contact me via email: