I did some productions early in High School. I had taken acting lessons from a private Academy from the time I was 6 years old, and really enjoyed it. We learned improv and lots of things that were never mentioned by the cliqu-ey Drama Teacher in our High School. Many of the "Theatre Kids" were as cliqu-ey as the teachers (and we had some teachers that were.... very inappropriate in the ways they related to students and how they treated us) I got discouraged early on, as I found many of the "Theatre Kids" to be very unrealistic, all thinking they were going to end up in Hollywood in block buster movies. (None of them did. One guy ended up being a "personal assistant" for a B list actress, aside from that, I don't think any of them did anything other than maybe join sad community theater productions, still dreaming of Hollywood today.)
The Theater majors in college were different (few of the kids I went to High School with went to the University I went to, it was a much different crowd.) they were nicer and nowhere near as cliqu-ey. I had no interest left in participating once I was in college.
I didn't really enjoy it much in High School. From where I could see it, the advisers and teachers were given way too much leeway and sometimes would harass and bully kids they didn't think "belonged" all while imagining yet an other High School production of "West Side Story" was a Broadway Play. One of the advisers would take a lover, from the student body every year. The school did nothing. I think the Theater department was left to its own devices, to the detriment of the kids, and from what I hear, no actions were ever taken against the adults who should have acted like adults, but instead took advantage for themselves, of the situation. Oh, and money always disappeared from till on the days of the productions. It was really a mess.
Our school was too frackin' focused on "Sports" to give a damn about anything or anybody else. Those who didn't participate in Sports or Cheerleading was basically treated as if they didn't exist. My High School is still considered one of the worst run High Schools in the Chicago Suburban Area.
OK, rant over. I am in a vile mood today....