Theater at Saint John's

Every year, the Saint John's Theater puts on several shows for the community. Many talented students have the opportunnity to audition and perform at three major productions throughout the school year, or become involved with set construction or stage crew .

Improv Society is a group run by students and geared towards the improvisational side of entertainment.

The Audio Production Club, hosts Acoustic Nights throughout the school year showcasing student talent in the Black Box Theater.  They also provide technical support for Masses and other events on campus.

While always known for academic rigor and athletic excellence, attention to the performing arts grew with the inception of the Spring Show in the 1970s. There was a renewed interest in theatre and music owing to the pioneering work of several faculty and alumni.  Things were looking up for the arts even more as the school community moved into the Ryken Center which included the first true theatre space on the Shrewsbury campus in 1999. At that time a semester requirement of Fine Arts study was added the curriculum to help fulfill the school’s mission to educate the whole person, including his aesthetic awareness and growth.

As the school now moves into Founders Hall with a state-of-the-art theatre and performing space, band and chorus rooms, and a light-filled art studio, it is exciting to witness how the program is continuing to grow for the future. 

2018 - 2019 Theatre Season

November 16, 17 & 18 | 7 PM & 2PM
Robert R. Jay Performing Arts Center

Friday, December 14 | 7 PM
Black Box

January 24, 25 & 26 | 7 PM
Black Box

April 4 & 5 | 7 PM
Robert R. Jay Performing Arts Center

Friday, April 12 | 7 PM
Black Box

Thursday, May 2 | 6 to 8 PM
Founders Hall

Recent Saint John's Drama Productions

Spring 2017 - Playboy of the Western World
Winter 2017 - Twelve Angry Men
Fall 2016 - Little Shop of Horrors
Spring 2016 - The Tempest
Winter 2016 - Private Lives
Fall 2015 - White Christmas
Spring 2015 - A Midsummer Night's Dream
Winter 2015 - A Doll's House
Fall 2014 - Nice Work if You Can Get It
Spring 2014 - The Comedy of Errors
Winter 2014 - The Importance of Being Earnest
Fall 2013 - Babes in Arms 
Summer 2013 - Summer Music and Theater on the Green 
Spring 2013 - Godspell
Winter 2013 - Pygmalion 
Fall 2012 - Guys & Dolls

Opportunities for Students


Auditions will be held for each theatrical production seperately.  A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum will audition September 10th and 12th.  Almost, Maine will audition October 9th and 12th and No Time for Sargeants will audition January 7th adn 8th.  More info will be posted on this page prior to each audition.  Questions can be directed to Mr. Colby at


Stage Crew meets several days a week in the Lauring Scene Shop in the lower level of Founders Hall.  
See the daily schedule on the call board in Ryken or Founders for more information.  Any Saint John's student can help with set construction at anytime.  There is no need to commit to everyday or fill out an application form for construction.  If you have additional questions contact Mr. Colby,


The Improv Society is a student run organization that meet Friday after school in the black box theater.  Stop in anytime to get involved or just enjoy a few laughs.


The Acoustic and Audio Production club runs sound for many events on campus.  Highlights of the year include coffee house style concerts held in the black box theater, as well as performing at major Saint John's events.  Contact Mr. White for more information,

What's Coming Up

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
Music and Lyrics by: Stephen Sondheim
Book by: Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart
Originally Produced on Broadway by: Harold S. Prince

Sex and Status on the Way to the Forum: An exploration of gender and class in "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum".  Are classic works of art and literature still relevant in a modern society?
Join us at 6:40pm on Friday before the show for a special conversation. Saint John's faculty members Diane Mulligan and Charles Abdella will explore this topic moderated by Headmaster Alex Zequeira.

Friday and Saturday, November 16th and 17th at 7:00pm
Sunday, November 18th at 2:00pm
General Admission $15
Students and Seniors $10
Robert R. Jay Performing Arts Center
Saint John’s High School
378 Main Street
Shrewsbury MA 01545

Theater Faculty

List of 2 members.

SJ on Stage

"A Midsummer Night's Dream"

Performing Arts Center Grand Opening

Grand Opening of the Robert R. Jay Performing Arts Center

Playboy of the Western World | 2017

"Playboy of the Western World"

Twelve Angry Men | 2017

"Twelve Angry Men"

Improv Night | 2017

Improv Night

Little Shop of Horrors | 2016

"Little Shop of Horrors"

The Tempest | 2016

"The Tempest"

Private Lives | 2016

"Private Lives"