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. 

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 AND STAGE CREW FOR IS HE DEAD? will be posted here soon!

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

Saint John’s High School Auditions!
Open auditions for High School Age Women
Is He Dead?
adapted by David Ives
From the original farce by Mark Twain
Thursday, November 16th 2:30-5
Call backs, Monday, November 20th 2:30-5

Auditions will consist of cold reads from the script.  Please bring a small headshot (photo of yourself) to attach to the audition form.  Anyone interested in auditioning who is not available on Thursday should see Mr. Colby for an alternate time.

All auditions will take place in the Saint John’s High School Black Box in the Ryken Center:
Saint John’s High School
378 Main Street Shrewsbury MA 01545
Thursday, Friday and Saturday
February, 8th- 10th in the Robert R. Jay Performing Arts Center, Saint John’s High School

Rehearsals will primarily be:
Monday, Wednesday and Thursday’s from 2:30-5 in the black box. Starting after Thanksgiving.
Questions should be directed to:
Mr. Colby –
Plot Synopsis:
Jean-Francois Millet, a young painter of genius, is in love with Marie Leroux but in debt to a villainous picture-dealer, Bastien Andre. Andre forecloses on Millet, threatening debtor's prison unless Marie marries him. Millet realizes that the only way he can pay his debts and keep Marie from marrying Andre is to die, as it is only dead painters who achieve fame and fortune. Millet fakes his death and prospers, all while passing himself off as his own sister, the Widow Tillou. Now a rich "widow," he must find a way to get out of a dress, return to life, and marry Marie.

Jean-Francois Millet:  The renowned realist painter.  The play takes place before he has attained his fame, and facing financial ruin he fakes his death and disguises himself as his fictional twin sister, the widow Tillou.  Heels and lipstick will be required.
Agamemnon Buckner ("Chicago"):  A young artist.  Millet's American friend, quick witted and clever, but rough around the edges.  He delivers a lot of one-liners, like an old time comedian.  Hatches the plot to fake Millet's death and forms the secondary love interest with Cecile.
Hans von Bismarck ("Dutchy"):  A pupil of Millet and a German ethnic stereotype.  The second of Millet's inner circle of friends.  More down-to-earth, he tends to play the straight man of the trio.
Phelim O'Shaughnessy:  A pupil of Millet and an Irish ethnic stereotype.  The third of Millet's friends.  Hot-tempered, he often plays the fool.  If he were a Marx brother he'd be Chico, only Irish.
Papa Leroux:  A down-on-his-luck widower, and father of both Marie and Cecile.  Like Millet, he faces foreclosure.  After "the widow Tillou" saves his family, he falls in love with "her".
Marie Leroux:  Millet's love interest.  She is heartbroken when her true love "dies".
Cecile Leroux:  Sister to Marie.  At once prudish and incessantly jealous of her love interest, Chicago, Cecile gets in on the cross-dressing act by disguising herself as a policeman to spy on him.
Bastien Andre:  The play's villain.  Millet's and Leroux's creditor, he attempts to blackmail first Marie, and then the widow into marrying him.
Madames Bathilde and Caron:  Millet's neighbors.  They adore the artist, but are powerless to help him.  They always appear together, often repeating the other's line or finishing the other's sentence.
Basil Thorpe:  An English ethnic stereotype.  A potential art buyer who only wants paintings by deceased artists.
Claude Riviere:  A reporter for "Le Figaro".
Charlie:  The widow Tillou's servingman.
The King of France: Cameo Role
The Sultan of Turkey: Cameo Role
The Emperor of Russia: Cameo Role

Theater Faculty

List of 3 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"