Theater at Saint John's

Every year, Saint John's Theater puts on several shows for the community. Many talented students have the opportunity 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 storytelling.

The Audio Production Club provides technical support for Masses and other events on campus.

Both the Studio Art Club and the Photography Club meet weekly to practice and share their talents.

And many musicians find a place in small group ensembles after school in addition to the daily curriculum.

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 to 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 2020 - Smokescreen
Winter 2020 - Eurydice
Fall 2019 - Anything Goes
Spring 2019 - Harvey
Winter 2019 - Almost, Maine
Fall 2018 - A Funny Thing happened on the way to the Forum
Spring 2018 - An Evening of One Acts
Winter 2018 - Is He Dead?
Fall 2017 - Damn Yankees
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


The winter production is now underway.  We are in for an exciting journey with The Saint John's Man Project.  A piece of devised theatre that the students are creating in the exploration of this topic.  It's not too late to get involved.  Contact Mr. Colby for more info -


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.  Announcements will also be made during school announcements.  You can also get text updates by texting @sjset to 81010  Any Saint John's student can help with set construction at any time.  There is no need to commit to every day 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 meets Friday after school in the black box theater.  Stop in anytime to get involved or just enjoy a few laughs.


The Audio Production club runs sound for many events on campus.  Most notably Audio Production is responsible for the setup and operation of all sound for Saint John's Masses and Prayer Services  Contact Mr. Bill White for more information,

What's Coming Up

Saint John's is excited to announce its first-ever
MTBC - Music Theatre Boot Camp.

Who One: This event is open to all Saint John's Freshmen through Seniors.  It is also open to all high school-age girls from the surrounding community.  We ask that all students pre-register to help with food planning and contact tracing.  All participants must remain masked, except while eating.

And Who Two: The movement and dance session will be taught by choreographer and dance instructor Brianne Hoey. Brianne has danced professionally at Walt Disney World and with Holland America Cruise Lines.  As a choreographer, Brianne has been recognized regionally and nationally - most recently being awarded Top Choreography for Elite Performance Challenge Competition. Brianne is excited to be joining the team at St. John’s and working with the students on growing their interests and passions in the performing arts. 

What: MTBC is designed to work up an appetite through a fun night of movement and exercise followed by free food and a watch party of Spongebob Squarepants: The Broadway Musical.  Students will have the opportunity to work on two different choreographed pieces.  One from In the Heights and one from Spongebob: The Broadway Musical.  We will then transition into dinner (pizza, snacks, and drinks) followed by a viewing of Spongebob: The Broadway Musical.  COVID safety will be taken into consideration throughout the evening.

Where: The Robert R. Jay Performing Arts Center in Founders Hall

When: Saturday, September 25th, 4-9 PM.
The Boot Camp Schedule:
4-5:45 Movement and Dance Session
5:45-6 Catch your breath and change if you want  
6-7 PM Dinner
7-9 PM Spongebob Squarepants: The Broadway Musical

Why: Why not?  It will be fun, it has free food, you will meet new people and you might even learn some cool new things to up your TikTok game.

Questions can be directed to Mr. Colby at

Theater Faculty

List of 2 members.

  • Photo of Nathan Colby

    Mr. Nathan Colby 

    Theater Coordinator/Class Dean
  • Photo of Richard Monroe

    Mr. Richard Monroe 

    Fine Arts Chair

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"