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


Stay Tuned for information about auditions for the February show.  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

A Charlie Brown Christmas, Holiday Concerts, and Tree Lighting

A Charlie Brown Christmas is sold out.  We hope you join us for the instrumental concert, 8th-grade chimes, and tree lighting.  The order of events for Sunday, December 5th can be found below.  Please direct questions to

3 PM - Instrumental Concert - Jay Theatre
4 PM - Cocoa, cookies, and toy drive kick-off - Campus Green
4:15 PM - 8th Grade Chime Concert - Campus Green
4:30 PM - Tree Lighting followed by brief sing-along - Campus Green
5 PM - Chorus concert and A Charlie Brown Christmas - Jay Theatre

A Charlie Brown Christmas - COVID Protocol
- If you are unwell please stay home.
- The seating capacity is limited to 130 people.
- All audience members will be expected to self distance by three feet, by family group.
- All audience members must remain masked at all times.
- Reservations will be filled on a first-come-first-served basis.
- All Reservations will receive an email confirming your booking.  Due to COVID, this is not an automated system, email confirmation will not be immediate and could take some time.  Thank you for your patience.
- Guests will be able to select seats once in the theatre based on availability and distancing protocol.
- Please fill out all of the information requested.  While we will not be able to contract trace as we would during our typical school day, we will do our best to notify you of any potential exposure risks as a result of attending A Charlie Brown Christmas


The Music Theatre Boot Camp is back on 12/11!  Save these dates at 4 PM.  MTBC includes an opportunity to work on your dance, singing, and acting skills.  It also includes dinner and a show!  Open to all SJ students freshman through seniors and high school-age girls.  Register for December 11th here. Direct Questions to Mr. Colby at  Save the date for a middle school boot camp 1/22 with a snow date of 1/23.  The middle school boot camp will be open to Saint John's middle school students (Grades 7-8) and middle school-aged boys and girls, grades 6-8.

follow on Twitter and Instagram

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"