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. 



2019-2020 Season

Fall Recital
Thursday, October 17th 7:30pm
Remillard Hall in the Ryken Center
 
Anything Goes
Thursday – Saturday, November 14th-16th 7pm
Robert R. Jay Performing Arts Center
 
Christmas Concert and Tree Lighting
Sunday, December 8th 3:30pm
Robert R. Jay Performing Arts Center
 
Improv Showcase
Friday, December 13th 7pm
Saint John’s Black Box
 
Eurydice
Friday-Saturday, January 24th – 25th – 7pm
Thursday-Saturday, January 30th – February 1st – 7pm
Saint John’s Black Box
 
Spring Concert
Thursday, April 2nd 7:30pm
Robert R. Jay Performing Arts Center
 
Improv Showcase
Thursday, April 16th 7pm
Saint John’s Black Box
 
ARTS FEST 2020!
and
Smokescreen (world premier play)
Thursday, April 30th 6pm
Robert R. Jay Performing Arts Center

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

AUDITIONS

Auditions for the January production of "Eurydice" are posted above.


Auditions for the April production of "Smokescreen" will be in early February.



SET CONSTRUCTION


Stage Crew Applications for Anything Goes are available on the call board in Founders and Ryken.  A complete list of positions and time expectations are also posted on the call boards.

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 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, ncolby@stjohnshigh.org.



IMPROV SOCIETY

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.



AUDIO PRODUCTION

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,
 bwhite@stjohnshigh.org.

What's Coming Up



















Auditions:
Monday, November 25th from 2:30-5 pm
in the black box theatre

Callbacks:
Only if necessary will take place,
Tuesday, November 26th from 2:30-5 pm

The first rehearsal:
Will be Monday, December 2nd

Performances:
January 24-25 and January 30-February 1st

Questions:
Can be directed to Mr. Colby at theater@stjohnshigh.org

All audition information/requirements:
Will be provided at the auditions. If you play an instrument please come with your instrument and a prepared song. See more detail below. If you do not play an instrument there is no need to prepare prior to the audition, everything will be provided to you on the day of the audition.

LOOKING FOR MUSICIANS: If you are a musician and interested in being involved with the production please come to the Monday audition with your instrument prepared to play a song of your choice in a style of your choice. This production provides a lot of room for creativity and we would love to incorporate unique musical components into the show. All instruments, from all styles and cultures, are welcome!

Eurydice is a contemporary retelling of the classic Greek Myth of Orpheus and Eurydice. While still following the traditional love story of Orpheus’ descent into the underworld to retrieve his new bride, this version is told from the perspective of Eurydice. Additionally, Ruhl has added the character of Eurydice’s father to the story, thus complicating her decision to return to the land of the living with her husband, or stay in the underworld with her father. Eurydice, is a theatrically, thought-provoking story of true love sure to warm the heart and the soul.

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"