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

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


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,


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


By Balark Chakladar

Audition Date: Wednesday, February 12, 2020, 2:30-5 pm
Audition Location:
Saint John’s Black Box
Ryken Center, Saint John’s High School
378 Main Street, Shrewsbury, MA 01545
Audition Info:
Auditions are open to all current Saint John’s students and high school-age girls. All audition material will be supplied on the day of the audition. If you are interested in auditioning, but unavailable February 12th contact Mr. Colby at
Can be directed to Mr. Colby at
Performance Date: Thursday, April 30, 2020, at 7:00 pm
Performance Location:
Robert R. Jay Performing Arts Center
Founders Hall, Saint John’s High School
378 Main Street, Shrewsbury, MA 01545
Tickets are free and open to the public and will be available at the door.
Questions:, 508-842-8934 x.490
A murder has happened in the town of Quisling, and everyone is a suspect. Such is the premise of the spring play Smokescreen. Join quirky officer Jack Jackson and his partner Jennifer Moore as they try and figure out what has occurred to a person so beloved in their own town. With situational humor, thrilling twists, and on your seat tension, this play is bound to captivate you from start to finish. 
The mayor of Quisling has been killed. Everyone is a suspect, no one is safe. Officer Jack Jackson and his partner Jennifer Moore are tasked with bringing down the person who brought panic and dismay into their once fruitful town. Jack’s humor and Jennifer’s by the book nature provide an interesting clash of personalities throughout the entire story. Stacy Holmes, a fan of Officer Jackson, and her cameraman James act as the press in the story, trying to capture every last detail about the investigation. The story revolves around the process and turn of events that define the investigation surrounding Mayor Bittenheimer. What seems like an unfortunate murder turns out to be part of a bigger plan that our heroes need to intercept! 

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"