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. 



Upcoming Events


HARVEY
April 4 & 5 | 7 PM
Robert R. Jay Performing Arts Center

IMPROV SHOWCASE
Friday, April 12 | 7 PM
Black Box

SPRING ARTS FESTIVAL
Thursday, May 2 | 6 to 8 PM
Founders Hall

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

Auditions for Saint John's final theatre production of the year will be held on January 30th and 31st from 2:30-5:30.  We are in the process of reworking this production and more information should be available the week of January 14th.  Questions can be directed to Mr. Colby at ncolby@stjohnshigh.org


SET CONSTRUCTION


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, ncolby@stjohnshigh.org.

IMPROV SOCIETY

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.

ACOUSTIC CLUB

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, bwhite@stjohnshigh.org.

What's Coming Up



















Harvey


Auditions

Open to Saint John’s Students and High School Age Girls
No Preparation needed
Wednesday, January 30, 2019 - 2:30-5pm

Callbacks
Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 2:30-5pm

Saint John’s Black Box
Saint John’s High School
378 Main Street
Shrewsbury, MA 01545

Stage Crew Applications for Saint John’s Students due by 4pm Friday, February 1, 2019

Harvey, a Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy by Mary Chase, is the story of a perfect gentleman, Elwood P. Dowd, and his best friend, Harvey -- a pooka, who is a six-foot tall, invisible rabbit. When Elwood begins introducing Harvey around town, his embarrassed sister, Veta Louise, and her daughter, Myrtle Mae, determine to commit Elwood to a sanitarium. A mistake is made, however, and Veta is committed rather than Elwood! Eventually, the mistake is realized, and a frantic search begins for Elwood and the invisible pooka, which ends with Elwood appearing, voluntarily, at the sanitarium. In the end, however, Veta realizes that she loves her brother and his invisible best friend just as they are, and doesn’t want either of them to change.

Performances:
Thursday, April 4th and Friday, April 5th, 2019
Robert R. Jay Performing Arts Center

Anticipated Rehearsal Schedule:
Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 2:30-5
Some additional rehearsals and extended times may apply.

Anticipated First Rehearsal:
Monday, February 4, 2019

Director: Mr. Richard Monroe

Direct Questions to:
Mr. Nathan Colby
theater@stjohnshigh.org
www.stjohnstheatre.org
 

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"