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. 

Opportunities for Students

AUDITIONS/ Show Specific Stage Crew (Grades 9-12)

The October show has been cast.  Stage Crew Applications are still open.  See the link above.  The next round of auditions will be on October 26th and 27th for the musical which will be performed on February 9-11, 2023.  Contact Mr. Colby for more info -  ncolby@stjohnshigh.org


AUDIO PRODUCTION (Grades 9-12)

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 (English Teacher) for more information, bwhite@stjohnshigh.org.


IMPROV SOCIETY (Grades 9-12)

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.  2:30-4 PM See the full schedule here.  Contact Mr. Bill White (English Teacher) for more information, bwhite@stjohnshigh.org.


Saint John's Network (Grades 9-12)

The Saint John's Network (SJN) is a student-organized video journalism club dedicated to showcasing the unique life at Saint John's. Student journalists and videographers meet weekly to collaborate, plan, script, film, and produce video news clips which are then published on SJ's YouTube Channel (Saint John's Live). SJN gives its members the opportunity to explore exciting topics and have fun sharing those stories with the Saint John's community.  See Mr. Woodmansee (jwoodmansee@stjohnshigh.org) for more information about how your vision can be shared through the SJN. 


SET CONSTRUCTION (Grades 9-12)

Stage Crew meets several days a week in the Lauring Scene Shop on 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.  For the most up-to-date information,you can also get text updates by texting @sjset to 81010 Any Saint John's student grades 9-12 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.


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

What's Coming Up



















STAGE CREW APPLICATIONS - Grades 9-12
now available for The Sound of Music 
 
Saint John’s Theatre is now accepting applications for stage crew positions for the February production of “The Sound of Music”.  All SJ student's grades 9-12 are encouraged to apply for Lighting, Sound, Stage Management, and Stage Crew positions.  Stage Management positions will start on November 2nd.  Most other positions will start in January.  Performances are February 9-11, 2023.
 
 
 
Students who are interested in Set Construction should fill out this form to be added to the portal group.  Students can drop in and out of set construction when available.
 
Students who fill named crew positions must attend all required rehearsals and performances.
 
Questions can be directed to Theater@stjohnshigh.org


 
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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"