All the World Is a Stage
Whether you enter our auditorium with years of experience or are setting foot on the stage for the very first time, John Carroll’s thriving Dramatic Arts program is designed for all students with a passion for theatre. Many well-prepared JC students have gone on to study musical theatre, vocal performance, acting and film at prestigious colleges and universities including UCLA, NYU, The Pratt Institute and Savannah College of Arts and Design and to receive professional opportunities with Broadway productions as well as other professional and regional theatre companies.
The Performing Arts Department curriculum offers the Acting I course, intended for beginning acting students as well as experienced actors. Emphasis is on the development of acting skills for the stage, including vocal productions, improvisation, stage directions, and character development. An overview of various methods of acting technique, stage terminology and production elements, i.e. set and lighting design, is included. Students will present a monologue and multi-character scenes, and perform in a one-act play before an invited audience.
In Acting II, the students further develop skills in acting by focusing on script and character analysis. Students perform in-depth improvisations; present one dramatic and one comedic monologue; and perform in a one-act play before an invited audience. Additional emphasis is given to the elements of directing and stage management.
The John Carroll School Theatre Department produces two main stage musicals every year (fall and spring). The goal of this program is to nurture and sustain a high quality Performing Arts Department as students develop a passion that will stimulate them to achieve their full potential in theatre arts. All students, grades 9-12, experienced and inexperienced, are encouraged to participate. Students have the opportunity to audition for acting, singing, and dancing roles, while band and orchestra students may audition to participate in the pit orchestra. For students interested in the technical aspects of theatre, there are opportunities to participate in tech crew (light and/or sound), set crew, costuming, props and stage management positions.
Theatre Arts Season 2018-2019
Hello, Dolly! – November 9, 10, 11, 2018
Hello, Dolly! is a classic, energetic, musical comedy full of charisma and heart. The story revolves around Dolly Levi--a widow, matchmaker and professional meddler–whose life changes when she decides the next match she needs to make is her own. Along the way, we meet the cast of characters whose hearts and lives are also forever changed at the hand of Dolly: the wealthy yet grumpy Feed Store owner, Horance Vandergelder, and his clerks, Barnaby and Cornelius; the loverly hat-shop owner, Mrs. Irene Malloy, and her assistant, Minnie Fay; Horace's niece, Ermengarde, and her beloved, Ambrose Kemper, to name a few! Set in New York City at the turn of the 20th century, this family-friendly musical is filled with the classic elegance and comedic schtick that makes audiences laugh and cry--a boisterous and charming show from start to finish!
Pippin – March 22, 23, 24, 2019
Heir to the throne, the young prince Pippin is in search of the secret to true happiness and fulfillment. He seeks it in the glories of the battlefield and the intrigues of political power. In the end, Pippin finds that happiness lies not in extraordinary endeavors, but rather in the unextraordinary moments that happen every day. Pippin’s message is universal and will connect with audiences across the age spectrum.