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 2019-2020
The Music Man – November 8-9 at 7:00 p.m.; November 9-10 at 2:00 p.m.
Six-time Tony Award Winning Musical Comedy The Music Man follows fast-talking traveling salesman, Harold Hill, as he cons the people of River City, Iowa, into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys' band that he vows to organize – despite the fact that he doesn't know a trombone from a treble clef. His plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when he falls for Marian, the librarian, who transforms him into a respectable citizen by curtain's fall. The Music Man is family entertainment at its best!
Mamma Mia! – March 20-21 at 7:00 p.m.; March 21-22 at 2:00 p.m.
A mother. A daughter. Three possible dads. And a trip down the aisle you'll never forget! Over 60 million people worldwide have fallen in love with the characters, the story and the music that make Mamma Mia! the ultimate feel-good show. The story-telling magic of ABBA's timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter, and friendship into an unforgettable theatre experience. Non-stop laughs and explosive dance numbers combine to make Mamma Mia! a guaranteed good time for all