Dramatic Arts

Dramatic Arts at The John Carroll School

Curricular Offerings

The Fine 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 perform a monologue, multi-character scenes, and a one-act play before an invited audience. In Acting II, the students further develops skills in acting by focusing on script and character analysis. Students perform in-depth improvisations; present one dramatic and one comedic monologue; and perform a one act play before an invited audience. Additional emphasis is given to the elements of directing and stage management.

Extra-Curricular Experiences

Theatrical Productions—Fall and Spring Musicals

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 in-experienced, 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, opportunities to participate in light/sound crew, as well as a set crew are available. 

Theatre Arts Season 2016-2017 

“Mary Poppins” – November 4, 5, 6, 2016

Based on P.L. Travers’ beloved book series of the same name, Mary Poppins became an immediate hit when it premiered as a movie musical in 1964. Forty years later, Cameron Macintosh conceived of an enchanting stage musical that combines elements of Disney’s film with material inspired by Travers’ books. In the musical, Bert, a jack-of-all-trades, invites us into the world of London, England in 1910 — and, specifically, into the dysfunctional home of the Banks family. Jane and Michael, the young Banks children, have sent yet another nanny packing, dismissing these children as hopelessly and irrevocably spoiled and misbehaved. With a father who works constantly and mother who is always distracted, Jane and Michael have suffered without strong caretaking forces in their lives. Then the magical Mary Poppins flies in on the wind, bringing with her a combination of whimsy, magic, and disciplined common sense to the children’s lives. Together, they go on memorable and magical adventures — and also learn the importance of a tidy nursery and of taking the medicine they need (with a spoonful of sugar, of course). Mary Poppins’ transformational influence does not stop with the children — eventually, she teaches the grown-ups, as well, to open up and realize that “anything can happen if you let it.”

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“Shrek, the Musical” – March 17, 18, 19, 2017

Based on the award-winning DreamWorks animation film, SHREK THE MUSICAL is a must-see show for all the family.  Join our unlikely hero and his loyal steed Donkey as they embark on a quest to rescue the beautiful (if slightly temperamental) Princess Fiona from a fire breathing, love-sick dragon. Add the diminutive Lord Farquaad, a gang of fairytale misfits, and a biscuit with attitude, and you’ve got the biggest, brightest musical comedy around!  Featuring all new songs, SHREK THE MUSICAL brings all the much-loved DreamWorks characters to life, in an all-singing, all-dancing extravaganza.  Come join the adventure!



Auditions for the fall musical, Mary Poppins, are open to all John Carroll students.  They will be held in the Auditorium and will take place on the following dates.  Please contact Mrs. Kim Brueggemann at kbrueggemann@johncarroll.org with any questions.

Grades 9 and 10: Monday, August 29, 3:45 p.m.-6:00 p.m.

Grades 11 and 12: Tuesday, August 30, 3:45 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Call backs: Tuesday, August 30,  6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.