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 2015-2016 

“Curtains” – November 13, 14, 15 - 2015

Curtains is a parody of 1950’s “whodunit” theatre mysteries, where a lone detective, Lieutenant Frank Cioffi, investigates a series of murders that take place behind the scenes of a fictional 1950’s cowboy musical, Robbin’ Hood.  The cast of Robbin’ Hood is forced to stay inside the theatre while Boston police detective, Frank Cioffi, unravels the mystery, getting involved with the show and falling in love with ingénue, Niki Harris, in the process.   This comedic musical, is filled with large production numbers and hilarious scenarios.

“The Addams Family” – March 18, 19, 20 – 2016

The weird and wonderful family comes to devilishly delightful life in The Addams Family.  This magnificently macabre new musical comedy features an original story, and it’s every father’s nightmare.  Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family (a man her parents have never met.)  And if that weren’t upsetting enough, he confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother.  Now, Gomez Addams must do something he’s never done before – keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia.  Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s “normal” boyfriend and his parents.  Come meet the family …. We’ll leave the lights OFF for you.


The JCS Theatre Department Audition Announcement: The Addams Family Auditions!  The weird and wonderful family comes to devilishly delightful life in THE ADDAMS FAMILY.  Practices will be throughout January and February with performances March 16 – March 20th.  Auditions are (3:45-6:00pm) Wednesday, December 2nd Grades 9 & 10 and Thursday, December 3rd Grades 11 & 12.  ALL ARE WELCOME!  For questions or more information, please see Mr. Hensley (lhensley@johncarroll.org).