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. 

2014-15 Shows Announced

At an end-of-year dinner to honor graduating seniors, Kim Brueggemann, Director of Performing Arts announced that "High School Musical" will be produced in the fall, and "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" will be directed by Mr. Larry Hensley in the spring.  Watch for more updates!

The Theatre Department Performance

 The JCS Theatre Department will be presenting “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” March 6-8, 2015.  Tickets may be purchased online (www.johncarroll.org) or in person at the school store. The Biblical saga of Joseph and his coat of many colors comes to vibrant life this delightful musical parable.  Full of production numbers from a variety of musical styles (country-western; calypso; bubble gum; pop and rock-n-roll), this Old Testament tale is sure to please audiences of all ages.




Description:  An intense, one-week, theater workshop designed to initiate students to all aspects of performance:  voice, acting, dancing, movement, and auditioning.  No experience is necessary.  Students present a full Broadway Junior Production on Friday for family and friends.

Where:  The John Carroll School   When: June 22-26, 2015

Who:  7-12 year olds - Camp is limited to 60 students to ensure small breakout sessions and personalized attention.

Time:  8:30-3:30 (Before and after camp care is available from 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. at $5/hour from the JC Summer Camps staff. Advance registration is required.)

Cost: $225 per student; $200 for each additional sibling; includes a Kids on Broadway tee shirt, supplies, props, handouts, snacks, water, and Friday afternoon reception for family & friends. Students bring their own lunch.

Students should dress comfortably and must wear character or jazz shoes, ballet shoes, or sneakers. 

Faculty: Laura Lang, Kim Brueggemann and Larry Hensley 

Bringing dozens of years of theater experience, from performance to production, the faculty have produced the annual John Carroll School musicals for the last twenty years. In addition, we employ John Carroll theatre arts students as student camp counselors.  Each camper is assigned to a camp counselor who will serve as their counselor/mentor all week.