Dramatic Arts at The John Carroll School
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.
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 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, opportunities to participate in light/sound crew, as well as a set crew are available.
Theatre Arts Season 2017-2018
Grease – November 3, 4, 5, 2017
It’s 1959, and Rydell High School’s senior class is in rare form. The too-cool-for-school “Burger Palace Boys” are stealing hub-caps and acting tough and their gum-snapping, “Pink Ladies” are having fun in bobby sox and pedal pushers. The 1950s high school dream is about to explode in this rollicking musical. At the heart of the story is the romance between hot-rodding gangster Danny Zuko and the sweet new girl in town, Sandy Dumbrowski. They had a secret romance in summer, but now back in the context of school, peer-pressure and cliques make their love a bit more complicated. Can Danny maintain his cool dude status and still make demure Sandy his girl? The whole gang sings and dances around Danny and Sandy’s romance, through such hit songs as "Greased Lightnin'," “Hand Jive,” "We Go Together,” and “Mooning,” recalling the music of Buddy Holly, Little Richard and Elvis Presley that became the soundtrack of a generation. Starting off with an eight-year Broadway run, Grease is among the world’s most popular musicals!
Tarzan – March 16, 17, 18, 2017
Based on Disney's epic animated musical adventure and Edgar Rice Burrough's Tarzan of the Apes, Tarzan features heart-pumping music by rock legend, Phil Collins, and a book by Tony Award-winning playwright, David Henry Hwang. High-flying excitement and hits, like the Academy Award winning "You'll Be in My Heart," as well as "Son of Man" and "Two Worlds," make Tarzan an unforgettable theatrical experience.
Washed up on the shores of West Africa, an infant boy is taken in and raised by gorillas who name him Tarzan. Apart from striving for acceptance from his ape father, Tarzan's life is mostly monkey business until a human expedition treks into his tribe's territory, and he encounters creatures like himself for the first time. Tarzan struggles to navigate a jungle, thick with emotion, as he discovers his animal upbringing clashing with his human instincts.
A title that is recognizable the world over, Tarzan is a powerhouse of a musical that will be a major ticket seller in a theatre's season while offering endless opportunities for creative staging, costuming and set design.
There are currently no auditions for theater at this time.
For further information, please contact Kim Brueggemann at firstname.lastname@example.org.