The Theatre program at St. Andrew’s offers academic courses of study and produces three major productions each year. In the fall we tackle drama and comedy of various time periods, ranging from Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing to Arthur Miller’s The Crucible to Woody Allen’s Don’t Drink the Water.
In the winter we prepare a musical, performed with live orchestra. This orchestra is filled with both student and faculty instrumentalists. Musical highlights include The Pirates of Penzance, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, West Side Story, The Boyfriend and most recently Babes in Arms.
Students are crucial backstage as well as on stage. They build, paint, design, sew – whatever talent a person has to offer, we take advantage! Once in production, the stage manager and tech crew take over. Cues are called and scene changes coordinated just as in professional theatres.
It is the role of the St. Andrew’s Theatre program not only to entertain the community but to provoke thought and conversation as well. With this goal in mind, plays that deal with difficult subjects, such as homosexuality and race relations are performed about every two years. Two of our most successful examples of such plays are The Laramie Project and Shadow Hour.
The Theatre is a fabulous place for creative exploration, self-discovery, and collaboration.
Rehearsals are held in the afternoon, after classes. Students may participate in the program in lieu of a sport. A student who has interest in theater but is also a three-season athlete may want to take an acting course instead.