The Theatre Program at St. Andrew’s offers students two avenues by which to immerse themselves in the art of theatre: via for-credit academic courses of study, or via involvement in one or more of the three major productions put on by the Theatre Program each year.
In the fall and spring productions, we tackle drama and comedy of various time periods, ranging from Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing and Arthur Miller’s The Crucible to Woody Allen’s Don’t Drink the Water and David Lindsay-Abaire's Rabbit Hole.
In the winter we produce a musical, performed with live orchestra comprised of student and faculty instrumentalists.
Recent musicals include Godspell, Into the Woods, The Drowsy Chaperone, and Hello, Dolly!
Students are crucial not only onstage, but also backstage. Students comprise our crew, and 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. Students call cues and change scenes in the manner of a professional theatre.
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, race relations, and social injustice, are performed about every two years. Three of our most recent examples of such plays are The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later, Radium Girls, and Twelve Angry Jurors.
The SAS Theatre is a fabulous place for creative exploration, self-discovery, and collaboration. Students strengthen their vocal and physical confidence; expands their ability to communicate; and exercise mind-body coordination. At St. Andrew's, we do our best to emulate the process of production taken on by professional actors and theaters—a model that requires both playfulness and discipline of all participants.
Rehearsals are held in the afternoon, after classes. Students may participate in the theatre program in lieu of a sport; a student who has interest in theater but is committed to a sport for one or more seasons may want to take a for-credit acting course instead.