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 four 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 both a musical, performed in Forbes Theater with live orchestra comprised of student and faculty instrumentalists, and a play, which is produced in Engelhard Hall.
Recent musicals include The Addams Family, Catch Me If You Can, 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.
Our theatre program strives not only to entertain the community, but to provoke thought and conversation as well. With this goal in mind, plays that deal with social issues (such as gender equity and social justice) 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.
Forbes Theater is a fabulous place for creative exploration, self-discovery, and collaboration. Students strengthen their vocal and physical confidence; expand 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.