The Drama Department at Saint Francis is one of the best in the area. Our outstanding Theater Program offers a unique, Seven-Semester curriculum for students with varying interests in theater, as well as countless performance opportunities for all interested students. Students interested in drama have the opportunity to perform in 2 major stage productions throughout the year; the Fall Play and the Spring Musical. The Drama Department takes pride not only in building a strong theater program but also in building a strong community with student leaders aiding the directors in running all aspects of the theater. If you want to be a part of quality productions, prepare for college auditions, or even pursue a career in theater or television, then Saint Francis drama is the place to be!
Theater Involvement Opportunities
The Drama Department serves programs in all aspects of the theater, including…
- Actors (Leading, Supporting, Featured, and Ensemble Roles)
- Technical Crew (Stage Management, Lights, Sound, Stage Crew)
- Costume Designers
- Student Directors
- Student Choreographers
Contact the Drama Department Director, Ms. Laura Rose (email@example.com) with any questions or comments, or to express interest!
Large Stage Productions
Saint Francis stages two major productions each year that are open to audition to anyone attending the school.
Our Fall Play occurs each year in November, with auditions during September. The fall play takes the opportunity to allow students to experience putting on a non-musical production, and for the actors, focuses on learning and implementing acting objectives and tactics that will help with their overall character development and drama education. Past fall productions include, “The Sparrow” (2022), “A Little Princess” (2021), "Blithe Spirit" (2019), “Our Town” (2018), and “The Miracle Worker” (2017).
Our Spring Musical is performed in the latter half of the spring semester, with auditions following the close of the Student-Directed Musical. Nearly 75 students participate in these productions that include large casts, a complete stage crew, student choreographers, costume designers, a technical crew, an orchestra, and many more. Past shows include "Legally Blonde: The Musical" (2023), "Mamma Mia!” (2022), “Beauty and the Beast” (2021), “Chicago” (2019), and “A Chorus Line” (2018).
Additional Performance Opportunities
If you are looking to partake in additional opportunities besides our three main stage productions, we recommend signing up to take our Drama Courses so you can perform in opportunities such as…
Scenework - Scenework is a unit in the Drama 1 class that allows students to perform in assigned scenes from various plays of Ms. Rose’s choice.
One Acts - “One Acts” are performed each spring. Drama 1 students write, direct, design, and perform in a 20-minute one-act show that is performed in a showcase at the end of the spring semester.
In-The-Round Work - “In-The-Round” refers to a style of theater that performs in an “arena-style” space, with the audience on all four sides. This creates an opportunity to learn about different performance styles within theater, while also creating the challenge of ensuring you are seen by all audience members, using tactics and acting verbs that give you purpose in changing direction and moving about the stage.
Children’s Theater - Children’s Theater is an annual favorite for the community. Saint Francis students write, direct, design, and perform in 3-4 shows for local grammar school students ranging from ages 5 to 10 during the holiday season.
Here are some of our production photos from the last few years!