Dramatic Arts

Dramatic Arts at The John Carroll School

Curricular Offerings

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.

Extra-Curricular Experiences

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 in-experienced, 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. 

Children’s Summer Theatre Camp: Kids on Broadway

For children ages 7–12: Our theatre department production staff leads this intense theater workshop designed to initiate students to all aspects of performance: voice, acting, dancing, movement, and auditioning. No experience is necessary. Students present a final performance for family and friends.  Please email Laura Lang, llang@johncarroll.org or Kim Brueggemann, kbrueggemann@johncarroll.org, for more information.