The St. Joseph’s Theatre program is varied and diverse, providing several opportunities for students to practice theatrical work on and off the stage and gain experience as leaders, problem solvers, and collaborators.
At the Middle School level, 7th graders study theatre vocabulary and history and are introduced to the performance experience through scriptwriting, puppetry, and monologue work. 8th grade students have the opportunity to perform in and prepare for the annual 8th grade play, gaining a better understanding through applied theatre work.
At the High School level, students can choose one of several Theatre coursed to fulfill their Fine Arts electives: Speech & Improvisation, Prop Construction, Theatre Arts I, Stage Crew (after school practicum). Students who are interested in becoming more involved in the program can audition for any of our productions or can apply and interview for a role in our Independent Study Theatre Production (fulfill roles as student designers for productions) or Directing (fulfill the role as director for semester one act plays) courses.
Mainstage productions throughout the school year, typically include: Summer Stock (open to parents and younger siblings), HS Fall Play, and HS Spring Musical.
Additional productions throughout the year include: HS fall student-directed one act play (performs at the South Carolina Theatre Association Convention), HS winter student-directed one act play (performs at the Palmetto Dramatic Association & SC Thespian Festival), 8th Grade play, Improvisation Knight, and Jubilate Knight for the Arts (Fine Arts Department Talent Competition and Fundraiser).
Students interested in pursuing Theatre at the collegiate level have the opportunity to attend three college audition events throughout the academic year (SCTA, SETC, and ITF).