- Fall Play: Oct. 24 – 26, 2019
- Sr-Directed One Act Plays: Dec. 7, 2019
- Spring Musical: March 19 – 21, 2020
- New Play Festival: May 1 – 2, 2020
Bishop Chatard Theatre Program
Student productions are held in the Kyle Guyton Theatre — a black box style theatre opened in 2016 — or the main gymnasium. Auditorium-style seating transforms the gymnasium into a theatre setting for the Fall and Spring productions. Reserved seating for many BCHS productions is available via our website.
The first play of the year, the Fall Play is usually performed in October in the main gym. It is a straight (non-musical) production. Cast size is normally between 8 and 20 students.
Senior-Directed One-Act Plays
Seniors have the opportunity to pair up and submit a published one-act play for performance. The duo then takes the role of director. They audition fellow students, create and run a rehearsal schedule, and direct the chosen piece. The One Acts are performed three times in a day in what has been lovingly called, “The Day of Ridiculousness.” Play submissions are due in September, auditions are held the Tuesday after the Fall production, and the One Acts are usually performed the first Saturday in December in the Kyle Guyton Theatre.
All hands are on deck for the largest production of the school year. The musical auditions at the end of first semester and starts rehearsing the first week of 2nd semester. The musical is performed before Spring Break.
New Play Festival
Students interested in participating in the New Play Festival submit a new work, written by them in January. After being approved by a panel, the playwrights have the option to direct their own piece or interview a director. Similar to the Senior-Directed One Acts, students run auditions and rehearsals to produce the original works. Plays are produced the end of April or the first week of May in the Kyle Guyton Theatre. Join us and see how creative our student thespians are!
Not an actor? Not a problem! There are a variety of ways students can be a part of the Bishop Chatard Theatre Experience.
- Stage Management Team
- Set Crew
- Paint Crew
- Set Dressing
- Props Crew
- Lights Crew
- Sound Crew
- Costume Crew
- Hair & Makeup Crew
- Ads Crew
- Dramaturgy Crew
- Front of House
To be a member of the Thespian Society, a student must acquire 10 points. Students can do so by being involved in Bishop Chatard’s two productions, the Fall Play and the Spring Musical, either by acting or working on the crew. We welcome anyone to audition or apply for a crew position! The Society tries to see an outside production at least once a semester. This and other shows outside of BCHS-sponsored activities also apply towards a student’s admission into the society. For more information about the Thespian Society, contact Theatre Director Bri Lindsey at email@example.com.
Bishop Chatard launched its Speech Team in the 2016-2017 school year.
The Speech Team season is October through February, with district and state speech competitions being held in March. The team competes every other weekend, usually within a 90-minute radius of Bishop Chatard. Students can compete in a variety of events.
In addition to building a student’s public speaking skills, participation in the Speech Team supports confidence, critical thinking and researching skills.
Speech Team Information
Improv Comedy Team
The Improv Team, formerly known as ComedySportz, participates in the ComedySportz High School League (‘short form Improv’) as well as other ‘long form’ Improv activities. Besides teaching teamwork and having fun, improvisation develops performance skills that can carry over in many life situations.
Read more about the Improv Comedy Team
2019/2020 Theatre Courses
- Theatre Arts
- Advanced Theatre
- Technical Theatre
- Theatre Production
Theatre BoostersBishop Chatard’s Theatre Booster Club supports its student thespians and theatre department by assisting with production needs, volunteering at events and planning activities that encourage student involvement in the theatre program. New members are always welcome!
Meetings are called as needed and posted online as well as emailed to our list of interested parents. If you would like to be on the Theatre email list to receive the latest updates and ticket sales info, please email Sheila Gramling, 2017-2018 Booster President, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Famous Concession Stand Cake Ball Recipe
Volunteers are what makes this organization successful! Throughout the year, we use Signup Genius to request parent volunteer help in providing time, talent or items needed to support the booster activities.
2018/2019 Booster Club Leadership – Volunteer Positions
If you are interested in shadowing a committee to see if your time and talent allows you to become part of our team for the 2018-2019 school year, please contact Sheila Gramling at email@example.com. Help is needed on the Meal Coordination
- Maintains Theatre Parent Boosters email distribution list for communications
- Organizes Theatre Parent Booster meetings as needed (work with director)
- Records and disseminates meeting minutes to parents/directors
- Creates and provides communications to parents to streamline announcements
- Consolidates volunteer needs and monitors Sign-Up Genius progress
- Coordinates booster leaders, insuring they get information/supplies needed
- Provides updates for the BCHS website
- Secures a host family for cast/crew party
- Collects online Shout Out and Ad orders and gives to Program Crew (Googleforms)
- Takes and provides production and promotion photos of cast and crew
- Coordinates with director for Cast/Crew Photo Days
- Prints/provides photos for promotion (as determined by director)
- Prints photos for selling at performances
- Senior poster orders
- Photo collages
- Coordinates parent volunteers to sell photos/boards during performances
- Provides total sales & profit to director
- Works with the BCHS webmaster to update online ticket sales software
- Coordinates online ticket sales
- Coordinates parent volunteers for ticket sales and will-call table on production nights
- Tracks and provides ticket sale numbers to director
Concessions: Jen Collasessano
- Decorates concession area with production theme
- Orchestrates Cast/Crew Gift Bags
- Purchases candy, concession supplies
- Monitors inventory over production nights
- Coordinates parent donations (flowers, water, cakeballs)
- Coordinates parent volunteers at concession tables
- Provides total sales & profit to director
Cast/Crew Meal Coordination: Sheila Gramling; Tech Week Coordinator: Chrissy Didat
- Coordinate meals and snacks for retreat, special rehearsals and Tech Week
- Works with parent volunteers to make sure food is ordered and delivered for students and others during Tech Week
- Coordinates with director and crew coordinator to insure special dietary concerns are accounted for in meals
- Insures parents understand the process for turning in their receipts for reimbursement
Bishop Chatard is looking for adults willing to serve as volunteer mentors on the technical side of our theatre program. We need moms, dads, grandparents, aunts and uncles, or BCHS alumni and loving neighbors willing to give guidance and structure, to collaborate with student leaders and to be an adult presence on large group work days.
Hair and Make Up
Is cosmetology your profession or passion? Did you raise daughters with flowing locks or difficult curls? Or have you just been wearing make-up long enough that you are a self-taught expert? We need you!
Marketing, Advertising, Editing, Dramaturgy
Is publishing part of your professional resume? Are you a fanatic about fonts? Have an eye for layout? Do you have a killer instinct for a split infinitive? Are you a History buff? We need you!
Does your profession require an artistic knowledge or expertise? Did you study art in college? Are you one of those blessed people who have always been able to work magic with a paint brush? Is painting your hobby? Do you have tricks of the trade on perspective and color? Can you give insight into the right use of right tools? We need you!
Lights and Sounds
Are you employed in the visual media or recording industry? Were you a tech guy or gal in your high school or college theatre programs? Has your passion for photography or videography given you an eye for lighting? We need you!
Just like to help?
If you have no technical theatre expertise (that you know of) but would like to be more involved with the students and the production of our shows, we need you too!
If you or someone you know would be a good mentor to help our program grow and flourish, or if you would like to know more about the time required for each mentoring role, please contact sheila gramling at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note: All volunteers who work with students must pass the Archdiocese Safe and Sacred program and a school background check.
View Safe and Sacred Training Information
BCHS Theatre from the Student’s View
Learn about BCHS Theatre, how a production is made and what students enjoy most as the BCHS Theatre Dramaturgy Team presents The Drowsy Chaperone video, produced for the 2018 Spring Musical.