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Drama/Theater

The Drama Program at Bellarmine encompasses a variety of opportunities for students interested in the composition, production and performance of theater. Students put on two main stage productions each year: a dramatic play in the fall and a musical in the spring. In addition to acting roles, students are responsible for all technical aspects of the programs, including lighting, sounds, sets, makeup and costumes.

Students may also participate in writing, directing and performing one-act plays; and take additional courses for academic credit. Comprehensively, the Drama Program offers Bellarmine students a practical creative outlet, a working understanding of the theatrical arts, an opportunity to develop leadership skills, and a place to make lifelong friendships.

More Information

For more information about Bellarmine's Drama Program, contact Drama Director Brien O'Loughlin.

Upcoming Production: 2020 Fall Play

Bellarmine is excited to begin the process for our fall play, a series of one-act plays centered around experiences related to staying home and staying safe. Please see below for information regarding participation as a crew member or for auditions.

Actors must commit to the following times for rehearsals. Rehearsals are throughout the fall from September 14th-November 11th. Rehearsal times are from 3pm-5pm M-F. A complete schedule will be provided to students after auditions with exact dates required for participation on Zoom - not everyone will be required to participate every day. Recordings of scenes will be done primarily done “on your own” outside of the rehearsal times and then submitted for review, adjustments, retakes, and editing throughout the process. If you are unable to participate in scheduled rehearsals or film your scenes on your own time, please speak with Brien O’Loughlin (Director) or Melissa Minjares (Producer) about other ways to be involved with Bellarmine drama in the fall.

Rehearsal Dates:

  • After school 3 p.m.-5 p.m., M-F, September 14-November 11th.
  • Release of filmed play: November 12th.

Audition Information

Audition Day 1
: Tuesday, September 8th, 2:45-5:00 p.m.
Zoom Meeting: https://bellarmineprep.zoom.us/j/94399458042

Audition Day 2: Wednesday, September 9th, 2:45-5:00 p.m.
Zoom Meeting: https://bellarmineprep.zoom.us/j/99950771282

Callbacks: Thursday, September 10th, 2:45-5:15 p.m.
Zoom Meeting: https://bellarmineprep.zoom.us/j/99184418537

Cast Meeting: Friday, September 11th, 2:45-3:00 p.m.
Zoom Meeting: https://bellarmineprep.zoom.us/j/97576681105

Passcode: Please leave your name and Bellarmine email at the bottom of the Audition/Crew sign up sheet here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1aHdP6XWFOJmBecT7JlR-QsevhPzuIPuKAmZ8KEnyvHA/edit?usp=sharing. We will send you the passcode to join the crew meeting by email.

Zoom meeting links for auditions, callbacks, cast meeting, and crew meeting will be posted on this site on the day of the scheduled event.

To audition, please sign up for a timeslot on one of the first two days using this google sheet. You must have a Bellarmine email address to add your name to the list. If you do not have a Bellarmine email yet, contact Brien O’Loughlin at oloughlinb@bellarmineprep.org with the date you would prefer to audition and he will let you know what time slot you have been signed up for. All students auditioning are required to attend a 15 minute meeting at 2:45 p.m. on the day they are auditioning.

Callbacks will be posted on the audition sign up sheet (see above link) after lunch on Thursday. If you are called back, please be available for the entire time on Thursday. The final cast list will be posted in the same way on Friday. There will be a short meeting for cast members after school on Friday at 2:45 p.m.

For auditions, students are asked to:

  1. BE PREPARED TO TELL US A STORY OF SOMETHING THAT HAS HAPPENED TO YOU DURING QUARANTINE and

  2. either:

Option A: Prepare a 1-2 minute monologue from a modern or contemporary play. Dramatic and comedic options are both acceptable. You are encouraged to memorize your monologue if you choose this option.

Option B: We will provide students with audition sides during the 15 minute meeting at the start of auditions each day. Sides do not need to be memorized.

For questions, please contact Brien O’Loughlin at oloughlinb@bellarmineprep.org.

For students interested in crew, a crew meeting will take place on Friday, September 11th at 3:00 p.m. over Zoom for a brief overview of opportunities and to start thinking about how to tackle new challenges. All crew members are also asked to attend the first week of rehearsals from September 14th-18th from 3 p.m.-5 p.m. over Zoom. The first week will be table work (reading and analyzing the script) for all crew (costumes, props, lights, set, audio, production) and cast and discuss the mechanics of putting on the play during distance learning. All interested in participating in the fall play are asked to come to these rehearsals.

Zoom Meeting: https://bellarmineprep.zoom.us/j/97576681105
Meeting ID: 975 7668 1105 Passcode: 215360

WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU AT AUDITIONS AND AT OUR FIRST CREW MEETING!


Past Productions:

Spring 2020: Once Upon a Mattress
Fall 2019: Radium Girls
Spring 2019: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Fall 2018: THE MOUSETRAP by Agatha Christie
Spring 2018 - A Curious Savage
Fall 2017 - A Christmas Carol
Spring 2017 - Metamorphoses
Fall 2016 - White Christmas
Spring 2016 - The Tempest
Fall 2015 - My Fair Lady
Spring 2015 - Little Women
Fall 2014 - Much Ado About Nothing
Spring 2014 - Fiddler on the Roof
Fall 2013 The Secret in the Wings
Spring 2013 – West Side Story
Fall 2012 - And Then There Were None
Spring 2012 - How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
Fall 2011 - The Taming of the Shrew
Spring 2011 - Pippin
Fall 2010 - The Miracle Worker
Spring 2010 - Curtains
Fall 2009 - The Skin of Our Teeth
Spring 2009 - Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Fall 2008 -The Crucible
Spring 2008 – Les Miserables
Fall 2007 - Story Theatre
Spring 2007 - Urinetown

Awards

See Drama Awards for some of the awards Bellarmine's plays and musicals have won over the years.