Get to know Notre Dame Theatre.

Academics

Electives in the Drama Department include Dramatics, Stagecraft, Acting, and Theater Production Practicum. These courses focus on all aspects of theatre production.

  • Dramatics is an introduction to the basic skills and values of theatrical production. The areas presented include: the structure of production, voice and body control in acting, stage movement, scene development, improvisation, characterization and the technical aspects of production. The Dramatics Class presents a public performance for their final exam.
  • Stagecraft is the focused study of many aspects of technical theatre. The course will explore the regular tasks in theatre production including: producer, various designers, directors, publicity, house management, stage management and various crews.
  • Acting is an advanced study of acting skills. It is the aim of this course to further enhance and develop the natural talents of any student.
  • Theater Production Practicum includes acting, directing, design and technical production.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Backstage Blue – meets once a month to promote theatre appreciation in all areas of theatre production.
  • International Thespians Society – an honor society that rewards excellence among students in theatre arts.
  • Notre Dame produces a Spring Musical and Fall Play each year.

The purpose of theatre activities is to help develop a wide variety of skills including: creative expression, artistic design, practical life skills, leadership abilities, group cooperation and management skills, and performance skills. We also develop pride in the product by striving to attain high quality performance goals. Along the way the students have fun and build self-esteem. The high quality of our productions is reliant on the dedication of not only the students performing roles on stage, but also on the many who work on technical crews and parents. Notre Dame Performing & Visual Arts hosts an annual craft fair. Students assist local vendors as they set up and take down their booths as well as work hospitality throughout the weekend.

Fall Plays

Fall plays were first held at Notre Dame in the fall of 2001. They are held every year in November. The plays are a non-musical play that will usually have a smaller cast and crew than the spring show. This provides an opportunity for students to participate in different style of production. This production is self-supporting- ticket sales pay for the cost of the production.

2001 – Musical Comedy Murders Of 1940
2002 – Lend Me A Tenor
2003 – The Dining Room
2004 – The Importance Of Being Earnest
2005 – Blithe Spirit
2006 – The Mousetrap
2007 – God’s Favorite
2008 – And Then They Came For Me: Remembering Anne Frank
2009 – Life With Father
2010 – The Curious Savage
2011 – Twelve Angry Jurors
2012 – Our Town
2013 – The Man Who Came To Dinner
2014 – Thirty-Nine Steps
2015 – The Importance Of Being Earnest

2016 – The Dining Room
2017 – The Butler Did It!
2018 – Restaurants & Relationships
2019 – Twelve Angry Jurors

Spring Musicals

Notre Dame has a long tradition in musical theater. The annual musical tradition was started in 1966 with the production of The Sound of Music and continues to be successful means of involving 50 to 75% of the student body in a wide variety of performance and practical life- skills activities. The production is self-supporting ticket sales pay for the cost of the production. The ad and patron drive associated with the musicals provides a sales opportunity that is open to the entire school. The profits from this drive continue to support the general operating budget of the school.

1966 – The Sound of Music
1967 – Brigadoon
1968 – The King and I
1969 – Oklahoma!
1970 – Hello Dolly
1971 – The Music Man
1972 – Camelot
1973 – Fiddler on the Roof
1974 – My Fair Lady
1975 – Carousel
1976 – Irene Without Really Trying
1977 – the Fantasticks
1978 – Annie Get Your Gun
1979 – Anything Goes
1980 – Babes in Arms
1981 – Mame
1982 – Guys and Dolls
1983 – West Side Story
1984 – Once Upon a Mattress
1985 – Barnum
1986 – Funny Girl
1987 – Little Mary Sunshine
1988 – Forty-Second Street
1989 – Damn Yankees
1990 – Annie
1991 – Into The Woods
1992 – My One and Only
1993 – Fiddler on the Roof
1994 – The Secret Garden
1995 – Anything Goes
1996 – Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
1997 – Annie Get Your Gun
1998 – The King and I
1999 – How to Succeed in Business
2000 – Once Upon a Matress
2001 – Oklahoma!
2002 – Hello Dolly!
2003 – West Side Story
2004 – Crazy For You
2005 – Forty-Second Street
2006 – Damn Yankees
2007 – My Fair Lady
2008 – The Pajama Game
2009 – Anything Goes
2010 – The Sound of Music
2011 – Thoroughly Modern Millie
2012 – Bye Bye Birdie
2013 – Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
2014 – The King and I
2015 – Guys and Dolls
2016 – Fiddler on the Roof
2017 – Into the Woods
2018 – Meet Me in St. Louis
2019 – Hello, Dolly!
2020 – The Music Man

School Productions 1929-1965

 

1929 Claudia Senior Class Play
1932 The Futurists Senior Class Play Written By: The Senior Class
1933 Minstrel Show Senior Class Production
1935 Kingdom of Hearts Content Senior Class Play
1937 The Eyes of Love Senior Class Play
1938 Her Emergency Family Senior Class Play
1939 Go Slow Mary Senior Class Play
1940 The Climbing Roses Senior Class Play
1941 The Arrival of Kitty Senior Class Play
1942 Pollyanna Senior Class Play
1945 For Pete’s Sake Senior Class Play
1946 Don’t Take My Penny Senior Class Play
1947 Here Comes Charlie Senior Class Play
1948 Almost Eighteen Senior Class Play
1949 Cathleen ni Hoolihan
1949 Bohemian Girl Operetta
1950 Jenny Kissed Me Senior Class Play
1950 Melody Time Musical
1951 Meet Me In St. Louis Senior Class Play
1952 Brother Goose Senior Class Play
1953 The Belle of Barcelona
1954 The Fatal Quest Class Play
1955 A Dowry For Maria Class Play
1956 Babes In Toyland
1959 Onions In The Stew
1960 Geraldine And The White Robe
1961 Stars And Their Eyes
1963 Don’t Take My Penny
1965 Nuts In May Senior Class Play