Drama

Drama

Theatre education at St. Monica Academy enables students to develop intellectually by expanding their capacities
for creative thought and expression, and by encouraging critical thinking skills. Participation both on and off stage
fosters self-confidence, personal growth, and a variety of skills that are transferable to a wide range of careers.

At St. Monica Academy, dramatic plays and presentations are a very important part of the curricular and co-curricular activities. They complement the classical curriculum on a number of levels—in the development of memorization and rhetorical skills, and in making the historical material and literature the students are studying more real to them. Grade school students perform several skits and presentations throughout each school year beginning with Grandparents’ and Special Friends’ Day in early fall, followed by each student choosing a saint to portray on All Saints’ Day, as well as by participating in the Christmas Pageant and in the living Stations of the Cross before Easter break. In addition to these annual events, students participate in a number of other presentations each year which change depending upon the course of study.

The opportunities for performance during the grade school years prepare students for the annual high school play. Past plays have included Shakespeare’s As You Like It, Twelfth Night, A Midsummer’s Night Dream, The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Merchant of Venice, Much Ado About Nothing, and The Comedy of Errors. While all of our students study Shakespeare in their high school literature classes, it is only through performance that they assimilate his true genius.

St. Monica Academy Performing Arts
2023-2024 Theater Season

Mark your calendars!

St. Monica Academy presents…

Shakespeare’s

Much Ado About Nothing

Featuring Dance Choreography by Camille Curtin

Friday, October 27 & Saturday, October 28
2023 | 7:00 PM

Lanterman Auditorium

4491 Cornishon Ave.  La Canada Flintridge, CA  91011

Tickets On Sale Now:

$15 Adults |  $7 Children (12 & under)

Avoid the lines, click here to purchase tickets now!

 

St. Monica Academy presents…

Rogers and Hammerstein’s

South Pacific

Friday, May 17 & Saturday, May 18
2024 | 7:00 PM

Lanterman Auditorium

4491 Cornishon Ave.  La Canada Flintridge, CA  91011

Tickets On Sale Soon:

$15 Adults |  $7 Children (12 & under)

Auditions

On a tropical island in the maelstrom of World War II, a Navy commando,a wide-eyed nurse, and a French exile find love and face their demons.

Roger and Hammerstein’s

South Pacific Auditions:

Saturday, December 2 2023

9:00am-1:00pm | Room 8

Cast Details:

Leads: 1 female, 2 male

Supporting: 2 female, 3 male, 2 children

Ensemble: medium size, light dancing.

Download Audition Music Here:

ALTOSBARITONESMEZZO SOPRANOSTENORS

Grade 9-12 Auditions:

Individual singing auditions only

Audition Sign-Up Sheett

Grade 2, 3, 5 Auditions:

2nd & 3rd grade girls and boys and 5th grade girls

are invited to audition for the parts of the children!

Individual singing auditions only

Audition Sign-Up Sheet

What to prepare

Option 1: ANY SONG of your choice. (Unaccompanied or bring a speaker to play canned
accompaniment)

Option 2: Choose a song from the show in your vocal range. (A pianist will be there to play
the accompaniment for you).

Please note:

1. Songs from the show are available in different keys. Please email Ms. Paula Grimm to request a different key. grimmp@edilizia-on-line.com

2. The cast size is limited. Auditioning does not guarantee membership in the cast.

3. Sadly, our school has grown to the point that we are unable to invite 8th graders to join the high school play.

Callbacks:

If more auditioning is needed, a callback will be scheduled.
Actors who are called back will receive email notification.

Rehearsals:

Fridays 2:45-5:45pm, Saturdays 9:00am-1:00pm; starting March 8th

Please note: By special arrangement with the Athletic Director, baseball players may attend
play practices on Fridays. Few or no games will be scheduled on Fridays.

Tips for Auditioning

  • Be prepared.
  • Lack of preparation indicates a low level of commitment or desire for a role. Conversely, a well-prepared audition speaks volumes. Good preparation means memorizing the material and crafting it to include a beginning, apex and ending. Excellent preparation includes reading the play and knowing for which characters you want to be considered.
  • Be courteous.
  • Be on time.
  • Smile at the auditors and thank them at the end for taking the time to hear your audition.
  • Bonus: Dress appropriately.
  • Choose clothes from your wardrobe that evoke your character without being “costumey”. You want to aid the director’s imagination.

Do’s and Don’ts

  • Do take a few moments to get into character after your initial conversation with the director.
  • Don’t worry about looking nervous. Everyone is nervous in an audition!
  • Do face the directors. It helps the directors see your expressions more clearly. (Don’t look right into the auditors’ eyes, but in their direction).