Theatre at SHS

The Theatre Department features a sequential curriculum that allows students to investigate the social and historical context in which they live, form aesthetic judgments, and develop the discipline of the artist. The ultimate goal is to promote appreciation of the art, as well as a more sensitive and reflective understanding of the human condition.

Theatre Faculty

• Abra Chusid
• Joey Fitzpatrick

Co-Curricular Theatre Clubs
Drama Productions
Improv Troupe
TBA: Playwright's Club


2019-20 Fall Musical

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Audition Dates
• Monday, Aug. 19 (vocal)
• Tuesday, Aug. 20 (dance)
• Wed.-Thurs., Aug. 21-22 (callbacks)

To be considered for casting, students must attend vocal and dance auditions. Vocal auditions will happen in small groups per sign up (see below), and dance auditions will take place from 3:30-7 p.m. on Aug. 20. Auditionees should expect to stay the entire time.

Performance Dates: Fri.-Sun., Nov. 16-18


Step 1: Script Checkout
Go to the top level of the Information and Learning Center (ILC) in the West Building, and check out a copy of the script if you would like to become familiar with the show. You can easily access summaries and character descriptions online if you are unable to check out a script. (Note: A detailed character description sheet will be posted on this page soon.) However, it’s always a good idea to become familiar with the language of the script when possible. Script checkout is good for a strict 48-hour period. Any checkouts exceeding that time period will result in heavy fines from the ILC.

Step 2: Prepare for your vocal audition
Please read this important information from Mrs. Nuteson and Mrs. Snelten first. Please take note of their comments of not needing to select a piece that ties to the gender with which you identify, but rather selecting one that best showcases your voice. In this document, you will also learn how to navigate the vocal excerpts below. All you need for initial audition is the music in the “Chicago preliminary audition music” file. Any callback music you choose to prepare is getting ahead should you be called back. 

Chicago Preliminary Audition Music (PDF)

Chicago Callback Music PDFs

Step 3: Sign up for a vocal audition
This is the only audition you have to “sign up” for. Vocal auditions will take place in groups of 12 in 30-minute time slots. Arrive at least 10 minutes prior to your audition time in the event that we are running ahead of schedule, so that you may check in with the stage manager. 


Step 4: Fill out the audition packet!
Once you have signed up for an audition, fill out this audition packet. This will take the place of any hard copy audition packet, and it highlights your abilities and past experiences for us prior to coming into the audition. You will not be able to audition until this form is complete!

NOTE: If you filled out this audition packet BEFORE July 15, you will have to fill it out again! Important information was missing and the form has now been updated. We apologize for this inconvenience.

Step 5: Attend the vocal workshop on Thursday, Aug. 15 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in the PAC! 
This workshop is by no means required, but will help you “get ahead” on some of the vocal material for auditions. If any of the material is giving you trouble, this will be the time to work on it with the vocal directors! 

Step 6: Attend the dance workshop on Friday, Aug. 16 from 3:30-5 p.m. in the PAC! 
Again, this workshop is not required, but is highly suggested. Here, you will learn important moves and techniques that will be a part of the dance audition. The dance for the audition will be taught to everyone at the same time on audition day. You do not need to sign up for the dance audition!

For further questions, please contact Mr. Fitzpatrick (director) at

2019-20 Productions

2019-20 Productions

Fall Play: The Transition of Doodle Pequeno
Thurs.-Sat., Sept. 12-14
Black Box Theatre

Musical: Chicago (High School Edition)
Fri.-Sun., Nov. 16-18
Performing Arts Center

Frosh-Soph Play: Puffs, Or: Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic
Thurs.-Sat., Jan. 30-Feb. 1
Little Theatre (PAC)

Winter Play: The Importance of Being Earnest
Thurs-Sat., March 5-7
West Auditorium

Spring Play: One Acts
Fri.-Sat., May 1-2
West Auditorium