The Drama Program at Bishop England is designed so that a wide range of students can be involved in theatrical and musical performance in a group environment that fosters creativity and teamwork. We have two main stage productions in the fall and spring, as well as other performance opportunities that include cabarets, ten minute play festivals, and small fundraisers throughout the school year. Students have a chance to be part of live theater either performing onstage or behind the scenes. Some backstage options are running lights and sound, painting sets, working as stage crew, working with costumes and makeup, playing in the orchestra, or helping with publicity. Auditions are open to all students, and the rehearsals for the play and musical are held after school three days a week on average.
Drama opportunities include five drama semester courses, a fall and spring production, and/or being a member in the Drama Club. There are three honors level drama courses offered – Advanced Drama Honors, Musical Theatre Honors, and Shakespeare in Action Honors. These classes alternate between school years. Students enrolled in courses are involved in class performances, collaborations and both partner and individual work onstage.
2019 Fall Production
The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe
Dramatized by Joseph Robinette from the story by C.S. Lewis.
Nov. 8 & 9 @ 7pm and Nov 10 @ 3pm
$5 for students, $7 for adults, free to BE students with their IDs
This new dramatization of C.S. Lewis’ classic, set in the land of Narnia, faithfully recreates the magic and mystery of Aslan, the great lion, his struggle with the White Witch, and the adventures of four children who inadvertently wander from an old wardrobe into the exciting, never-to-be-forgotten Narnia. The intense action features chases, duels and escapes as the witch is determined to keep Narnia in her possession and to end the reign of Aslan. All the memorable episodes from the story are represented in this exciting dramatization: the temptation of Edmund by the witch, the slaying of the evil wolf by Peter, the witnessing of Aslan’s resurrection by Susan and Lucy, the crowing of the four new rulers of Narnia, and more. The supporting characters are also here: the unicorn, the centaur and other forest animals, along with Father Christmas, Mr. and Mrs. Beaver and Tumnus the Faun. This story of love, faith, courage and giving, with its triumph of good over evil, is a true celebration of life.