Welcome to the Skutt Catholic Theatre Department!
The Skutt Catholic Theatre Department annually produces three full-length productions: a Fall musical, a Winter play, and a Spring play. The students engage themselves in all aspects of each of these productions including acting, stage management, scenic, light and sound design, set construction, advertising, properties design, costuming and make-up, and running crew.
In addition, students are able to earn points towards induction in the International Thespian Society. Our ITS troupe performs service projects, takes part in fellowship activities, support the other performing arts at Skutt Catholic High School, and is active in performance activities throughout the metropolitan area. Our students have earned performance scholarships from many colleges and universities, as well as the Theatre Arts Guild.
Congratulations to the following students who have qualified for induction into the International Thespian Society. Inductions to the International Thespian Society for 2016 are coming up on April 23, 2016. Also, we want to congratulate the elected officers for the 2015-16 school year: president-Courtney Schnitzler, vice-president-Brianna Siracuse, secretary-Becky Snowden, treasurer-Julianne Faulconer.
Each season, a theme is selected to function as a cohesive design and performance concept for our performers, designers, and directors. Past themes include, Myths & Legends, Tragic Love Stories, Inspired by Shakespeare, It’s a Mystery!, and Social Justice. This season, 2015-16, is dedicated to New Beginnings and includes an independent theatre director for each production.
Since Skutt Catholic High School opened in 1993, the Theatre Department has produced musicals, one act plays, winter plays, spring plays, and summer plays. Here is a complete listing of our previous seasons:
|YEAR||MUSICAL||SPRING PLAY||WINTER PLAY||ONE ACT PLAY||SUMMER PLAY|
|1993-94||Godspell||A Piece of My Heart|
|1994-95||Little Shop of Horrors||Voices of the Prairie||A Piece of My Heart +|
|1995-96||Westside Story||Don’t Drink the Water||The Shadow Box|
|1996-97||Cinderella||Any Number Can Die||California Suite|
|1997-98||Grease||Little Women||Remember Me Always|
|1998-99||Annie||Noises Off!||Taming of the Shrew|
|1999-00||Godspell||The Sting||Hear Them Hillbilly Wedding Belles|
|2000-01||You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown||Pygmalion||Making Nice|
|2001-02||Bye Bye Birdie||Unraveling the Pre-Meditated Murder of Mother Goose||Oscar|
|2002-03||Sound of Music||12 Angry Men||Why I am a Bachelor|
|2003-04||Wizard of Oz||Rumors||Baby|
|2004-05||Oklahoma||A Streetcar Named Desire||Strength of My Spirit||Clue|
|2005-06||The Music Man||Pillow Talk||Fame||Deadwood Dick or A Game of Gold|
|2006-07||Beauty and the Beast||Rebecca||Flowers for Algernon*||Love Letters|
|2007-08||High School Musical||Philadelphia Story||Macbeth: Shakespeare in 30 Minutes*|
|2008-09||Snow White & the 7 Dwarfs||Picnic||Dragon of the Winds*||And Then There Were None|
|2009-10||Crazy for You||You Can’t Take It With You||Oedipus the King|
|2010-11||All Shook Up||Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead||Loves Labours Lost|
|2011-12||Aida||The Arabian Nights||Our Town|
|2012-13||Curtains||Laura||Hound of the Baskervilles|
|2013-14||Les Miserables^||Metamorphoses||The Outsiders|
|2014-15||Big Fish^||A Midsummer Night's Dream||Dracula|
|2015-16||The Drowsy Chaperone||The Importance of Being Earnest||A Complete History of America (Abridged)|
^Represents a Nebraska High School Theatre Awards "Outstanding Production"
+Represents an NSAA District Championship and state competition production.
*Represents a River Cities Conference Championship production.
Students in the theatre department engage in courses that directly translate to their work in our productions. Development in a variety of acting, movement, and design techniques enhance the performances that our students create each year.
This initial course introduces students to theatrical elements, conventions, culture, history, and concepts. In particular, students begin to study movement, pantomime, dramatic literature, voice production, and of course, acting! Students concentrate their theatre studies in the areas of perception, creative performance, cultural heritage, and response evaluation.
The second course focuses the student for application of the theatre arts. Dramatic & comedic acting, stagecraft & technical theatre, and directing a scene immerse the student in the Theatre Arts.
This is a specialized training course for the student desiring to develop his/her acting craft. Physical, vocal, and psychological acting techniques are utilized to prepare the student to perform any character. Ballet, Grotowski, Stanislavski, and Adler techniques are just a few of the concepts the students learn.