Archbishop Carroll High School offers numerous opportunities for students to explore and develop skills in performing art through both academic and extracurricular settings. These classes, groups, and performances expose students to various performance arts such as acting, dance, and music and song.
The Freedom Players
Our drama club is one of the largest student organizations at Carroll with more than 100 members. All students are encouraged to audition for roles on stage, participate behind the scenes on stage and technical crews, or help with costume and makeup design for our fall play and spring musical. The Freedom Players also organize a school-wide talent show each January. Student leadership roles as directors are available to upperclassmen.
The group also takes multi-day trips to Grand Rapids, Michigan, and New York to watch professional theatrical productions and participate in workshops. The Freedom Players are also affiliated with the International Thespian Society.
Every student at Archbishop Carroll High School is a member of Muse Machine and attends performances throughout the year. Students are introduced to various forms of performing art to show them how creativity and artistic expression can make a difference in his or her life. Students can also purchase discount tickets to performances at the Victoria Theatre and Schuster Center, audition for Muse Machine's summer concert or winter musical, and attend special workshops.
Classes in Theatre Arts
Theatre Arts I
Students participate in pantomimes, improvisations, and stage movements. The course provides technical knowledge for oral interpretation and acting. It also provides information on makeup, costumes, and sets. The final project of this course requires students to prepare and present a dramatic scene to the class.
Theatre Arts II
Students in this class read, discuss, and perform various scenes by established playwrights. Students research topics on the history of the theatre; as well as write, act, and produce a one-act play and a full-length play. Students will continue to enhance their knowledge of pantomime, improvisations, stage movement, vocal technique, stagecraft, make-up, and costuming.