The Saint Joseph High School theatre program enables students to participate as performers, set designers, directors, choreographers, and technical crew members. Productions are 100% student managed and produced.
Mr. Van Deventer worked with his students and parent board and re-named the SJHS theatre group to “The Five Sisters Theatre Company” in honor of our founders, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet and the “Five Sisters” who were put to death by French Revolutionaries.
“Every time we perform, we will be honoring these women of courage who gave their lives for their faith.”
Theatre partners with St. John Bosco High School to produce four outstanding performances each year: two here at SJHS and two at Bosco. Saint Joseph High School performs in the multi-purpose building (MPB) which has been transformed into a sophisticated performance venue by removing the athletic equipment, adding a lighting grid and instruments, and replacing the floor. The MPB is also used for Bingo, assemblies and meetings, but when it is time for a performance, the space is enclosed with theatrical curtains, the original stage is walled off to create a tech booth, and a portable stage is assembled. The result is a 60’ x 74’ black box which allows for any theatre configuration (traditional, thrust, in-the-round, and experimental) and creates a blank canvas for Saint Joseph students to explore the relationship between performer and audience.
Mr. Van Deventer would like to reach out to middle schools, the elderly, and our community. If there were unlimited funds, he would like to work toward a dedicated theatre space including a workshop to create and build sets. He looks forward to continuing the strong collaboration and relationship with St. John Bosco High School. “It is terrific working together, and I appreciate the talent they have.”