The Edwardian Players is the theater troupe at St. Edward High School. They present two productions each year, a "smaller-scale” show each fall (usually a non-musical) and a large-scale musical each spring. Participation is open to all students in good standing at St. Edward as well as Magnificat High School and St. Joseph Academy. Students are involved in every aspect of the production. From acting to set construction to costuming to sales to ushering there are ways for everyone who wants to utilize their talents. Many of our graduates have utilized the skills they have developed, pursuing theater in their communities, college and professional careers. Please visit The Edwardian Players website for further information on shows, tickets, and performance dates.
The fall production is typically a smaller-scale show, frequently a non-musical. The various aspects of the production usually involves 60-90 students. Recent productions include the "The Drowsy Chaperone," the drama "One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” and musical comedy "Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up?”
Tickets and Times
The spring production is a large-scale musical. Well over 100 students are usually involved in this production. Recent shoes include Broadway standards "South Pacific" and "Brigadoon,” a contemporary show, "Miss Saigon,” and a rock opera, "Jesus Christ Superstar.”
Tickets and Times
Auditions are held during the first few weeks of the school year for the fall show and during early January for the spring show. Audition requirements vary by show. Students are encouraged to start preparing early. In the weeks prior to auditioning, students should pick-up information and sign-up for times in the Performing Arts Office (Band Room).
Cast rehearsal dates and times may be found on the calendar linked on these pages. In general, fall rehearsals for everyone are Sunday, Monday and Wednesday from 6:30 until 9:00. Spring rehearsals are Monday through Thursday from 6:30 until 9:00. Additional rehearsals may be scheduled for leads and soloists.
Stage & Technical Crews
Stage crew sign-ups coincide with the posting of audition results. Students who do not make cast are encouraged to join crew. There are separate dates for each production (fall and spring). Dates are listed on the calendar. Students may choose to participate in stage crew for one show or both.
Crew members build the set. Many have additional responsibilities as part of props crew, paint crew, running crew (moving the set), lighting and rigging, sound, costumes, ushers, etc. Crew calls, during the months of production, are Saturdays from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm and Monday and Thursday from 4:00 until 6:30.
In order to create an authentic theatrical experience, student leaders play a pivotal role in Edwardian Players’ productions. The stage manager oversees the coordination of all elements within the show. Wing managers coordinate the efforts of the members of running crew who move and set the scenery. Various crew chiefs oversee set construction, the building and managements of props, the hanging and circuiting of lights, the rigging of curtains and flying scenery, the set-up and mixing of sound, and the set-up and management of the house. A student musical director may conduct the orchestra. Dance captains or associate choreographers facilitate the learning of dance routines. These students develop valuable skills enabling them to work collaboratively and become leaders - both in high school and beyond. For many, these experiences rank among the most meaningful of their high school career.