THE EDWARDIAN PLAYERS
ST. EDWARD THEATER PROGRAM
"The Edwardian Players" is the theater troupe at St. Edward High School. They present two productions each year, a “smaller-scale” show each fall (occasionally 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 gone on to pursue theater in their communities, college and professional careers.
The fall production is usually a smaller-scale show, frequently a non-musical. The various aspects of the production usually involves 60-90 students. Recent productions include the drama “Harvey” and musical comedy “The Drowsy Chaperone.” Students who are interested in being in cast or stage/technical crews typically audition and sign-up during the week following Labor Day.
St. Edward High School / Edwardian Players Audition Information for "Exhibit This! The Museum Comedies."
Visit the Concord Theatrical website for additional information about the show. Of particular interest to those who wish to audition are the description and casting information.
Auditions will be held one day only, on WEDNESDAY, September 23
between 3:30pm and 9:00pm. Students should sign-up for an audition
and complete the online audition form. Note: No more than 5 students
per 30 minute group and students are also requested to remain off campus
until 15 minutes prior to their scheduled time.
Auditioning students must be current students attending St. Edward,
Magnificat High School or St. Joseph Academy. By auditioning you
are acknowledging that you are available for tech week and performances
November 15-22, 2020.
Auditioning students are to prepare a one to two minute theatrical
(not film or stand-up) monologue which is memorized. Comedy is
preferred. Monologues are available in books on the shelves in the
Music Room back hallway.
Mr. Burns is available to work with students who want assistance in
selecting materials and preparing for auditions. Students should
check with Mr. Burns (or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org) and sign-up
for times if they are interested in taking advantage of this opportunity.
Before auditioning students should carefully consider all conflicts
and list them on the audition form. Be sure to follow the link on the
website – http://www.sehs.net/auditions - and read our audition advice.
At the present time, we are having 4 scaled-down (maximum occupancy of 200) live performances in our gymnatorium, November 19, 20 and 21 at 7:30 PM and a 3:00 PM matinee November 22. The November 21 and 22 performances will also be live-streamed. See our website at EdwardianPlayers.com for additional information. If necessary, we may live stream all performances - even with each performer from their own home!
Rehearsals are Sundays from 6:00-9:00 PM, Tuesday from 3:30-5:30 PM, and Wednesday and Thursdays from 6:30-9:00 PM. Some may be rescheduled to be opposite marching band times. Cast members will be divided between scenes, and will only need to be present for part of those times --- 30 minutes for a single scene and 75 minutes with a 15 minutes break for multiple scenes.
In the event that school is closed, we will rehearse remotely.
The spring production is a large-scale musical. Well over 100 students are usually involved in this production. Recent shows include a Broadway standard, “South Pacific,” a contemporary show, “Phantom of the Opera,” and a rock opera, “Jesus Christ Superstar.” Auditions and crew-sign-ups for the spring production are typically the first week following Christmas break.
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).
Click here for Audition Advice for general information regarding how to audition.
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 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.
Stage crew sign-ups coincide with the posting of audition results. Students who do not make cast are encouraged to join crew. Sign-up dates are listed on the calendar which may be accessed from the link in the sidebar. Students may choose to participate in stage crew for one show or both.
Crew calls, during the months of production, are Saturdays from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm and Tuesday (in fall) or Monday (in spring) from 4:00 until 8:00.
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.
The week prior to the show’s opening is known as tech week. On Sunday the entire company - cast, musicians and all crews - gather together and begin the process of putting the show together - combining acting, scenery, costumes, lights, etc. for the first time. This monumental undertaking takes all day, from 10:00 am until 10:00 pm. The next few days are filled with dress rehearsals from after school until 10:00 pm. When the show opens, what seemed like unorganized chaos a few days earlier is a smooth-running well-oiled machine - another outstanding collaborative performance presented to appreciative audiences.
MR. JOHN F. GOERS, TECHNICAL DIRECTOR
In addition to being technical director for the Edward Players, Mr. John Goers is the Director of Physical Plant & Grounds at St. Edward High School from where he graduated in 1978. He has been designing and overseeing the building of sets, lighting and technical elements of St. Edward productions for over 20 years. During these years he has also been involved in technical aspects of various productions at St. Joseph Academy, Magnificat High School, Clague Playhouse, Beck Center and Olmsted Performing Arts.