Drama

Director: Mrs. Donna Goetz

2016-2017 Fall Play: It’s a Wonderful Life
November 4 and 5 at 7:00 pm, November 6 at 2:00 pm

2016-2017 Spring Musical: High School Musical
March 31 and April 1 at 7:00 pm, April 2 at 2:00 pm

All Mater Dei students interested in the performing arts are encouraged to participate in the fall play and spring musical.  The fall play performance weekend occurs in late October or early November.  The spring musical performance weekend occurs in late March or early April.  Staging a theatrical production requires a variety of both on-stage and off-stage commitment.  Thus, students possess a wide variety of opportunities to participate with the play and the musical.

Performers  As on-stage performers, students will both utilize and further develop their acting ability.  Roles vary in size and number, depending on the selected play or musical.  The musical usually includes a chorus of singers and/or dancers; as a result, students who audition are not normally cut from the musical.  Auditions, which are announced at school, occur six to eight weeks prior to the performance.  Rehearsals take place after school and/or in the evenings.

Musicians (Musical Only)  As members of the pit orchestra, students will both utilize and further develop their musical ability.  Instruments vary in type and number depending on the selected musical.  Rehearsals take place after school and/or in the evenings, usually beginning four to five weeks prior to the performance.  Students interested in serving as a member of the pit orchestra should contact the director or the music director.

Lighting and Sound Technicians  As members of the tech crew, students will both utilize and further develop theatrical lighting skills and/or theatrical sound skills.  The two weeks prior to a performance are usually reserved as “tech weeks.”  Students interested in serving as a member of the tech crew should contact the director.

Set Crew  As members of the set crew, students will both utilize and further develop theatrical carpentry skills and/or theatrical painting skills.  The sets range from simple to elaborate, depending on the selected play or musical.  Students interested in serving as a member of the set crew should contact the director for the schedule of “set construction days” and “set painting days.”

Stage Manager and/or Student Director  As a stage manager, a student who exhibits exceptional leadership and organizational qualities will possess the opportunity to utilize these skills in order to ensure a smooth-running performance.   Specifically, the stage manager is in charge of all props, scene changes, and curtain opening/closing.  Occasionally, a director will also select an additional student to serve as a student director.  Both the stage manager and student director are required to attend rehearsals and performances.  Students interested in serving as a stage manager or student director should contact the director.

Stage Crew  As members of the stage crew, students are responsible for scene changes or movement of sets that are required during the performances.  Students interested in serving as a member of the stage crew should contact the director for a schedule of rehearsals they are required to attend.

Ushers   As ushers, students will not only welcome and provide programs to patrons, but also assist them in finding their seats.  Ushers are required to arrive one hour prior to the performances and remain one hour after the performance to assist in cleaning and preparing the gym for the next performance.  Students interested in serving as an usher should contact the director.

Box Office  As a member of the box office staff, students who possess strong organizational skills sell performance tickets at school during lunch periods two weeks prior to the performances, as well as in the box office during the performances.  Students interested in serving as a member of the box office staff should contact the director.

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Knights to Perform “High School Musical”


Mater Dei Catholic High School’s annual spring musical, Disney’s High School Musical, takes the stage at 7:00 pm March 31 and April 1, and at 2:00 pm April 2. Based on the high energy Disney classic made-for-television movie of the same name, this musical is sure to electrify audiences of all ages.

Disney’s High School Musical on Stage! centers on the blossoming relationship between Troy, a high school jock, and Gabriella, the new smart girl at school. They meet on a family vacation at a ski resort and become attracted to each other while singing in a karaoke competition. Rediscovering each other at school, their relationship and their surprise decision to audition together for the school show are thwarted by the school’s current leading lad Sharpay and Troy and Gabriella’s well-meaning friends. Finally, Gabriella and Troy find a way to be themselves and are rewarded with the lead roles in the school show. Full of catchy songs and peppy dance routines, Disney’s High School Musical is sure to have audiences dancing in the aisles.

High School Musical features over fifty actors, musicians, and technicians. Wil Rakers and Sophia Mondt, both from Aviston, portray the iconic Troy and Gabriella. Margo Lampe of Germantown and Ben Logullo of Greenville personify the thespian diva twins, Sharpay and Ryan Evans. Adding to the fun are featured performers seniors Zach Honer,  Keegan Spirek, Maria Kreke, Will Harad, Anthony Lepore, John Hilmes, Sophia Lager, Leann Huegen, and Tori Voyles, and juniors Kendall Bowman and Suzy Cowgill. Rounding out the supporting cast are seniors Aften Richter, Kara Ratermann, Abby Krebs, Callista Becker, Hanna Voss, Alyssa Ripperda; juniors Kinsey Stockmann, Craig Gross, Quinn Cutler, Katya Hoffmann; sophomores Joseph Petermeyer, Ben Wilke, Abby Brandenburger, Morgan Berndsen, Alexis Patton, Taylor Foster, Caleb Horstmann, and Katelyn Daniels; and freshmen Anna Klostermann, Sophia Kenow, Hannah McSparin, Gabrielle Millikin, Matthew Fuehne, and Valerie Hund.

Orchestra members are Senior Amber Litteken, Juniors Reese Bradford, Calvin Hintz, and Henry Bergmann, and Freshmen Taylor Goring and Alyssa Becker. Ethan Beck, a guest musician, is featured on lead guitar.

The technical crew consists of Alex Mueth, Ethan Guillot, Savannah Wesselmann, Colby Litteken, John Hund, and Will Schleper. Make up expertise will be provided by Mackenzie Horstmann, Abby Kay, and Taylor Foster. The creative team of directors Donna Goetz and Jenny Mondt, technical director Alex Mueth, and orchestra director Blake Korte collaborated to turn this musical into the season’s must-see event.

Disney’s High School Musical is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). Tickets for the general public are available in the school office and must be paid for at the time of reservation. Price of tickets are $5 each. Knight Club members may phone the office at 526-7216 for will call tickets.

“Wizard of Oz” Play Practice

Dominick Thomas as the Wizard and Rachel Harper as Dorothy rehearse their lines for the spring musical “The Wizard of Oz.” Watching intently are the grade school students who will participate in the play as Munchkins.

Dominick Thomas as the Wizard and Rachel Harper as Dorothy rehearse their lines for the spring musical “The Wizard of Oz.” Watching intently are the grade school students who will participate in the play as Munchkins.

“Harvey” Staged at MD

The cast of the fall play “Harvey” included (sitting) Mackenzie McCray, Zoe Timmermann, Emily Abbott, Reid Holtmann (standing) Alice Ratermann, Dominick Thomas, Beth Klostermann, Justin Sudholt, Oceana Templin, Wade Reiger, Elizabeth Medlin, and Tressa Rudolph.

“And Then There Were None”

Enjoy our 2011 Fall Play titled “And Then There Were None” based on the book by Agatha Christie. The show will be presented this weekend at the MD Gymnasium at the following times:

Friday, November 4, at 7:00 pm
Saturday, November 5, at 7:00 pm
Sunday, November 6, at 2:00 pm

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