The Maryvale Performing Arts Department performs several theatrical productions, including two main-stage productions annually. Dancing, singing, technical theatre skills and teamwork are incorporated in both of these shows. Performances are chosen to highlight as many students as possible. The average cast and crew size is about 60-70 students. Faculty, staff and parents assist with set production, costume and prop creation and publicity. Students take on many leadership roles in assisting with choreography, crew, publicity, student directing, and set and prop production.
For productions calling for teen or adult male characters, we hold open auditions and invite young actors from local boys’ or co-ed schools. Many times we include in our casts sons or brothers of alumnae or our own students.
In addition to two annual main-stage productions, we also frequently offer smaller productions such as one-act performances, produced by the Drama and Technical Theatre class. Liturgical drama, shorter skits and scenes are occasionally produced for our school community.
Maryvale’s Erinn McCarthy Humanities facility includes a state-of-the art stage and theater, dressing rooms, scene shop, a music room with equipment for choral and instrumental rehearsal, practice rooms, a multi-media lab, extensive storage and a balcony with a projection and technical booth. The facility has been designed to provide space for our growing performing arts department and to incorporate our extensive collection of music, instruments, theatrical equipment, properties and costumes.