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Welcome!
Whether you are a student, prospective student, audience member, or alum, the Dominican Theatre Department welcomes you to a theatre where you will be inspired, entertained, and moved by the energy and talent of our students! At Dominican, we are committed to providing a wide range of theatre experiences for the actor, the singer, the technician, the set builder and the directors. In any four-year period, students can expect to work on a huge show, an intimate show, musicals from different styles, plays that make you laugh or cry, and continue to learn about different eras and styles. Come join us for the experience of a lifetime!

Let Your Light Shine!
Dominican Theatre is committed to presenting Broadway-caliber shows and productions and giving students a chance to work on new, exciting, collaborative efforts. It is the vision of the Theatre Department to produce a variety of styles and pieces. In the past Dominican has performed Hairspray, And Then There Were None, Wedding Singer, Les Miserables, Cats, Into The Woods, Metamorphoses, Myths and Hymns, Servant of Two Masters, The Wiz, Ragtime, Aida, History of America (Abridged), Diary of Anne Frank, Footloose, Children Of Eden, Godspell and many more!

Upcoming productions include:

TRANSLATIONS
Thursday, Oct. 3, Friday, Oct. 4, Saturday, Oct. 5, Sunday, Oct. 6
Translations is the beautiful Irish drama centered around a hedge-school in the Irish town of Baile Beag, an Irish-speaking community in County Donegal. It is August 1833, and this Irish-speaking town is being visited by the English Royal Engineers, who for survey sake is taking names of everything in English. The local Gaelic place names have to be recorded and renamed, and there is struggle about holding on to the Irish heritage. With a beautiful script, beautiful language, great character and ensemble work, a love story, and some wonderful Irish History, Translations will give you a glimpse into the culture and language of Ireland.

THE VISIT
Thursday, Nov. 7, Friday, Nov.8, Saturday, Nov. 9, Sunday, Nov. 10
The action of The Visit takes place in the small town of Guellen, 'somewhere in Central Europe." An elderly millionaire heiress, Claire Zachanassian, returns to Guellen, her hometown, after an absence of many years. Merely on the promise of her millions, she shortly turns what has been a depressed area into a boomtown. But there is a condition attached to her largess, which the natives of Guellen realize only after they have become enmeshed in her vengeful plot: murder. Out of these elements, The Visit is a many-leveled play, which is at once a macabre parable, a deeply moving tragedy, and a scathing indictment of the power of greed.

ON THE TOWN
Friday, Feb. 21, Saturday, Feb 22, Sunday, Feb 23, Thursday, Feb 27, Friday, Feb 28, Saturday, March 1, Sunday, March 2
After last year's epic, PHANTOM OF THE OPERA and State Award-winning ONCE ON THIS ISLAND, Dominican will present the fun, fantastic Bernstein classic musical, ON THE TOWN. The streets of New York will dance and sing with the story of sailors on leave adventuring through New York with a ton of great characters and songs. With a huge cast, great characters, incredible dancing, ON THE TOWN features songs like "Lonely Town", "New York, New York", "You Got Me", "I Can Cook Too", and "Some Other Time". The streets of New York will be dancing, moving, laughing and singing as we showcase our great talent in February and March.

INSPIRATIONS
Thursday, May 1, Friday May 2, and Saturday, May 3
Dominican's original and unique celebration of dance
Join us in May for INSPIRATIONS, Dominican's exciting, and creative celebration of modern dance. INSPIRATIONS features all styles of dance from modern to hip-hop, jazz to ballet, lyrical to musical theatre. You'll see Lady Gaga and Fosse, Mika and Michael Jackson, beautiful solos, funky break dancing, and great group numbers. If you like "So You Think You Can Dance?" or "Dancing With The Stars", you'll LOVE Inspirations. Energetic and moving music serves as a backdrop for incredible choreography and our amazing student dancers. Wonderful for the whole family, and a unique experience for a high school theatre department. Join us in May for INSPIRATIONS.

Tickets
Tickets to our Musical productions are available through our online ticketing system two months prior to opening night. Go to the main page on the DHS website and find the tab for the show. For information on tickets, call 414-332-1170 x. 485 or email Jeff Schaetzke at jschaetz@dominicanhighschool.com.

Auditions & Time Commitment
All shows are open audition. Auditions occur in late May for upcoming fall productions and in early December for the spring musicals. Stage crew is open to all and there are sign-ups for each show at the beginning of each production process. Rehearsal times for actors are after school, usually from 3:15 p.m. to 5:45 or 6:00 p.m. Stage crew meets each week day except Wednesdays in the theatre from 3:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday gatherings sometimes go late with pizza and an evening movie or activity. For musicals, actors are called in the evening for dance rehearsals from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on selected nights.

Stage Crew
Our stage crew is a vital and integral part of our theatre experience. The stage crew is responsible for creating, building, executing, painting, constructing, wiring, lighting and running of each show. Students with or without experience have a chance to share their talents by painting, cutting, assembling, rigging, pulling curtains, running sound, hanging lights, running a spot light, finding props, designing and working back stage during a show. There is a camaraderie and pride in the stage crew that works with actors, directors and each other to put on the best show possible. With so many shows that incorporate technical elements, the stage crew's work is equal to and sometimes above the creative work seen in professional productions.