St. Anthony High School offers a a dynamic Theatre Arts Program that provides an educational and nurturing environment for young artists to train and grow. Over the last two years, the program has undergone major restructuring under the new direction of Daniel Nakawatase. “Mr. N” is a professional director and music director with an extensive background in musical theatre and has studied, performed, and worked with artists who have worked on Broadway. As part of the restructuring, guests artists that include professional actors, directors, choreographers, and music directors are frequently invited to work with our students. Our program currently produces two after-school musical theatre productions each school year, offers three levels of Theatre Arts elective courses during the academic school day, and provides the opportunity for students to be formally recognized for their commitment and dedication through to the International Thespian Society. Students of all talent and skill levels who have an interest are encouraged to join Theatre Arts. Students who are interested in joining the “family” should contact Mr. Nakawatase at daniel.nakawatase@
Two full-length musical theatre productions are produced each school year. Professional guest artists who have years of experience in educational theatre as well as Broadway national tour and regional theatre credits are brought in to complete the creative team that directs our students in acting, music, and dance. The rehearsal processes are modeled after professional practices. By incorporating this rigorous style into a high school environment, students perform at a higher level which develops in them a deeper passion for the craft and increases their depth of learning while still feeling like they are in a safe place to boldly make mistakes and learn from them. Students who are interested in “tech” (lights and sound) and backstage work (scenic and costumes) are greatly encouraged to get involved with our productions as well. Past productions include: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Legally Blonde: the Musical, and the 2011 revival of Godspell.
International Thespian Society
By joining ITS, students are able to be formally recognized for their accomplishments, commitment, and dedication to Theatre Arts at St. Anthony High School. Once a member, students have access to arts scholarships, insider college information, and have the opportunity to work their way up to high level honors in Theatre to include in their college applications.
Currently open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors, this one year elective course satisfies the graduation requirement for Fine Arts. In this course, students will learn the fundamentals of theatre, which includes basic acting technique and performance skills and critical analysis and discussion of dramatic works. Students will study well-known, classic plays that will contribute to their well-rounded literary knowledge.
Currently open to juniors and seniors, this intermediate level course dives deeper into acting and performance training where the focus is bringing your whole self into the art. Students will learn how to think about and approach theatre from the perspective that the arts benefit our humanity and increase our capacity for empathy. Students will study less well-known works that highly regarded by the theatre community for what they teach us about people.
Currently open to juniors and seniors, this advanced level course is for the serious theatre student who plans to major in acting, musical theatre performance, or theatre studies in college. In addition to performance work, students will learn the fundamentals of directing. This course will test the capacity of the student to think outside of him/herself as they dig deep within themselves to craft stories and experiences that are important to who they are as individuals. They will stretch themselves as they learn to explore the endless possibilities that a strong, developed creative mind and heart can produce.