The award-winning Guild Players Theatre production group at Bishop DuBourg High School has a longstanding reputation for delivering stellar performances. This season marks the Guild’s 48th season in the Guild Theatre. Driven by talented casts, innovative set designs, and masterful lighting and sound design, the Guild strives mightily to provide its audiences with a quality evening of theatre, be it serious, comic, or musical. The Guild offers students the opportunity to be involved in any one or more of 3 productions a year. From lighting and sound to costumes and make-up to dramatic, comic or musical performance, there is something for everyone! And it is a wonderful group to find and make friends that will last, through school or even a lifetime. The Guild is a home for anyone.
Many talented actors, actresses, and musical greats have graced the stage at Bishop DuBourg and moved on to attain success on other stages, films, and soundtracks, including: Ken Page ’72, Norbert Leo Butz ’85, Marcy Weigert ’06, Justin Leibrecht ’06, Greg Schweizer ’73, Mary Beth (Scherr) Babcock ’85, Jerry Ahillen ’81, Joe DiMercurio ’80 and Bob Thibaut '00. It is a great place to let the magic of theatre enrich your life, now and forever.
The shows are open to the public! Please join us for a show this year!
$8.00 for Adults
$6.00 for 6th-12th graders
$4.00 for 12 years and under
$10 for Adults
$8.00 6th-12th graders
$8.00 for 65 years and up
$4.00 for 12 years and under
The courses available in the performing arts are listed below:
INTRO TO STAGE PERFORMANCE – Semester 1 Length/Credit: One Semester (½ credit)
This class is both academic and project oriented. Through studying about stage performance and by practicing the skills necessary for performance, the student can gain a fundamental understanding of the art of the stage performance as well as self-confidence in performing, individually or with others, before a group. The class focuses on the elements of stage acting: imagination, concentration, improvisation, and voice and body control. Students take part in acting games and exercises and perform scenes from a play by the end of the semester.
INTRO TO ELEMENTS OF THEATRE – Semester 2 Length/Credit: One Semester (½ credit)
Grade Level: Freshman – Sophomore Elective This class is both academic and project oriented. Through studying about the theatre and by practicing the skills of the theatre, the student can gain a fundamental understanding of the art of the theatre as well as self-confidence in functioning in a public situation as an individual or as a member of a group. The class focuses on the elements outside of acting that are necessary for the production of a stage play with the emphasis on the structure of a play, choosing a play, and technical aspects like costuming, make-up and setting. Students have the chance to put together and perform their own plays during the semester.
ACTING SKILLS – Semester 1 Length/Credit: One Semester (½ credit)
This class covers and explores the basic skills required in the craft and art of acting for the stage. The student examines and practices these skills both as an individual and as a member of a group. The course begins with individual and group projects in acting games and exercises, improvisation, vocal and movement exercises. It then proceeds to focus on the basics of characterization and scene study. This class demands that the student has a serious interest in learning or developing skills for performing in public. Students may take the course for additional semesters at a higher level.
SKILLS OF SET BUILDING – Semester 1, 2 or Both Length/Credit: One or Two Semesters
This class explains, demonstrates, and develops the skills used in the design, construction, and painting of scenery for the stage. This class is only for the student who is ambitious and serious about learning or developing skills in carpentry and painting. It is possible that some fundamentals of stage lighting will be covered if time permits. The class demands that the student enjoys physical labor and is cooperative and self-motivated. Students may take the course for additional semesters at a higher level.