Goshen Campus SFS Drama Project

 2015-16  Performing Arts Schedule – Goshen Campus

Spring Production:

Birds_1The Birds by Aristophanes

Performance Dates: Friday, March 25th, Tuesday, March 29th and Wednesday, March 30th at 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 26th at 2:00 p.m.

“I’ve been at St. Francis only one year, but I’ve never seen and received the same amount of kindness and joy in any other school. This drama program has taught me so much about acting, as well as bonded me with a very special group of people … the only thing I wish could have been different is how long I spent here. I wish I could’ve arrived at this amazing place much earlier than I did.”
Colleen Torrans

“I’ve never been a part of something where everyone is like a huge family, and I really, absolutely mean it. I was so happy to get to be a part of the play working on costumes.”  Bennett Middendorf

“Throughout my time in the St. Francis Drama program, I have tried out for every play except one. While I did not make it into all of them, those that I did accepted me with open arms. I have met some wonderful people that have become lifelong friends. I have been part of a loving community that I am almost unwilling to leave. The Birds was my last play in the SFS Drama program and it was one of the best. I feel as if I am wanted and needed in this wonderful school.”
Sean Denham

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4th/5th Grade Production:

Disney’s Peter Pan Jr. 

Performance Dates: Thursday, February 11th at 6:30 p.m.

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History of the St. Francis Drama Project

The St. Francis Drama Project was founded by St. Francis School French teacher and Drama legend Ed Gupton in 1970. He was the Director of the Drama Project until 2003. In 1993, he named Reed Gabhart, Associate Director of the Drama Project and the two collaborated until Mr. Gupton handed over the reins in 2003.  Thus, the St. Francis Drama Project has operated under the tutelage of only two directors since its inception.

Its purpose is to provide Middle School students with the opportunity to participate in full length adult productions of works of depth from the past and present. Thought is given into the four year cycle of works so that every Middle School student will have the opportunity to experience comedies, dramas, musicals, and the classics, such as Shakespeare. Students are expected to rise to the challenge and take part in every aspect of theater: acting, directing, playwriting, stagecraft, set and lighting design, etc.

In 2011, the SFS Drama Project joined the National Youth Arts Organization and submitted SFS productions for national adjudication. Our shows have had multiple nominations and winners in the three consecutive seasons since and Mr. Gabhart, Head of School, Alexandra Thurstone, and several Drama Project actors and families have traveled to New York City to accept these awards!

In the past three years, a new tradition has emerged of SFS Alumni productions, which merge the alumni of the two campuses. Godspell was produced in the summer of 2012 and Almost, Maine, in the summer of 2014 at the Baron’s Theater at Whiskey Row Lofts in downtown Louisville.  A tradition started in 1970 thrives and is an integral part of the school’s culture!

Recent Productions

2015-16

Fall Play – The Importance of Being Earnest

2014-15

Fall Play – Fools

Spring Production – Oliver!

2013 – 14

Fall Play –                           Harvey

Spring Production –            A Comedy of Errors (by William Shakespeare)

Summer Alumni Show       Almost, Maine

2012 – 13

Fall Play –                          John Lennon and Me

Spring Musical                  Bye Bye Birdie

2011 – 12

Fall Play –                         Our Town (20th Anniversary Production)

Spring Production –          Cyrano de Bergerac

Summer Alumni Musical   Godspell

2010 – 11                     

Fall Play –                        Fall Shorts (Student written and directed scenes)

Spring Musical –             Thoroughly Modern Millie

2009 – 10

Fall Play –                         The Good Doctor

Spring Production –          The Taming of the Shrew (by William Shakespeare)

2008 – 09

Fall Play –                        Earth Rock! (an original musical)

Spring Musical –              1776

2007 – 08

Fall Play –                         Snow Angel

Spring Production –          The Man Who Came to Dinner

2006  – 07

Fall Play –                          The Sunshine Boys

Spring Production –          The Matchmaker

2005 – 06

Fall Play –                          Still Life with Iris

Spring Musical –                Fiddler on the Roof

National Youth Art Nominations and Awards

Eleventh Annual National Youth Art Nominations 2015-16

Awards:
Outstanding Production (Junior Division): The Importance of Being Earnest

Lead Actress in a Musical: Zoë Koss as Kate Monster in Avenue Q

Lead Actor (Junior Division): Hayden Jones as John “Jack” Worthing in The Importance of Being Earnest

Lead Actor (Junior Division): Lorenzo Mahoney as Algernon Moncrieff in The Importance of Being Earnest

Lead Actress (Junior Division): Grace Malone as Gwendolyn Fairfax in The Importance of Being Earnest

Lead Actress (Junior Division): Teagan Morrison as Gwendolyn Fairfax in The Importance of Being Earnest

Nominations:
Lead Actor (Junior Division): Sean Sullivan as Leon Tolchinsky in Fools

Lead Actor in a Musical: Thomas Simpson as Princeton in Avenue Q

Lead Actor (Junior Division): Lorenzo Mahoney as Pithetaerus in The Birds

Lead Actress (Junior Division): Emma King as Cecily Cardew in The Importance of Being Earnest

Supporting Actor in a Musical: Charley Drew-Wolak as Rod in Avenue Q

Supporting Actor in a Musical: Jack Tierney as Nicky in Avenue Q

Supporting Actor (Junior Division): Jonathan Erwin as Euelpides in The Birds

Supporting Actor (Junior Division): Hayden Jones as Euelpides in The Birds

Supporting Actress (Junior Division): Amelia Dimas as Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest

Supporting Actress (Junior Division): Colleen Torrans as Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest

Featured Actress in a Musical: Evvie Cooley as Girl Bear in Avenue Q

Ensemble: Avenue Q

Costume Design: Beth Dunn and Tricia Ersin for The Birds

Direction: Reed Gabhart for The Importance of Being Earnest

Tenth Annual National Youth Art Nominations 2014-15

Awards:
Supporting Actress in a Play: Hannah Jones as Gayle/Rhonda in Almost, Maine

Supporting Actor (Junior Division): Clay Smedley as Dr. Zubritsky in Fools

Supporting Actress (Junior Division): Chloe Church as Lenya Zubritsky in Fools

Supporting Actress (Junior Division): Amelia Dimas as Sophia Zubritsky in Fools

Featured Actor in a Play: Gray Thurstone as Dave in Almost, Maine

Featured Actress in a Play: Natalie McClain in Almost, Maine

Ensemble: Almost, Maine

Direction: Reed Gabhart for Almost, Maine

Nominations:
Lead Actor (Junior Division): Sean Sullivan as Leon Tolchinsky in Fools

Supporting Actress in a Play: Jillian Morrison as Mrs. Gottleib in Dead Man’s Cellphone

Supporting Actor (Junior Division): Lorenzo Mahoney as Fagin in Oliver!

Supporting Actor (Junior Division): Reid Varda as Bill Sykes in Oliver!

Supporting Actor (Junior Division): Alan Ziegler as Count Yousekevitch in Fools

Supporting Actress (Junior Division): Amelia Dimas as Nancy in Oliver!

Featured Actress in a Play: Annie Stone as Rhonda in Almost, Maine

Featured Actress in a Play: Paige Didier as Marcie in Almost, Maine

Featured Actress in a Play: Zoe Koss as Sandrine in Almost, Maine

Featured Actress in a Play: Zoe Koss as The Other Woman in Dead Man’s Cellphone

Featured Actress (Junior Division): Lucy Biberman as Mrs. Sowerberry in Oliver!

Featured Actress (Junior Division): Scout Grass as Widow Corney in Oliver!

Featured Actress (Junior Division): Arabella Maki as Widow Corney in Oliver!

Ensemble (Junior Division): Fools

Direction: Reed Gabhart for Fools

Ninth Annual National Youth Art Nominations 2013-14

Awards:

Lead Actress (Junior Division): Lillian Dine Young as Veta Louise Simmons in Harvey

Lead Actress (Junior Division): Hannah Jones as Star in John Lennon & Me

Lead Actress (Junior Division): Hannah Jones as Veta Louise Simmons in Harvey

Supporting Actor in a Play: Gray Thurstone as Pablo Picasso in Picasso at the Lapin Agile

Nominations:

Lead Actor (Junior Division): Theo Taylor as Elwood P. Dowd in Harvey

Lead Actress (Junior Division): Hannah Jones as Rose Alvarez in Bye Bye Birdie

Supporting Actor (Junior Division): Charlie Owen as Dromio of Syracuse in The Comedy of Errors

Supporting Actor (Junior Division): Clay Smedley as Dromio of Ephesus in The Comedy of Errors

Supporting Actress (Junior Division): Jewel Bailey as Mrs. Mae Peterson in Bye Bye Birdie

Supporting Actress (Junior Division): Emma Boland as Courtney Cambridge in John Lennon & Me

Supporting Actress (Junior Division): Hannah Jones as Antipholus of Syracuse in The Comedy of Errors

Supporting Actress (Junior Division): Natalie McClain as Adrianna in The Comedy of Errors

Featured Actress in a Play: Stuart Matson as Suzanne in Picasso at the Lapin Agile

Outstanding Ensemble: Picasso at the Lapin Agile

Outstanding Ensemble (Junior Division): Harvey

Eighth Annual National Youth Arts Awards for the 2012-13 season

Awards:

Lead Actor (Junior Division): Gabe Jackson as Cyrano de Bergerac in Cyrano de Bergerac

Lead Actress (Junior Division): Natalie Delautre as Emily Webb in Our Town

Lead Actress (Junior Division): Zoe Koss as Roxanne in Cyrano de Bergerac

Supporting Actress (Junior Division): Paige Didier as Mrs. Meers in Thoroughly Modern Millie

Nominations:

Outstanding Production: Cyrano de Bergerac

Lead Actor (Junior Division): Gilman Bagga as Stage Manager in Our Town

Lead Actor (Junior Division): Braden Barnett as George Gibbs in Our Town

Lead Actress (Junior Division): Sarah Bourlakas as Millie Dillmount in Thoroughly Modern Millie

Supporting Actress (Junior Division): Margot Bond as Mrs. Webb in Our Town

Featured Actor (Junior Division): Harrison Stites as Simon Stimson in Our Town

Featured Actress (Junior Division): Katie Heit as Muzzy Van Hossmere in Thoroughly Modern Millie

Ensemble: Cyrano de Bergerac

Ensemble: Our Town

Direction: Reed Gabhart for Cyrano de Bergerac

Seventh Annual National Youth Arts Awards for the 2011-12 season

Awards:

Lead Actor (Junior Division): Gray Thurstone as Petruchio in The Taming of the Shrew

Lead Actress (Junior Division): Marti White as Katherina in The Taming of the Shrew

Nominations:

Supporting Actress (Junior Division): Sarah Bourlakas as Bianca in The Taming of the Shrew

Supporting Actress (Junior Division): Natalie Delautre as Tranio in The Taming of the Shrew

Ensemble (Junior Division): The Taming of the Shrew

Direction: Reed Gabhart for The Taming of the Shrew