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Drama

About our Program

 

At Bishop Blanchet, our drama department's motto is "Truth and Courage." Whether students intend to pursue a career in theatre or are simply looking to try something new, we believe that making theatre cultivates creativity, sensitivity and enthusiasm in young people, and our program offers a supportive environment where students can make bold choices. 

The drama department offers a comprehensive three-part sequential acting program, three classes in theatre design, and a three-show season: a fall play, a student directed one-act festival, and a spring musical.

Students can participate in the performances both on stage acting and behind the scenes with one of our five crews: Stage Crew, Costume Crew, Hair and Makeup Crew, Marketing Crew, and Stage Management.

For more information about drama clubs like the Improv Team or the International Thespian Society, visit the Clubs page.

Want to get involved, or have a question about upcoming auditions or crew interviews? Email Drama Director Ms. Taryn Darr or Technical Director Mr. Corey Eriksen.

Spring Musical 2024

Camelot
by Lerner and Loewe
Three amazing performances of our spring musical, Camelot, have left us feeling the magic of this special production! Our cast, crews, and faculty continue to put out inspiring art that takes our breathe away!

"Ask ev'ry person if he's heard the story; And tell it strong and clear if he has not: That once there was a fleeting wisp of glory called Camelot. Camelot! Camelot!" - King Arthur

The 2024 Spring Musical was Lerner and Loewe’s Camelot! Borrowing from the Arthurian legends, this fantastical masterpiece triumphed on Broadway in a legendary original production that lead to a film version and numerous revivals in New York, London, and across the globe. Its Original Broadway Cast album topped the charts for 60 weeks, with a rich score boasting such gems as "If Ever I Would Leave You," “I Loved You Once in Silence,” "The Lusty Month of May," and of course, "Camelot." 

Professional photos from Camelot available for purchase!

king arthur and guinevere dancing in camelot
Ensemble photo of the cast of camelot
Camelot performance of lead actors
Arthur and Guinevere from Camelot photo shoot

Fall Play 2023

Middletown
by Will Eno

Bravo Cast and Crews! Middletown performed to three sold out audiences, November 3-5, 2023!

Middletown is a deeply moving and funny play exploring the universe of a small American town. As a friendship develops between longtime resident John Dodge and new arrival Mary Swanson, the lives of the inhabitants of Middletown intersect in strange and poignant ways in a journey that takes them from the local library to outer space and points between. The characters in Middletown are word-woozy poet-philosophers who dispense piercing observations about life, death and the cosmos, the need for love and forgiveness, and the search for meaning in life—the long, lonely ache of disappointment.

Middletown fall play

Drama Endowment

Learn more about our DRAMA ENDOWMENT and support our students in the arts!

Service Project for spring musical

Bishop Blanchet Drama is pleased to announce our Service Partner for the 2024 Spring Musical: AGAPE Service Project. In keeping with BBHS’s mission to inspire students to transform the world around them through a lifelong commitment to faith, scholarship, and service, as we tell the story of Camelot, we are also pleased to share our journey with Agape whose mission is “to foster service, community, and prayer as [AGAPE service] participants encounter Christ and uphold the dignity of farmworker brothers and sisters.  

BBHS Bears are no stranger to Agape having sent 13 students and three teachers last summer to live the culture of encounter with the farmworker community in Whatcom County.  It was such a meaningful and transformative experience that will happen again in 2024. As Eva Maria '26 writes: “Service work is complicated and sometimes it’s overwhelming.  You can get caught up in all the problems people have.  But when you stay in the moment and only think about connecting with others, that’s when you tune into Agape Love.  I find great comfort in knowing that even on a hard day, I can choose to focus on connecting with the people around me and experience that little slice of heaven.”

How to help AGAPE?

  • Serve – volunteer at Agape Food Bank this summer

  • Give – Financially support the mission of Agape 

  • Pray – Pray for farmworkers and for systemic changes so that their rights are upheld.

  • Fast – from purchasing food that does not uphold the dignity and rights of workers.

agape service logo

PAST PRODUCTIONS

Launcelot

CAMELOT

Spring 2024

Middletown fall play

MIDDLETOWN

Fall 2023

The full cast and crew from All Shook Up the musical

ALL SHOOK UP

SpringĀ 2023

LITTLE WOMEN

Fall 2022

THE DROWSY CHAPERONE

Spring 2022

MUSICAL COMEDY MURDERS OF 1940

Fall 2021

SOME ENCHANTED EVENING

Spring 2021

IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE: A LIVE RADIO PLAY

Fall 2020

PRIDE AND PREJUDICE

Fall 2019

WORKING

Spring 2019

ALMOST, MAINE

Fall 2018

GUYS AND DOLLS

Spring 2018

SECRET IN THE WINGS

Fall 2017

Meet our Staff

Taryn Darr

Taryn Darr

Drama Director, Drama Teacher, International Thespian Society Advisor
Corey Eriksen

Corey Eriksen

Technical Director, Drama Teacher