The Arts

Drama

Fall Play

The BBHS Drama Department is thrilled to announce the title of the fall play, The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 by John Bishop! This slapstick who-done-it romp will be performed on campus November 5-7 in our Marge Bradburn Studio Theatre, featuring a beautifully redesigned lobby! Livestreaming will also be available for each show!

Play Synopsis:
The creative team responsible for a recent Broadway flop (in which three chorus girls were murdered by the mysterious “Stage Door Slasher") assemble for a backer’s audition of their new show at the estate of a wealthy theatre financier. The house is replete with sliding panels, secret passageways, and a German maid who is apparently four different people—all of which figure diabolically in the comic craziness which follows when the infamous “Slasher” makes his reappearance and strikes again—and again! As the composer, lyricist, actors, and director prepare their performance, and as a blizzard cuts off any possible retreat, bodies start to drop in plain sight, knives spring out of nowhere, masked figures drag their victims behind swiveling bookcases, and accusing fingers point in all directions. Can this mayhem murder mystery be solved?!?

Ways to watch the show:
Tickets to be part of our in-person audience for performances on Nov 5, 6 and 7 are SOLD OUT! We are pleased to be able to offer our full community the opportunity to livestream each of the three performances. To purchase access, please see link below.

  

  

  

Musical Comedy Murders Production - Tech Week!


  

Past Productions


  

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.

List of 4 items.

  • Fall Play

    Musical Comedy Murders of 1940
    By John Bishop
    November 5 - 6 @ 7:30 PM
    November 7 @ 2:00 PM

  • One Acts

    Congratulations to our Advanced Acting and Advanced Theatre Production students, for their great work in the One Act Festival, January 14-16. We had a terrific turnout to see our incredible student-directed and produced performances showcased this year. Titles included Glass, The Scary Question, and two student-written pieces - Lords or Ladies and The Lost Episode of the Dick Van Dyke Show: The Sock.
  • Spring Musical

    Rehearsals kick off next Tuesday, January 25, 2022 for the BBHS Spring Musical, The Drowsy Chaperone. Let the singing and dancing begin!
     
    We look forward to welcoming the community to the live and in-person performances of The Drowsy Chaperone, Friday-Sunday, April 29-May 1 at Seattle's iconic Moore Theatre. Mark your calendars! 
  • Production History

    2021-22
    The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940
    The Drowsy Chaperone

    2020-21
    It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play
    Some Enchanted Evening


    2019-20
    Pride and Prejudice
    The Addams Family*


    2018-19
    Almost, Maine
    Working

    2017-18
    Secret in the Wings
    Guys and Dolls
     
    2016-17
    A Christmas Carol
    Animal Farm

    *Production canceled due to pandemic.
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New Drama Director


We are thrilled to welcome professional actor Taryn Darr to the Performing Arts team as our new Drama Director! Ms. Darr is a graduate of the University of Washington (BA Drama), an award-winning singer/dancer/actor she has choreographed, directed and taught acting and dance classes for over 21 years with many youth programs, studios and high schools around the Puget Sound region. Ms. Darr has been honored to have choreographed four past productions for Bishop Blanchet's drama department. She is looking forward to spending more time with the amazing students here, as they work to continue to raise the bar of excellence in performing arts.

  

List of 3 members.

  • Photo of Michelle Carrasquilla Lander

    Michelle Carrasquilla Lander 

    Department Chair, Fine Arts Instructor
  • Photo of Taryn  Darr

    Taryn  Darr 

    Drama Director and Instructor
  • Photo of Corey Eriksen

    Corey Eriksen 

    Technical Director, Drama Instructor

Bishop Blanchet High School

8200 Wallingford Ave. N.
Seattle, WA 98103

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Located in  Seattle, Washington, Bishop Blanchet High School is a private, coed Catholic school for grades 9-12. Students benefit from a challenging college preparatory academic program, campus ministry, fine and performing arts, competitive athletics and a wide selection of extracurricular activities.
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