Blackfriars Shine with Three Productions This School Year: Get the Latest News

Bishop Lynch High School’s stage is packed with THREE plays in various stages of production – from final rehearsals to auditions. Whether you want to be in the spotlight or buy a ticket, check out the latest from our fabulous Blackfriars!

TAPPS One-Act Play
For the first time, the Blackfriars are competing in the TAPPS One-Act Play Contest, taking place in Austin on Saturday, Oct. 19. Prior to the contest, all interested parties are invited to watch a preview of the show on Wednesday, Oct. 16 at 7:30 p.m. in the McGonigle Theatre. The play is The Robe, based on the best-selling novel by Lloyd C. Douglas. It tells the story of Marcellus Gallio, a young Roman tribune who has been tasked by Pontius Pilate to supervise the crucifixion of Christ. Although he believes the man innocent, he obeys, then tosses dice for the simple homespun robe which the Galilean wore. Even though he wins, he becomes a desperately troubled man, restless and obsessed with thoughts of the Galilean and the persecuted Christians.
The play begins at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 16 in the McGonigle Theatre and will last approximately one hour. Admission is free.
Fall Blackbox Production
The Blackfriars official “season” begins with the Blackbox production of The Visions of Simone Machard, opening Thursday, Nov. 7 at 7:30 p.m. Written by German modernist playwright Bertolt Brecht and Lion Feuchtwanger, the play involves a young girl who works at an inn in central France in 1940. As tensions between France and Germany rise, Simone sees herself as Joan, the patron saint of the resistance movement against the Germans. Performances will be held Nov. 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, and 16 at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday, Nov. 10 and 17 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $10 each and are available at www.BLBlackfriars.com.
Auditions for the Drowsy Chaperone
The Blackfriars Guild announces their spring production of The Drowsy Chaperone, opening in February 2020. Auditions will take place on Saturday, Oct. 12, and students are encouraged to sign up for an audition time at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0d4aa8af28a20-drowsy1. There are still plenty of audition slots open, and the audition materials are available during all lunches at the table outside the BL Bistro. Students who have been through the process will be manning the table in order to answer any questions you may have. If you absolutely cannot make an audition time on Saturday, Oct. 12, we will also be seeing people on Sunday, Oct. 13 at 6:00 p.m. Please be sure to sign up on the list located at the audition table.
This is how our audition process works:
If you plan to audition for a lead or principal role, pick up the song and lines that have been provided for that character. If you wish to audition for an ensemble role, prepare the ensemble choral selection. You may be considered for a variety of roles, but you will only be allowed to audition with one song.
At the audition, which takes place in the choir room, we call in groups of students, six at a time, both boys and girls.
If you are auditioning for an ensemble (chorus) part, you may sign in a group. If you plan to audition for a lead role, you will be asked to sing alone.
All students will read lines from the script.
We rarely have callbacks, so the show will most likely be cast from the initial audition; however, we wait to assign many of the supporting roles until we get to know the actors better.
The cast list will be posted on the Blackfriars page on the BL website by the end of the school day on Monday after the auditions. We generally cast between 50-70 students.
Rehearsal will begin within a week or so.