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The Blackfriars Guild

The Blackfriars Guild of Bishop Lynch High School is an organization which gives students an opportunity to participate in good theater, be it on stage or behind the scenes.

The Blackfriars offer three theatrical productions each year - a fall play in November, a musical in February/March, and a play in April. Class credit is given to students who participate in any of these three productions ~ 1/2 credit for performers and tech crew members.

Auditions are required in order to be a cast member. Classes meet during the school day for the fall and spring plays, and on weekends for the musical. Times and dates are announced.

Each performer is required to pay a small ($40) costume rental fee. All costumes are provided and remain the property of Bishop Lynch High School.

For more information on any Blackfriars production, please contact Terry May.

Blackfriars 2021-2022 Season


SPRING MUSICAL
The Blackfriars Spring Musical 2023 will be THE WEDDING SINGER, opening Friday, February 24 and running for two weekends through Sunday, March 5 in the McGonigle Theatre.

THE STORY:
The year is 1985. The place is New Jersey. A wannabe rock star, Robbie Hart is the life of the party until his own fiancee leaves him at the altar. Shot through the heart, Robbie makes every wedding as disastrous as his own. Enter Julia, a winsome waitress who wins his affection. As luck would have it, Julia is about to be married to a Wall Street shark, and, unless Robbie can pull off the performance of a decade, the girl of his dreams will be gone forever.

THE WEDDING SINGER takes us back to a time when hair was big, greed was good, collars were up and a wedding singer might just be the coolest guy in the room. Based on the hit Adam Sandler mover, THE WEDDING SINGER's sparkling score does for the '80s what Grease did for the '50s. 

SPRING PLAY
The final show of the 2022-2023 season is SPECKLED BIRDS  by Shirley Lauro. Opening on Thursday, April 20, the show will run over two weeks closing on Friday, April 28. All performances will be held in the Blackbox Theatre.

THE STORY: A play about growing up in our "have and have-not" society, and discovering what "family" really is. Though Angie, an adolescent, lives in a wealthy town, she is poor. Deserted at birth by her mother, her father killed in War, she lives in a trailer with her ailing but loving grandma. Though a gifted athlete, Angie's afraid to compete at her preppie school, feeling she's "trailer trash." While terrified a disliked aunt will soon take her away to live with her and put Grandma in a facility, Angie meets a boy, Theo, at school. Brilliant, wealthy, but an awkward loner, Theo's parents have no time for him and schoolmates taunt him, his only friends being his computer and his bird. Finally, as Angie and Theo form a unique bond as soulmates, they gain the courage to begin their journeys toward adulthood...resolving family problems, and taking actions to utilize their talents at school.

Drama Department

List of 3 members.

  • Photo of John Athas

    John Athas 

    Theatre Instructor
    (214) 324-3607 x4283
    Bio
  • Photo of Terry May-Hajdar

    Terry May-Hajdar 

    Theater Manager
    (214) 324-3607 x4131
    Bio
  • Photo of Kit Sawyer

    Kit Sawyer 

    Musical Director
    (214) 324-3607 x4157
    Bio

Drama Course Offerings

Technical Theater
Technical Theater (Crew)
Technical Theater II
Technical Theater III
Theater Arts I
Theater Arts II
Theater Arts III
Theatre Production

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  • History of the Blackfriars Guild

    On Tuesday, November 19, 1963, the first meeting of the Blackfriars Guild was held in the cafeteria. Father J.D. Reynolds, O.P. began the organization with a small group made up of John Ganter, Hugh Kohler, Bill Tomlin, Rick Boeglin, Frank Shemek, Larry Bires, and Bob Ruble.

    The first production took place in the spring of 1964, Edgar Lee Master's Spoon River Anthology. It was performed as a dramatic reading, with a simple set, cafeteria tables for headstones and a scrim with the silhouette of a willow tree serving as the setting. The student body, consisting solely of freshmen and sophomores, served as the first public audience for the performance, and the Blackfriars Guild was on its way.
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ACCREDITATION

Faithful to Catholic Tradition and to our Dominican heritage of scholarship and service, Bishop Lynch High School promotes the development of the total person by bringing together a diverse community in a rigorous, college preparatory environment where students are taught to strive for excellence, seek truth, and work for justice in the world. - Founded in 1963