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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 2021-2021 Season

FALL PLAY
The first show of the 2021-2022 season is VROOOMMM! by Janet Allard. Opening on Wednesday, November 10, the show will run over two weeks closing on Friday, November 19. All performances will be held in the Blackbox Theatre.

THE STORY: In this breezy "NASComedy" the fast lane is stalled to a screeching halt by the arrival of a woman driver on the NASCAR scene, and egos get bruised as Holly "Legs" Nelson starts stealing the show, driving so fast some think she's cheating. Her rival, Hotshot, wants to sabotage her success, which results in a fast-paced story of NASCAR drivers and their kooky fans, all in pursuit of high-octane glory. And for the sexism of these chauvinist drivers? Well, they're all played by women!

SPRING MUSICAL
The Blackfriars Spring Musical 2022 will be GREASE, opening Friday, February 25 and running for two weekends through Sunday, March 6 in the McGonigle Theatre.

THE STORY:
It’s 1959, and Rydell High School’s senior class is in rare form. The too-cool-for-school “T-Birds” are stealing hub-caps and acting tough and their gum-snapping, “Pink Ladies” are looking hot in bobby sox and pedal pushers. The 1950s high school dream is about to explode in this rollicking musical that is both an homage to the idealism of the fifties and a satire of high schoolers’ age-old desire to be provocative and rebellious. At the heart of the story is the romance between hot-rodding gangster Danny Zuko and the sweet new girl in town, Sandy Dumbrowski. They had a secret romance in summer, but now back in the context of school, peer-pressure and cliques make their love a bit more complicated. Can Danny maintain his cool dude status and still make demure Sandy his girl? The whole gang sings and dances around Danny and Sandy’s romance, through such hit songs as "Greased Lightnin'", "We Go Together”, and “Mooning”, recalling the music of Buddy Holly, Little Richard and Elvis Presley that became the soundtrack of a generation. Starting off with an eight-year Broadway run, Grease is among the world’s most popular musicals and has a cult-like following, especially among teens!



Drama Department

List of 4 members.

  • Photo of John Athas

    John Athas 

    Theatre Instructor
    (214) 324-3607 x4283
    Bio
  • Photo of Robert Clark

    Robert Clark 

    Technical Theatre Director
    (214) 324-3607 x4182
    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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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