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 2019-2020 Season

THE VISIONS OF SIMONE MACHARD will be the fall play, held in the Blackbox Theatre. The show will open on Friday, November 8 and will run for two weekends.  The play, by the German modernist playwright Bertolt Brecht,  was jointly written with Lion Feuchtwanger and was completed during their exile in Los Angeles. Set in France during the German invasion in 1940, the play depicts the story of Simone, a teen-age girl. Absorbed by the story of Joan of Arc, she dreams that her brother, a French soldier, has called upon her to save France. In dream interludes she identifies herself with Joan, seeing the people around her as historical figures. Inspired by a sense of mission, she feeds hungry refugees and, when the Germans arrive, sets fire to the hotel's gasoline supplies to prevent them from falling into the enemy's hands. At last she has a vision of being tried and sentenced to death; in fact, she is seized and sent to a mental institution.
The Blackfriars spring musical is THE DROWSY CHAPERONE, In a loving send-up of the frivolously inconsequential stage musicals of the Jazz Age, a fan known only as Man in Chair gives a spin to the original cast recording of one such musical, providing the audience with amusing minutiae about the play and the players. Performances will be February 28 – March 8 in the McGonigle Theatre.
The 2020 spring play will be HARVEY. Elwood P. Dowd insists on including his friend Harvey in all of his sister Veta’s social gatherings. Trouble is, Harvey is an imaginary six-and-a-half-foot-tall rabbit. To avoid future embarassment for her family—and especially for her daughter, Myrtle Mae—Veta decides to have Elwood committed to a sanitarium. Performances will take place in the Blackbox Theatre beginning Thursday, April 23 and running through Sunday, May 3. 

A fourth production is being added to the 2019-2020 Blackfriars calendar. for the first time, 
Bishop Lynch High School’s talented actors will participate in the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (TAPPS) one-act play category. The play will be THE ROBE by Lloyd C. Douglas, based on the 1942 historical novel that explores the aftermath of the Crucifixion of Jesus, through the experiences of the Roman tribune, Marcellus Gallio and his Greek slave Demetrius. The TAPPS competition will be held in November, and there will be public performances scheduled in the Blackbox Theatre.

Drama Department

List of 4 members.

  • Photo of John Athas

    John Athas 

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

    Robert Clark 

    Technical Theatre Director
    (214) 324-3607 x4182
  • Photo of Terry May-Hajdar

    Terry May-Hajdar 

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

    Kit Sawyer 

    Musical Director
    (214) 324-3607 x4157

Drama Course Offerings

Technical Theater
Technical Theater (Crew)
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