Since its founding, Lourdes High School has produced theatrical opportunities for all students interested in stage participation and production. Traditional and classic dramas like "West Side Story," "Our Town” and “The Miracle Worker” have been offered alongside the comedies of Shakespeare and Neil Simon as well as great musicals developed for Broadway like “Guys and Dolls” and” Finian's Rainbow.” Original works have been premiered as well.

Many students arrive at Lourdes High School having performed in various theatrical and dance companies throughout the region, as well as having joined in musical theater produced by our Rochester Catholic Schools' preschool - grade 8 programs. Other students arrive anticipating their first-ever performance opportunity. Our goal is to honor the variety of rich artistic potential brought to LHS by all students as well as to assist in cultivating those talents.

Theater Curriculum Summary

While LHS has a long and rich tradition of presenting thoughtful drama, entertaining comedy, and remarkable musical theater offered in extracurricular opportunities, we are now developing a strong curriculum of coursework in theater as well. Acting and Stagecraft is the foundational course offered in the Theater Department at LHS. Coursework also includes various aspects and skills necessary to support a strong foundation of theatrical experience -- directing, technical design, audition techniques, dance, etc. Consistent with our intention to develop a highly integrated Fine Arts experience, theatrical opportunities at LHS are often enhanced through work with the material and graphic arts, as well as vocal and instrumental musical experience.

Lourdes High School Theater curriculum courses.

Extra-Curricular Theater Opportunities

Fall Play

A drama or comedy for mixed cast, usually performed during late October or early November. Auditions are open to all students and posted two weeks ahead to give students opportunity to plan and prepare. No previous experience necessary to audition.

One-Act Play

This is part of the Minnesota State High School League's One-Act Play competition, scheduled during the winter months. Auditions are generally held late November or early December, with rehearsals/performances/competitions through January and possibly into February. Open to all students, with mixed cast and no previous experience necessary.

Spring Musical

Open auditions during February or March for performance in early May. A mixed and larger cast than Fall Play or One Act, and fun for the whole LHS community, involving singing, dancing, and more fun than anyone can accurately predict. Audition materials are available early to allow comfortable preparation time. No previous experience necessary.

Theater Department

Patty Arndt
House Manager

Mr. Robert S. P. Gardner
Theatre Director
Fine Arts Chair