Lourdes High School

"The word theatre comes from the Greeks. It means the seeing place. It is the place people come to see the truth about life and the social situation." Stella Adler

"But men must know, that in this theatre of man's life it is reserved only for God and angels to be lookers on."  Francis Bacon



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

The One Act play is a Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) activity and includes theatre production in a fun and friendly competitive environment. It takes place from December to January. The play parameters are such that the production must be under 35-minutes and have a cast and crew of 20 students. The students audition in November and begin a quick rehearsal schedule under the guidance of an adult director. We compete in the Hiawatha Valley League One Act Festival and Section One competitions. One Act play is a great mix of inspiration and competition! Open to all students, with mixed cast and no previous experience necessary.

Spring Musical

LHS Spring Theater production offers the challenges of classic American musical theater on the stage of our state-of-the-art auditorium. Singing, dancing, and acting are all part of the mix. No previous experience is required and all students are invited to audition. Past shows have included ”Sunday in the Park with George”,” A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum”,” Me and My Girl”, "Call Me Madam", “Guys and Dolls”, and the inaugural show in our new space,” West Side Story.” 

Open auditions are held in late January or early February for performance in early to mid 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. 

Drama Club

A student-driven organization to explore various aspects of theatre through guest-speakers, improvisation sessions, attendance at community or professional performances, and other activities to educate, enlighten and delight participants. Look for announcements to sign up and become a member.

Radio Drama

An opportunity to develop and perform story and script through the format of radio broadcast.  This kind of acting relies heavily on vocal techniques to create characters easily and clearly imagined by a listening audience. We look forward to adding this to our repertoire at LHS.  Watch for announcements to become involved.  

Theatre Mentorship Opportunities

Information coming soon!

Summer Theatre Camps

RCS Summer Academy offers Summer Theater Camp sessions to students in grades 1-12. This camp encourages participation and enthusiasm in the RCS theatre programs through a positive and enriching experience. Students will expand their understanding, appreciation, and enthusiasm of theatre through games, improvisation, storytelling (classic and Bible stories), movement, and song.

Please click here to register and learn more about RCS Summer Academy. 

Theatre Tech

Lourdes High School students have the opportunity to work on lighting, sound and presentations at our daily convocation. Students get trained on lighting setup, sound and microphone setup and presentations. Students run the technical aspects of convocation, Mass, prayer service, presentations, concerts, and play performances. 

Lourdes High School also has outside auditorium rental contracts that provides the tech students the opportunity to get paid for operating the lights and sound during the outside vendors rehearsals, concerts, and performances.  

Theatre Tech Camp

Lourdes High School offers a Summer Theatre Tech Camp for those students who want to be part of the auditorium tech team. Students are encourage to attend this tech camp if they want to be part of daily convocation in the tech booth.

This Camp is offered in early to mid August. The camp is three days from 12:30 - 5:00 pm. The students get an overview of the auditorium, learn what is expected of them to be part of the tech team, scheduling of outside contracts and outside school hour LHS/RCS events that they may need to be at to run sound and/or lights, theatre terminology, general lighting setup, how to replace lamps, how to program the light board, how to use the LED lights, mic setup, types of mics, how to operate the sound board, how to run the presentations, etc.

Theater Department

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

Mrs. Patty Arndt
House Manager / Auditorium


  • One Act Play "The Waiting Room" Public Performance

    Posted February 8, 2017

    Come see the public performance of "The Waiting Room". This is your chance to see the LHS One Act Play that will be competing on Friday, February 10th in the State Festival at St. Catherine University. This is the first time in over 20 years that Lourdes One Act has advanced to the State Level. Congratulations to a great cast and crew!

    The public performance will take place at the LHS Auditorium on Sunday February 12 at 2:30 pm.

    Free Will Donations are accepted at the door.

  • Announcing the LHS Spring Musical - Kiss Me Kate

    Posted February 6, 2017

    Lourdes High School would like to announce their Spring Musical for May of 2017.

    Kiss Me Kate

    Congratulations to the student who are in the cast . . .

  • Lourdes One Act Is Headed to State Competition

    Posted February 5, 2017

    Congratulations to Lourdes High School One Act cast and crew who placed first at sections on Saturday!

    Onward to the state championship at St. Catherine University February 10! Such a talented group of students.. we are so proud!

    Click here to view details about Friday's performance.