Bishop Verot Theater
We perform a straight play every year in the fall. In the past, we've put on productions of Neil Simon's Plaza Suite and John Anthony's Sandbag, Stage Left (or, One Dead Dolly) and most recently this past November, Don Zolidis' The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon. This year, our students will be performing Clue: On Stage on November 11-14. Because the casts are typically smaller for these shows, it gives the students the opportunity to enhance their acting skills and learn how to explore their characters. For new students, it allows them to ease into theater at Verot and get to know the routine and facilities on a smaller scale. Auditions for this show happen in August at the beginning of the school year and are advertised through Canvas announcements.
Our musicals are performed in the spring at Bishop Verot. We typically hold our auditions before Christmas break in order to get right into rehearsals when we return. Our shows have grown a lot in the last few years, with over 50 students participating in our production of The Addams Family Musical. In the summer of 2020, we performed Disney's Beauty and the Beast, featuring students from Bishop Verot, Saint Francis, and Saint Andrew. Last year, we performed Grease: the School Version and brought our dancing and performing skills to the next level. There are many ways to be involved in the show, whether onstage, backstage, pit orchestra, set design and painting, and costumes.
For those who want to be in theater but don't love being onstage, we have several backstage positions that are crucial to the effect and running of the show. We have students run the lighting and sound boards, operate the fly loft pulling in and out backdrops, managing the stage, moving the props, dressing the characters in different costumes, and more. Each show is a culmination of many different skills and talents, so even if you never get onstage in front of everybody, you can still be a part of the theater experience.
Our musicals at Bishop Verot feature a live pit orchestra, conducted by Mrs. Linda Burke. Live orchestra brings an amazing energy and life to the show. Part of the reason they happen in the spring is because the band members are busy performing at our football games in the fall for Marching Band! Our pit orchestra will usually feature a combination of students, teachers, and select professional musicians.
THESPIANS TROUPE 6159
Bishop Verot High School Thespian Troupe 6159 is a part of the International Thespian Society, an organization that recognizes students for their exceptional participation in theater. Thespians allow students who are involved in theater to compete and receive scores from theatrical professionals, whether it's for performing, playwriting, makeup design, and much more. They also receive points throughout the year for participating in the productions, attending shows, and helping create the set. The minimum number of points that students have to attain each year to remain a member of Thespians is 10 points, which is equivalent to 100 hours. If a student achieves 40 points by the end of their senior year, they can graduate with a special blue and gold cord to be recognized as a committed Thespian.
SOUTHWEST FLORIDA THEATRICAL SOCIETY
Bishop Verot is also a member of the SWFL Theatrical Society, formed in the fall of 2020. We attended our first one act competition in February 2021, hosted by Lehigh Senior High School, and performed the comedic one act Check, Please: Take 2. Our students also performed in the individual events competition hosted by North Fort Myers High School, taking home multiple Superiors, Excellents, and great scores across the board for musical performances, monologues, and ensemble numbers. We look forward to continuing our participation in the SWFL Theatrical Society this upcoming year in October 2021.
We offer several classes as part of our curriculum at Bishop Verot. These are separate from the extracurricular theater program.
Acting is typically in the fall, where they learn fundamentals of acting, scene work, improvisation skills, how to perform a monologue, and write their own play.
Acting 2 in the spring, and students learn how to perform a pair of contrasting monologues, Shakespeare, and the students perform a one act as a class.
Technical Theater is offered in the spring, where students learn all the backstage technical elements that go into a production, such as training in the fly loft, designing a light show, publicity design, and presenting a scene with sound effects and microphones.
Musical Theater Acting is in the fall, where students will perform two solo numbers, simple dance combinations, and ensemble numbers. They'll learn how to break down a song, sing properly, and enhance their characterization while singing.