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Theater Arts

Students experience the theater arts at St. Joe’s both in the classroom and on stage. Paschal Frisina III '96, a professional performer and Artist in Residence, leads the theater arts program. Students learn the skills and expectations required for a quality performance, and the supportive and safe environment increases each young man’s confidence - leading to a love of performing and public speaking.

Electives offered:

  • Public Speaking
  • Introduction to Acting
  • Introduction to Theater: NuStep (college level course offered through Niagara University)
  • Advanced Acting

Members of the Advanced Acting group learn professional acting techniques while participating in theater games and acting exercises. In addition, valuable workshops are led by skilled professionals who share their expertise and passion. Young women from area high schools are welcomed into the group.

Opportunities outside of the classroom:

  • Dance Workshops
  • Fall Drama
  • Spring Musical

A series of six dance workshops introduces students to various dance genres each year. Young women involved in our program join the young men, and all benefit from the teachings of one of our Artists in Residence, Toni Dentico, who generously shares her experience and love of dance with the performers.  

Our annual Fall Drama and Spring Musical, directed by Mr. Frisina, provide an opportunity for St. Joe’s visual and performing arts students to shine. Audiences are amazed and delighted by the talent, sets, lighting, and costumes for each performance. Professionals from the WNY theater community give countless hours, providing a valuable learning experience for our students both on stage and behind the scenes.

Below is the cast of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, our spring musical of 2018. St. Joe's was the first high school in the state to take on this elaborate musical production, and only the third nationally!  Find more photos from the production here.

hunchback cast