From our first production of Little Mary Sunshine in 1966 to 2015’s The Crucible, Divine Child’s Theatre Department has been developing award-winning thespians and thrilling audiences with Broadway productions. Our alumni have gone on to study theatre at The University of Michigan, Wayne State University, Western Michigan University, and other top-rated national theatre programs.
Today, Divine Child’s Theatre Department is thriving, with hundreds of Falcons taking part in our epic productions. Our newly renovated auditorium boasted full-houses for both our Fall Drama production of The Crucible and our Spring Musical production of The Phantom of the Opera.
Current Actors and Crew
Acting 1 and 2
Students are exposed to the performance aspect of theatre through mime, improvisation and character development. Emphasis is placed on the use of the body as a tool for effective communication and on interpretive vocal qualities. Acting 2 is an intensive study of stylistic movement, acting with accents, and extensive character development. Students perform scenes from classic and modern drama.
Students study the literary structure of drama through the writing of short, one act plays. The class creates plays to be performed and for eventual publication through contests and submission to the ITS publication, Dramatics.
Intro to Theatre Tech
A hands-on introduction to the understanding, design, crafting, and execution of theatrical productions. Students gain experience in set design and construction, painting, lighting design and hanging, costume and make-up design, and sound design.
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Students gain hands-on experience by working on the technical crew for Divine Child High School productions. Crew assignments are drawn from a variety of production opportunities in the areas of scenery construction, sound, lighting, and props. Students learn each position of a technical theatre crew and how to utilize the tools and equipment needed to construct a theatre set for a given production.
Clubs and Societies
Membership in the Drama Club is open to any student interested in the performing arts. Students participate in productions, workshops, field trips, and social activities.
International Thespian Society
Students who participate in at least five Drama Club activities are eligible for membership in the Society. Inducted Thespians assume leadership roles as officers, liaisons to the Michigan Educational Theater Association and the Dearborn Area Theater Association, and have the opportunity to compete for scholarships and awards.
Dearborn Area Theatre Association
Dearborn Community Arts Council
National Educational Theatre Association
2016 PAGE Award Winners
- Outstanding Achievement by a Featured Actor in a Play: Aleksander Papanastasopoulos ’16
- Outstanding Achievement by a Lead Actor in a Play: Charlie Rich ’16 | Jacob Brenner ’17
The Phantom of the Opera
- Outstanding Achievement by a Lead Actress in a Musical: Mariah Berryman ’17 | Nichole Gertsen ’18
- Outstanding Achievement by a Lead Actor in a Musical: Aleksander Papanastasopoulos ’16
- Outstanding Achievement in Consume Design: Anna Marie Noeske ’66, Dianne Rich ’87, Christine Berryman
- Outstanding Achievement in Properties Design: Colleen Johnson ’00
- Outstanding Achievement in Lighting Design: Robert Bush
- Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design: Robert Bush
- Outstanding Achievement in Scenic Design: Robert Bush, Walter Gryszko ’07
- Outstanding Achievement in Musical Direction: Joseph Marino
DATA Scholarship Recipients
- Jennifer Lessnau ’16
- Aleksander Papanastasopoulos ’16