Drama & Theater
McAuley’s award-winning drama program offers a wide array of opportunities for students interested in one or more of the many aspects of theater. These include acting, singing, dancing, choreography, set design/construction, lighting, sound, costume design, makeup, stage crew, and marketing and publicity.
Students (including boys from all area high schools) are invited to audition for McAuley’s productions, which include a fall play, a spring musical, and a summer musical. Students are involved in every aspect of the productions, and elective classes, such as drama and technical theater, are offered each semester. The plays are performed in McAuley’s 1,000-seat state-of-the-art Performing Arts Center.
McAuley’s Drama Department has been awarded numerous Cappie Awards for recent productions, including All Shook Up (2017), Mary Poppins (2016) and Disney's Beauty & the Beast (2015). These awards included:
All Shook Up (2017) - 5 Cappie Awards (24 Cappie Nominations)
- Stage Management & Stage Crew
- Female Dancer
- Female Critic
Mary Poppins (2016) - 8 Cappie Awards (19 Cappie Nominations)
- Best Musical
- Best Song
- Lead Actress in a Musical
- Lead Actor in a Musical
- Female Dancer
- Ensemble in a Musical
Members of the Mary Poppins cast and crew performed their award-winning song, “Step in Time,” at the 2016 Cappies Awards gala held at the Aronoff Center in downtown Cincinnati. Click HERE to see video of their performance on stage at the Aronoff. Photos from the production are also found HERE.
Disney's Beauty & the Beast (2015) - 3 Cappie Awards (12 Cappie Nominations)
- Comedic Actor in a Musical
The Beauty & the Beast cast and crew performed their nominated song “Be Our Guest” at the 2015 Cappies Awards gala held at the Aronoff Center. Click HERE to see video of their performance at the Aronoff Center. Photos from the production are also found HERE.
Recent McAuley graduates who were involved in our Drama Department have received scholarships to further pursue their passion for theater in college. Two 2016 McAuley grads were accepted into the Costume Design Program at the UC College Conservatory of Music (CCM), a program which accepts only four to six students each year. Another 2016 alumna was accepted into CCM's Stage Design Program.
The Drama Department is led by Theater Director Katie Geckle ’11. Randy Kent, who is the owner of Stagecraft, Inc., serves as McAuley’s Technical Director. Mary White serves as McAuley’s Music Director.