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Theatre at St. Michael’s is pleased to present William Shakespeare’s beautiful tragicomedy, The Winter’s Tale, on Friday August 10th and Saturday August 11th at 7:00.

Set in the contrasting worlds of a mysterious Oracle and a pair of festive kingdoms, The Winter’s Tale weaves together music, magic, courtroom drama, shipwrecks, and bear attacks. Sicilian King Leontes unfairly accuses his wife, Hermione, of adultery with his best friend, the King of Bohemia. When Hermione gives birth to her daughter, Leontes orders the child to be killed and banishes Queen Hermione, tearing his family and the two kingdoms apart. However, through the intervention of the mystical Paulina, the princess is saved, Leontes repents, and Sicilia softens after sixteen years of turmoil—with the help of a little magic.

This performance will feature actors ages 9 – 14, who have been intensively studying the play in a two-week program under the direction of TASM Camp Director Christina Johnston. Assistant direction is by Jessica Reeg, and choreography is by Nicole Chagnon.  Laurel Paquin leads a crew of young technicians (also ages 9-14) to design and build the show.

The performance is free and open to the public, in the St. Michael’s School Hill House Arts and Athletic Center at 180 Rhode Island Ave in Newport. Donations are welcome at the door. For more information, please contact TASM camp director Christina Johnston at, or call (401) 849-5970 x411.



Theatre at St. Michael’s is proud to present an original musical entitled “SOS – Save Our Spirits“ on Friday, July 27th and Saturday, July 28th at 7:00.  This performance will feature actors ages 9 – 15, who have spent the past three weeks writing and rehearsing a show of their own creation, supported behind the scenes by tech campers who have built the set and will run technical aspects of the show.  The group worked with writing coach Andrew Katzman to conceive a musical about an island paradise guarded by benevolent spirits which gets overrun by treasure-seeking pirates.  Through a bit of adventure, lush musical numbers and energetic dances, the motley crew learns their lesson about selflessness and community.  Campers are largely responsible for writing the original songs, and also helping to design and build the island paradise set.  Chelsea Boergesson is directing the show, Kristine Langello is musical director, choreography is by Taylor Santoro, and technical direction is by Laurel Paquin.

The performance is in Hill House Arts and Athletic Center at St. Michael’s School, and is free and open to the public, with donations welcome at the door.  For more information, please contact Christina Johnston at (401) 849-5970 x 411 or email at

Additional performances this summer will include Shakespeare’s “Winter’s Tale” on August 10th and 11th.  For more information about Theatre at St. Michael’s camps and shows, please visit our website at

Please join us for the summer’s first TASM theatrical performance!

Theatre at St. Michael’s is proud to present William Shakespeare’s spellbinding tragedy “Macbeth” on Friday, July 13th and Saturday, July 14th at 7:00. This classic play is the infamous chronicle of a Scottish hero’s fall from grace, through spellbound seduction and the unrestrained pursuit of power.  Shakespeare’s study of ambition leads us from the battlefield where Macbeth is triumphant, to the bloody assassination that gains him the crown… but which costs him his soul and ultimate demise.

This performance will feature actors ages 13 – 18, who have been intensively studying the play in a two-week program under the direction of TASM Camp Director Christina Johnston. Assistant direction is by Chelsea Boergesson, design is by Laurel Paquin, and combat choreography is by Norm Beauregard.

Actors include Kamran Bina as the ambitious and doomed Macbeth, Eliza Staples as a scheming and fraught Lady Macbeth, Ally Grant as the distressed but virtuous MacDuff, and Nastia Goddard, Madison Palmieri, and Julia Alves as the prophetic and foreboding witches. The cast is rounded out by Ali and Bridget Vanderveer, Genevieve Masson, Kasey Regan, Makenzie Lyons, Manny Maldonado, Roan Iribarren, Samantha Brower and Vika Huth. AJ Huth is working with the camp staff to design and build the show.

The performance is free and open to the public, in the St. Michael’s School Hill House Arts and Athletic Center at 180 Rhode Island Ave in Newport. Donations are welcome at the door. For more information, please contact TASM camp director Christina Johnston at

Additional TASM performances this summer will include an original musical to be performed on July 27th and 28th, as well as Shakespeare’s “The Winter’s Tale” on August 10th and 11th.


Theatre at St. Michael’s Movie Camp is proud to present

a trio of new movies:

“PowerPals vs. the Orb”

TASM Movie Camp – Powerpals vs. the Orb

TASM Movie Camp – Powerpals vs. the Orb

“Cavity Tragedy”

TASM Movie Camp – Cavity Tragedy

TASM Movie Camp – Cavity Tragedy

“Estate Escape”

TASM Movie Camp – Estate Escape

TASM Movie Camp – Estate Escape

Join us for

a red-carpet Movie Premiere

at the Jane Pickens Theatre

on Friday July 6 at 2:00!


We’re so excited to get started with Theatre at St. Michael’s Movie Camp!  For those of you joining us, here’s some important info:


  • Camp begins at 9:00 on Monday June 25 in Hill House (on the Gibbs Ave side of campus).  The camp day runs from 9:00 – 4:00, with the final hour being optional pool time (pickup as early as 3:00 is fine if you don’t want to swim).
  • Don’t forget to bring a water bottle, swimsuit, sunscreen, snack, lunch (if you’re not buying it with us) – and loads of imagination!
  • No camp on Wednesday July 4 for the Independence Day holiday.
  • The final screening will be at the Jane Pickens Theatre on Friday July 6 at 2:00 – parents, family & friends are welcome!
  • Please make sure you have filled out the Medical and Carpool forms below and bring them in, along with any final payment, on Monday June 25.

2018 TASM Medical Form                  2018 TASM carpool form

  • If you would like to participate in the TASM lunch program, here’s the form for that – also please email by Sunday June 24th at 5:00 with your Monday lunch order.

TASM lunch form movie 2018

  • If you would like a TASM Movie Camp shirt, here’s the order form for that – the deadline for shirt ordering is Thursday June 28.

TASM shirt order movie 2018

Can’t wait to have you join us!  🙂

Christy Johnston, TASM Camp Director

Intro to Theatre – Page to Stage Project

Next Monday November 13 will be the final rehearsal day for the Page to Stage scenes.  All scripts must be finished by Monday.  Also, bring in any props or costume pieces that you want to use in your showing.

Next Tuesday November 14 will be the Page to Stage showings.  Please have your lines memorized, and be prepared to perform for the class.

Your quiz will be on Monday, October 2.  It will have the definitions provided, and you fill in the blank with the vocabulary word.

  1. Audition: a tryout for a part in a play
  2. Rehearsal:  practice sessions in which the actors and tech crew prepare for a performance through repetition
  3. Run through: rehearse the whole scene or play without interruption
  4. Character: a role that an actor portrays in a play
  5. Ensemble: the group of people collaborating to produce a performance
  6. Improvisation (Improv): an impromptu scene where the actors make up the dialogue and action
  7. Monologue: a long speech for one character
  8. Dialogue:  lines shared between two or more characters
  9. Articulation: clearly pronouncing words with good diction
  10. Project: to make oneself heard loudly and clearly
  11. Blocking: director’s planned movement for the characters
  12. Cross: an actor’s move from one part of the stage to another
  13. Open up: to cheat your face or body toward the audience
  14. Cue: (1) last words or action of one actor that immediately precede another actor’s speech; (2) signal for light changes, curtain, etc
  15. Pick up cues: to quickly begin a speech without allowing a pause between the first words of the speech and the cue
  16. Off Book:  when the actors rehearse without carrying their scripts because they have memorized their lines
  17. Critique: evaluation and suggestions
  18. Call: the time when actors are required to check in at the theatre for a rehearsal or performance
  19. Places: warning for actors to assume their position on stage for the beginning of the scene
  20. Break a Leg:  the common phrase used to wish good luck before a performance
  21. Curtain Call:  the actors’ bows at the end of a show

Introduction to Theatre Class – Personal Monologue

Assigned 9-11, due 9-19

Please create a personal monologue using one of the following questions as a jumping-off point.

  • Tell about your favorite dream
  • Tell about the most exciting day of your life
  • Where do you wish you could go
  • If you were magical, what would you do with your magic
  • Tell something that would surprise us to know about you
  • What makes you unique…
  • What are you most scared of

For this personal monologue, each actor should write a monologue which can then be presented to the class onstage. Actors can choose to include music, props or costumes as they see fit. When presenting the monologue, actors can use the stage in any way to express their ideas.  The presentation need not be simply standing and talking.  It should last anywhere from 1 to 2 minutes.

We look forward to getting to know you!

Mrs. Johnston & Mrs. Hileman

Play Review – Guidelines

For Intro to Theatre, 1 play review is due by May 24.

For Acting Workshop, 1 play review due by January 12, a second is due by May 24.

The play reviews should be typed (or very neatly written), and should be about a page in length. Please spell-check, and use proper grammar and sentence construction. Feel free to be honest about your opinions of the performance, but be sure to give examples to support why you formed your opinions.

First Paragraph:         Include information about what play you saw, who directed it, where and when it was performed. Give an overall opinion of the performance.

Second Paragraph:      Give a brief description of what the play is about – don’t give away the whole plot, but do tell if it’s a comedy, drama, musical, etc., and tell some of the plot highlights.

Third Paragraph:        Pick a few of the actors who impressed you (either with their talent or lack of…), and describe how they did. Give examples of what they did that was good, or bad, and your opinions about them.

Fourth Paragraph:      Pick a few of the technical aspects of the production, describe them, and give your opinions about them. You could choose to write about the directing, the set, costumes, lighting, sound, special effects, or overall design.

Final Paragraph:         Wrap up your ideas, and give a recommendation to the readers about whether they should see or skip this play.

*** Include a program from the production if possible! ***