Riordan Drama is pleased to announce this fall’s production, Perfect Storm II: Student-Directed One-Act Festival, running November 15, 16, 22 and 23 at 7:00 pm and November 24 at 2:00 pm.
Get Involved in Theatre!
Since the school’s founding in 1949, thousands of students actors have performed on the Lindland Theatre stage and audiences have traveled from across the Bay Area to see the latest production. There are many ways to get involved in Riordan’s award-winning Theatre Department. You can take an acting class as part of Riordan’s regular academic curriculum, or participate in the fall play or spring musical which are coed opportunities.
Become a Theatre Student
Sign up for a theatre arts class to fulfill your Fine Arts Class requirement with (U.C. approved) Introduction to Acting, a fun, on-your-feet “how to” class where students work to gain confidence expressing themselves as creative artists. Students study terms and techniques, get up on their feet and “do,” and participate in character development vis-a-vis scene study, audition/resume, public speaking and other useful creative techniques.
Become a Cast Member
The Theatre Department produces two shows annually, a fall play and spring musical. Auditioning for one of these performances gives students the opportunity to explore the transformative experience of performing on stage and making lifetime memories. This is also a coed opportunity, as female students from local schools are cast in the shows.
Join Stage Crew
Mentored by theatre professionals and a hands-on technical director, the stage crew builds sets and run shows. Students learn all of the technical aspects of stage and theatre productions which are skills that will last for a lifetime.
The Drama Club meets at lunch for Open Mic Mondays, and every Thursday at lunch for business meetings and Improv Workouts. Students (both male and female) can join the International Thespian Society’s Troupe #5596. The I.T.S. offers “Star” points for activities in and around the theatre such as cast, crew, workdays, outings, and field trips. With the current challenges of higher education college admission officers like to see that students are busy with extracurricular activities in their high school years. Inductions into the Troupe happen each spring at the Drama Awards Banquet. Membership is optional (and not required for participation in the Drama Club), and for a fee you receive a personalized membership card and a 1-year subscription to Dramatics Magazine.
Students have the option to attend Broadway shows in San Francisco’s downtown theatres with Drama Club, with as many backstage tours as we can arrange! Current trade magazines are also available for students to read in theatre lobby, including American Theatre Magazine, Theatre Bay Area, Stage Directions, Dramatics and Drama Biz.
Traveling and Competitions
Students have the option to attend a variety of drama competitions. Past competitions include the Lenaea Festival,Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Shakespeare Competition with the English Speaking Union, Ohlone College High School Theatre Festival, and the Beach Blanket Babylon Scholarship Audition. Riordan Drama also received six awards from the National Youth Arts Awards for 2016-17 performances of Circus Olympus, The Frogs and Godspell. Eleven other actors were also nominated. Kudos to this talented group!
An ongoing group of dedicated parents whose children either attend Riordan or appear on or back stage (or in the pit orchestra for the spring musical), the Boosters are vital to the success of each production for their tireless dedication to helping students succeed. Each production holds several Drama Booster workdays on Saturdays from 10:00 am – 4:30 pm. Riordan parents receive parent volunteer hours for their assistance in a relaxed, fun and creative atmosphere. Please contact Valerie O’Riordan, email@example.com, for more ways to get involved.
Riordan Drama Alumni
Through a Facebook page and annual Alumni Night at the Musical, the Theatre Department keeps in good touch with many theatre alums. In the fall of 2013, under the vision of Drama Director Valerie O’Riordan, the school hosted the first-ever alumni review, Lucky ’13: A Labor of Love, bringing together performers from six decades. Notable Riordan drama alumni include:
- Joe Spano ’63, an acclaimed television and stage actor who appeared on Hill Street Blues and currently stars as Agent Tobias Fornell on NCIS.
- Dominic Nolfi ’96, a Broadway notable who has recently performed in A Bronx Tale, Motown the Musical, and Jersey Boys.
- Jimmie Fails ’12, recently starred in the widely-acclaimed film, The Last Black Man in San Francisco.
Riordan Theatre Program in the Community
In the Marianist spirit, students look outside of themselves to the needs of those less fortunate and realize that the arts can be powerful tools for stewarship. Since January 2005, Riordan Drama students have collected more than $27,000 in donations for these worthy non-profits: Brothers Against Guns, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights A.I.D.S., Ribbon of Promise, Trick Or Treat So Kids Can Eat, Soldiers Angels, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Circu Center SF, Feel The Music NY, Friends of the Oakland Animal Shelter, American Leprosy Missions, Blood Centers of the Pacific, the Bully Project, and the Greek Historical Society of the San Francisco Bay Area.
Since 2004 we have participated in Act Smart, an intensive theatre-based program offered by the American Conservatory Theatre in collaboration with 20 high schools throughout the Bay Area. Artists lead free in-house workshops to introductory acting classes, the teacher receives curriculum materials, and students-who otherwise would have little exposure to the arts-attend A.C.T. student matinee performances at no charge.
|Mr. James Lindland, Drama Director|
|1951||Passion Play and Who Ride on White Horses|
|1952||Behold the Man (A Passion Play) and Arsenic and Old Lace|
|1953||The San Francisco Story|
|1954||The America Story|
|1955||The International Story and Pygmalion and One Act Festival with: Aye Aye Sir, Once to Every Boy, Retribution, If Men Play Cards as Women Do, The Monkey’s Paw|
|1956||You Can’t Take it With You and The Passion Play|
|1957||The Man Who Came To Dinner|
|Mr. Ken Barbieri, Drama Director|
|1958||Twelve Angry Men|
|Mr. Robert Fahrner, Drama Director|
|1959||Tea House of the August Moon|
|1960||In The Zone, The Monkey’s Paw, Pyramus & Thisby and Triumph of the Cross|
|Mr. Ken Barbieri, Drama Director|
|1961||The King and I and Richard III|
|1962||No Time For Sergeants and Caesar & Cleopatra|
|1963||Tea House of the August Moon and Pygmalion|
|1964||Bye Bye Birdie (Brother Gary Morris played Mr. MacAfee!)|
|1965||A Bell for Adono|
|1966||Elizabeth The Queen and Oliver|
|1967||The Miser and South Pacific|
|1968||The King and I and Teahouse of the August Moon|
|1969||Who knows what play was done in ’69?|
|1970||Androcles and The Lion|
|1971||The Would Be Gentleman|
|1972||Hello Dolly! and An Italian Straw Hat|
|1973||The Mad Woman of Chaillot|
|1974||Quack (and The San Francisco Story?)|
|1975||Tea House of the August Moon and Oklahoma|
|1976||Man of LaMancha|
|Brother Gary Morris, Drama Director|
|1978||Indians and Fiddler on the Roof|
|1979||The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail and Funny Girl (and Oliver?)|
|1980||Up the Down Staircase and The King and I (and Scapino?)|
|1981||Count Dracula, The Good Doctor and The Music Man|
|1982||Twain by the Tale|
|1983||To Kill A Mockingbird and Shenandoah|
|1984||Hello Dolly! and Taming of the Shrew|
|1985||Pippin and Sweeney Todd|
|1986||Pirates of Penzance and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn|
|1987||Arsenic and Old Lace and Godspell (RIP Scott Killion 1971-1988, Arsenic & Old Lace)|
|1988||Frankenstein and Man of La Mancha|
|1989||Tender Lies and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum|
|1990||A Thousand Clowns and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat|
|1991||Phantom of the Opera and Jesus Christ Superstar|
|Mr. Matt Almeida, Drama Director|
|1992||Noises Off and Into The Woods|
|Brother Gary Morris, Drama Director|
|1993||Bleacher Bums and Grease|
|1994||Charley and My Fair Lady|
|1995||Hound of the Baskervilles and Rags|
|Mr. John Fennell, Drama Director|
|1996||Guys and Dolls and The Royal Family (with Mercy HS)|
|1997||Rehearsal For Murder and West Side Story|
|1998||Twelve Angry Men and A Few Good Men and Once Upon a Mattress|
|1999||The Impossible Years and How To Succeed in Business|
|2000||One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest and Mame|
|Ms. Valerie O’Riordan, Drama Director|
|2001||Our Town and Bye Bye Birdie|
|2002||You Can’t Take It With You and Godspell|
|2003||Bleacher Bums and Little Shop of Horrors|
|2004||Up The Down Staircase and Hello, Dolly!|
|2005||A Cry of Players and Bang Bang You’re Dead (student production) and Damn Yankees|
|2006||One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest and Applause|
|2007||Fortinbras, Big, 365 Days/365 Plays Festival|
|2008||Our Town and Carnival|
|2009||West Wing Follies and Back to the 80’s|
|2010||Romeo and Juliet, West Side Story and The Breakfast Club (reading)|
|2011||You Can’t Take It With You and Jesus Christ Superstar|
|2012||Dracula, 12 Angry Men (reading) and Anything Goes|
|2013||A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Romeo and Harriet|
|2014||Lucky ’13, Perfect Storm (Student Directed One Acts) and You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown|
|2015||Dead Man Walking and Godspell|
|2016||Circus Olympus and The Frogs|
Click below to view images from recent performances.