BROTHERS ON STAGE
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Brothers on Stage [BOS] maintains a solid history of excellent theatrical performances that challenge, engage, and entertain. Through the dedication of its students, parents, faculty, and school leaders - BOS has continued to present incredible works, both timely and historical, for the enjoyment, edification, and education of its audiences. The successes enjoyed by BOS today began with the vision of Brother Michael Livaudais who served as the director from 1999-2009 before the proverbial baton was passed to Michael S. Williams. The hard work of former performers and directors are the foundation upon which this fine program continues to thrive and grow. Mr. Williams used the work of Br. Livaudais as a springboard and has continued to grow and expand BOS since taking over as Director of Theatrical and Choral Activities in 2009. Since then, BOS has enjoyed incredibly successful runs of Arsenic and Old Lace, Twelve Angry Men, Don’t Stop Believin’, Curtains, Noises Off!, The Crucible, The Odd Couple, Sweeney Todd, Credo House, You Can’t Take it With You, Guys and Dolls, The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940, and The Mystery of Edwin Drood.
BOS exists as an intentional blending of professional and high school theatre in order to create an ongoing educational venue in theatrical arts geared toward educating and enlightening students, performers and spectators alike, and toward the understanding that the ARTS are a vital and meaningful part of the human existence. The number one goal of BOS is education. To that end, the BOS staff work diligently to provide performance opportunities for as many students as possible who might wish to experience being a part of a theatrical stage work. This helps to ensure that many young men of CBHS, and female participants from other schools, have the exposure to theatrical arts education. Many shows are double cast in order to provide these experiences. BOS also maintains educational and performance excellence by presenting works that are on a collegiate level. Shows are challenging and push performers and tech crew to discover more about their abilities and talents. Plays and musicals are performed full length. Sets are designed to be as professional as possible. Costumes are carefully picked, designed, and crafted. Makeup is taught to all performers. Musical rehearsals are thorough. Graphic designs are planned carefully, along with all other visual aspects of each show. Characterization and blocking are meticulous. Each of these things work in tandem to provide an incredible and professional experience for both performers and audiences.
There are opportunities galore for students of all talents with BOS from actors and singers, to dancers, instrumentalists, designers, and those who love technical work. All young men who attend CBHS are eligible for auditions. Actresses from local high schools are also an integral part of our BOS program, and we are always open to all who wish to audition and participate. Novice and veteran performers alike have a home with BOS. There is the F.I.T.E. program at the start of each year for freshman males and females, competitive opportunities through TTA, SETC, and other competitions, and the larger productions: drama, comedy, and musical.
.Michael S. Williams...........Kyle C. Schnack..................... Ken Cox
BOS currently has three staff members overseeing performances, education, and tech in theatre arts at CBHS.
Mr. Michael S. Williams is the Director of Theatrical and Choral Activities. He is the Executive/Artistic Director for BOS and teaches Acting I and II, Theatre History, and Men's Chorus, Honors Chorus, and SoundWave.
Mr. Kyle C. Schnack is the Assistant Director of Theatrical Activities. He is the Stage Director, Acting Coach, and Speech Coach for BOS and teaches Acting I-IV, and oversees F.I.T.E. as well as competitive elements of the BOS program.
Mr. Ken Cox, retired CBHS faculty, is the Technical Director for BOS.