The Munster Theatre Company (or MTC) is the producing organization for all theater productions based at Munster High School. Our main goal is to produce quality productions on par with the many fine regional theater groups in the area. We have received critical acclaim for our productions, with MTC audience sizes constantly growing.
Theatre Company works with many other school organizations in the fine and performing arts fields. Theater represents one activity that brings together a wide variety of technical and artistic disciplines into a single venture. We apply this philosophy to bring as many different talents on each and every production. Our "sister" organization in Theater is the Munster Auditorium Staff, which makes up the other major part of the Theatre Arts at Munster. Participation is encouraged in both organizations and by taking drama and stagecraft classes offered during the school day.
We generally produce four to five productions during the school year. The season may vary from year to year depending on the talent pool of the members of Theatre Company.
FALL PRODUCTION: Our season opener is a non-musical play, which may be open to qualified students as a directing project. Also, guest directors from the region may be asked to direct in order to broaden the horizons of students to differing directing methods. Cast and crew positions are open to all students, and the cast is generally flexible to include as many students as possible.
CONTEST SHOW: The contest show is a one-act play that is entered into the Indiana Thespians Regional Play Competition. This is our "varsity" team of actors and technicians. The show is cast in early summer so that all students have time to study the script. Public performances are in early November. The show competes in Regional competition in November, and if it advances to State, performs at State in January.
ONE-ACTS: Our One-Act series gives students a chance to work with shorter pieces. The pieces presented here are the Wilbur Wright Theatre Company contest play and the Munster Theatre Company contest play. These shows are entered into the Indiana Thespians Regional Competition in the fall.
IMPROV NIGHTS: If you like "Whose Line is it Anyway?", you will love our Improv Nights. Our top improv performers present interactive improvisational theatre for your entertainment. With seats set up "in the round" on the stage, this is a fun time for the entire family!
SPRING MUSICAL: This is the culminating production with a full orchestra, large sets and costumes. We collaborate with the other performing arts groups at MHS, and even with Wilbur Wright Middle School, when possible.
The directors cast roles for the all productions at an open audition. Students are eligible if they are in good standing (no pledge violations) and have otherwise good school citizenship. The process is very competitive, but no roles are "pre-cast". Other non-performance opportunities exist on every production and we encourage those, who do not get cast to participate in these areas.
In addition to our shows at MHS, we participat in the conferences and competitions offered by the International Thespian Society. Some of the benefits of participating include:
- Access to Individual Event competitions in acting, musical theatre, technical theatre, and short film
- Access to scholarship opportunities provided by colleges and the Indiana Thespians (the state-organization of the International Thespian Society)
- Access to viewing productions by the top schools in the state and around the world, depending on what conference one attends
- Access to a slate of workshops covering all areas of theatre and led by professionals in the field.
Check out the Indiana Thespians and the International Thespian Festival websites
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This is but a brief overview of our program. Complete details can be found in our Company Handbook!