Arts & Music

Spartan Theatre

The mission of Bishop Walsh Spartan Theatre is to use the evolving, live, collaborative art of theatre to develop students who have a lifelong passion for the arts.

Since the school's early beginnings, Spartan Theatre has established a long-standing tradition of presenting great works for the stage that showcase the school's exceptional student talent!

After a brief hiatus in the mid-1980's, a new Spartan Theatre was back in force under the direction of Ms. JoAnn Stangel, who had a love of both classic and contemporary big Broadway musicals. During her tenure, students sang and danced in productions such as "Guys and Dolls," "Carousel," "Wizard of Oz," "Footloose" and "Grease." Since Ms. Stangel's passing, her spirit and tradition of high-energy performances has continued with shows like "Bye Bye Birdie" and Disney's "Beauty and the Beast."

Spartan Theatre encourages ALL students to get involved to share their God-given talents. In fact, our company attracts and includes students from all aspects of high school life. It's not uncommon for a star athlete to be singing and dancing or a president of an honor society to be shining under our spotlights. It's an inclusive group of student-artists. We believe this dynamic is what makes our productions work and thrive.

See you on stage.

Spartan Theatre Director: Andréa Beall
Choreographer: Kristin Diamond
Artistic Producer: Ty DeMartino
Vocal Coach: Shannon Donoway
Production Intern - Frostburg State University: Alex Serrano

Our Productions:
1988 The Creature Creeps
1989 The Wizard of Oz
1990 Tales of Arabian Nights
1991 My Fair Lady
1992 42nd Street
1993 Grease
1994 Guys & Dolls
1995 Damn Yankees
1996 Leader of the Pack
1997 Sound of Music
1998 Bye Bye Birdie
1999 West Side Story
2000 Carousel
2001 Crazy for You
2002 Footloose
2003 42nd Street
2004 Grease
2005 The Wizard of Oz
2006 Annie
2007 High School Musical
2008 Cinderella
2009 Guys & Dolls
2010 West Side Story
2011 South Pacific
2012 Anything Goes
2013 Bye Bye Birdie
2014 Beauty and the Beast
2015 Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
2016 Sound of Music
2017 Footloose
2018 Aladdin Jr.
2019 Into the Woods


Bishop Walsh is known for producing and encouraging students who master the skills of fine arts. BW art students have won regional and national contests that showcase their talent. In-class assignments strengthen a student's grasp of basic skills and an After-School Art Program allows young people to delve into special projects and pieces.


Haystack Mountain is ALIVE with the sounds of music! Bishop Walsh's Music Department provides opportunities for students to showcase their musical talents. Elementary, middle and high school perform both Christmas and spring music concerts. High school students participate in both band class and pep band to perform at Spartan athletic events. Private lessons are also available.