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
Artistic Producer: Ty DeMartino 
Choreographer: Kristin Diamond
Vocal Director: Beth Lattin

What is Encore? Encore is the parent group that supports Bishop Walsh Spartan Theatre. 

Where does our program funding come from?

·  Annual Spring Musical

·  Annual Spring Musical Program Ads

·  Not So Spooky Ghost Tours

·  Middle School Christmas Show  

·  Donations

Department Collaboration:

BWAA: Rebecca Eanes - Performance Concession Stand

BW Art Department: Erica Fabrizio

Why do we need donations? Donations and funding from the bulleted list supports the following:

·  Production licensing 

·  Costumes 

·  Equipment needs

·  Awards during Senior Night

·  Company celebrations - Cast Party

·  Sweatshirts 

Encore Committees: 

President: Maureen Lavan 

Director: Andréa Beall


Chair: Kristin Diamond

Members: Stacie Gillmore, BW Office


Chair: Dawn Hein


Chair: Shannon Donoway

Members: Ty DeMartino, Joan Vogtman


Co-Chair: Marisa Miller

Co-Chair: Christie Dolan

Cast Party: 

Chair: Keisha Johnson

Senior Gifts: 

Chair: Jill DiNola

Our Middle School Productions:

  • 2018 A Charlie Brown Christmas
  • 2019 The Grinch
  • 2020 The Greatest Virtual Story Ever Told & The Night Before COVID Christmas

Our High School 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
  • 2020 The Greatest Virtual Story Ever Told & The Night Before COVID Christmas
  • 2021 & 2022 Not So Scary Ghost Tours
  • 2021 The Wizard of Oz
  • 2022 Frozen Jr.