Cape & Sword Drama Society
Auditions for Newsies
Monday, September 11
- Sign up in Room 108 right after school
- Prepare a (30 sec - 1 min) selection of a song from the show; and a (30 second- 1 min) monologue of any kind but preferably in the style of the show
- Bring pre-recorded music to sing along to
- Cast size: 26 Male, 4 female
- Call backs will be Tuesday, 9/12
Email Mr. Braithwaite with any and all questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
About the Cape and Sword
The Prep's Cape and Sword Drama Society is one of the strongest high school theatre programs in the Delaware Valley.
- 2 large-scale shows are produced every year - in the fall and the spring - that involve about 60 students each (on and off stage). Shows range in style: everything from Shakespeare to Sondheim has been produced on the Prep stage (recent titles include Peter and the Starcatcher, The Laramie Project, The Music Man, Kennedy's Crisis, Me and My Girl, Little Me, Cabaret, The Producers, and A Few Good Men).
- A year-round Improv Club is offered, as well as a winter Night of Scenes, both of which include ALL Prep students who express interest.
- Over 17% of the student body is involved in some form of Prep Drama - on or off stage.
- The Cape and Sword has won the Prep's Activity of the Year Award 4 times.
- The Prep won "Best Staging," at the 1st ever Philly Youth Theatre Festival, an event that was inspired by Mayor Jim Kenney '76 after he played a cameo role in the Prep's musical Curtains.
- Recent Prep Drama alumni include Michael Rady (TV's, "Unreal" and “The Mentalist”) and Alyse Alan Louis (Sophie in Broadway's Mamma Mia), and many Cape and Sword alums appear quite frequently on local professional stages.
- The Prep has been hand-selected by the Walt Disney Corporation to be one of 4 high schools in the nation to produce the musical Newsies this fall. The spring '18 show remains TBD.
- Since 1995, the Cape and Sword has operated under the leadership of local actor and director Mr. Tony Braithwaite '89.
Yes, Freshmen get cast in the Fall and Spring shows all the time. And all students who audition will be cast in Night of Scenes in the winter.
Yes, and a great one. All sets, lights, sound, tickets, props, and publicity are built, maintained and run by students (with Adult Staff oversight). Information on Stage Crew (building sets) and Production Staff (everything else behind the scenes) is available from the website around the same time as auditions for a show are held. However, interest in Stage Crew and Production Staff is usually so high that a selection process is often necessary.
No. Girls from any high school are welcome to audition for Prep shows. In recent years we've had young ladies come from (among many other schools) Merion Mercy, Mount St. Joe's, Agnes Irwin's, Notre Dame, Hallihan, Lower Merion High School, Archbishop Carroll, Radnor High School, Cardinal O'Hara, Gwynned Mercy, The Baldwin School, several schools in New Jersey, and home schools.
Students in Cape and Sword car pool all the time, many upperclassmen drive and have cars, parents who work in town pick up students, etc. This all tends to work itself out rather well each year.