Cape & Sword Drama SocietY

1776 Cast

John Adams -- Matt Phillips '18
Dr. Benjamin Franklin -- Paul Koenig '18
Thomas Jefferson -- Stephen Dierkes '18
John Dickinson -- Jay Fogarty '18
Edward Rutledge -- James DiCocco '18
Abigail Adams -- Maddy Larkin MMA '18
John Hancock - Michael Taimanglo ‘19
Martha Jefferson -- Katherine Christen MSJA '19
Richard Henry Lee -- John Fioravanti '19
Charles Thomson -- Jack Thorell '19
Judge James Wilson --Sam Halfpenny '18
Andrew McNair -- David McCabe '19
The Courier -- Justin Kearns '20
Stephen Hopkins -- Joe Scott '19
Dr. Lyman Hall -- David Haddad '18
Caesar Rodney -- Liam Grugan '19
Col. Thomas McKean -- Jacob Orbell '18
Rev. John Witherspoon -- Scott Yezzi '20
Roger Sherman -- Nick Mattera '19
Robert Livingston -- Joe Matthews '19
Lewis Morris -- Scott Hibbs '19
Samuel Chase -- Daniel Avington '18
George Read -- Jeffrey Russell '20
Dr. Josiah Bartlett --Paul Christian Stowell '18
Joseph Hewes -- Colin McHale '20
Richard Stockton -- Jason Mattera '20
Leather Apron -- Matthew McCarney '21
A Painter -- Liam McGrath '18

Click here for a Stage Crew application due February 28 at Noon.

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.

News and Media

Click here to read an article from about Cape & Sword's opportunity to pilot Newsies.

Click here to watch a clip from CBS3.


Can Freshmen be in the shows?

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.

My son isn't an actor. Is there a Stage Crew?

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.

Where do you get your actresses -- do they have to be from one particular school?

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.

If rehearsals go later than the bus leaves, how can my son get home?

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.


Tony Braithwaite '89

Paul Koenig '18
Matt Phillips '18

St. Joseph's Preparatory School
1733 West Girard Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19130
tel: 215.978.1950
fax: 215.765.1710
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