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Fall Musical 2014, In the Heights

Theatre education at Bishop McNamara enables students to develop intellectually by expanding their capacities for creative thought and expression and by encouraging critical thinking skills. Furthermore, theatre education fosters personal growth, self-confidence, knowledge, and a variety of skills and attitudes that are transferable to a wide range of careers.

The Theatre Program produces a fall musical and a spring play annually to showcase the many gifts and talents of the Bishop McNamara students. Participation both on and off stage teaches students to be a part of something bigger than themselves.

Spring Play, The Diviners

Coming to the stage:

Gilbert and Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance. Set sail with this classic comedy, a hopeful farce that follows young Frederic, an orphan who has mistakenly been apprenticed to an ineffectual but raucous band of pirates. He disavows the pirates' way of life and falls for the beautiful Mabel. Frederic's melodious tones win over the heart of Major-General Stanley's songbird daughter, Mabel, but when the Pirate King discovers that General Stanley has lied about being an orphan to keep the pirates from stealing all of his belongings and carrying off his bevy of beautiful daughters, an "ingenious paradox" may prevent the budding romance and lead to the death of "The very model of a modern Major-General."

Local newspaper The Sentinel has not make a habit of reviewing high school performing arts, yet we welcome journalist, Mark Dreisonstok to the Fine Arts Theatre this past week to review our current stage production. Read his article and review here:

 PG Sentinel Article

"Talented students guided but not stifled or overshadowed by talented professionals have realized a successful, engaging production of The Pirates of Penzance.” - Mark Dreisonstok, The Sentinel


We'd love to see you in the audience. Tickets are now Available for purchase online. To purchase tickets, please visit:


Upcoming Events

  • The Fine Arts Christmas Festival - December 7th and 8th at 7:00 pm in the Main Gym

Theatre Courses:

Introduction to Theatre
Theatre Tech: Sets & Lights
Theatre Tech: Sound & Costumes
Advanced Acting
Great Stages of Drama
Musical Theatre Production
Dramatic Theatre Production

For Full Course Offerings & Descriptions:

Course Bulletin

Past Theatre Productions

The Diviners, Spring 2018
Sister Act, Fall 2017
The Man Who Came to Dinner, Spring 2017
Man of La Mancha, Fall 2016
The Importance of Being Earnest, Spring 2016
Cinderella, Fall 2015
Madwoman of Chaillot, Spring 2015
In The Heights, Fall 2014
Radium Girls, Spring 2014
Pajama Game, Fall 2013
Shakespeare in Hollywood, Spring 2013
Secret Garden, Fall 2012
The Learned Ladies, Spring2012
Anything Goes, Fall 2011
You Can't Take it With You, Spring 2011
Les Miserable, Fall 2010
The Crucible, Spring 2010
South Pacific, Fall 2009
Pride and Prejudice, Spring 2009
Sweeney Todd, Fall 2008
A Midsummer Night's Dream, Spring 2008
Guys & Dolls, Fall 2007
Noises Off, Spring 2007
Godspell, Fall 2006
Trojan Women, Spring 2006
Music Man, Fall 2005
And Then There Were None, Spring 2005
West Side Story, Fall 2004


Man of La Mancha SlideShow

Christmas Festival
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Bishop McNamara High School
6800 Marlboro Pike, Forestville, MD 20747
Phone: 301.735.8401
Fax: 301.735.0934


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