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De Smet Jesuit students participate in all aspects of theatrical production.

From acting on the stage and directing shows to constructing scenery and designing sound and lights, students take the lead in building and presenting high quality productions.


  • Class of 2024
Matthew Hodge

Theater definitely makes me feel like I belong...(it) is the most accepting and open group at De Smet. It doesn't matter who you are, we love to have anyone. The upperclassmen help guide and befriend the lowerclassmen as if we were brothers. 

Curriculum Guide

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Acting students will focus solely upon the study of acting and will perform three or four scenes and monologues, continue reading plays, and explore theater history. Directing students will perform two scenes, and, with a focus upon directing, direct the Acting students in two scenes and monologues (and be eligible to direct the student one-act plays in the spring).

Read More about Advanced Acting/Directing


Theatre Features

  • 353 seat auditorium
  • The Emerson Lobby that will accommodate patrons attending performances and can also host small group events.
  • Lighting and Sound systems
  • A scenery shop to house all construction and storage of set pieces.
  • Make-up stations and dressing rooms.
  • Orchestra Pit
  • Green Room

Theatre Staff

Nick Moramarco, Theatre Director, Instructor, DDP Co-Sponsor,, 314-785-1293

Chris Welling, Theatre Instructor,

Ryan Sextro, Assistant Director, DDP Co-Sponsor,

Ray Sherrock, Vocal Music, Pit Orchestra Director,

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De Smet Jesuit Theatre 2023-2024 Schedule

Treasure Island

adapted by Nick Moramarco

Performances - October 27, 28 at 7:00 p.m; October 29 at 2:00 p.m.

Something Rotten!

Book by Karey Kirkpatrick & John O’Farrell; music and and lyrics by Wayne Kirkpatrick & Karey Kirkpatrick

Performances - February 22, 23, 24 at 7:00 p.m.

Student-Directed One-Act Plays

Performances - April 25 and April 26 at 7:00 p.m.

For more information, contact Nick Moramarco at 314-785-1293.

Frequently Asked Questions

I notice you have girls in your theatre productions. Where do they come from?

Our girls come from many public and private schools across the St. Louis area.

If I play a sport, does that mean I can't be involved in a play?

Not at all. We've set up the production schedule so that we have a production in each of the three sports seasons. So, if you play basketball, you could be involved in the Fall Play or the One Acts. If you play soccer, you could be involved in the Musical or One Acts. If you play baseball, you could do the Fall Play or Musical.

Do you need to have theatre experience to become involved in the theatre program?

No experience necessary—everyone is welcome!

What opportunities are available in the extra curricular theatre program?

Acting, directing, lighting, sound, stage management, stage crew, etc.

How many theatre productions do you offer each year?

We do a Fall Play (September-October), a Spring Musical (December-February), and Senior Directed One Act Plays (March-April).

Theatre Production Photos