Roncalli’s Theatre program consists of Theatre Arts, Technical Theatre, and Theatre Productions classes. It produces seven shows a year including the Fall Musical, Spring Play, Theatre Productions, Children’s Theatre, Theatre Productions Experimental Theatre, and two Junior Rebel Theatre camps. With over 300 students participating in Theatre at Roncalli High School each year, the Theatre program has earned a reputation of excellence throughout the Southside of Indianapolis.
Phillip Anderson, Theatre Director
Phillip Anderson is Roncalli’s Director of Theatre Education and believes that teaching young people how to express themselves through the arts is a very vital part of their overall education. Educational Theatre involves science, mathematics, foreign language, history, physical education, business, technology, economics, and more. Theatre is taught in schools so one will recognize beauty, be sensitive, and have more love, more compassion, and more gentleness.
2017-2018 marks Phillip’s 20th year of teaching Theatre at Roncalli High School. Born and raised in Indianapolis, he graduated from Franklin Central High School and continued his education at Anderson University, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Education, and the University of Indianapolis, receiving a Masters of Education with an emphasis in Theatre. Phillip is a lifetime member of Alpha Psi Omega, the dramatic fraternity, and the International Thespian Society.
Melanie Eakman, Dance Instructor
Melanie Eakman is in her second year teaching Dance Performance at Roncalli High School, and she is thrilled to be part of the Fine Arts faculty. Melanie is a 2006 graduate of Roncalli High School and received her formal dance training at Jordan College Academy of Dance at Butler University. She went on to receive her Bachelor of Arts from Point Park University in Dance Performance. After college, she danced professionally with Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre and served in the role of assistant director.
Melanie has many years of teaching and choreography experience and has worked with organizations such as Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre, The University of Indianapolis, Kids Dance Outreach, The Academy of GHDT, Dance Connection, and The Dancin’ Place.
Drama Club Officers
President - Shannon Mitchel, Vice President - Natalie Stigall, Secretary - Cassie Petroff, Treasurer - Mia Roberts, Historian - Sam Gervasio
Drama Club/ Thespian Society
Front: Cassie Petroff, Natalie Stigall, Mia Roberts, Shannon Mitchel, Sam Gervasio
Row 1: Abby Davey, Aubrey Fuhrman, Breanna Jaffe, Mara Fowler, Allison Pena, Levi Ralston, Sarah Prusa, Grace Plahitko, Abby Conway, Cambri Lux, Genna Sever, Evee Ochoa, Sophie Prusa, Samantha Gosser
Row 2: Jacob Parton, Meghan Koleszar, Lillian Brown, Zach Mayer, Sophie Louthain, Trey Koch, Gabe Ochoa, Lizzy Hosty, Abby Walters, Annamarie Schura, Rosemary Walters, Alex Balint, Mary Alice Furgeson, Melissa Kurz, Javi Briones
Row 3: Benjamin Kanter, Angelina Snow, Emily Wray, Alex Woods, David Brinker, Mackenzie Meyers, Brian Bobko, Nick Armstrong, Grace Armbruster, Jason Brown, Shane Sanneman, Luke Grannan, Anna Ferguson, Adam Wolf
Technical Theatre Period 1
Row 1: James Murphy, Jose Sangalang, Jacob Hinson, Citlaly Martinez, Tha Tha, Nolan White
Row 2: Trevor Frank, Kempis Wilkerson, Emma Spotts, Wally Colvin, Patrick Luttrell, Summer Viles, Nathan Marshall
Row 3: Jackson Dewitt, Owen Volk, Joe Madden, Patrick Viduya, Thomas Lutgring, DJ Abplanalp
Technical Theatre Period 2
Row 1: Ryan Richards, Michael Feltz, Jenna Sinkhorn, Jarrod Shanley, Janet Roll
Row 2: Jacob Parton, Alexis Foreman, Matthew Niezgodski, Greg Kirkman, Ryan Papandria, Matthew Vega
Row 3: Alex Busuttil, Michael Cento, Evan Reid, William Schoettle, Sam Peats, Nicholas Hollcraft, Joe Cross
Not Pictured: Elliott Dahltorp
Technical Theatre Period 3
Row 1: Conner Wray, Callie Runion, Sarah White, Maggie Gibson, Alex Barrett, Hayden Fitzgerald
Row 2: Baron Huebler, Sam Gallagher, William Hawkins, Matthew Shannahan, Annamarie Schura, Anthony Wheat
Row 3: Anthony Spotts, Scott Cahill, Joe Botos, Thomas Fellmeth, Chase Elmore, Branden Herbert
Not pictured: Hayden Harper
Seated: Shannon Mitchel, Emily Wray, Amy Weilhammer
Row 1: Abigayle Walters, Lucy Furiak, Emily Bell, Lizzy Hosty, Gabe Ochoa
Row 2: Jason Brown, Shane Sanneman, Nick Armstrong, Sam Gervasio, Mackenzie Meyers, David Brinker
Not Pictured: Brendon Robinson
Theatre Arts Period 7
Row 1: Emma Morgan, Sarah Mattingly, Katie Baker, Lindsey Benson, Tina Buckel, Sarah Colvin
Row 2: Joe DeArmond, Garrett Chida, Maddie Bischoff, London Armstrong, Ben Kanter, Kaylee Arney, Noah Schafe
Theatre Arts Period 8
Row 1: Alex Balint, Cambri Lux, Ella Divish, Elliana Aleski, Kamy Swingendorf, Taygan Hill, Citlaly Martinez
Row 2: Luis Ortiz, Abby Davey, Alex Busuttil, Dylan Holok, Joe Dugan, Clark Chapman, Emma Weintraut
Row 1: Haley Stonecipher
Row 2: Taylor Allen, Samantha Gosser
Row 3: Lucy Furiak, Miriam Maddox, Natalie Stigall