Welcome to BHS Musical Theatre...Join Us!

  • Musical Theatre is a tough business.  It takes years of dedication and disciplined practice to develop a versitile "triple threat" performer that can sing, act and dance.  Training in each of those disciplines must be comprehensive so that the performer can thrive in many different genres of music, theatre and dance.  And that is only the beginning.  Special skills such as tumbling and proficiently playing a musical instrument are now regularly a part of the working actor's resume.  In the BHS Musical Theatre program, we train artists.  Rather than copying the style and sound of another performer, our students work to find their own voice, literally and figuratively.  They ask questions of the world and themselves and rise to the challenge of discovering their art.  They graduate with a strong foundation in Musical Theatre technique and performance as well as a clear understanding of the purpose art and it's influence on history and culture.

    In short...they DO THE WORK.



    Don't miss the event of the summer!!


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    Hudson County Teen Arts Competition - BHS Musical Theatre Wins BIG!

    On Saturday, May 11, 2019 BHS Drama attended the Hudson County Teen Arts Musical Theatre competition at Harrison High School. Gabrielle Stanowski and Kayla Steward (with help from Gabby Nono) performed "Secondary Characters" from the musical {title of show} and won the Judges Award. Giana Orlando, Damon Porter and Jessica Garcia performed "I've Decided to Marry You" from the musical The Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder and won first place! The Gentleman's Guide... trio will performed at the NJ State Teen Arts festival on May 29th. Congratulations to all! 



    Thank you to the parents, relatives, neighbors and friends

    who came out to see the BHS Drama production of Mamma Mia!

    The audiences had a great time and the cast, crew and production staff 

    appreciate the love and support.


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    To all the businesses who advertised in the show's playguide; the friends, neighbors and relatives who came to the show; the BHS staff who encourage their students to be brave and try new things; and especially the parents who support their children, the arts, and our program in countless ways:


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    The Mamma Mia Cast




    Congratulations to the cast and crew of BHS Drama's Winter Production, Clue

    The BHS Drama Society winter production, Clue on Stage was March 8-10. Based on the cult classic film and popular board game, this comedy kept audiences laughing the entire show.  Thank you to all who came out to support the dramatic arts at BHS.  


    Congratulations to the cast and crew of "Elf"

    The cast of Elf featured more than 80 children representing all areas of Bayonne.  After months of rehearsal, they presented a wonderful holiday production of the favorite musical based on the hit movie to sellout crowds every night.  Thank you for supporting the arts in Bayonne!


    For the 4th year in a row, BHS attended the Visual and Performing Arts College Fair at the Javits Center in NYC on Monday, November 5, 2018. Admissions representatives from more than 200 college and university programs from the US and the UK were in attendance and met with hundreds of students from the Northeast region.  Students were able to get admission, audition and financial aid information directly related to their discipline.  This event is open to all BHS students who are considering a college performing arts program. Check back in September for the next Arts College Fair, fall 2019.


    Check out the BHS Drama promotional reel featuring Musical Theatre students in action: BHS Theatre Promo 2018



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    Congratulations New Inductees

    The following BHS Drama students were inducted into Thespian Troupe 5093 on Friday, June 14th 



    Jovanna Abdou - Ashley Abreu - Kyrstalin Aponte - David Ayead - Mariane Capio - Sam Clappsy - Dominique Egalite

    Gali Estrada - Cristina Garay - Ava Gonzalez - Cindy Gonzalez - Kiara Gould - Sofia Lucciola - Tuchau Ly

    Gabby Megale - Jenelle Mejia - Trinity Nugent - Gaby Rodriguez - Arlana Velez - Dominick Velez - Destiny Walker


    Thespian Troupe 5093 is the BHS chapter of the International Thespian Society, an honor society for drama students.  Students earn the designation of "thespian" and are inducted into the troupe after meeting the requirements as established by the ITS.  Any interested student should see Mr. Wahlers or Ms. Alexander.  Troupe 5093 holds open meetings every Friday at 3pm.


    Congratulations to our new State Thespian Officer!

    Bayonne High School junior Katie Harrigan has been elected to the 2019-2020 New Jersey State Thespian Board. This marks the second year in a row that a Bayonne High School thespian has been elected to the Board (BHS senior Gabby Nono is currently serving this year).  

    A New Jersey State Thespian Officer (STO) is part of the leadership team that produces the New Jersey Thespian Festival. This elite group of students pick the festival theme, plan the festival schedule and conduct leadership workshops. Other duties include ongoing outreach designed to inform New Jersey junior and senior high schools about the benefits of membership in the Educational Theatre Association and to increase the participation of these schools in the International Thespian Society (ITS). Each student member serves for one year.

    To be eligible, students must be an inducted thespian in good standing.  Students apply at the New Jersey State Thespian Festival in January and then go through an application process with resumes, cover letters and letters of reference.  The process ends with an in-person interview with senior STO's, the State Chapter Director and the STO Coordinator, Jason Wylie.

    Katie is the secretary of BHS Thespian Troupe 5093 and is a vocalist in the BHS Jazz Band in addition to performing in all BHS Drama Society and Thespian production.  She has been active in the BHS Drama Society (and it's young training program, BHS Drama Junior) since she was in 4th grade. 

    New Jersey Thespians is the state chapter of the International Thespian Society, part of the Educational Theatre Association.  It's mission is to promote, strengthen and advocate for theatre arts education in New Jersey schools.  For more information go to  www.njthespians.org .


  • Want to take Musical Theatre Class?  

    Musical Theatre I

    Musical Theatre I is a beginner course teaching technical and practical aspects of musical theatre and the impact of the arts, in general, on society. Students work on basic acting, music and movement skills. The focus is on collaboration, problem solving, critical analysis and understanding the arts as a business.

    • Prerequisite:  None
    • Grade Level: 9-11
    • Course Length: Full Year


    Musical Theatre II

    Musical Theatre II is an intermediate course in acting, singing, and dancing that focuses on musical theatre history and repertoire from 1900-1960 as well as musical theatre technique and performance.  Students are required to audition for school musical productions and work on the end of year dance concert.

    • Prerequisite: Musical Theatre I
    • Grade Level: 10-12
    • Course Length: Full Year


    Musical Theatre III

    Musical Theatre III is an advanced course in acting, singing, and dancing that focuses on contemporary musical theatre styles from 1970- present.  Heavy emphasis is placed on character development, performance skills and dance technique. Students are required to audition for school musical productions and work on the end of year dance concert. This course is repeatable for credit.

    • Prerequisite: Musical Theatre II
    • Grade Level: 11-12
    • Course Length: Full Year