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Kyle Schnack named Director of Theatre & Brothers on Stage

Kyle Schnack named Director of Theatre & Brothers on Stage

Kyle C. Schnack, who joined the staff of Christian Brothers High School this past fall as Assistant Director of Theatrical Activities, has been named the Director. Michael Williams remains a member of the CBHS faculty and will focus solely on enhancing our Brothers of Faith Men’s Chorus.

Schnack is an active theatre practitioner with an MFA in acting from the University of Texas at Austin, and a BA in theatre arts from Palm Beach Atlantic University. While in New York, Schnack taught private acting and speech classes, in addition to working as a full time actor, and member of the Actors Equity Association; and during his graduate studies, he taught acting at the collegiate level. Some of his recent performance credits include: Jim in Blue Roses (world premier musical adaptation of The Glass Menagerie), Oberon in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Westmorland in Henry V, First Officer/ Orsinous in Twelfth Night, Edward Rutledge in 1776, Jud in Oklahoma! (for which he won a Dallas/Ft. Worth Theater Critics Forum Award), and Berowne in Love's Labour's Lost.

Schnack spoke of some changes in the theatre department in a recent letter to parents of prospective Brothers on Stage students:

There have been big changes this year in the theatre department at Christian Brother’s High School. This year Brothers on Stage introduced three major new initiatives in hopes of advancing student’s opportunities both academically and professionally as theatre practitioners: an annual CBHS alumni production (summer), the Freshmen Intensive Theatre Experience, or F.I.T.E. for short (fall), and entrance into the Tennessee Theatre Association’s secondary one act competition (fall).

These enhancements are in addition to the three regular season productions held annually on the Christian Brothers main stage, and we are happy to say that all have been undertaken with gratifying results.

Alumni from previous year’s productions with Brothers on Stage were able to return to the department and offer incredible mentoring opportunities, forming relationships with CBHS freshmen during this year’s F.I.T.E. initiative. The freshmen were able to experience support from former students, develop an understanding of the expectations of the department, and be introduced to the thrill of unraveling a script without the pressures of working immediately with upperclassman.

The most exciting news however, has been presented as a result of Christian Brother’s participation in the Tennessee Theatre Association’s secondary one act festival. This year the theatre department, Brothers on Stage, competed in the one act festival, as well as aided students in their preparations to audition for scholarships. Not only did CBHS offer the highest number of scholarship audition participants at the conference, but 100% of the students who auditioned are in consideration for major scholarship opportunities throughout the state of Tennessee.

The tide is certainly rolling forward for the theatre department this academic season, but in order to maintain this momentum, we need your help. Whether that be in your attendance at productions, volunteering your time to help with set or costume construction, or by simply donating a specified amount towards the development of Brothers on Stage- every little bit counts.

If you have any questions about how you can help Brothers on Stage continue on its quest to become the top competitive high school theatre program in Memphis, please contact the Director of Theatre, Kyle C. Schnack at kschnack@cbhs.org.