The Prep's Cape and Sword Drama Society is one of the strongest high school theatre programs in the Delaware Valley. Over 10% of the student body is involved in some form of Prep Drama - on or off stage - and The Cape and Sword has won the Prep's Activity of the Year Award 3 times since 1997. 2 large-scale shows are produced every year - in the fall and the spring - that involve about 50 students each. Shows range in style: everything from Shakespeare to Sondheim has been produced on the Prep stage (recent titles include Sweeney Todd, The Producers, and A Few Good Men) In addition, a year-round Improv Club is offered, as well as a winter Night of Scenes, both of which are open to all Prep students. In addition, young ladies from any area high school are welcome to audition for our shows. Recent Prep Drama alumni include Michael Rady (TV's, "Melrose Place" and “The Mentalist”) and Alyse Alan Louis (Sophie in Broadway's Mamma Mia), and many Cape and Sword alums appear quite frequently on local professional stages. Since 1995, the Cape and Sword has operated under the leadership of local actor and director Mr. Tony Braithwaite '89.
The mission of the Cape and Sword Drama Society of Saint Joseph’s Prep is to provide vibrant opportunities for our students to engage in, and take ownership of, all aspects of producing theatre at the Prep.
The Cape and Sword hopes to follow the Jesuit philosophy of cura personalis, in that it strives to nurture the talents of all individual students, in whatever area of theatre those talents may be (acting, singing, stagecraft, music, etc.). The mission of the Cape and Sword includes passing on to its students the charism of the Jesuit Magis – living greater, better, fuller. Students in Prep Drama have high expectations set for them – on and off stage - and they are treated with great respect, maturity and candor with a reciprocal expectation.
Jesuit education has its very roots in theatre, and the earliest Jesuit curriculum included drama (according to the Jesuit Ratio Studiorum of 1586, “Theatre could be a forceful agent for stirring pupils’ interest in learning”). In keeping with this tradition, the Cape and Sword mission includes insuring that Prep theatre remains accessible - and most importantly entertaining - for not only those who are participating but for those who are attending performances, especially students.
Finally, in the great Prep tradition, and following the Jesuit mantra of age quod agis (“do well whatever you do”), the Cape and Sword’s mission is always to strive for excellence.