The BLOOM Theatre Project is an annual social justice theater program produced by Assumption High School’s Rose Theatre Company in conjunction with Mission Week. The production reflects the thematic focus of Mission Week, which was a concept begun in 2009 with the production of Dead Man Walking. BLOOM’s mission is to Bring Life Onstage/Offstage through Ministry. The idea for the title of BLOOM came from the play on words with Rose Theatre Company and the metaphor of a flower (our Assumption community) opening up to new ideas and the world around us in an artistically meaningful and impactful way.
2016 BLOOM Theatre Project: Y(OUR) STORY
Y(OUR) Story is features stories of high school students which commonly happen in their everyday lives. Through a marvelous array of characters, the audience explored the dynamics of multiple relationships. After each performance, a talk-back session was held to process the helpful information presented in the plays.
Assumption High School thanks thank Betsy Huggins, Education Manager for Actor's Theatre of Louisville, for guiding the student playwrights in the writing of their plays as part of the New Voices Playwright's Program. She directed three of the plays at the public performances.
Public Performances on Friday, February 19 and Saturday, February 20 at 7 p.m.
Image of Beauty by Kay Nilest (directed by Betsy Huggins)
I Hate Ferris Wheels by Aly Beckham (directed by Betsy Huggins)
I Am More by Douglas Scarboro (directed by Betsy Huggins)
Fight or Flight by Kristen Karem (directed by Vanessa Streble)
Harmonious by Logan Mattingly (directed by Claire Babey)
When 'I' Can't Live With 'Myself' by Miranda Webb (directed by Cheyenne Norris)
Staged Readings - Public Performances on Saturday, February 20 at 2 p.m.
Directed by Doug Sumey (performed by the Acting 2 classes)
The Boy Who Didn't Cry Wolf by Keegan Gray
Zugzwang by Kristen Bell
I Miss You, I'm Sorry, I Love You by Amanda Hanger
Webs of Words by Lilly Caudill
Over The Edge by Maggie McDonald
Because I Love You by Hannah Fouts
The Broken Cage by Sophia Biagi
When The Seed Dies by Maggie Myers
Because of Us by Sydney LaRue
2015 BLOOM Theatre Project: Undefined
Undefined consists of ten minute plays written by Assumption students and one Atherton student on the theme of "relationships with individuals who have learning differences and physical disabilities." Jane B Jones, Education Manager for Actor's Theatre of Louisville, guided the student playwrights in the writing of their plays as part of the New Voices Playwright's Program.
2014 BLOOM Theatre Project: Be Just, Just Be.
Be Just, Just Be consists of ten minute plays written by Assumptions students on the theme of “teen issues.” Jane B. Jones, Education Manager for Actor's Theatre of Louisville, guided the student playwrights in the writing of their plays as part of the New Voices Playwright’s Program.
2013 BLOOM Theatre Project: The Bully Plays
The Bully Plays range from a self-centered prince to a power-hungry ringmaster, a malicious birthday prank, and a young girl battling with the expectations of others. These five 10-minute plays from the anthology are touching, imaginative, powerful, uplifting, and funny. The set is “bare stage” leaving the focus on the actors and the subject matter. BLOOM hopes that by watching a light-hearted approach to heavy topic middle-school students will take to heart the truths about bullying. Special thanks to Amanda Simmons and Duper Berry
2012 BLOOM Theatre Project: Green Space
Our original play, Green Space, is about a family that discovers the value of nature and our need to protect it. Karen Green and her two children Pete and Lily, change their minds about nature and decide to do whatever they can do to protect it. The Wood Fairy named Faith and a forest full of talking animals change the family's minds about nature.
Special thanks to Liz Fentress.
2011 BLOOM Theatre Project: Patterns We Create
“No work of charity can be more productive of good to society than the careful instruction of women.”
- Catherine McAuley, foundress of the Sisters of Mercy.
Patterns We Create is an original production written by Assumption students, faculty, staff, and alumnae as a tribute to women. These individual contributions have been woven together to present a complete picture of the roles that women play in society and the issues, specific to women, that they face. This interweaving of stories is the basis for the quilting reference of the show’s title. Some of the vignettes will focus on serious issues such as dating violence and eating disorders, while others will be a celebration of women in their roles as grandmother, mother, daughter, and granddaughter. These stories about women will be interlaced with original pieces of music written by students, dance choreographed by students, and the winning student submission from the inaugural Assumption Documentary Film Festival, held on February 11. Student artwork will also be on display throughout the gallery, including AP portfolio pieces directly tied to the theme of women’s issues, self portraits, and Scholastic Gold Key Award-winning pieces.
Special thanks to Kathi E. B. Ellis and Lee Look.
2010 BLOOM Theatre Project: The Daily Grind
“We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked, and homeless.
The poverty of being unwanted, unloved, and uncared for is the greatest poverty.
We must start in our own homes to remedy this kind of poverty.” -
The Daily Grind, a one-act play written and produced by AHS students, faculty, staff, and alumnae. This year’s BLOOM Theatre Projectaddresses the theme of poverty from an economic standpoint and also from an angle of being poor in spirit.
The Daily Grind, written by eight students and four faculty/staff, presents a collage of stories dealing with such issues as single motherhood, aging parents, sibling rivalry, peer pressure, social relevance, mother/daughter communication, alcoholism, and homelessness all leading to a dramatic and poignant ending magnifying the sanctity of life and defining true poverty. Original music for The Daily Grind has been composed by the Assumption music students and faculty. In addition, a three-dimensional art exhibit relating to the show has been created by the Assumption visual arts students. Special thanks to Owen Funeral Homes, Buddy Dumeyer - Deputy County Coroner, Chris King, Lee Look - Actors Theatre of Louisville, Jay Nelson