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PHOTO: L – R : Sophomore Heath Kuykendall, Theater teacher Nicholas Brandt, sophomore Jack Gibson, senior Luke Schlenker and sophomore Clara Avila in rehearsal for Friday night’s premier of “Is He Dead?” a play by Mark Twain.

Bishop Dunne Theater Department Inaugural Full Length Play slated for Friday and Saturday

Senior Luke Schlenker and sophomore Jack Gibson will play the leads in the spring play Is He Dead? at Bishop Dunne Catholic School on Friday and Saturday night, April 10 and 11, at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $5 each and will be sold at the door. The public is invited and encouraged to attend.

“It’s a fun and entertaining farce – we’re just putting on a show that the audience will laugh and love and forget about their concerns that day,” said Nicholas Brandt, Theater Production teacher and the show’s producer. Fourteen members of the student body are in the cast and another five are in the crew.

The story is written by Mark Twain and is a tale of deception, hijinks, cross-dressing, mistaken identities and “good tomfoolery,” according to the show’s producer, and “is a play for all ages. Families are encouraged to bring their kids and grandparents!”

The new Milam J. Joseph Auditorium was completely renovated and opened a year ago. Monsignor Joseph is the former President of The University of Dallas and a big supporter of the arts and of Bishop Dunne.

Auditions were held in January and rehearsals have been ongoing for four months. Brandt is a graduate of The University of Notre Dame where he received a degree in film, television and theater in 2012. He joined the Bishop Dunne faculty last fall as the theater and speech teacher and part of the campus ministry team.

For more information on Bishop Dunne see the school’s website: or contact Nicholas Brandt for tickets at

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