Clockwork Is a Smash!

The St. Mary’s High School Performing Arts Department put on its annual Fall Play in early November. This year’s installment was Pat Cook’s mystery-comedy Clockwork. The incredibly talented cast put on a wonderful show thanks to their hard work and the dedication and perseverance of the directors, Ms. Ruhland and Ms. Jackson. Congratulations on a wonderful performance!

Here’s what one of the actresses herself has to say in regards to a recap of the story:

By: Brianna Propis ’19

“It was only a matter of time before audiences roared with laughter and smiles on November 2nd and 3rd upon the curtains first opening to reveal the cast of Clockwork. The Dunwoody family and their kooky counterparts certainly made their presence well-known on the St. Mary’s stage this past weekend with a rather twisted form of Southern charm that certainly kept audiences guessing and chuckling until the end.

The story opened on the Dunwoody clan and their patriarch, Zack (played by Matthew Walter), merely interacting the way the family typically would on any given day of the week, though much of the conversation was directed towards Leon’s (played by Ben Stegmeier), Zack’s nephew, “wrenched leg.” Curiosity ultimately proved to be Zack’s downfall after Leon finally caved to his uncle’s constant prodding regarding how he hurt his leg— since the story was so comical that it made Zack literally laugh himself to death.

Immediately after his death, the grandfather clock located in their family room chimed for the first of many times throughout the remainder of the show, considering the Dunwoody family began to mysteriously die off one-by-one afterwards. Were the clock’s chimes merely coincidental, or did they somehow serve as a sort of prophecy to signify the death of yet another family member?

As the plot continued to unfold, each of the show’s cast members were able to showcase their talents and deliver a wonderful performance of their colorful characters that was virtually impossible for the audience to forget!

Although the rehearsals undoubtedly had their ups and downs, Clockwork was ultimately made possible through the immense dedication and hard work implemented into every last detail by Ms. Ruhland and Ms. Jackson. Through their crucial directing, each cast member was enabled to reach their full potential in presenting a wickedly hilarious glimpse into the Dunwoody family’s murder mystery!

Thank you to those who helped in the creation process of Clockwork during one or many stages of pre-production, and thank you to those who attended a showing and supported the St. Mary’s theatre department! None of this could be made possible without you.”

Editor’s Note: Brianna Propis brought the character of Dr. McMurry to life in this year’s production of Clockwork.

















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Lancer Cabaret Gives Performing Arts Students the Spotlight

The Performing Arts Department at St. Mary’s High School added another opportunity to the calendar for the very talented musicians, singers, and dancers in the school to perform.  This fall, students participated in the Lancer Cabaret, a showcase of the best and brightest St. Mary’s stars with original dance pieces and song covers by soloists and music classes.

What a show!

Father-Son Communion Breakfast – Great New Tradition

St. Mary’s held our first annual Father-Son Communion Breakfast on October 28th. Lancer guys and their dads attended Mass at Our Lady of Pompeii and then enjoyed a delicious hot breakfast in the cafeteria. Thank you to those who came out to celebrate the day with us! We look forward to making this a yearly St. Mary’s tradition.












Students Save Lives at the Unyts Blood Drive

On October 26, 2018, St. Mary’s students, faculty, staff, and community members donated blood and saved lives at the Unyts – Donate Life Blood Drive! We had over 47 Lancers donate and helped save over 140 lives today! Thank you to all the donors and the wonderful Unyts staff who helped make the drive a success!

St. Mary’s Goes Back-To-Back in School Pride Food Drive

For the second year in a row, St. Mary’s is pleased to announce that we have won the School Pride Food Drive! Competing against Lancaster and Depew High Schools, St. Mary’s brought in the most non-perishable food items straight up among competing schools. Thank you to all of our Lancer families who donated during the drive and made a difference for Tri-Community Food Pantry, St. Martha’s Food Pantry, and Trinity Food Pantry!

Performing Arts Department

We have some big news from the Performing Arts Department! St. Mary’s is proud to announce that our production of The Addams Family is a finalist for the 2019 Kenny Awards!  Stay tuned to for the latest on auditions and requirements of the production!

New Club Bridges Generation Gap

St. Mary’s celebrated our monthly liturgy a few weeks ago and had some very special guests join us! As part of the new Generation 2 Generation Club started by junior Lauren Nawojski and her mom, residents from Tennyson Court Senior Care Community came to St. Mary’s for Mass and to enjoy some cider and doughnuts with the students. Residents from Tennyson Court will be accompanied monthly by St. Mary’s students to do different activities to help bridge the gap between generations of the past and present!

Legislator Bruso Visits St. Mary’s

Earlier this week, County Legislator and St. Mary’s alumnus County Legislator John Bruso ‘77 took a tour of the school with Dean of Advancement & Alumni Engagement, Amanda Rebeck to see all of the great things happening at St. Mary’s! Thanks for visiting your old stomping grounds, Legislator Bruso!