A Place to Perform
The performing arts have been a priority at the Salesian Boys’ & Girls’ Club since the inception of the The Club in 1921. Initially offered as a way to expose the underserved Italian immigrant boys’ that roamed the North Beach neighborhood of San Francisco to theatre in the form of plays and performances in the 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s. In the 1960s through the 1990s the Salesian Boys’ & Girls’ Club began performing our Variety shows. The Salesian Variety shows featured a mix of current members, alumni and staff performing various musical numbers from popular Broadway shows.
Since 2006, the theatre program has produced two major performances a year, a fall play and a spring musical. The program also includes several smaller productions that take place in our “Black Box Theatre.” The Black Box theatre is also used as the primary rehearsal space for all of our productions and is the home of our additional arts programs including beginner theatre workshops and an improv comedy troupe for our middle school age members.
At The Club, it is not about getting the part, but being part of a supportive community that nurtures both talent and interest. Through our program, youth build sets and skills, learn lines and responsibility, all while having fun with their peers. We work with local theatre artists as directors and choreographers who lead and guide our young actors in their roles, while also setting an example for what potential careers in theatre can look like.