About Us

Dartmouth High Theatre Company 2018

Welcome to DHTC

Dartmouth High Theatre Company is a dynamic, award winning, public high school theatre company that produces several shows throughout the year.

This season the company is producing  A Christmas Story - the play for the winter show and Footloose - the musical for the spring.

The entire student population may audition for any play or musical. The Directors are committed to excellence in the theatre arts, and work tirelessly to educate their students while producing the highest quality theatrical productions.

Meet the Directors

Denis Lawrence, Jr.

This is Denis's sixth  season as co-director of DHTC. Credits include Murder at Luigi's, which he specifically re-wrote for Dartmouth High School. The Odd Couple (Female Version). Elephant's Graveyard, Seussical the Musical!, Miracle on 34th Street, Legally Blonde the Musical, A Christmas Carol, Chicago, Babes in Toyland, Disney's The Little Mermaid, Fools, and Young Frankenstein the Musical.

Denis is the co-founder of SouthCoast Children's Theatre (SCCT), serves as its Artistic Director, and has directed Walt Disney's Alice in Wonderland and Mulan. Other SCCT directing credits include; Dear Edwina, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat, The Wiz, Peter Pan, Shrek the Musical, Seussical the Musical, Annie, and the acclaimed production of The Diary of Ann Frank

He has also directed the child Munchkin Ensemble for the National Touring Company of The Wizard of Oz for the Zeiterion Performing Arts Center.

Denis majored in Performing Arts at Bridgewater State College. He has performed with local and regional theatre companies, such as The Gateway Playhouse, The Spouter's Theatre Company, The Little Theatre Fall river and Your Theatre, just to name a few. 

Denis is the recipient of two Academy of Regional Theatre Arts awards as Best Actor in the musicals West Side Story and Chicago. He is the recipient of a Drama Masque Award for his portrayal of Van Helsing in Dracula. Denis has successfully produced and directed live radio broadcasts of A Christmas Carol, It's a Wonderful Life, Miracle on 34th Street, and A New Bedford Christmas Story for WBSM

Shirley Byers

Shirley's DHTC co-directing credentials include; Murder at Luigi's, The Odd Couple (Female Version), Elephant's Graveyard, Seussical the Musical, Miracle on 34th Street, Legally Blonde, Return to Sender, A Christmas Carol: Scrooge and Marley, Chicago, Babes in Toyland, Disney's The Little Mermaid, and Fools

Ms. Byers is a music educator for the Dartmouth Public School System. She is a diverse musician and performs repertoire as an organist, pianist and vocalist.

She has studied organ performance at New England Conservatory, Voice and Music Education at UMass Dartmouth where she obtained a Bachelor's Degree and Music Education Certification from the Department of Education in Massachusetts. She obtained her Masters Degree in Music Education from Rhode Island College in Providence, Rhode Island.

She is the organist/music director at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in New Bedford.

Shirley was the vocal director for Walt Disney's Alice in Wonderland, Mulan, Dear Edwina, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, The Wiz, Peter Pan, Shrek and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory for SouthCoast Children's Theatre (SCCT).

Most recently she directed 110th Street Station, DHTC's 2017 entry in the Massachusetts High School Regional Theatre Competition.