Bluebards present A Christmas Carol
The two primary organizations responsible for producing theater at the Air Force Academy are the Bluebards Theater Troupe and Rattex. Both are cadet clubs that provide an essential cultural and leadership experience to cadets through experience with the arts.
Bluebards Theater Troupe
Bluebards produces 2-3 theatrical performances per year for the USAFA community at the Arnold Hall Theater. These performances are free to the public and are planned, directed, and performed by cadets in their off-duty hours.
The Bluebards organization is primarily run by a board of cadets elected from the club at large. This board, led by an elected president, is responsible for selecting the shows for the year and handling the logistics required for the production of those shows. The club is then overseen by an Officer-in-Charge (OIC), who is a staff member of the Air Force Academy. The OIC is responsible for mentoring cadets and carrying out administrative functions for the organization.
Rattex is the cadet-run theater tech group at the Air Force Academy. These cadets not only support Bluebards, but almost every other event that happens on the Arnold Hall Stage. Rattex works tirelessly to make sure productions run without a hitch, balancing stage management, backdrops, lights, sound effects, and audio to help produce professional-quality theater. These cadets learn invaluable technical and organizational skills while practicing peer leadership and quick decision-making responding to the rapidly-changing environment of live theater. Additionally, Rattex cadets are encouraged to participate in set design and construction, balancing practicality with artistic vision.
This Fall’s presentation from the two cadet clubs is The Christmas Carol, the holiday classic that recounts the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, an elderly miser who is visited by the ghost of his former business partner Jacob Marley and the spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come.
If you are in town make plans to see the presentation of The Christmas Carol. The admission is free and the show times will be this Friday, Saturday Nov.22nd and 23rd at 7 pm and a Sunday Matinee on Nov. 24th at 3pm.
To view all the pictures from the Dress Rehearsal go to, Galleries > Extracurricular > Cadet Clubs or click on the link below.