Theatre

Each year, the theatre department presents two plays; one in the fall and another in the spring, with upper school students performing on stage and working behind the scenes. Middle and upper school students also have the opportunity to take drama classes as a part of our elective course offerings and each grade in the lower school produces and performs an original play each year.


Upcoming Production


Spring 2019:

The Fine Arts Department presents...


Sylvio and Clarice are engaged -- or, they thought they were, until a mysterious stranger shows up and claims to be Federigo Rasponi, Clarice's believed-to-be-dead prior fiance (you following?). But could this mysterious stranger actually be someone else in disguise? And when another stranger arrives -- the man suspected of killing Federigo Rasponi -- a man who is hunting for his own missing fiancee, things get more complicated still. On top of that, one servant stumbles into the position of trying to serve both mysterious strangers... Can the servant succeed without being found out? Will Sylvio win back his Clarice? Is Federigo Rasponi still alive?

All these questions and confusions -- and many more -- are the ingredients for Carlo Goldoni's Servant of Two Masters. Our version offers a new recipe for Goldoni's classic, and features new material from two alumni, contributions from the cast, and a ladle-full of audience participation as well. Could this be the most delicious play you'll see this year? Can you untangle the knotty plot? Will the questions ever end?

Cast

Pantalone: James S.

Dottore: Rose C.

Clarice: Kaylyn B.

Sylvio: Lee C.

Brighella: Georgia M.

Truffaldino: Sebastian S.

Beatrice: Sadie E-C.

Florindo: Sammy S.

Smeraldina: Hind J-K.

Porters: Arjun K., Eve G., Robi C.

Cooks: Ray D., Sophia L., Peter T.

Assistant Stage Manager (an actor with lines, not actual crew!): Esha M.

Pizza Delivery Man: Finn P.


Director: Andy Spear

Student Director: Lu P.

Set and Lighting Design: Jim Graham

Costumes: Olga Popova

Props: Eve G.

Tickets: Maddy H.

Poster Design: Chloe R.


Ticket Price

Adults: $5 | Students: $3

Purchase Tickets Here

Former Productions

Inherit the Wind

Fall 2018:


In the 1920s, Tennessee schoolteacher Bertram Cates is put on trial for violating the Butler Act, a state law that prohibits public school teachers from teaching evolution instead of creationism. Drawing intense national attention in the media with writer E. K. Hornbeck reporting, two of the nation's leading lawyers go head to head: Matthew Harrison Brady for the prosecution, and Henry Drummond for the defense.

Cast: Kaylyn B., Azzie B., Rebekah B., Fiona B-D., Robi C., Lee C., Rose C., Sadie E., Eve G., Kallie H., Hind J., Sophia L., Henry M., Eesha M., Lu P., Finneas P., Ella P., Kareena R., Cate R., Joshua R,. Karina R., Sebastian S., James S., Peter T.

Director: Kathleen Ray

Student Directors: Sadie E. and Lu P.

Set and Lighting Design: James E. Graham

Costumes: Rebekah B.

Props: Eve G.

Tickets: Maddy H.

Poster Design: Chloe R.

All the Way

Spring 2018:

All the Way by Robert Schenkkan is the 2013 recipient of the Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History.

All the Way vividly captures a period of great turmoil and consequence in American history, from the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in November 1963 through Election Night, 1964. It's a sprawling drama, its unfolding story told by many of those who shaped the history of our nation at this critical moment, including Martin Luther King, Hubert Humphrey, J. Edgar Hoover, and most of all, President Lyndon Baines Johnson, who deftly steers a Civil Rights Bill through a divided Congress.

What follows is a watershed moment in history featuring the end of an era and the shift to the political alignments of today. The play examines the personal sacrifices, moral compromises and political cost of achieving this monumental shift.

Cast: Alexander A., Kaylyn B., Chloe B., Rebekah B., Lee C., Alice C., Sadie E., Fitch J., Margot J., Hind J., Avery L., Lu P., Karina R., Chloe R., Jonah S., Sammy S., with James S. as Martin Luther King, Jr., and Simone S. as Lyndon Baines Johnson.

Stage Crew: Cole B., Elaine J., Sophie Max K., and Siena M.

The Importance of Being Earnest

Performed Fall 2017. Set in Victorian England, the story follows Jack and Algernon as they attempt to woo two young ladies, Gwendolyn and Cecily, who both believe they are destined to love a man called Earnest. The masterpiece is probably the most famous of all comedies. It revolves wittily around the most ingenious case of "manufactured" mistaken identity ever put into a play. Directed by Kathleen Ray and student Alice C.

Short and Sweet - A Collection of Short Plays by David Ives


What do mayflies, a washing machine, and Trotsky all have in common? They are all part of the seven silly original plays by David Ives that are being presented by the Upper School Drama Department. Come and watch these 25 spectacular actors celebrate the lunacy of this remarkable, contemporary author in the black box theatre in the MEW. Seats are limited so be sure to purchase yours below.

My Fair Lady

Adapted from George Bernard Shaw's play and Gabriel Pascal's motion picture Pygmalion. The story is about Eliza Doolittle, a Cockney flower girl who takes speech lessons from Professor Henry Higgins so that she may be presentable in high society.


Dinner at Eight

by George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber.

Emma Levine is the Student Director.

During the Great Depression, society matron Millicent Jordan has bigger problems: she is planning a dinner and Lord and Lady Ferncliff have just accepted.As her daughter Paula's romantic complications mount and her search for an "extra man" to complement former stage star Carlotta Vance proves fruitless, the lady and her guests are caught in a roundelay of wealth, loss, love betrayal and the disintegration of the accepted social order.