In a typical 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.
During COVID-19, the theater department pivoted to practicing and performing virtually. Please enjoy this sampling of our virtual concerts!
- Fiddler on the Roof
- The Servant of Two Masters
- All the Way
- Alice in Wonderland
- The Importance of Being Earnest
- My Fair Lady
- Inherit the Wind
- Short and Sweet
- Dinner at Eight
Set in Imperial Russia in 1905, Fiddler on the Roof is based on the stories of Sholem Aleichem. The play centers on Tevye, the father of five daughters, and his attempts to maintain his family and Jewish religious traditions while outside influences encroach upon their lives. He must cope both with the strong-willed actions of his three older daughters—and each one’s choice of husband—and with mounting persecution of Jews by the Tsar. The original Broadway production of the show, which opened in 1964, was the first musical theatre run to surpass 3,000 performances. Fiddler held the record for the longest-running Broadway musical for almost ten years. It was nominated for ten Tony Awards and won nine, including Best Musical, Best Director, and Best Choreography. It spawned four Broadway revivals, a highly successful 1971 film adaptation, and the show has enjoyed enduring international popularity.
Middle and Upper School students
Saira B., Chloe B., Kaylyn B., Nina B., Bess B.,
Margit C., Maya C., Fiona D., Colby H., Hailey J.,
Sabrina K., Josephine K., Evie K., Jasmine K., Lisa K.,
Sara K., Arjun K., Rose L., Sophia L., Avery L.,
Elliot L., Anokhi M., Arissa M., Eesha M., Georgia M.,
Athena M., Sarah O., Finn P., Joshua R., Emily S.,
Sebastian S., Maya S., Ella S., Kathleen T., Greydon T.,
Peter T., and Camille Y.
Kathleen Ray, Director
Dr. Phillip Harris, Music Director
James E. Graham, Sets and Lights
Kate McGinity, Choreographer
Lisa Danz, Costumes
Sky Tan, Accompanist
Leo B., Percussionist
Georgia M., Student Director
Rebekah B., Stage Manager
C. Feeley, Assistant Stage Manager
Rosie A. and Isabel J., Production Assistants
Maddy H. and Celeste S., Tickets
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?
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.
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.
Come with us down the rabbit hole, through the looking glass, and into the wonders (and maddening muchness) that lie beneath and beyond! Suitable for all ages, but best for Middle and Upper School students. Seating is limited at each performance.
Eve G. - White Rabbit, 7 of Hearts
Isabel R. - Alice 1
El S. - Lewis, Flower, 5 of Hearts
Georgia M. - Alice 2, White Queen
Rose C. - Mouse, 2 of Hearts
Sophia L. - Lory, March Hare
Sadie E. - Alice 4, Dodo
Cate R. - Alice 6, Duck
Peter T. - Red King, Frog Footman
Finn P. - Caterpillar, Card
Ray D. - Alice 3, Humpty Dumpty
Kaylyn B. - Alice 5, Duchess
Hannah A. - Cheshire Cat
Emily S. - Cook, Card, Flower
Sebastian S. - Mad Hatter, White Knight
Ella P. - Dormouse, Flower
Hailey J. - Red Queen, Ensemble
Josh R. - Tweedledum
Maddy H. - Tweedledee
Karina R. - Court Bailiff, Card, Flower
Eesha M. - Crab, Ensemble
Arjun K. - Ensemble
Camille Y. - Ensemble
Audrey R. - Ensemble
Ivan G. - Ensemble
Amaya W. - Ensemble
Director: Andy Spear
Scenography: James E. Graham and Olga Popova
Lighting Design: James E. Graham
Costume Design: Olga Popova
Choreography: Katie Kruger, Kaylyn B., Sophia L., and Karina R.
Original Music: Elaine J. and Isaac Z.
White Knight's Song Composed by: Woody M.
Stage Manager: Siena M.
Assistant Costume Design: Rebekah B.
Costume Assistants: Emily S. and Salome Ragot
Assistant Directors: Rose C., Eve G., and Sebastian S.
Lighting Technicians: Chris F. and Aubrey F.
Sound Technicians: David V. and Alexandra E.
Props: Rose C. and Sophie C.
Run Crew: Sophie C. and Haime B.
Rehearsal Assistant: Rosemary A.
Set Construction: Members of the Tech Theatre Class: Isaiah C., Alexandra E., Chris F., Aubrey F., Isabel J., Molly R., Sophia R., and Alison T.
House Manager: Isabel J.
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.
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.
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.