Theatre classes are designed to explore and teach both the technical and performative side of theatre production. Middle and Upper School classes meet twice each week to collaborate and develop their skills in many arenas including lighting, set and costume construction, sound engineering, acting, directing, management, design, theatre history, and more. Students are encouraged to discover all aspects of theatre. Theatre classes often work collaboratively with the art, music, and technology departments.
Brownell Talbot presents three productions a year: a fall musical, a spring play, and a Middle School play festival. On alternating years, the extracurricular performances of the musical or play are presented solely by the Upper School students, while the other is a combined effort of the Middle and Upper Schools. The Middle School play festival is in partnership with the Rose Theatre and provides an opportunity for all students in grades 5 through 8 to participate in the development of a new play. Seventh grade students write scripts, sixth grade students act, fifth grade students design and paint the sets, eighth grade students market the festival, and Upper School students direct the productions.
The fall 2016 musical is an auditioned extracurricular musical theater production for students in grades 7 through 12. All seventh through twelfth grade students are encouraged to audition for on-stage roles or off-stage technical responsibilities, regardless of previous experience. Our musicals represent some of the finest student artistry we have to offer.