Theater and drama classes are designed to explore and teach the concepts of production, the nuances of the rehearsal, and methods of acting. Middle School and Upper School classes meet twice each week to learn, plan, rehearse, and produce wonderful theater experiences.
Mrs. Amy Becker directs two productions every year – a fall play and a spring musical. One is presented by Upper School students, while the other is a combined Upper and Middle School production including students in grades seven and eight to introduce them to the excitement and creativity of theater.
The fall 2012 show is The Tempest by William Shakespeare, featuring students in grades nine through 12. Rather than a traditional approach, Mrs. Becker plans a steam punk, artsy, special effects motif. This will be 100 percent orginal in presentation. That's part of The beauty of Shakespeare — the enormous possibility for creativity in setting and costume.
The 2011 fall show, The Pink Panther Strikes Again
, was a combined Middle and Upper School production featuring students in grades 7-12.
Mr. J.R. Gould serves as music director for spring musical.
Upper School Musical
The Upper School musical is an auditioned extra-curricular musical theatre production for students in grades nine through 12. All Upper School students are welcome to audition for on-stage roles or off-stage technical responsibilities regardless of previous experience. Recent smash productions have included Godspell, Seussical the Musical, and You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown. B-T's Upper School musicals represent some of the finest student-artistry B-T has to offer.
The production process begins with auditions either just before or just after semester break. In early January, the cast convenes for the first read-through and then begins an intricate and busy rehearsal schedule. Most scripts require every participant to act, sing, and dance, though not every performer will have spoken lines or solos, and not all dancers will have equally difficult choreography. By mid-February, the cast has added weekly Saturday afternoon rehearsals and the crew is busy building sets, collecting props, designing costumes, and programming lights. . The three performances (Thursday night, Friday night, and Saturday afternoon) typically play to sold-out audiences, and the show is "struck" (completely disassembled) immediately after the final show and before the Saturday evening cast & crew party.