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Cayley Tolbert-Schwartz 24, who plays Mrs. Lovett, sings alongside patrons of her meat pie shop.

Theater department opens “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street”

Davis Marks and Everett Lakey February 8, 2024

Walking to rehearsal while attending a summer theatre program, Elise Fried ’24 and Anna Ames ’24 eagerly discussed their favorite Broadway shows. With their senior year approaching, Fried and Ames...

Give equal credit to extracurricular activities

Hannah Shahidi, Assistant News Editor September 21, 2023

While working on tech crew for "Urinetown," the musical from last spring, I found myself incredibly overwhelmed with approaching assessments in my classes. I was trying to manage my time productively and...

The cast members of “The Insitute’s Prisoner,” written
by Carina Villanova ’22, gather for Playwrights Festival rehearsal in the Drama Lab.

Theater the wright way

Jina Jeon May 29, 2022

The school will hold its annual Playwrights Festival in Rugby Theater on May 26 and 27. The event will feature 14 student-written plays across two nights, with seven plays per night. The Playwrights Festival...

Spring Awakening follows a group of repressed teenagers discovering their sexuality and journeying through the emotional turbulence of adolescence.

A Controversial Awakening

Georgia Goldberg, Assistant A&E Editor February 17, 2022

Gisele Stigi '22 gasped as a blue notification darted across her screen in late august of 2021, accompanied by an email announcing her senior year musical. Her jaw dropped as she read the title, "Spring...

Thespians gather for a group photo after a performance of J.B..

Fall Play: ‘JB’

James Hess and Natasha Speiss November 17, 2021

The upper school Performing Arts Department opened the fall play, “J.B.,” to audiences in Rugby Theater on Oct. 29, 30 and 31. The show marked the first large-scale in-person Performing...

Improv Workshop members (from top right clockwise) Will Farhat 21, Simone Herman 23, Alon Moradi 21 and Carter Staggs 23 perform in a group skit.

Improv group hosts online performance event

Natalie Cosgrove March 21, 2021

The upper school improv group hosted an event on Zoom, where students from the group displayed their improvisation skills through a series of games and scenes based on suggestions from the audience, March...

HW Project released for students and faculty

Sydney Fener February 9, 2021

The HW Project, a multimedia production including over 23 separate student works, premiered Jan. 22 on Vimeo in place of the regular fall play.   Upper School Performing Arts Technical Director and...

Students to act in “Into the Woods”

Sarah Reiff August 28, 2019

“[The musical] is able to tell an abundance of very important life morals in such a short amount of time.” - Alexandra du Manoir '21 The Performing Arts department plans to stage the musical “Into...

Play-ing for Progress

Annie Beckman March 1, 2019

Students performed a redesigned version of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream on Feb. 8-10 including LGBTQ characters. In directing the show, performing arts teacher Rees Pugh decided...

The men and women in black

Aaron Park November 29, 2016

The lights in Rugby theater dimmed, and the applauding crowd quieted in anticipation. "Turn the house off, please," Savannah Weinstock ’18 said, "standby six. Go six." From high above the stage, the...

Jack Nordstrom ’19, right, as Marius and Maya Hinkin ’18, left, as Cosette comfort Henry Platt ’17, middle, as he is dying. Photo by Pavan Tauh/Chronicle

Vive la Révolution!

Josie Abugov November 29, 2016

After almost two months of preparation, the Upper School Performing Arts Department showcased four performances of Les Miserables on Nov. 3, 4, 5 and 6. The cast of 44 told a story of interconnected characters...

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