Drama

Our award-winning drama program gives students the opportunity to enhance their creative thinking and broaden their personal expression.

Students on stage performing in middle school musical 2019 "The Beat Goes On"

Students in all grades hone their craft and explore their talents on stage and behind the scenes. Each year, they work as a team to present up to six outstanding productions including musicals, dramas, and one-act plays. Students can choose to perform by acting, singing, and dancing or develop their production strengths through stagecraft, choreography, and directing.

The quality of our theatre arts program and students’ individual and troupe work has been recognized with multiple Cappie Awards (Philadelphia Critics and Awards Program), the equivalent of the Tony Awards for high school students. Praising the impact of their drama experiences here, many Barrack graduates have pursued careers in the theater and arts, with some going on to work on Tony Award-winning productions.

 

Coming up this season

Image of cassette tape, map, photo, and postcard with split-rail fence for The Laramie Project

November 15–17, 2020

Barrack Repertory Company
Directed by: Ash Chelder '21, Ben Fisher '21, & Dewey J. Oriente
 
The Laramie Project draws on hundreds of interviews conducted in the wake of the 1998 murder of Matthew Shepard, a University of Wyoming student who died after a brutal attack that was denounced as a hate crime. The play is a series of short scenes portraying a range of individuals' reactions and reflections. 
 
Orange and teal drama and comedy masks on white and gray geometric field.

November 30, 2020

 

Blue and red patchwork human profile, blue bkgnd with intersecting lines, white text of play title

January 31–February 2, 2021

Upper School Student-Directed Drama
Directed by: Sophia Decherney '21
 
Fifteen-year old Christopher has an extraordinary brain; he is exceptionally intelligent but has a hard time interpreting everyday life. When he is suspected of killing his neighbor’s dog, he aims to identify the true culprit. His efforts unearth a life-changing secret.
School House Rock Live! Jr. logo. Red schoolhouse and yellow and black text

February 28–March 2, 2021

Middle School Musical
Directed by: Dewey J. Oriente
 
Based on the ever-popular, award-winning 1970s cartoons, this fast-paced musical teaches lessons with clever, catchy tunes.
Red "TBA" stamped on white background

May 23–26, 2021

Upper School Musical 
 
Also TBA (dates forthcoming): Cabaret
Students singing and dancing in Mamma Mia 2019

Mamma Mia!: Upper School Musical 2019

The Beat Goes On: Middle School Musical 2018

Noises Off: Barrack Reparatory Theatre Company 2018

Clue: Student-Directed Play 2018