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.

 

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2020–21 Season

Green street sign: The Laramie Project by Moises Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theater Project

December 6, 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. 
 
*The production will be live streamed at 3pm on Sunday, December 6, 2020 and available at that link through December 8, 2020. Purchase tickets to receive the stream link, which will be emailed to ticket holders on December 5.
 

 

screenshots of MS students acting in Virtually Ever After with fairy tale clip art

November 30, 2020

Barrack's Middle School class "The Play's the Thing" held their One-Act Play Festival November 30, performing Virtually Ever After, a series of one-acts bursting with familiar fairy tale characters from the Big Bad Wolf, to Prince Charming and the Sleeping Beauty. The characters all communicate on their remote devices to book cottages, talk with friends or plan their next adventure — so the fresh and funny stories all lent themselves perfectly to a stellar remote performance. Kol ha'kavod to Director Dewey Oriente and the entire MS cast!

 

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