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.


2020–21 Season

May 23–26, 2021

Upper School Musical
Directed by Dewey J. Oriente
Grease takes audiences back to the era of poodle skirts and slicked-back hair, telling the story of Danny Zuko and new-girl-in-town Sandy Dumbrowski. Can their secret summer romance survive the start of school?

See photos from the show

March 21-23, 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.

November 30, 2020

Middle School One-Act Play Festival

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!

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. 

March 7-9, 2021

Directed by Sophia Decherney '21

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time takes the audience into the world of autistic fifteen-year-old Christopher Boone (played by Ethan Simon 21’). Despite Christopher’s extraordinary intelligence, he struggles to make his way in a world not built for him. However, when he is suspected of killing his neighbor’s dog, he is determined to uncover the real culprit. On his detective journey, he unearths a life-changing secret, reunites his family, and discovers that no matter what life brings, he can, in fact, do anything he sets out to do.

See the Virtual Playbook

2021 Drama Fundraiser

Yellow mic stand on black background with pink logo for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel


February 21, 2021 

Join us for a special fundraiser for Barrack Drama on Sunday, February 21st featuring Matthew Shapiro '01, Producer of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Moderated by THOMAS MCLAUGHLIN, Upper School Academic Dean 
and DEWEY ORIENTE, Director of the Drama Program. 
Students singing and dancing in Mamma Mia 2019

Mamma Mia!: Upper School Musical 2019

Noises Off: Barrack Reparatory Theatre Company 2018

Clue: Student-Directed Play 2018