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

The Mystery of Edwin Drood play logo

May 17-20, 2020 

Upper School Musical
Directed by: Dewey J. Oriente

This hilarious musical whodunit was a smash hit on Broadway where it received rave reviews. Based on Charles Dickens' famous unfinished novel, it takes audience participation to new heights by letting them directly affect the play's outcome by voting for whoever they think murdered the unfortunate young Drood.

Previously this season

Frozen Jr. play logo

March 1-3, 2020 

Middle School Musical
Directed by: Dewey J. Oriente
With support from Sandra and Burton Klein

A story of true love and acceptance between sisters, this musical expands upon the emotional relationship and journey between two princesses. Loaded with magic, adventure, and plenty of humor, Frozen Jr. is sure to thaw even the coldest heart.


February 2-4, 2020

Upper School Student-Directed Drama
Directed by Rivkah Wyner '20

Sisters Marianne (a hopeless romantic) and Elinor (a stoic realist) experience the pitfalls of society, the generosity of new friends, and the passion of unexpected love in this funny and poignant adaptation of Jane Austen's exquisite early work.

Our Town play logo

November 10-12, 2019 

Barrack Repertory Company
Directed by: Dewey J. Oriente

Our Town tells the story of the fictional small American town of Grover's Corners between 1901 and 1913 through the everyday lives of its citizens.

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