Challenging girls to become women of 
intellect, character, innovation, action, and faith

Theatre

Little Women Rehersal

Students interested in participating in drama have many options. The Upper School stages a major musical production in the fall, often participates in the Massachusetts State Drama Festival in the winter, and stages plays or musical reviews in the spring. More experienced students who have shown a commitment to the theatre program may submit a proposal to direct. Students are also encouraged to work as designers, technicians, and stage managers. All theatre activities are held after school.
 
Middle School students perform a musical in the spring. Recent shows include Seussical, Jr. and Honk!, Jr. All students work in the Sweeney-Husson Theatre, mentored by teachers and artists, most of whom pursue their own work as directors, musicians, dancers, actors, or designers in the Boston arts community.
 
In 2001, the School completed the Sweeney-Husson building, which houses the theatre. The 250-seat theatre was updated in 2018 with state-of-the-art lighting and sound equipment. The theatre houses our musical productions, plays, dance performances, instrumental music concerts, guest speakers, and class meetings.

Upper School

Acting

During the first quarter, students are introduced to the basics of acting. Girls learn basic terminology for stage direction and acting in general. The first unit s improv, where girls learn the basics of acting and improvisation through games. After students become comfortable performing with and in front of their peers, they enter into a Shakespeare monologue project. Girls pick a monologue from their favorite Shakespeare play and study it. They do research to learn the basic problem that the character is facing and what emotions their characters feel in the scene. After they complete the research, girls write a diary entry from the perspective of one of the characters. By the end of the quarter, students perform their memorized monologue in front of the class. 

During the second quarter, students continue their study of the basics of acting, looking specifically at character development. They are challenged to look beyond the basics of what lines they could say to create a character. They focus on physically bringing a character to life, from looking at the way the character walked to how the character carry him or herself. Girls then study and analyze Lucille Fletcher’s one-act play Sorry, Wrong Number. Students each take one, or in some cases two or three, parts to make their own. Girls continue to work on improvisation through games and activities. Students also watch clips from Broadway, to learn about life as a Broadway performer.

For the third quarter, students work on play writing and directing.

2019 Upper School Musical: Mamma Mia!

2019 Middle School Musical: Seussical, Jr.