Worcester’s premier college-preparatory co-ed day school serving students from Central MA and MetroWest, Pre-K–Grade 12
Arts

Upper School Drama

Some one once asked the famous American painter, Winslow Homer, where he got his talent. He said, “Talent! There’s no such thing as talent. What they call talent is nothing but the capacity for doing continuous hard work in the right way.”

Photo: US Drama: The Laramie Project, December 2016.

 

Classes and Performances

Technical Theater

Tech theater is a unique blend of science and art that makes magic and evokes emotion in an audience. The units are planned to cover a range of topics and the practical applications are applied to actual Bancroft productions and performances.

Introduction to Acting

Introduction to Acting is a class where students with various acting experiences meet to improve their skills. All we ask is that these students have a sincere desire to explore, grow, and work consistently. Using a variety of techniques, including movement, improv work, and scene study we strive to reach new heights as actors. All students are required to keep journals that record their thoughts about their work in class. Honest commentary from the teacher and class members make success possible for all. Homework consists primarily of memorization and scenework but also reading and some written work.

Advanced Acting

Advanced Acting is a class designed for those who want to challenge themselves with more complex material than in Introduction to Acting. Focus is on performance theories, advanced improvisation skills, and deeper character development. We have studied plays including Our Town, Othello, Barefoot in the Park, and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Performances

Upper School Drama

The US drama is a great opportunity for a cast and crew of students to work on a piece of great drama with the director and producer after school for an extended period of time. In the recent past we have done such comedies and dramas as The Diary of Anne Frank,  Metamorphoses, You Can't Take It with You, The Laramie Project, and The Crucible. Acting roles are cast by audition (Photo: The Laramie Project, 2016).

Upper School Musical

In nearly every high school in America there is the ritual of the "spring musical" and we are enthusiastic participants. It all begins in January at auditions, followed by two and a half months of daily rehearsals, followed by four performances in March. We even have a student pit band to accompany the singing. Recent choices have ranged from older How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying to the more modern Urinetown  (Photo: Once Upon a Mattress, 2017).


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