LS Events

2017 – 2018 Programs:

Greater Worcester Opera: Diamond and Toads

Diamonds and Toads

Friday, February 23, 2018 (C)
8:00-9:00 a.m., LS Assembly
Harrington Theatre

Diamonds and Toads is based on the French fairy tale by Perrault and tells the tale of two sisters, and how by way of a Fairy they learn the value of kind speech, and empathy.  This tale has a valuable lesson, and is also an excellent introduction to the music of Mozart.

Susan Champeny, Artist: Sculpture Workshop

March 2018
Workshops for Grades 3, 4, and 5

Susan Champeny teaches how ordinary objects can be recycled into exciting art. Students in Grades 3, 4, and 5 will learn interactively about the re-use of materials, the principles of symmetry as applied to design, basic tool safety, and discuss how to keep plastics out of the waste stream.

Gawler Family Band and Droplet Dance

March 15, 2018 (C)
11:45-12:30 LS
Harrington Theatre

Workshops for strings players TBA

Playathon 2018

April 12, 2018 (F)
Learn More Here

2016 – 2017 Programs:


Lynda Mullaly Hunt: Author, Fish In A Tree

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 (F)

8:00-9:05 a.m. Theatre Assembly All Students Grades 4-7,
Author Introduction and Using Real Life to Create Fiction

9:20-10:05 a.m. Writer’s Workshop, M235 (Mr. Perez's room).
Hope Graham Students Grades 4 & 5.

10:45-11:30 a.m. Writer’s Workshop, M235 (Mr. Perez's room).
Hope Graham Students Grades 6 & 7

A Cappella Night!

Thursday, April 20, 2017 (D)
7:30 p.m. Harrington Theatre
Tickets: $10
Learn More Here

Featured Groups:
Watch Your Tone
The MIT Logarhythms

Pumpernickel Puppets performing:
Sir George and the Dragon

Wednesday, February 1, 2017 (E)
9:15-10:00 a.m.
Boone Room
PreK–Grade 2

The Playathon!

Thursday, January 26, 2017
3:45-6:00 p.m.
Harrington Theatre

All School Event

Andrea Davis Pinkney: Author

Tuesday, October 25, 2016 (G)

9:30–10:30 am, Theatre Assembly – All Students Grades 3-7
LS and MS

Michael Townsend & Leah Smith:
Artists In Residence
& Tape Art Installation

Wednesday, November 2, 2016 (F)

TBA Studio Arts Classes, LS & US
10:45-11:30 MS Assembly Theatre

LS and US

Thursday, November 3 (G)
Michael Townsend & Leah Smith:
Arts and Athletics, MS
8:00- 10:30 a.m.


Meet The Artist

Thursday, November 3, 2016 (G)
8:00 a.m. - 2:45 p.m. MPR
All School Event

Local artists display and demonstrate their craft. Classes and student groups welcome to schedule a visit or drop in. WATCH 2016 VIDEO

Participating Artists: 


Hugh Naggar: Spun & Blown Glass

John Glabus: Wheel Thrown Ceramics

Christopher Whitehead: Comics

Lou Leelyn: Lou's Upcycles

Ron Rosenstock: Photographer

Haruo Shiga: Origami

Kara Bigda: Painter

2015 – 2016 Programs:

Marcus Santos
Grooversity: Brazilian Music & Culture

Wednesday, April 27, 2016 (B)

8:10–8:55 am, Harrington Theatre: Brazilian Music & Culture Show
LS (PreK - Grade 5)

David and Ginger Hildebrand
The Colonial Music Institute

Friday, April 29, 2016 (D) - Boone Room
8:45–9:30 a.m. - Grades 4 & 6

Performance of live music, Colonial through 1812 era,
period instruments and attire.

Playathon 2016

Thursday, January 28, 2016 (F)
3:35–6:30 pm, Harrington Theatre
All School Event

Stephen Ursprung '06
Reject Dance Theatre

Friday, January 8, 2016 (F)
All School Event
LS Performance: 8:05am – 8:55am

Lena Jonsson & Brittany Haas
Fiddler Performance & Workshops

Tuesday, December 1, 2015 (F)

11:20-11:55 Middle School & Grade 5 Fiddler Performance Theatre  
12:00-12:30 Upper School Fiddler Performance Theatre
12:35-1:15  8th Grade Strings Workshop Small Music Room
1:15-2:00 Lunch
2:05-2:45 Upper School Strings Class and 7th Grade Strings Workshop Small Music Room
2:45-3:30 Lower School Strings Workshop Small Music Room

Watch You Tube Performance

A Cappella Night!

Thursday, November 19, 2015 (A)
7:00 p.m.
All School Event

Tickets: $10 at the Front Desk, Theatre Door
or email

Bancroft’s Upper School A Cappella Group:

In Achord: Boston University's A Cappella Group. Bancroft alumna, Sali Diakite '14, will be performing with the group.

The Harvard Krokodiloes: The Harvard Krokodiloes have the gift of warming one’s soul and enriching one’s day.—Leonard Bernstein

UMass S#arp Attitude: University of Massachusetts Amherst's most sexy, sassy and stylish all-female a cappella group.

UMass S#arp Attitude


Meet The Artist

Thursday, October 15, 2015 (A)
All School Event

Local artists display and demonstrate their craft. Classes and student groups welcome to schedule a visit or drop in. WATCH 2015 VIDEO

Participating Artists: 

Sarah Williams: Ceramic Artist

Ronald (Ron) Pouliot: Wood Turner

JoAnn Mills: Quilt Maker

Elisabeth Hyder:
Handmade Books

Edward (Ed) M. Condon:

Beth Mellor: Lampwork Glass Beads

Dick Taylor: Photographer

Dick Taylor


Tanglewood Marionettes
The Dragon King

Friday, October 2, 2015 (E)

8:05 - 9:00 am – LS Assembly Theatre
The tale of The Dragon King, is an underwater fantasy based on Chinese folklore.


2014 – 2015 Programs:

Loree Griffin Burns
Scientist, Naturalist, and Writer

Friday, May 8 (B)

8:00-8:45 LS Assembly
Citizen Scientists: Be a Part of Scientific Discovery from Your Own Backyard
Featuring Books: Citizen Scientists & Handle With Care

9:15-10:00 Grade 5, Rocha, Science Class - Tracking Trash

11:15-12:00 Grade 5, Kunhardt, Library Class - Tracking Trash

Zach Combs, West African Drumming

West African Musical Performance: Trinidad 2 Timbuktu
Wednesday, January 7, 2015 (B)

1:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. LS
Harrington Theatre

(snow date Jan. 28, 2015 (D)

School residency program Gallery Of African Art will include: African Art Installation (1 month), West African drumming-dance workshops (1 day of 6-8 workshops) and performances. 

School Residency & West African
Drumming–Dance Workshops

Thursday January 8, 2015 (C)

Master drummer Issa Coulibaly and Zach Combs will provide hands-on West African drumming instruction.  Authentic instruments supplied.
Location: Large Music Room

Drumming Workshop Schedule:
8:50-9:30 US, Butler & Melley
9:50-10:30 Grade 8, Young
11:45-12:30 Grade 3, Jackel
12:30-1:15 Lunch
1:15-2:00 Grade 7, Young
2:00-2:45 Grade 8, Young
2:45- 3:30 Grade 3, LeBlanc

A Cappella Night!

Thursday, November 20, 2014 (F)
7:00 p.m. – All School Event

Tickets are $10 at Front Desk or email Rhonda

Bancroft’s Upper School A Cappella Groups:

The New Blue: Yale University’s best and most experienced female musicians of the senior class.

The Brown Derbies:  Brown University’s most legendary all male a cappella group.

Odds Bodkin

Friday, October 24, 2014 (F)
Harrington Theatre

Odds Bodkin
8:10 – 9:00 a.m. — Golden Rule: Aesop's Fables And Folktales

Meet the Artist

Thursday, October 16, 2014 (F)
All Day MPR & Outdoors

Local artists display and demonstrate their craft. Classes and student groups welcome to schedule a visit or drop in. WATCH VIDEO.

Participating Artists: 

Gary A. Lippincott: Artist-Illustrator

Bayda Asbridge: Saori Weaver

Devan Cole: Glass Artist

Mari Seder: Photography & Photo-Collage

 Steve Belz: Ceramic Sculptor

Jo Ellen Reinhardt: Portraits, Landscapes, & Still Lifes

Nan Rumpf: Water Media Artist



Ancient Civilizations and Birds of Prey
April 18, 2014


Jim Parks from Wingmasters came to Bancroft with live birds of prey to speak about how people from around the world, and across time, have viewed the magnificent hunters of the air.  Wingmasters is dedicated to increasing public understanding and appreciation of North American birds of prey. Jim Parks is a licensed raptor rehabilitator based in Massachusetts. This programs included a variety of live birds of prey, cultural artifacts and art.

Isaiah Thomas: Patriot Printer

January 30, 2014

Isaiah Thomas, Printer

American Antiquarian Society theatrical gave a presentation about Isaiah Thomas (1749-1831), a printer who was instrumental in starting the American Revolution and the foremost publisher in the Early Republic.

Shaw Pong Liu:

Exploring China- The "Middle Kingdom" Through Music & Story
January 24, 2014

Shaw Pong Liu

With a travel-bag packed with musical instruments, master teacher and violinist Shaw Pong Liu wove together history, geography, the Mandarin language and Chinese folk music in a dynamic exploration of China. 


January 23, 2014 

Playathon featured the many talented members of the Bancroft Community. Students, Parents, Faculty, Alumni, and Bancroft Friends participated and attended this wonderful annual event!

Harlem Globetrotter Player,
Handles, Presents: The ABC's Of Bullying Prevention

November 20, 2013

The Globetrotters designed this program in coordination with the National Campaign to Stop Violence. The program focuses on Action, Bravery, and Compassion, comprising the ABCs.  

A Cappella Night!

October 24, 2013

Bancroft School's A Cappella Singing Groups


Pitch Slapped, Berklee College of Music

Pitch Slapped

Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA

Premier Coed A Cappella Group

The Duke's Men of Yale

The Duke's Men of Yale

Yale University, New Haven, CT

"Da Doox," All-Male A Cappella Group

Peter Dellert: Sculptor

October 15, 2013 to May 13, 2014

These sculptures were on loan with thanks to the artist, and Art in the Park 2013,Elm Park, Worcester, MA

Conversations in Jazz!

Mechanics Hall Concerts For Kids

October 7, 2013

Introduction to American Composers - Mechanics Hall

Meet the Artist

October 4, 2013

Local artists displayed and demonstrated their arts and crafts.

Isaac Camp, Bancroft Graduate Class Of 2008: Painting

Bruce deGraaf, Avian Awakening
Discovering the Birds of New England: Photography

Ingrid Hathaway: Functional Ceramics

Brenda Sullivan: The Gravestone Girls

Andy Volpe: Medieval Art & Printmaker

Heather March: Bead Making    

 Emery Wenger: Glass Torch Artist

Karen Montanaro

Karen Montanaro:

Imagination in Action!

May 7, 8 & 9, 2013

Dance, mime and the language of movement, performances and workshops.

Jarrett J. Krosoczka:

March 13, 2013

Jarrett J. Krosoczka is the author and illustrator of books for young readers including the award-winning Lunch Lady graphic novel series. 

Jarrett J. Krosoczka

Lunch Lady by J. Krosoczka

Monkey Boy to Lunch Lady: 100% of proceeds from this book benefit the Krosoczka Memorial Youth Scholarship at the Worcester Art Museum, which provides free tuition to art courses for children in need.


Abraham Lincoln:

American President
January 11, 2013

Actor portraying Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln

 A historical portrayal of the life of Abraham Lincoln

Young Audiences of Massachusetts

Diamonds and Toads

December 7, 2012

Diamonds and Toads children's opera

An opera for children based on a French fairy tale by Perrault, arranged to the music of Mozart. Greater Worcester Opera

Odaiko New England

October 18, 2012

Japanese Taiko Drumming

Odaiko NE - Japanese Taiko Drumming

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre

April 27, 2012  

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre

Lecture-Demo.  Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre

Brian Lies: Author and Illustrator

March 7, 2012

Bats at the Ballgame image

Brian Lies' BATSmobile

Seniors and Grade 1 Book Project.

Artist Sarah Haskel

February 27, 28, 2012

Artist Sarah Haskell

"Students collaborate to create a circular weaving called a mandala. Themes for the mandala can be integrated into social studies, history, science, and/or language arts curricula. From the colors of the weaving, to the representations of people, to the texture of the weaving, the completed mandala is a true reflection and celebration of each community." — Sarah Haskell

The finished Mandala Weaving has been hung in the McDonough Center.

The Life of Harriet Tubman

Historical Perspectives for Children

February 10, 2012

Harriet Tubman Event