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

Main Stage Shows

Each year, Bancroft holds four main stage shows in the Harrington Performing Arts Center — the Upper School Drama, Upper School Musical, 8th Grade Play, and 5th Grade Play. Prior to the public performances, each event engages the students in a full range of theatrical education, including many weeks of rehearsals, set design and construction, lighting, costumes, makeup, acting, and singing. WATCH VIDEO OF 2016-2017 SHOWS

8th Grade Play

The eighth grade play is a fully staged musical collaboration between the Performing Arts department and the Visual Arts department. All eighth graders have singing, acting, and dancing roles and they help to design, build, and decorate their set.

Photo: Scared Silly, November 2017

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 Metamorphoses, You Can't Take It with You, The Laramie Project, The Crucible, The Diary of Anne Frank, and Harvey. Acting roles are cast by audition.

Photo: The Greek Mythology Olympiaganza, December 2017

Winter Concert: Middle and Upper School

Free Admission

December 14:  6:00pm – 8:00pm —Public Performance

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 the older How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Urinetown, and The Drowsy Chaperone.

2018 Production: Cabaret
(tickets in advance or at the door)

March 8   7:30pm – 10:00pm —Public Performance
March 9:  7:30pm – 10:00pm —Public Performance
March 10: 1:00pm – 3:30pm —Public Performance
March 10:  7:30pm – 10:00pm —Public Performance

Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella
Photo: Once Upon a Mattress, March 2017

5th Grade Play

All Fifth Graders get speaking parts in the May production, with costumes, make-up, lights, and three performances. Drama and Music classes combine to prepare students for large audiences, true teamwork, fun, and pride in this culminating Lower School Drama event.

2018 Production: The Grunch (free admission)

May 3:  2:00pm – 3:15pm —Performance for Middle and Lower School
May 3:  7:00pm – 8:00pm —Public Performance
May 4:  9:30pm – 10:45pm —Performance for Upper School

Photo: Space Pirates, May 2017

Spring Concert: Middle and Upper School

Free Admission
May 17:  6:00pm – 8:00pm —Public Performance

Ensemble Concert: Lower School

Free Admission
May 25:  8:15am – 9:30am —Public Performance


Cabaret – US Musical
March 8, 9, 10, 2018

Tickets: $10 (in advance or at the door)

In a Berlin nightclub, as the 1920’s draw to a close, a Master of Ceremonies welcomes the audience and assures them they will forget all their troubles at the CABARET. With the Emcee’s songs as wry commentary, CABARET explores the dark, heady, and tumultuous life of Berlin’s natives and expatriates as Germany slowly yields to the emerging Third Reich. Cliff, a young American writer newly arrived in Berlin, is immediately taken by English singer Sally Bowles. Meanwhile, Fräulein Schneider, proprietor of Cliff and Sally’s boardinghouse, tentatively begins a romance with Herr Schultz, a mild-mannered fruit seller who happens to be Jewish. Musical numbers include “Willkommen,” “Cabaret,” “Don’t Tell Mama” and “Two Ladies.”


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