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 PAST SHOWS

2018-2019 SHOWS

8TH GRADE PLAY: Bedtime Stories (As Told by Our Dad) (Who Messed Them Up): November 8 at 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM and November 9 at 11:45 AM and 7:00 PM. 

US DRAMA: Almost, Maine: December 6, 7, 8 at 7:30 PM

US MUSICAL: You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown: March 7, 8, 9 at 7:30 PM, and March 9 at 1:00 PM


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: Bedtime Stories (As Told by Our Dad) 
(Who Messed Them Up), November 2018

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.

 Almost Maine, December 2018

Winter Concert: Middle and Upper School

Free Admission

December 13:  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, The Drowsy Chaperone, Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella, and Once Upon a Mattress.

Photo: Cabaret, March 2018

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.

Photo: The Grunch, May 2018

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


Upper School Musical
March 7, 8, 9 at 7:30 PM
March 9 at 1:00 PM

Harrington Theatre

Charles Schulz’s beloved comic comes to life in Clark Gesner’s classic musical, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. The whole gang is here: bossy Lucy is hopelessly in love with piano prodigy Schroeder who doesn’t give her the time of day, perfectionist Sally is still mocking blanket-toting Linus, Snoopy is in the doghouse, and “blockhead,” himself, Charlie Brown, is in rare form. Brief vignettes span the months from Valentine’s Day to Beethoven Day, from wild optimism to utter despair. In this revised version, the sweet, joyful innocence of the Peanuts gang is maintained. The new script features two new songs, particularly funny dialogue, and new, catchy orchestrations. Whether you’re keen to fly with the Red Baron, moon over the Moonlight Sonata, or just do your best to find “Happiness,” You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown is a crowd-pleasing classic.

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