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
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
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
December 14: 6:00pm – 8:00pm —Public Performance
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.
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
Photo: Cabaret, March 2018
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
May 17: 6:00pm – 8:00pm —Public Performance
May 25: 8:15am – 9:30am —Public Performance