The Upper School program offers a comprehensive list of opportunities in all aspects of theatre. Building on the foundation acquired in the Lower and Middle School drama programs, the pieces selected and performed in the Upper School are advanced and require artistic commitment, truthful characterization, effective ensemble work, and risk-taking. Actors receive individual attention with regard to acting skills such as character development, emotional expression, physical movement, motivation, vocal delivery, and staging techniques. Theater Tech classes allow boys to gain in-depth experience in lighting, sound, set design, and stage managing. Video Production introduces boys to filming, editing, script writing, acting, and directing.
Drama offerings vary by term, but include the fall drama production, the winter musical (held in cooperation with Nashoba-Brooks School and the Fenn music program, and hosted in alternate years at Fenn), as well as the spring comedy, and classes such as Improv, Theatre Tech, and Video Production. Many of the courses require additional time commitments beyond the scheduled class periods, and in some cases weekend commitment. Each of these courses culminates in at least one performance, and some plays are performed for audiences two or three times.
Theater Tech covers the technical aspects of a theater production. Students are expected to learn the history and theory of various effects as well as their practical use. This course is organized so that half of the time boys are involved in 'hands-on' experience while the remainder is conducted in a lecture and discussion setting. Class members may be called upon to assist technically with the Upper School fall play, the Middle School fall play, the Fenn-Nashoba Musical, the Upper School spring comedy, and various Lower School plays.