Fenn students on stage

The stage lights in Fenn's Ward Hall shone brightly again in early November as we welcomed back live performances with a Middle School production of Sherlock Holmes and the 1st Baker Street Irregular by Brian Guehring.

Our sixth and seventh grade thespians and skilled tech crew delivered a masterful performance before Middle School classmates and faculty and staff during a special assembly that marked the first main stage production at Fenn since March 2020. All other school audiences were treated to a video viewing of the performance due to COVID seating protocols in Ward Hall. 

Amy Menkin, who directed the play, had high praise for the boys' energy and enthusiasm as they brought the show to life during such unprecedented times. "I commend this group of boys for the hard work and courage that they put into this show," she shared. "I feel so lucky to have such a great group of boys and supporters around me."

Partnering with Menkin on the production was faculty colleague and Technical Director, Rob Morrison, who passed the Director baton on to colleague Tom O'Connor following the performance after 21 years of service to Fenn's Theatre Department. Thank you, Mr. Morrison, for empowering your tech crews to learn and lead behind the scenes!


Grade 4 Drama

First year drama students at Fenn participate in a variety of games and exercises designed to develop skills in observation, sensory and emotional awareness, pantomime, mime illusions, and improvisation. Working together, students focus on the dual performance skills of speech and movement. They learn basic theater vocabulary, stage directions, and stage movement techniques. Time is also spent learning how to be a positive and polite audience member. Each student will take part in a short performance at the end of the term for the fourth grade audience.

Grade 5 Drama

Following a review of basic acting techniques, fifth grade drama students will participate in a short one-act play with special focus on multicultural theater, in relation to fifth grade curriculum. Once roles have been assigned, students will personalize their parts through character analysis and design. Students will also take on small technical responsibilities back-stage. Students are expected to support each other at all times, both on and backstage. The play, with costumes, make-up, and simple sets will be presented to the fifth grade at the end of the term.

Grade 6 Drama

The sixth grade drama program reviews previously learned skills and introduces students to the words and works of William Shakespeare. Students learn historical background information about Shakespeare and his time. All students participate in scenes from well-known Shakespeare plays. The scripts used are adaptations that allow students to become familiar with authentic Shakespearean language, characters, and plots. The scenes are presented to a sixth grade audience at the end of the trimester.

Grade 7 Drama

This course offers an exploratory view of multiple forms of theater and an introduction to stagecraft. During the trimester, they will learn about the elements of how a show is produced (set design, costume design, lighting and sound design). They will then have the opportunity to design many of these elements for a scene that they are cast in. Students will analyze and develop their scene characters both individually and with their scene partners. The term will culminate with a ‘Scene Showcase’ in which students will share their complete theatrical scenes with technical elements.

Upper School Drama

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

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.


All are welcome to this inspiring production! Tickets are free and available now in the Fenn School front office. Get yours today!
The Middle School performance of "Sherlock Holmes and the 1st Baker Street Irregular" by Brian Guehring is the first main stage production at Fenn since March 2020.
Tickets are free and available in the W.W. Fenn Administration Building on-campus or at the door before performances begin on Friday and Saturday



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