Theater at Waring involves all students, not merely a group of talented actors. This means that every student gains theater experience: those with a deeper passion may even direct plays and assist in theater classes for younger students. Though our program trains students to become actors, of course, it also helps them to become public speakers, musical performers, and readers of their own writing. Through exercises, improvisation, scene study and play performance, students increase their range of physical, emotional, and vocal expression. In the process, they typically become confident actors—and more confident human beings.
Our plays generally employ minimal sets and tech crews, although we do use light and soundboards. Instead, the emphasis is on the actors themselves, on honing their skills and nurturing their development as performers. The dramas span a variety of genres, including experimental, classical, traditional, musical, and from time to time, French. Recent performances include: Death of a Salesman
, The Tempest
, Wind in the Willows
and The Secret Garden
. The Theater Department works closely with the Humanities Department
and often selects plays that dovetail with humanities class work such as with The Crucible
and A Midsummer Night’s Dream