Theatre After School
Main Stage Productions
The Lawrence Academy theatre department produces two major productions in the fall and winter, and a festival of student-directed one-act plays in the spring. Auditions for the productions are open to all students and in the fall and winter term, theatre fulfills the after school sports requirement. Selection of material for theatre production ranges from classic plays and musical theatre to challenging contemporary works and ensemble-created adaptations. The goal is to make students the focus of the creative process. Students are involved in all aspects of production, including design, stage management, and technical crew, as well as performance. To view production history and photos, click here.
Honors Theatre Ensemble
The Honors Theatre Ensemble course, a yearlong study in performance and directing, culminates in the production of an evening of one-act plays directed, designed, and produced by students under the guidance of the director of theatre. The material for these performances is adapted, or written by students. As this is not an after-school commitment, it gives a chance for many students who haven't done theatre at LA to try it for the first time.
Stage Crew, which fulfills the requirement for a sport, meets after school every day and on some Saturdays. Under the guidance of the technical director, students build sets, hang and run lights, and work on costume, sound, and props, helping to bring LA theatre productions to life. The stage crew is as important a part of the creative process as the actors on stage. LA’s newly renovated theatre in the Richardson-Mees Performing Arts Center includes a large scene shop facility where set construction takes place. Students may stage manage productions as well. Advanced students also have the opportunity to become involved in design for theatre and dance productions.