Arts

Drama

Drama has been an essential thread in the tapestry of Tandem Friends life. The drama program addresses the needs of both our Upper School and Middle School students. Our goal is to provide an opportunity for all students to explore their own self-expression, to develop theater skills, and to be dazzled by the magic of the stage.

The school puts on seven drama productions per year, so the theatre space is a busy one. Middle School plays are rehearsed during the school day for the most part, while Upper School drama productions are an extracurricular activity.

Students, faculty, and the local community celebrate the art of the theater by attending our plays, being a lively, playful audience, applauding loudly, and by being moved and inspired by each cast and crew. Local theatre artists (choreographers, designers, musicians, vocal coaches) are often brought in to enhance the drama production experience.

Middle School Drama

In Middle School, drama is an integral part of the daily academic curriculum. In our unique arts program, Tandem Friends School honors and supports the cultivation of students’ growth and learning through the practice, problem solving, and artistry of theatre.

Middle School students take drama for one semester each year. In the 5th grade, classes culminate in a unique production of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. 6th and 8th graders put on a Broadway musical at the end of their semester-long class. 7th graders create a class-written production called Cafe 007, with English, Art and Drama departments collaborating to put together a themed show that combines unique skits with poetry, music, dance, and films created by the students. 7th and 8th grade students also create films as part of the Drama curriculum, with 8th graders submitting films to the International Quaker Bridge Film Festival.

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  • Recent Middle School Productions

    Grease (School Version)
    The Little Mermaid, Jr.
    Mary Poppins

    Mulan, Jr.
    Into the Woods
    Beauty and the Beast, Jr.
    Bye Bye Birdie
    Fiddler on the Roof, Jr.
    A Midsummer Night's Dream on the Farm
    A Midsummer Night's Dream in Wonderland

    A Midsummer Night's Dream in Ancient Greece
    Cafe 007 - Simplicity, Silence, Superheroes & Satire
    Café 007 - Integrity, Identity, Insanity & Illumination
    Café 007 - Stewardship, Stardust, Stooges & Stunts

Upper School Drama

Upper School drama consists of various semester-long drama electives such as improvisation or acting combined with two mainstage productions per year.

Upper School students audition for drama productions, which are offered as extracurricular activities. Rehearsals take place after school. In a typical year, the Upper School puts on a musical and a comedic or dramatic play. An occasional one act play production brings in directors from the outside community, exposing actors to a wider variety of teaching and directing methods.

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  • Recent Upper School Productions

    Little Shop of Horrors
    The Drowsy Chaperone

    Spamalot
    Peter Pan (Musical)
    Picasso at The Lapin Agile
    The Comedy of Errors
    Dearly Beloved
    The Importance of Being Earnest
    One-Act Play Festivals (3) - a series of one act plays, performed annually