Theater

THEATeR

The Delbarton Theater program seeks to introduce students to the art of theater in all its variety, to guide them in developing their craft through a positive and supportive rehearsal process, and to showcase their hard work and talent through performance. Delbarton has an active program in which students can explore all facets of the theater, from scene construction, lighting and sound, to acting, writing, and directing.

Delbarton stages three productions each year. Our main stage company, the Abbey Players, produces a straight play in the fall and a musical in the winter, while the spring season is capped by the One-Act Festival, an entirely student-produced festival of one-act plays. 

All productions are mounted in the Fine Arts Center Auditorium, a 600-seat theater that opened in 2006. As Delbarton is a boys’ school, we welcome female actors to join our program through open auditions for each production.

For more information about the history of Delbarton Theater, our current production, or auditions for our next show, please click below.


 

Auditions & Upcoming Productions

AUDITION FOR THE ABBEY PLAYERS

Auditions for Delbarton Theater productions are open to all Delbarton students grades 7-12 and girls from surrounding schools. Rehearsals typically run from 3-5:30pm, Monday-Friday. Audition requirements vary for each production; materials will be posted on this page prior to auditions. For information regarding auditions or the rehearsal process, contact Director Mr. Matt Corica (mcorica@delbarton.org).

Auditions for the Abbey Players' production of William Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" will be Tuesday and Wednesday, August 27 and 28 in the Delbarton Fine Arts Center Auditorium, with callbacks Thursday, August 29. A breakdown of the audition process can be found below:

Day 1 - August 27

Actors are asked to sign up for an individual audition appointment online and prepare a speech from the list below to perform at their appointment. While familiarity with Shakespeare's language is an asset, it is not required; actors will primarily be evaluated on their physicality, presence, diction, and characterization. A packet containing the sides for Day 2 of auditions will be distributed to each actor for study.

Male speeches:

Berowne

Hotspur

Non-gendered speeches:

Trinculo

Puck

Female speeches:

Phebe

Julia

Helena

Day 2 - August 28 - 2:45-5:30pm

Actors are asked to familiarize themselves with the sides provided in the packet and be prepared to play any part within (regardless of gender). The sides will include excerpts from both Shakespeare and contemporary theatre; improv games/scenes will be used as well. Actors will be evaluated on their timing, physicality, presence in an ensemble, and listening/reacting ability. Actors should wear clothes that are comfortable to move in.

Callbacks - August 29 - 2:45-5:30pm

A smaller group of actors will be called to assess chemistry/fit for specific roles. Actors will read from the same sides as in Day 2. The final cast list will be announced to all auditioning actors Friday, August 30. First rehearsal will be Tuesday, September 3.

Interested in joining the Abbey Players for the 2019-2020 season? Fill out the form below!

Our next show

Auditions for the Abbey Players' Winter Musical will be November 18-21.

Current Production

The Delbarton abbey players proudly present:

TWELFTH NIGHT, OR WHAT YOU WILL

by William Shakespeare

Friday, November 1

Saturday, November 2

Sunday, November 3

 

Past Productions

Big Fish (2019)

February 8-10, 2019 
Music and Lyrics by Andrew Lippa.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Metamorphoses (2018)

November 2-4, 2018. 

Based on the Myths of Ovid, written and originally directed by Mary Zimmerman.

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

Into the Woods (2018)

FEBRUARY 9-11, 2018

Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim; Book by James Lapine

The Servant of Two Masters (2017)

NOVEMBER 3-5, 2017

By Carlo Goldoni

 

 

CATCH ME IF YOU CAN (2017)

FEBRUARY 10-12, 2017

Music by Marc Shaiman, Lyrics by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, Book by Terence McNally
Based on the DreamWorks motion picture

 

Three Sisters (2016)

OCTOBER 28-30, 2016

by Anton Chekhov


NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT (2016)

FEBRUARY 5-7, 2016

Music and Lyrics by George and Ira Gershwin, Book by Joe DiPietro
Inspired by material by Guy Bolton & P.G. Wodehouse

A Midsummer Night's Dream (2015)

OCTOBER 30-NOVEMBER 1, 2015

by William Shakespeare

The Secret Garden (2015)

FEBRUARY 6-8, 2015

Book and Lyrics by Marsha Norman
Music by Lucy Simon

An Absolute Turkey (2014)

NOVEMBER 7-9, 2014

by Nicki Frei and Peter Hall
adapted from Le Dindon by Georges Feydeau

West Side Story (2014)

FEBRUARY 7-9, 2014

Book by Arthur Laurents
Music by Leonard Bernstein; Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

The Odyssey (2013)


NOVEMBER 1-3, 2013

adapted by Mary Zimmerman


How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying (2013)


FEBRUARY 8-10, 2013

Book by Abe Burrows, Jack Weinstock, and Willie Gilbert
Music and Lyrics by Frank Loesser


The Tempest (2012)


NOVEMBER 9-11, 2012

by William Shakespeare