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.
AUDITION FOR THE ABBEY PLAYERS
A special note regarding Delbarton's winter theatrical season:
To provide ample opportunities for our actors to participate in a theatrical production and to develop their skills on stage while maintaining a safe environment during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the Delbarton theatre program will mount two separate productions this winter. The Abbey Players will produce a full-scale musical, "Working", by Stephen Schwartz and Nina Faso, while the Theater Department will produce a Winter Cabaret of scenes/songs from various shows. Each cast will be capped at 16 actors and both shows will rehearse in parallel during the winter season. Auditions for both productions will be held simultaneously; actors will indicate during sign-ups whether they would like to be considered for the Abbey Players' show, the Cabaret, or both. For more information regarding the winter theatrical season please contact program director Mr. Matt Corica (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Auditions for the Delbarton winter theatre productions will be held Monday-Thursday, November 16-19 at 3pm in the Fine Arts Center Auditorium. Actors will be asked to prepare a brief monologue and two song excerpts to perform at an individual appointment in addition to scene work, music, and dance. CLICK HERE to sign up for auditions and CLICK HERE to schedule an individual appointment for Monday, November 16. See further details/materials below:
Day 1 - nov 16, 3-6pm
On Sunday, November 15 at 7:30pm, Director Mr. Matt Corica will host a Zoom information session detailing Covid-19 protocols for auditions and to answer questions regarding the audition process. A Zoom link will be sent to all registered actors Sunday afternoon; please be sure to fill out the sign-up form linked above to ensure access to the Zoom meeting.
For Monday's session: actors are asked to prepare a brief monologue and two song excerpts to perform at an individual appointment. To limit the risks of exposure/transmission of Covid-19, we ask that actors arrive no earlier than 10 minutes prior to their appointment time and depart immediately after - please do not congregate in the Fine Arts Center lobby/foyer. Actors will be given a packet of scenes to look over before Day 2.
day 2 - nov 17, 3-5:45pm
For Tuesday's session, actors will be split into small groups and given a specific time slot (groupings and times will be sent via e-mail after Monday's session). Actors will be taught a brief dance combination, will do some scenework, and possibly learn some new music. Again, please do not plan to arrive earlier than 10 minutes prior to your group's time slot.
day 3 - nov 18, 3-6pm
For Wednesday's session, a limited number of actors will be brought back in small groups for more targeted readings and song work. Groups will be sent via e-mail after Tuesday's session.
day 4 - nov 19, 3-5:45pm (if necessary)
If needed, a small group of actors will be brought back in for targeted readings and song work to assess chemistry and fit for specific roles/tracks.
Both casts will be announced on Friday, November 20. The first rehearsals for "Working" will be Monday and Tuesday, November 23 and 24; the first rehearsal for the Winter Cabaret will be Monday, November 30.
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 (email@example.com).
Tickets are now on sale for three performances of Caryl Churchill's Love and Information on Friday, October 30 at 7PM, Saturday October 31 at 7PM and a matinee performance on Sunday, November 1 at 2PM. Click here to order tickets via a modified process to guarantee social distancing during these live performances in the Delbarton FAC. Please note that there will be no tickets sold at the box office - all tickets must be purchased online prior to the show.
Our ticket-buying protocol:
- The seating chart has been modified to accommodate groups of 1-4 seats.
- Purchasers must select ‘CHOOSE YOUR OWN SEATS’ on the Ticketleap site to ensure their group is seated together.
- The ‘CHOOSE YOUR OWN SEATS’ option is only available by computer, or by enabling the desktop version of the site on a mobile device (click for instructions for iPhone/iOS and Android)
- Please reserve all seats in your group to ensure no one outside of your party/household is seated next to you.
- If you have any questions, please contact Love and Information director Matt Corica here.
Delbarton is excited to offer our families and friends live performances this fall. While Covid mandates are critical to the safe presentation of Love and Information, we are pleased to showcase the talents of Delbarton actors and visiting thespians from area schools.
- Merrily We Roll Along (2020)
- Twelfth Night (2019)
- Big Fish (2019)
- Metamorphoses (2018)
- Into the Woods (2018)
- The Servant of Two Masters (2017)
- CATCH ME IF YOU CAN (2017)
- Three Sisters (2016)
- NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT (2016)
- A Midsummer Night's Dream (2015)
- The Secret Garden (2015)
- An Absolute Turkey (2014)
- West Side Story (2014)
- The Odyssey (2013)
- How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying (2013)
- The Tempest (2012)