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 ear. Our mainstage 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 Delbarton 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.



Current Production

Delbarton One Acts Festival

Friday, April 27th and Saturday, April 28th at 7:30pm



Adults: $8
Students: $5

A festival of four student-written, student-directed one-act plays featuring:

The Coat Closet by Peter Cain '18, directed by Trey Heller '18: Three siblings contemplate their pasts and futures while waiting for news on whether their father can save the family's home from foreclosure.

Hunting for Millennials by Damien Sylva '20, directed by Derek Lattmann '19: The aging members of an antiquated hunting club turn to two young consultants who seek to radically modify the club in order to attract younger members. But will the owners be happy with the results?

The Nephew of Liberty, written and directed by Aidan McLaughlin '19 and Co-Directed by Max Alexy '19: George Washington desires to sculpt his smart aleck nephew into a patriotic soldier and a perfect heir to his legacy . The only problem is that his nephew couldn't care less.

The Next Screenplay, written and directed by John Paciga '18: On the brink of the next stage of their lives, high school seniors Alex and Perry struggle through the college process, strained relationships with their parents, and the battle between happiness and practicality as they pursue their true vocations.


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).

OUR NEXT SHOW:

Auditions for the Spring One-Act Festival will be held Tuesday and Wednesday, February 20th and 21st at 3pm in the FAC Auditorium. For more information about the festival contact coordinator Dr. Rachel Carlson (rcarlson@delbarton.org)

Past Productions

Into the Woods

INTO THE WOODS

MUSIC AND LYRICS BY STEPHEN SONDHEIM

BOOK BY JAMES LAPINE

ORCHESTRATION BY JONATHAN TUNICK

ORIGINAL DIRECTION ON BROADWAY BY JAMES LAPINE

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 9 @ 7:30PM

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 10 @ 7:30PM

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 11 @ 2PM

James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim take everyone's favorite storybook characters and bring them together for a timeless, yet relevant, piece...and a rare modern classic. The Tony Award-winning book and score are both enchanting and touching.

The story follows a Baker and his wife, who wish to have a child; Cinderella, who wishes to attend the King's Festival; and Jack, who wishes his cow would give milk. When the Baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a Witch's curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse. Everyone's wish is granted, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later with disastrous results.

CATCH ME IF YOU CAN


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

OCTOBER 28-30, 2016

by Anton Chekhov


NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT


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


OCTOBER 30-NOVEMBER 1, 2015

by William Shakespeare


The Secret Garden


FEBRUARY 6-8, 2015

Book and Lyrics by Marsha Norman
Music by Lucy Simon


An Absolute Turkey


NOVEMBER 7-9, 2014

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


West Side Story


FEBRUARY 7-9, 2014

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


The Odyssey


NOVEMBER 1-3, 2013

adapted by Mary Zimmerman


How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying


FEBRUARY 8-10, 2013

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


The Tempest


NOVEMBER 9-11, 2012

by William Shakespeare