Performing Arts This Year

Below is a schedule of concerts, plays and musicals for the 2016-2017 school year. 

Please note that time, date and location of events are subject to change without notice. Blair’s fine and performing arts departments will add events throughout the year, so please check back to see if new programs have been added.

Schedule of Performing Arts for 2016-2017

October

Blair on Stage
October 21, 8:15 p.m.
Performances by the entire performing arts department.
DuBois Theater, Armstrong-Hipkins Center for the Arts

Middletown
October 27, 28 & 29, 7:30 p.m.
by Will Eno
Wean Theatre, Armstrong-Hipkins Center for the Arts

Winner of the inaugural Horton Foote Award for most-promising new play of 2010, Middletown was described as “delicate, moving, piercing, tart, funny and gorgeous” by The New York Times. A touching and funny examination of small-town America, the play centers on a developing friendship between longtime resident John Dodge and new arrival Mary Swanson, and examines the intersection of lives in the journey between birth and death.  

November

Fall Concert
November 18, 7 p.m.
Performances by Blair's vocal & instrumental musicians.
DuBois Theater, Armstrong-Hipkins Center for the Arts

December

Christmas Vespers
December 9, 4:30 & 7 p.m.
Performances by Blair String Orchestra & Singers.
First Presbyterian Church in Blairstown

February 

In the Heights 
February 16, 17 & 18 at 7:30 p.m.
Music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, book by Quiara Alegria Hudes, conceived by Lin-Manuel Miranda
DuBois Theater, Armstrong-Hipkins Center for the Arts

In the Heights tells the universal story of a vibrant American community in New York City’s Washington Heights, a neighborhood full of hopes, dreams, traditions and music. The play’s characters navigate challenges and changes in a production that won 2008 Tony Awards for best musical, best score, best choreography and best orchestrations.

April 

Grandparents' Day Concert
April 19, 10:30 a.m.
Performances by Blair's Singers, Chamber Choir & Orchestra.
DuBois Theater, Armstrong-Hipkins Center for the Arts

Spring Concert
April 27, 7:15 p.m.
Performances by Blair's vocal & instrumental musicians.
DuBois Theatre, Armstrong-Hipkins Center for the Arts

May 

Much Ado About Nothing
by William Shakespeare
May 11, 12 & 13  at 7:30 p.m.
Robert J. Evans Open Air Theatre

In one of the Bard’s most popular comedies, soon-to-be-wed young lovers Hero and Claudio conspire with Don Pedro to bring together lovers/haters Benedick, an arrogant confirmed bachelor, and Beatrice, his favorite sparring partner. Meanwhile, the evil Don Jon conspires to break up the wedding by accusing Hero of infidelity. In the end, though, it all turns out to be "much ado about nothing.”  

Frankenstein 2029 
by Lafayette College professor Suzanne Westfall & Lafayette College student Gavin Knox ’17
May 18, 19 & 20, rolling admission begins at 7 p.m.
This production takes place in & around Armstrong-Hipkins Center for the Arts.

This play explores Mary Shelley’s creative process, weaving together the story of Victor Frankenstein and his Creature from the 1800s with the twists and turns of a 2029 adaptation in which “Frankie” runs his own neurotech corporation and artificial intelligence Prometheus. As the 19th and 21st centuries collide in Frankenstein 2029 , alternative and sometimes contradictory versions of the story emerge in this cross-curricular collaboration utilizing student and faculty work in the disciplines of science, technology, engineering, art and music. The play will be directed by Professor Westfall’s former student, veteran Blair theatre and English teacher Micki Kaplan McMillan.  

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