Theatre

From musical comedy to a serious courtroom production, the main stage to an outdoor ampitheater, fall to spring, the Blair Academy Players perform five dramatic productions each year. 

Ranging from the most inexperienced but curious beginner to the tried and talented old hand who has performed for years, the theatre Program at Blair offers the serious actor and the newcomer to the stage opportunities all year round. Productions are directed by faculty members Craig Evans and Micki Kaplan McMillan, who also teach theatre and English classes.

The Blair Academy Players 2013-2014 

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

October 24, 25 & 26, 7:30 p.m.
DuBois Theatre
Music and lyrics by William Finn, book by Rachel Sheinkin, conceived by Rebecca Feldman, additional Material by Jay Reiss

Six young people in the throes of puberty, overseen by grown-ups who barely managed to escape childhood themselves, learn the thrill of victory and agony of defeat in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. The show's Tony Award-winning creative team has created the unlikeliest of hit musicals about the unlikeliest of heroes: a quirky yet charming cast of outsiders for whom a spelling bee is the one place where they can stand out and fit in at the same time. For mature audiences. 

 

Night of One-Acts

Night of One-Acts

January 23, 24 & 25, 7:30 p.m. 
Wean Theatre

Join the Blair Academy Players for an evening of student-directed, one-act plays performed in Wean Theatre. Please check the Blair website for details in mid-January 2014.

Bye Bye Birdie

Bye Bye Birdie

February 13, 14 & 15, 7:30 p.m.
DuBois Theatre
Book by Michael Stewart, music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Lee Adams, originally produced by Edward Padula

Bye Bye Birdie is one of the most captivating musical shows of our time. It is a satire done with the fondest affection and tells the story of a rock and roll singer who is about to be inducted into the army. An English Teacher, What Did I Ever See in Him?, Put on a Happy Face, One Boy, A Lot of Livin' to Do, Kids, Rosie and Spanish Rose are musical theatre classics. Bye Bye Birdie is simply a good, old-fashioned, fun musical that boasts four Tony Awards for Musical, Director, Choreography and Supporting or Featured Actor and The Outer Critics Circle Award for Musical.

All My Sons

All My Sons

May 8, 9 & 10, 7:30 p.m.
Wean Theatre
By Arthur Miller

 

When Arthur Miller's All My Sons received the Circle Award for Best American Play of the season in 1947 by The New York Drama Critics, the citation stated that the award was given to this particular play "because of the frank and uncompromising presentation of a timely and important theme; because of the honesty of the writing and the accumulative power of the scenes; and because it reveals a genuine instinct for the theatre in an intelligent and thoughtful new playwright." Arthur Miller's masterpiece tells the story of a war profiteer who made his money selling defective munitions to the Army and the reaction of his family when they learn about it. It is told against a single setting of an ordinary American backyard.

 

As You Like It

As You Like It

May 15, 16 & 17, 7:30 p.m.
Robert J. Evans Open Air Theatre
By William Shakespeare

Though widely considered to be part of Shakespeare’s comic canon, As You Like It also takes a walk on the dark side. It is a study in contrasts, a pastoral comedy and romance with a satirical bite. The play moves between the vengeful world of the court and the pastoral rejuvenation of the Forest of Arden. Rosalind, daughter of a disgraced duke—who has the most lines of any female character in the canon—is banished. She assumes the identity of a boy named Ganymede and travels with her cousin and the jester Touchstone to the forest, where love, laughter and learning coincide. What better place to experience the anarchy of Arden Forest than the Robert J. Evans Open Air Theatre?

 

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