Theatre

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

The theatre program at Blair offers year-round opportunities for serious actors and newcomers to the stage. Productions are directed by faculty members Craig Evans and Micki Kaplan McMillan, who also teach theatre and English classes.

The Blair Academy Players 2016-2017

Middletown

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.

In the Heights

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.

Much Ado About Nothing

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

Frankenstein 2029

May 18, 19 & 20, rolling admission begins at 7 p.m.
by Lafayette College professor Suzanne Westfall & Lafayette College student Gavin Knox ’17

This production takes place in & around Bogle Hall.

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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