The Theater Program at MBA helps students develop creative solutions to complex problems. In facing the challenges of performance, students develop sensitivity to the interpersonal relationships inherent in the collaborative process and grow as individuals, thus preparing them for all enterprises that value these qualities.
As teachers, we spend a great deal of time discussing what “character” means. How do we “build character” both on stage and in our lives? My favorite motto by modern acting teacher Sanford Meisner is “an ounce of behavior is worth a ton of words.” This too, applies both to how we prepare a role and how we prepare ourselves for living as responsible adults. It is very important (but also complicated) to be a gentleman in our contemporary world. Theater offers a mirror for understanding these complexities; at the same time, it celebrates life’s mystery and revels in life’s joys, its comic absurdities and its sheer silliness. Moreover, while plays celebrate individuality, they also show the power of people uniting behind a shared cause. Play-making urges self-discovery and expression, yet it depends for its effectiveness on the attentive and passionate collaboration of all the artists involved.
Specifically, the theater program's curricular and extra-curricular offerings provide a history and an appreciation of drama for the beginning student, as well as extensive training and college preparation for the advanced student.
September 22 - 24
Into the Woods
Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim; Book by James Lapine
This energetic musical intertwines plots from stories by the Brothers Grimm and explores the consequences of various characters’ wishes and quests. The musical begins with the baker and his wife and their desire to have children. A witch promises to break the curse on the couple if they complete several arduous tasks that lead them (and their more famous fairytale friends)…into the woods. Lauren Bromfield directs our twenty-fourth collaborative musical with HH. Performance times: Thursday at 6:30, Friday at 6:30 & Sat at 2:00 at HH. Reserve tickets (free for MBA & HH students, faculty and staff but required for everyone) are on sale now!
Tickets are available at harpethhall.org
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