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A school for boys in grades 7 - 12. Founded in 1867.

The Theater Program at Montgomery Bell Academy

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 emphasize two things about theater from the beginning: character and collaboration. We start with the Greeks' understanding of character as moral fiber and discuss how the work of both drama and life is about building character. Perhaps the most distinctive aspect of theater as an art form is that it is collaborative. This means that if the work is to be good, then the whole group of various artists must work together with a shared vision and goal. In rehearsals, we emphasize working as an ensemble with no "star" system. Every contribution is important and necessary for opening night to happen. In classes and rehearsals, we continually emphasize cooperating together and sacrificing personal ego for the greater good of the "team" and for the excellence of the work itself. As director Constantin Stanislavski demands, "You must make up you mind, once and for all, did you come here to serve art, and to make sacrifices for its sake, or to exploit your own personal ends? " The greatest test of the success of the play, more important than numbers in the audience or praise from critics, is how well we have worked together to produce the show. 

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.

MBA's 2018-2019 Theater Season

August 29 - September 1
Zombie Prom by Dana P. Rowe, John Dempsey, and Hugh Murphy
Girl meets ghoul in our 21st annual collaboration with Harpeth Hall. Set in the atomic 1950s atEnrico Fermi High, Toffee falls for class rebel Jonny, but the school is run by zanny PrincipalStrict. With love, rebellion, and nuclear monsters, what more could you ask? Dr. Cal Fullerdirects this rocking evening. Reserve tickets (free for students, faculty and staff but required for everyone) go on sale the week before the show. You must reserve your ticket online to attend.  Performance times: Wed, Thurs and Friday @ 6:30 & Sat @ 2 at MBA.
October 25 - 27
Rashomon (competition one-act)by Fay and Michael Kanin
A priest and a woodcutter and a mysterious man are taking refuge from rainstorm at the Rashomon gatehouse and pass the time by recounting the story of a murdered samurai.Janette Fox Klocko directs this timely show about contradictory versions of the same “crime.” What is the truth and what is “fake news”?  Performance times: Thursday& Friday (10/25 & 10/26) at 6:30; Saturday (10/27) @ 2 @ HH.
November 15 – 18
Antigoneby Sophocles,translated by Oliver A Evans
In this classic drama, the daughter of Oedipus and Jocasta pits her beliefs against the King of Thebes in a bloody test of wills that leaves few unharmed. Emotions fly as she challenges the king for the right to bury her own brother. Determined but doomed, Antigone demonstrates her inner strength throughout this new translation to be directed by Malcolm Morrison in the fall. This production will incorporate devised movement and music as an integral part of the drama.Performance times: Thursday & Friday @ 6:30; Saturday @ 7; Sunday at 2.
January 24 – 26
The Frogs: A Modern  Adaptation  by Don Zolidis. Dionysus, God of Wine and Theater, and his trusty servant Xanthias are on a mission to save humanity from mindless entertainment by rescuing William Shakespeare from the Underworld. Unfortunately, a chorus of reality-TV-loving demon frogs threaten to ruin his plans. Nelson Berry directs this modern adaptation of the ancient play by Aristophanes which satirizes modern pop culture while providing fun for all ages.Performance times: Thursday & Friday @ 6:30; Saturday @ 2.
February 21 – 24
Argonautikaby Mary Zimmerman.  Encountering an array of daunting challenges in the voyage to claim the Golden Fleece, Jason and his crew’s journey demonstrate life’s unpredictability, emotional intensity, and extremes of failure and success. Cal Fuller directs this classical tale enriched with bursts of humor, fantastical creatures and characters of remarkable complexity.Performance times: Thursday & Friday @ 6:30; Saturday @ 7; Sunday at 2.
April 18-19
The 14th Annual “Shakespearathon”(24 hours of Shakespeare) This fundraiser benefits Endada and the Nashville Shakespeare Festival. It’ll be a fun-filled day performing Shakespeare’s plays with games and other activities inspired by the Bard. Annual favorites include the “Alas-Poor-Yorick” head toss, Backwards Hamlet, Shakespearean Lines from a Hat, Andy Griffith’s Romeo and Juliet and Sonnets at Sunrise. Thursday & Friday (7 a.m. to 7 a.m.)
April 24 – 26
Student-Directed One Act Plays  Seniors in the Studio Theater class choose and direct a collection of short plays, including some of their new, original works. Performance times: Wednesday, Thursday & Friday @ 6:30.

Meet the Theater Department

List of 5 members.

  • Dr. Cal Fuller 

    Vis. & Perform. Arts Chair, Theater Program Director, Senior Seminar, Service Club Advisor
    Northwestern University - Ph.D.
    University of Chicago - M.A.
    Davidson College - BA
    At MBA since 1997
  • Mr. Malcolm Morrison 

    South Bank University - Advanced Diploma
    University of London - B. Ed (Hons)
    Johnson & Wales University - M. Ed (part)
    At MBA since 2000
  • Mr. Nelson Berry 06

    Latin Teacher, Theater, 10th Gr. Concessions, International Thespian Society
    University of the South: Sewanee - B.A.
    University of Georgia - M.A.
    At MBA since 2010
  • Mr. Hunter Woolwine 12

    At MBA since 2017
  • Mr. Jack Chambers 

    Network Administrator
    University of the South
    At MBA since 2015

Montgomery Bell Academy

4001 Harding Road
Nashville, TN 37205
(615) 298-5514