All the world is a stage, and studying theater is the key to better understanding that world stage. By exploring a character, we learn about our own character. When asked to literally walk in another’s footsteps, you learn empathy and what it is like to stand in someone else’s shoes. Theater and dance teach us about ourselves, while at the same time revealing the world around us. At Brooks, this journey is highlighted by close work with the theater and dance faculty.

Spring Musical Tickets Available

 The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee will be performed May 20 and May 21 at 7:30 p.m.

Learn more about the show and get your free tickets

"An eclectic group of six mid-pubescents vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home lives, the tweens spell their way through a series of (potentially made-up) words, hoping never to hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life un-affirming 'ding' of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. Six spellers enter; one speller leaves! At least the losers get a juice box." —

We're excited to present this fast-paced comedy in the Center for the Arts.

View images from the production and show preparation!

The theater program provides the novice and experienced stage performer with opportunities to study the art of the theater. Students examine a variety of styles, periods, and cultural traditions, enabling them to gain experience in all aspects of theater: acting, directing, playwriting, and technical theater design.

Students develop and perform dramatic pieces based on original material and develop critical and analytical skills through script study and performance observations. Students are able to work on three main theater productions each year:

  • a play
  • a musical
  • a nontraditional project.

The nontraditional projects are shows designed to give students opportunities that they would not find in the standard season or at other institutions. For example, students may take on the role of playwright, director or designer, or we may chose to do a selection of works that highlight specific talents which would otherwise go unnoticed.

In addition to the main season, several smaller showcases are produced throughout the year. Formal course work and independent studies in acting and directing are available to all students.

In dance, there are two showings that take place during the fall and spring terms.
From improvisational and standup comedy to class scene presentations and the musical "Cabaret," Brooks theater provides an opportunity for every student at every level."The productions I've joined have been a very important part of my Brooks experience. . . . I really enjoyed being a part of them!"
Katie O'Brien '19

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