Westover’s Drama Department offers three full-scale productions each year: the Fall Musical, Winter Play, and Spring Shakespeare. Our state-of-the-art Performing Arts Center features professional-grade lighting and sound equipment to fully support each show. For those students who prefer to work behind the scenes, students may study Technical Theatre, where they will learn lighting, sound, set design, and construction and stage management.
Westover offers every student, regardless of previous experience, an opportunity to work as an actor or technician. Auditions are open to all students and casts are large enough to offer a role to all interested students. Strong friendships spring up among the cast and crew of each show because of the spirit of teamwork and collaboration that drives each production. Boys from local schools are invited to participate in the shows, rounding out the cast where male roles are required.
Students who are particularly interested in theatre may choose to do a “Drama Emphasis,” where they will be allowed to participate in the musical or the Shakespeare production to fulfill their Team Sport requirements. The Westover theatre program has also added a physical component to the Shakespeare Production that will include stage combat, and dance.
The theatre program organizes regular trips to New York City, Hartford, and Waterbury in order to provide opportunities for the students to experience live professional theatre. Visiting artists, professional actors, playwrights, and directors are regularly invited to collaborate on Westover projects.
Recent Westover theatre graduates have gone on to pursue BFA and BA programs at top theatre universities such as the Tisch School the Arts at NYU, Emerson College, Ithaca College, the Manhattan School of Music, Alfred University, and SUNY Purchase to pursue careers as professional actors, stage managers, sound designers, and playwrights.
For information, please contact Marla Truini, Director of Drama.
Taught in conjunction with the production each term, this course will offer students invaluable hands-on experience in theatre production. Students will learn how to use Westover’s state-of-the-art lighting and sound systems, and create sets, costumes and props.
This course is a prerequisite for any student interested in Directing or Stage Management.
For more information, please contact Ian Diedrich, Technical and Audio Visual Director.
What is the SPINE of the Westover Theater Program?
Space to do good work: a state of the art working theatre and time during the academic day for rehearsals.
Professional faculty: we have worked with some of the best in the business to provide expert acting and technical theatre training.
Integrated programming: three Main Stage productions per year, Musical, Comedy, Shakespeare, Playwriting, Technical Theatre and much more.
Networking: Westover alumnae, parents, and friends give students a chance to experience professional theatre, to travel and to explore career opportunities.
Everyone can participate: our no-cut audition system allows any student who is interested to receive a part.