The formal curriculum in the upper school offers a wide range of theatre classes that approach drama through a variety of different lenses: as performance, as literature, and as a product of its historical context. Teachers Kevin Costa and Sue Tanury work together and in tandem with other disciplines to provide a thorough, in-depth experience of drama and stagecraft. Classes are open to all interested students, and teachers work closely with individual students to meet each at his or her particular stage of growth. Regardless of the emphasis in any course, the curriculum relies heavily on student participation so that each student can have as deep and lasting an experience of theatre as possible.
Each fall McDonogh School and the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company rehearse and perform a full play by Shakespeare where students learn and experience theatre alongside professional actors and directors. The Black Box Theatre is also reserved for a student-directed production each fall. The annual spring production alternates between full-scale musicals and classical and contemporary plays, which involve a large portion of Upper School Students who perform on stage and work behind the scenes. To see photos of past productions, click here.
In the spring of 2011, fine and performing arts faculty from lower, middle, and upper schools collaborated to put on an all-school musical production of The Wiz. To see photos from the performance, click here.