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Drama & Theater at Madeira

Every year is different for theater artists at Madeira, but the backbone of the program remains the same: the three big productions that annually grace the main stage.

Pathways to the Stage

There are two ways to delve into theater at Madeira. Students are welcome to try either one or to do both. 

Coursework in Acting, Directing, and Technical Theater

Courses in acting and directing cover the fundamentals of the craft, including movement, speech, and characterization. They also teach techniques for improvisation and on-camera acting. Madeira girls learn how to design and build the sets, and lighting and sound elements in technical theater class. This team runs the behind-the-scenes operations of all Madeira auditorium events.

What theater courses are currently on offer? Check the Fine Arts Curriculum.

Theatrical Productions 

The entire student community is invited to participate in the two biggest main-stage events – the Fall Play and the Winter Musical. A third main-stage event, the annual One-Acts Festival, is student-directed. Girls in the Advanced Theater Production class oversee the productions. Actors and technicians who are not in the class are also welcomed into the process. 

Everyone involved in main-stage events, including the actors, receives basic training in theater lighting, set design, costume design, and sound design. Professional theater designers and technicians teach these aspects of theater in the technical theater activity. 

This Year on the Main Stage

Play selections change each year, and this year’s schedule of main-stage events is truly one-of-a-kind. What’s in the works?


Fall Play: Up The Down Staircase

Showtimes:

  • Thursday, November 2 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, November 3 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 4 - 1:00 p.m.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students. 
Tickets can be purchased at the door with cash.

(Free admission for Madeira students, faculty and staff)