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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: Get Smart

Get Smart is a stage adaption of the 1960’s popular TV series by the same name.  In 1963, the brilliant Professor Dante has constructed the Inthermo, a weapon powerful enough to destroy the world.  What would happen if this weapon fell into the hands of KAOS, the international organization of evil?  Luckily, the free world has nothing to fear: Maxwell Smart, the top agent of CONTROL, the nation’s most secretive agency, is on the case. 


  • Thursday, November 3 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, November 4 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 5 - 1:00 p.m.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students. 
Online tickets sales are closed. Tickets can be purchased at the door.

Winter Musical: Into the Woods

A wish. A fanciful desire, a desperate prayer, a feeling common to us all. But what happens in a magical world where a simple wish can become reality? Into the Woods delves into the intertwined stories of the several different classic storybook characters and explores the many, many ways a wish can turn sour. Through an intense, beautiful, fantastical adventure, Into the Woods reminds us of the weight our words and our decisions can have not only for our own lives, but for the lives of those around us as well.  


  • Thursday, February 23 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, February 24 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 25 - 1:00 p.m.

Tickets $10 adults/$5 students. 

(Free admission for Madeira students, faculty and staff)