Students who participate in The Frederick Gunn School 剧院 Program engage in the Performing 艺术 with creative and open processes to put together a final production that demonstrates their collective work.
The Frederick Gunn School has a long and established theatrical 历史. Students staged the first play in 1850, and at least one play has been performed annually ever since. The theatre program, which marked its 150th anniversary in 2019, currently presents two productions a year: a play in the fall and a musical in the winter. Students act, 唱, 跳舞, build sets, serve as costumers, choreographers, 音乐家, lighting and sound technicians, and help manage the production. Auditions are open to all students. Rehearsals are held in the afternoons and students participate as part of the co-curricular program in the fall and winter terms.
Recent productions include the Connecticut Premiere of The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, adapted by Dwayne Hartford based on the book by Kate DiCamillo, and directed by Kent Burnham, Director of 剧院 艺术. Coming to the Tisch Family Auditorium February 24-26, 2022: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, book by Rachel Sheinkin and score by William Finn.
DRAMA I - THEATRE IN PRACTICE
This full-year course is intended for students interested in drama who wish to expand their knowledge and skills in an academic and performance-based setting. In this course, students will be exposed to many aspects of the live theatre world. These will include acting principles and techniques, 导演, 设计, set building, 灯, 科技/声音, costumes/ makeup, blocking/choreography, managerial/ stagecraft, playwriting, script reading, 历史, relevant works, 和更多的. Students will gain a well-rounded understanding of the inner workings of theatre based on fundamentals and performance.
DRAMA II - ACTING & 导演
This full-year course is intended for students who wish to focus on improving their skills in stage acting, including a variety of fundamental techniques. An introduction to 导演 will be included in the syllabus. Many genres of live stage performance will be incorporated into this performance-based course. Prerequisite of 剧院 In Practice and/ or teacher recommendation required.
2021 Halo Awards
The cast and crew of "Almost, 缅因州," a romantic comedy written by John Cariani, were back on stage in the Tisch Family Auditorium on January. 27, 2022, to receive their 2021 Halo Award certificates. Students received a total of seven nominations and three awards for the spring production. Awards went to: Emma Smith ’22 and Quentin Sheers ’22 for Best Performance by a Couple or Dynamic Duo in a Play, Lucy Sanchez ’23 for Best Costume Design/Execution, and Acadia Johnson ’21 for stage management that went "Above and Beyond." The certificates were presented by Sarah Archer, Assistant to the FGS 剧院 Program, who produced and directed the show.