Whate’er Thou Art, Act Well Thy Part”
The Pennington School offers a variety of drama courses and activities that capitalize on individual excellence within a collaborative art form. Students can explore a variety of acting techniques of the past and present, use masks and European clowning to find unique characters, employ technical theatre skills to collaborate on a common vision, and write, direct, or perform scripted or original material. We seek to find and develop the inner star potential of each Drama student and combine those gifts into meaningful collaborative experiences.
Performance opportunities outside the Drama classroom abound. The Dramatic Society, a student-run club, organizes open mic nights and trips to local and Broadway productions. The fall play provides students with a chance to delve individually into a character and to be a part of a close-knit ensemble group. Participants in the winter musical are parts of a very vibrant whole as cast, crew, and pit band members' efforts culminate in the production of an entertaining and professional show. There is something for all generations of theater students in the spring season! Great actors and technicians begin their careers in the Middle School show, and culminate their theater experience in the original work of the spring play, or in the Horizon Program's Shakesperience. Non-performers can test out their skills on tech or costume crew in any or all seasons.
Excellence in Drama
In the recent past, Pennington students have won awards and accolades at local festivals, as well as earning state rankings at the New Jersey Thespian Festival. The troupe has also traveled to perform at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland in 2007 and 2012. Graduating senior drama students have gone on to pursue their craft at schools such as New York University, Tufts University, Fordham University at Lincoln Center, Pace University, Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, Syracuse University, Carnegie Mellon, University of Cincinnati CCM, Marymount Manhattan College, and UNC School of the Arts.