Theater and Stagecraft
Theater is a boundless community that bridges cultures, fosters creativity and self-expression, and encourages exploration. It is a social laboratory—a place for students to experiment, learn, and grow. From public speaking and performance to stage management and technical execution, Taft students not only study the art of theater, they experience it.
Each semester, student producers, directors, designers, actors, stage managers, and theater technicians study both the art and science of the theater, and bring classic and original performances to life on stage. Students may choose theater—on stage or behind the scenes—as their extracurricular activity. We mount three main-stage theatrical productions each academic year, ranging from one-act plays to full-scale musicals. Recent main-stage shows have included Shrek the Musical, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Romeo and Juliet, Hairspray, Androcles and the Lion, The Drowsy Chaperone, Guys and Dolls, Steel Magnolias, Twelfth Night, Les Mis, Harvey, The Importance of Being Earnest, Lend Me a Tenor, and Beauty and the Beast.
Taft's theater department mounts multiple performances each year, including a play in our Black Box theater.
No show could ever go on without lights, sound, costumes and stagehands.
Our performance venues, including Bingham Auditorium, are some of the most beautiful and historic on any private school campus.
Some of Taft's student performance groups are nearly as old as the school, itself.