The Williston Northampton School has extensive opportunities for students interested in acting or theater production. We offer curriculum-based classes, senior independent projects, directed studies in theater and acting, and an exceptional extracurricular program.
Every fall and spring students mount a main stage production, and over the years the school has developed a reputation for producing serious and challenging plays, such as Picnic and Dark of the Moon. In February a lighter mood takes over when Williston Northampton students produce a children's play for area elementary school children. Anne of Green Gables, The Adventures of Brer Rabbit, James and the Giant Peach, and other classics have delighted close to a thousand children, who line up for autographs after each show.
In alternate years, the students stage a full-scale musical that utilizes their acting, dancing, and singing talents. Past productions include Seussical, City of Angels, and Guys and Dolls.
This year, the Theater Program is presenting the following productions:
Neil Simon's Rumors, a play that pokes fun at the high-stakes, frivolous world of upper class New Yorkers;
Wondrous Tales of Old Japan, which consist of four Japanese folktales told in the theatrically magical style of Kabuki. Gorgeous costumes and makeup combined with onstage practical effects bring these stories to life;
The Laramie Project, a gripping theatrical collage that explores the depth of the human spirit. Written after the murder of Matthew Shepard, a gay University of Wyoming student, it does not provide its audience with easy answers; rather it forces us to ask the most challenging questions about who we are, what we believe in, and what kind of world we want to live in.
Learn more about upcoming and past productions or reserve tickets online.
If you love the theater but would rather work behind the scenes, there are plenty of opportunities. Stage managers control sound and lighting from the computerized control booth. Intricate sets are built in the scene shop. Whether you see yourself hanging lights or "managing the house," you can learn more about the technical aspects of theater production in both the curricular and the extracurricular program, and in some cases, through Independent or Directed Study.