Upper School Drama Presents its 2018-2019 Season!

Fall Play 2018: NOISES OFF

noMichael Frayn’s Noises Off, takes a fond look at the follies of theatre folk, whose susceptibility to out-of-control egos, memory loss, and passionate affairs turn every performance into a high-risk adventure. This play-within-a-play captures a touring theatre troupe’s production of Nothing On in three stages: dress rehearsal, the opening performance, and a performance towards the end of a debilitating run. Frayn gives us a window into the inner workings of theatre behind the scenes, progressing from flubbed lines and missed cues in the dress rehearsal to mounting friction between cast members in the final performance. Brimming with slapstick comedy, Noises Off is a delightful backstage farce, complete with slamming doors, falling trousers, and — of course — flying sardines!

Helpful Show Information:
Auditions & Callbacks September 5-6-7
Rehearsals start September 26  
Performs Nov. 15-18
Participation Form
Audition Flier
Buy TIckets - TBD

Please visit IN THE WINGS for more show and audition-related information

omomWinter Play 2019: 
The Old Man and The Old Moon

 Written By: PigPen Theater Company

A wildly theatrical and song-filled tale, The Old Man and The Old Moon takes us on a journey to the end of the world when an old man abandons his duty of filling the moon with liquid light to search for his lifelong love. With a rollicking array of ever-changing characters, staging, and contemporary folk-rock sounds, The Old Man and The Old Moon transforms the seemingly ordinary into sheer wonder. 

Helpful Show Information:
Auditions & Callbacks November 28-29-30
Rehearsals start December 3
Performs Feb 7-10
Participation Form - TBD
Audition Flier - TBD

Please visit IN THE WINGS for more show and audition-related information.

bbbSpring Musical 2019:
Bye Bye Birdie 

Book by: Micheal Steward
Music by: Charles Strouse
Lyrics By:  Lee Adams

In the 1960’s rock & roll rules in small-town America as teen heartthrob Conrad Birdie has been drafted! But before he goes, he chooses All-American girl, Kim MacAfee, for a very public farewell kiss. Mayhem pursues with this tuneful high-energy score, with lots of teenagers everywhere and a hilarious script!

Helpful Show Information:
Auditions and Callbacks February 26-March 1
Rehearsals start March 4
Performs May 3-5 and May 10-11
Buy Tickets - TBD

Please visit IN THE WINGS for more show and audition-related information. 



Last Season Highlights…

The cast and crew of Oliver! extend a sincere thank you to all those who continue to support the arts at Menlo! 

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Menlo Drama Gives Back

Drama Gives Back

The Menlo Drama Community believes in giving back. We are so fortunate to do what we love, and it is our mission to ‘Give-Back’ both on and off stage.  

To date, Menlo Drama Give-Back has raised and distributed over $30,000 to various foundations, networks, and committees globally including SafeSpace, Karam Foundation, Delancy Street Foundation, Polaris Project, Perkins School, Larkin Street, Mercado Global, International Rescue Committee, and One Drop Foundation.


Drama Courses

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    The first semester is intended for both the beginning student of theater and for the student who wants a more in-depth theatre experience. This course provides a brief overview of both the curious non-actor and the experienced younger actor.  The course begins with a series of theatre games and exercises intended to give the student a basic knowledge of stagecraft, ensemble work, character development, and movement for the stage.  Combining a smattering of theatre history along with an introduction to the aesthetic philosophy of theatre, students will learn an appreciation for all forms of theatre and awareness to the world of theatre beyond the classroom and its relevancy in today’s world. The second semester is designed to build on the practices and techniques introduced in the first semester. Through monologues, scene work, and presentations, this semester provides the opportunity to study, act in, and direct various dramatic scenes from full-length plays, which are examined in detail in their entirety.  Students will learn basic technical theatre skills, with a “hands-on” approach to production.

About Menlo Drama

Menlo’s Upper School drama program includes courses in beginning and advanced drama in addition to producing full-length plays each fall, winter, and spring. Past productions have included Fiddler on the Roof, Avenue Q, The Miracle Worker, The Diary of Anne Frank, Little Shop of Horrors, and Urinetown.

Steven Minning

Steven Minning is the Upper School Drama Director. He has worked as a director and choreographer in New York and at theaters across the U.S. for productions such as Billy Elliot, The Lion King, Show Boat, The Will Rogers Follies, and Cirque du Soleil’s Dralion.  He was the director/choreographer for major events such as the Coca-Cola Olympic reception in Atlanta and the 1994 World Cup opening ceremonies. He teaches Beginning and Advanced Acting and directs our three main stage productions.