Upper School Drama Presents its 2018-2019 Season!
Spring 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!
Friday, May 3, 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 4, 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 5, 8:00 p.m.
Friday, May 10, 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 11, 8:00 p.m.
Upper School Quad
Please visit IN THE WINGS for more show and audition-related information.
Old Man and The Old Moon Highlights…
The cast and crew of The Old Man and the Old Moon extend a sincere thank you to all those who continue to support the arts at Menlo!
Menlo 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 $36,000 to various foundations, networks, and committees globally including Music and Memory, SafeSpace, Karam Foundation, Delancy Street Foundation, Polaris Project, Perkins School, Larkin Street, Mercado Global, International Rescue Committee, and One Drop Foundation.
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 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.