MENLO US DRAMA’S 2020/2021 SEASON
Upper School Spring Musical: Working
Friday, April 30; Saturday, May 1; and Sunday, May 2
View the show’s program here.
Book by Stephen Schwartz and Nina Faso
Music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, Craig Carnelia, Micki Grant, Mary Rodgers, and James Taylor, Susan Birkenhead
In the course of one 24-hour workday, the audience meets and hears stories of various workers including the waitress, the mill worker, the mason, the trucker, and the housewife. The performance creatively weaves in two video interviews of Bay Area workers. A different look at the lives of working people, the characters in Working are non-fictional characters whose hopes, aspirations, and dreams are brought to life in the production.
Now Playing: The Virtual Premiere of the Winter Production
Monologues & Dialogues
This never-before-seen original piece—filmed on our new Spieker Center stage—is a rich tapestry of selections from some of history’s greatest plays. Envisioned in the style of Masterpiece Theatre, it includes works ranging from classical to contemporary. It runs 54 minutes and is set in two acts.
Fall Show 2020: Dracula, A Comedy Of Terrors
Friday, Oct. 30, and Saturday, Oct 31, 7:00 pm.
Along the treacherous Borgo Pass In the mountains of Transylvania, a meek English real estate agent is on a harrowing journey to meet a new and mysterious client…who also just happens to be the most terrifying and ferocious monster the world has ever known: COUNT DRACULA! The story follows the legendary Count Dracula as he travels to England to seduce the woman of his dreams, stirring up danger, magic, sensuality, and silliness. Bram Stoker’s epic horror story reimagined with a dash of Mel Brooks and a pinch of Monty Python, presented as an old-time radio play. This lightning-fast, comedy is guaranteed to raise your pulse and emit blood-curdling screams of laughter!
The cast and crew of Cabaret extend a sincere thank you to all those who continue to support the arts at Menlo!
Menlo Drama Gives Back
Menlo Drama Gives Back raised $2,400 for the Boys and Girls Club of the Peninsula. The Menlo Drama Department strives to ‘Give Back’ both on and off stage. Through donations during our productions, we encourage public support for both national and international programs benefitting people affected by health, wellness, and community issues. To date, Menlo Gives Back has raised and distributed over $45,000 to various charities globally.
The cast of Dracula! chose to support The Boys and Girls Club, Pennisula. BGCP partners with families, schools, and school districts to provide our students with expanded learning opportunities through after-school, summer, and school-day programming. Since March, we have expanded our services to offer dinners to our community every weeknight.
Visit https://www.bgcp.org/ for more information.
Discover your individual voice through this introductory course on the fundamental elements and process of theatre including history and design. Explore today’s theatre through improvisation, observation, and performance. Through theatre games and daily exercises, build confidence and an understanding of what your unique perspective can bring to any material. Voice and movement within units include musical theatre and scene work. By year’s end know the purpose of a scene, understand objective, character development, and have a solid overview of theatre from a performance and business point of view. Watch a video overview of this course here.
Production - Page to Spieker Stage (1S)
The first hands-on experience exploring and combining design, science, engineering, craftsmanship, art, and presentation inside the new Spieker Center for the Arts, this course is an opportunity to think big. It will cover digital theatrical LED lighting, live sound, production organization and management, set design, tools, construction, scenic painting, costume and prop design. Each student will be encouraged to find his/her own areas of interest. Learn how to safely use the diverse technology and tools of our new theater to take student projects from concept to completion. Students can also learn from working live events, concerts, dance, or theater. We will focus on collaboration, basic skill sets, and creativity. Watch a video overview of this course here.
Semester 1 Class (but may be offered 2nd Semester as needed)
About Menlo Drama
Menlo’s Upper School drama program includes courses in drama and musical theatre in addition to producing full-length plays each fall, winter, and spring. Past productions have included Heathers, Twelfth Night, Cabaret, The Laramie Project, Fiddler on the Roof, The Miracle Worker, Urinetown, The Diary of Anne Frank, and Avenue Q.
Steven Minning is the Creative Arts and Upper School Drama Director. He has worked as a director and choreographer in New York, and around the world. As an Associate Director he has staged the Broadway, National and International tours of Billy Elliot, The Lion King, Show Boat, The Will Rogers Follies, and Cirque du Soleil’s Dralion. He has directed and choreographed for major events such as State Farm National Agency Convention in Las Vegas, the Coca-Cola Olympic reception in Atlanta and the World Cup opening ceremonies. He teaches drama and musical Theatre.