Our New Green Room

Ranney student actors now have an official Green Room for costume changes and makeup. Thanks to generous donors to the Ranney Fund, the space was created in fall 2015 alongside RSPA Panther Hall and includes a wall-length mirror, clothing racks and a sink.

Our Middle School Jr. Tri-M Music Honor Society, which won award funds for being selected as Best Chapter of the Year in 2014-15, is donating a storage space to complement the new Green Room. Shelves and cubbies will be used to store instrument cases, concert attire, accessories and more.

Drama

The theatre program at Ranney School combines artistic practice with intellectual inquiry in all three divisions. Students learn by doing. Thus, we strive to create an artistic environment where the unique talents and interests of each individual student can thrive. In our theaters, students are provided a safe haven in which they are free to experiment and critically examine the results of their own work and that of their peers.The department offers traditional coursework in theatre, in the form of combined acting/movement/music in Lower and Middle School music classes, Middle School theater elective classes as well as many performance opportunities. All three school divisions produce technically supported musicals on the Roberts Stage in RSPA Panther Hall and have the opportunity to participate in Forensics (see below). Upper School students also produce a non-musical each fall semester and have the opportunity to apply for our International Thespian Society. Below are additional details about our drama programs by division.

Read students' testimonials about Ranney Performing Arts

Divisional Theater Performance Offerings

Lower School

In the Lower School, students in the fourth and fifth grades are offered the opportunity to audition for the annual spring Lower School musical. The students’ Middle and Upper School peers serve as volunteers to provide technical support and choreography assistance, while also gaining hands-on stage experience. The Lower School actors have fun performing for the entire Lower School body during the school day as well as at two evening performances open the the Ranney community.   

Middle School

Middle School students have a co-curricular opportunity to participate in the annual Middle School musical. Beginning in 2017, performers will audition at the start of the school year and perform during the fall semester on the Roberts Stage in RSPA Panther Hall.

Upper School

In the Upper School, students have the opportunity to participate in two mainstage productions each year through auditions. The early winter production focuses on traditional theatre, including but not exclusive to Shakespeare. The musical is performed in the spring. Accomplished Ranney musicians are invited to join professional musicians in the orchestra pit for the musical. Serious theatre performers are offered the opportunity to join the International Thespian Society. Our theatre program also participates in the Basie Theater’s annual Basie Awards, which honor theater excellence in Monmouth County high schools. Students that enjoy performing Shakespeare can compete in the English Speaking Union’s Shakespeare competition as well.

Students in all three divisions have opportunities to perform in division-specific Coffee Houses. These informal evening venues encourage students to perform original music, poetry, dance and comedy as well as musical covers and forensic pieces.  
 

Forensics

Forensics, public speaking and debate encourage students to use their performing skills through drama and public speaking. Forensics at Ranney begins in 4th and 5th grade as an after-school activity. By the time students reach Middle School, they have already been primed for the additional vocal training and instruction in public speaking skills they will receive from our award-winning Middle School forensics coaches.

Since its inception in 1994, the Ranney Middle School Forensics Team continues to garner awards at various forensic competitions and venues throughout New Jersey. Most recently, the 2015-16 team earned two Featured Finalist awards in the categories of Humorous Interpretation and Storytelling at the November 2015 Rumson Country Day School Forensics Festival. Ranney will hold its annual Forensics Middle School Invitational in April 2016. The 2014-15 team earned 5 “Best Performance” Awards, 1 “Best Dramatic Interpretation” Award, 1 “Best Overall Storytelling” Award and 1 “Best in Festival” Award" at the 2015 Invitational.
 
The poise and presentation skills students learn through Middle School competition become invaluable as they take on more challenging meets in the Upper School, when they can join the New Jersey Drama and Forensics League, a state-wide competitive association sponsored by high school theater directors. They may also aspire to the debate team and attend meets against other public and private high schools.

Upcoming Productions

Performing Arts Gallery

  • All-Division Band Concert (May 30, 2018)

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  • All-Division Chorus Concert (May 15, 2018)

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  • All-Division Orchestra Concert (May 4, 2018)

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  • Madagascar Jr. (April 27-28, 2018)

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  • NJ Junior Thespian Festival (April 21, 2018)

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  • Middle School Students Visit CJMEA Festival (April 19, 2018)

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  • Upper School Musical Kismet (March 9-11, 2018)

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  • Upper School Coffee House (April 6, 2018)

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  • Photos by Winston Guo '19
    US Coffee House Photos by Winston Guo '19

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  • Lower School Winter Concert (1/18/18)

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  • Killing Game Dress Rehearsal (Dec. 6, 2017)

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  • Middle School Musical Once Upon a Mattress

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  • First day of fourth-grade orchestra

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  • Rock For Ranney Benefit Festival 2017

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  • Parents & Friends Day 2017 (Early Childhood)

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  • Parents & Friends Day 2017 (Kinder-Grade 5)

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  • Willy Wonka, Jr., A Lower School Musical Production (Spring 2017)

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  • Willy Wonka, Jr. - A Lower School Spring 2017 Musical Promo #2

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  • Willy Wonka, Jr. - A Lower School Spring 2017 Musical Promo

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  • CJMEA Elementary & Middle Honors Orchestra Rehearsals

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Count Basie Drama Awards

  • Carmine Mastrokostas, Class of 2018, Supporting Actor ("Master" and "Old Man" in Killing Game)
  • Karl Brand, Class of 2016, Lead Actor ("Fluthur Good" in The Plough and the Stars)
  • Whitney Kelly, Class of 2014, Lead Actress ("Mrs. Peachum in The ThreePenny Opera)
  • Ben Puvalowski, Class of 2013, Lead Actor ("Toby Belch in Twelfth Night)
  • Ben Puvalowski, Class of 2013, Supporting Actor ("Kolenkoff" in You Can't Take it with You)
  • Evelyn Giovine, Class of 2012, Special Basie (Alice in Wonderland)
  • Kara Santora, Class of 2010, Supporting Actress ("Nurse" in Romeo and Juliet)

Meet the Performing Arts Team

List of 5 members.

Lower School Productions

  • Parents & Friends Day 2017 (Early Childhood)

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  • Parents & Friends Day 2017 (Kinder-Grade 5)

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  • Willy Wonka, Jr., A Lower School Musical Production (Spring 2017)

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  • The Wizard of Oz Young Performers Edition - a Lower School Spring 2016 Musical

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  • Disney's Peter Pan Jr Sneak Preview Photos

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  • Schoolhouse Rock Live! Jr. 2014

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  • Alice in Wonderland Jr. 2013

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  • Preview Photos of Alice in Wonderland Jr. 2013

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  • Annie, Jr.

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Middle School Productions

  • Singin' in the Rain - a Middle School Musical (Feb. 2017)

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  • Little Mermaid, Jr. - Winter 2016 Middle School Musical

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  • A Little Princess, the Musical (Feb. 2015)

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  • Middle School Musical "Thoroughly Modern Millie, Jr." 2014

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  • Fiddler on the Roof Jr. 2013

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  • Middle School Musical Fiddler on the Roof Jr. Preview

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  • Middle School Musical - Beauty and the Beast, Jr.

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Upper School Productions

  • Upper School Spring 2017 Musical: SMILE

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  • Upper School Fall Play 2016: Pride & Prejudice

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  • Upper School Musical Production 2016: Rodgers & Hammerstein's Carousel

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  • Upper School Fall Play 2015: The Plough and the Stars

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  • Fiorello, An Upper School Production March 2015 (Batch 1)

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  • Fiorello, An Upper School Production, March 2015 (Batch 2)

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  • Upper School Fall 2014 Production of "The Tempest"

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  • Behind the Scenes of The Tempest

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  • The Threepenny Opera Upper School Musical 2014

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  • The Threepenny Opera Dress Rehearsal 2014

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  • Upper School "Our Town" Performance 2013

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  • Upper School "Our Town"Dress Rehearsal

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  • Man of La Mancha (David Vickery Photos)

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  • Man of La Mancha Preview 2013

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  • Twelfth Night Production 2012

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  • "The Mystery of Edwin Drood" - Gallery 1

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  • "The Mystery of Edwin Drood" - Gallery 2

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Ranney School

235 Hope Road
Tinton Falls, NJ 07724
Tel. 732.542.4777
Our mission is to nurture intellectual curiosity and confidence to inspire students to lead honorably, think creatively, and contribute meaningfully to society. Learn more.