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
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 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.
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.