On the Harpeth Hall stage, girls find their voice and share their stories.
Through the performing arts, girls discover their passion for the arts, develop creativity and confidence, achieve excellence, and make lifelong friends. In the theatre program, students can act and sing in many dramatic, musical, and comedy productions, and participate behind the scenes – from lighting and sound to set building and stage management.
In the Middle School, creative expression is a wonderful way to build self-confidence. Theatre and speech courses give students the opportunity to explore basic communication and presentation skills. Classes are designed to allow students to practice self-expression in a space where they feel challenged, yet safe and encouraged.
In the Upper School, students further their studies through courses in acting, improvised theatre, and directing. Outside of the classroom, The Harpeth Hall Playmakers club gives students the opportunity to perform on stage or in creative technical capacities.
"I love theatre because I get to experience a new perspective. I get to experience someone else's thoughts, feelings, and emotions and see the world through their eyes. I also love being a part of the theatre community because everyone cares so much about one another. No one is afraid to be their true selves, so we can laugh and have fun together, but are also always there for each other."
— Angie Baird '21
5th and 6th grade
Drama and Video Club
2021-22 is the year that we re-invent our Middle School after school performing arts activities. We are expanding our program to include a video component. Students will write, act, and then video their own scripts and projects adding whatever stagecraft components they can invent and create.
The Middle School musical is a fully staged, 60-minute "Broadway" musical that is accompanied by a live band. This no-cut production is a synthesis of the Harpeth Hall dance, music, and theatre programs, and is widely attended by the school and community.
Upper School Musical
The Upper School Musical is a collaboration between Montgomery Bell Academy and the Harpeth Hall performing arts departments. Productions in the past have varied from traditional golden-age musicals to cutting edge, eccentric productions to allow these young artists to develop themselves into true "triple threats."
The Harpeth Hall Playmakers
The Harpeth Hall Playmakers present full length plays each year for Upper School students. These performances range from classical productions to new works from modern playwrights.
Ghostlight by Stephen Gregg
Urinetown the Musical, Fall 2021
Help Desk, Spring 2021
Silent Sky, Fall 2020
The Laramie Project, Spring 2020
Big Love, Fall 2019
No No Nanette, Fall 2019
Blithe Spirit, Spring 2019
Rashomon, Fall 2018