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Theatre

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.

 

Middle School
Musical

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 two full length plays each year for Upper School students-- one in the fall and one in the spring. These performances range from classical productions to new works from modern playwrights. In addition, the student directed one acts are held each spring.
 

Past Productions

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

Upcoming Events

Harpeth Hall, Frances Bond Davis Theatre

When indifferent student Garbiela Nettles is inexplicably admitted to the prestigious Doves Forge Academy, all she wants to do is leave. But before she can get herself expelled, Garbiela starts to hear sounds that no one else hears, ghost echoes from the remnants of a long ago tragedy in the school's theatre. As she investigates the sounds (by joining the disastrous play in progress) Garbiela uncovers a story that's both surprising and surprisingly moving. Theatrically staged using the production's audience and live sound effects, Ghostlight has hilarious characters, unexpected twists and a riotous finale.

Read More about Ghostlight by Stephen Gregg
Harpeth Hall, Frances Bond Davis Theatre

When indifferent student Garbiela Nettles is inexplicably admitted to the prestigious Doves Forge Academy, all she wants to do is leave. But before she can get herself expelled, Garbiela starts to hear sounds that no one else hears, ghost echoes from the remnants of a long ago tragedy in the school's theatre. As she investigates the sounds (by joining the disastrous play in progress) Garbiela uncovers a story that's both surprising and surprisingly moving. Theatrically staged using the production's audience and live sound effects, Ghostlight has hilarious characters, unexpected twists and a riotous finale.

Read More about Ghostlight by Stephen Gregg
Harpeth Hall, Frances Bond Davis Theatre

When indifferent student Garbiela Nettles is inexplicably admitted to the prestigious Doves Forge Academy, all she wants to do is leave. But before she can get herself expelled, Garbiela starts to hear sounds that no one else hears, ghost echoes from the remnants of a long ago tragedy in the school's theatre. As she investigates the sounds (by joining the disastrous play in progress) Garbiela uncovers a story that's both surprising and surprisingly moving. Theatrically staged using the production's audience and live sound effects, Ghostlight has hilarious characters, unexpected twists and a riotous finale.

Read More about Ghostlight by Stephen Gregg

Meet the Theatre Team

Headshot of Janette Klocko


Janette Fox Klocko

Upper School Theatre Director
upper school and middle school Theatre Teacher

Headshot of Martha Goodman


Martha Goodman

Middle school drama and speech teacher