PUFFS, Or Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at Certain School for Magic and Magic, Spring 2023
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 specialized courses in acting, directing, musical theatre, and technical stagecraft. Outside the classroom, the mainstage theatre season at Harpeth Hall allows students to utilize these theatrical skills in a wide range of productions for public audiences.
"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
Drama and Video Club
Students in grades 5 and 6 write, act, and then video their own scripts and projects adding whatever stagecraft components they can invent and create. The Drama and Video Club is a wonderful entry into the theatre arts at Harpeth Hall.
Video News Teams
Students in grades 5 and 6 may join these teams which meet during enrichment time. They write interview notes for upcoming school events, schedule times to interview instructors and/or students, and run and film the interviews. The short films are shared in the middle school daily announcements.
Middle School Musical
The middle school musical is a fully staged, 60-minute "Broadway"-style musical that is accompanied by a live band. This no-cut production is a synthesis of the Harpeth Hall middle school dance, music, and theatre programs, and is widely attended by the school and community
With a foundation in both contemporary and classic dramatic literature, our mainstage play productions offer our upper school students an opportunity to harness their acting and technical skills while deepening their knowledge of the theatre canon.
Acting, singing, and dance work together to create the annual mainstage musical, a collaboration of the performing arts departments of Harpeth Hall and Montgomery Bell Academy. Productions have varied from classic golden-age musicals to cutting edge, current hits to allow these young artists to develop into true "triple threats."
Students in advanced Studio Theatre classroom courses at both Harpeth Hall and Montgomery Bell Academy work together to write, direct, and design a series of 10-minute plays. The One-Act Festival is a culmination of both classroom study and the mainstage theatre season.
International Thespian Society ™
Harpeth Hall’s upper school drama club, “The Playmakers,” allows students to earn membership into the International Thespian Society (ITS), the only honor society for high school theatre students in the United States. ITS recognizes, rewards, and encourages student achievement and celebrates the work of students in all aspects of theatre performance and production. Members inducted into Harpeth Hall’s Thespian Troupe 410 have the opportunity to compete against other students from schools across the nation in categories ranging from Solo Musical to Costume Design to Theatre Marketing. Thespians also have the exciting opportunity to travel and participate in the International Thespian Festival each summer.
Into The Woods, Fall 2022
Clue, Spring 2022
Ghostlight, Fall 2021
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