Whether staging published plays or writing original scripts, students drive Tabor’s theater program and, in very real ways, run all theatrical performances at Tabor. With all course work linked to productions, students direct and stage manage, choreograph and perform, design lighting and scenery, build scenery and props, and run the technical aspects of all shows during performances. The most well-rounded Tabor theater students are those who experience both sides of theatrical productions, performing and technical. With each production, Tabor students focus on the process of putting on a show, of learning and growing, as well as on building a team with everyone involved in the show.
Each fall, Tabor stages two productions in the Will Parker '04 Black Box Theater, the smallest of our two main performance venues. In the winter, there are two productions: a studio show in the black box and a large-scale musical in the Fireman Center for Performing Arts. Spring brings much anticipated student-directed one act plays to the black box. Additionally, freshman participate in an annual Shakespeare monologue performance as part of the school's English curriculum. And, every other year, the theater department engages in a cultural exchange with an English boarding school, sharing a show while the students enjoy learning about life in a different country among their peers. Each year, on average, one out of every four to five students at Tabor is involved in a theater production.
Students may take one of three acting classes, a writing and performance class or try their hand at set and costume design. Lighting design is also popular as interested students can master our state of the art computerized lighting system more typically found at the university level. Every other year, Tabor tours England with the cast of one of the fall productions. Theater program participants also have regular opportunities to attend theater performances, both college and professional shows, in neighboring Boston and Providence, and even in New York.
Because of Tabor's close proximity to teaching programs at institutions such as Boston University and Brown University, as well as regional theaters such as the Trinity Repertory Company in Providence, the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, and the Massachusetts' Shakespeare and Company Ensemble, students have regular opportunity to meet and receive critique from directors, actors, and designers from area theatrical resources.