Westtown School Arts
Westtown School produces a season of music, theater, dance, and visual arts that both highlights student work and supports learning. In all three divisions, our work emphasizes student voice, process, collaboration, and finding joy in the creative process.
All performances and exhibits are free, and no ticket is needed. All performances and exhibits are open to the public except when indicated.
Giants In the Sky: Myth, Folklore, Legend, and Us
“I always feel uncomfortable when people speak about ordinary mortals because I've never met an ordinary man, woman or child.” -Joseph Campbell The Power of Myth
Throughout history mankind has created larger-than-life characters to marvel at. This season, we explore some of these stories and the very human tendency to place ourselves in the legends. We ask the question: By standing alongside the giants, are we finding out what makes us great?
2019-2020 Upper School Theater
The theater program is a process focused program that stages three plays, produced during the after school co-curricular period. Students are engaged in all aspects of production and performance.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream, By William Shakespeare
William Shakespeare threw together Greek mythology and English folklore with some of the funniest mortals ever to hit the stage and created the most popular play in the history of English language.
Community Preview: October 24, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
General Admission: October 25 and 26, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
Into the Woods, Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by James Lapine
What happens after “happily ever after?” James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim’s legendary musical attempt to answer that question, as we follow the Baker and his wife as they encounter many of our favorite storybook characters and realize that we should be careful what we wish for.
Community Preview: January 30, 2020 at 7:30 p.m.
General Admission: January 31, 2020 at 7:30 p.m. and February 1, 2020 at 2:30 p.m.
She Kills Monsters, By Qui Nguyen
When Agnes discovers her late sister’s Dungeons and Dragons notebook, she sets out on a journey into fantasy game that might ultimately help her learn about her own world. Hilarious, action-packed, and touching, Qui Nguyen’s play has become one of the most popular high school plays of the decade.
Community Preview: April 30, 2020 at 7:30 p.m.
General Admission: May 1 and 2, 2020 at 7:30 p.m.
Upper School Music and Dance
The music and dance programs present work prepared both in our classrooms and extra-curricular programs.
Third Annual Upper School Arts Festival
A progressive arts festival, performed at locations around campus, featuring presentations by the instrumental music, choral arts, visual arts, and dance students
November 17, 2019 at 6:30 p.m.
Winter Celebration of Light
Featuring Upper School Chorus
December 8, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. in the Meeting House
Upper School Winter Dance Concert
Featuring The Elements Dance Ensemble and the Winter Dance Ensemble
Community Preview: February 13, 2020 at 7:30 p.m.
General Admission: February 14, 2020 at 7:30 p.m.
Spring Dance Concert
Featuring The Middle School Dance Ensemble, Elements Dance Ensemble and the Spring Dance Ensemble
Community Preview: May 14, 2019, at 7:30 p.m.
General Admission: May 15, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
Upper School Meeting House Concert
Featuring the Upper School Chorus and the Upper School String Orchestra
May 17, 2020, at 7:30 pm in the Meeting House
Upper School Spring Concert
Featuring The Upper School Symphonic Band and Jazz Ensemble
May 29, 2020 at 7:30pm Barton-Test Theater
Fifth Grade Play
November 2, 2018, at 2:00 pm
Third Grade African Dance
November 16, 2018, at 8:30 am
Middle School Winter Concert
December 13, 2018 at 7:30pm
Lower School Winter Concert
December 19, 2018, at 9:00 AM
Middle School Musical
March 5 and 6th, 2019 at 7:30 pm
Fourth Grade Play
May 7, 2019, at 2:00 pm
Middle School Spring Concert
May 30, 2019 at 7:30 pm
Lower School Spring Concert
May 31, 2019, at 2:00 pm
What is the Shoemaker Visiting Lecturer Series? Learn more and see descriptions of performances here!
Thursday, September 26th-7:30pm
As a sculptor and lecturer on the intersections of art and science, Rebecca Kamen's artwork is informed by her research into cosmology, history and philosophy. She has exhibited and lectured nationally and internationally and is the recipient of various fellowships and grants. Rebecca received her MFA in Sculpture from Rhode Island School of Design, is a professor emeritus of art at Northern Virginia Community College, and is a visiting scholar at the University of Pennsylvania School of Arts and Sciences. Her work is represented in many private and public collections.
Thursday, December 5th-7:30pm
Signe Wilkinson has been drawing editorial cartoons for the Philadelphia Daily News since 1985. Born and raised in a Quaker family, she studied art at The Academy of Fine Arts after college and worked in journalism prior to landing her first position as a cartoonist in 1982. Signe is the first female cartoonist to win the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning. She has published two collections of her cartoons, described as having a "unique style and famous irreverence," and still draws five cartoons a week. An active member of the Religious Society of Friends, Signe gave the 2012 William Penn Lecture, “Putting the Cheer into Walking Cheerfully.” Signe is a member of Chestnut Hill Monthly Meeting.
Tuesday, January 21st - 7:30pm
After graduating from Westtown in 1985, Naomi André received a BA in music from Barnard College, as well as an MA and PhD in musicology from Harvard University. She currently serves as associate professor in Women’s Studies in the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies, and the Associate Director for Faculty at the Residential College at the University of Michigan. This past spring, Naomi Andre was appointed the inaugural Scholar in Residence at the Seattle Opera, where they see her “deep knowledge of the art form and social perspective will help [them] broaden [their] storytelling and create an inclusive space for diverse communities at the opera.” Naomi's research focuses on opera and issues surrounding race, gender, and identity. Her books include Voicing Gender: Castrati, Travesti, and the Second Woman in Early-Nineteenth-Century Italian Opera (2006), Blackness in Opera (2012, edited collection) and Black Opera: History, Power, Engagement (2018).
Tuesday, April 7, 2020 - 7:30pm
Marysol Castro '92
Marysol Castro '92 is the first female public address announcer for the New York Mets and the first Latina public address announcer in Major League Baseball. After graduating from Westtown, Marysol earned her Bachelor’s degree from Weslyan University, and a Master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. During her two-decade career, Marysol has worked in local TV news, was the national network weather anchor on ABC’s “Good Morning America” and the “The Early Show” at CBS, and was a reporter for ESPN.
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