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.

Upper School Theater

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. 

Fall Play 
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.
Barton-Test Theater

Winter Musical 
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.
Barton-Test Theater

Spring Play
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.
Barton-Test Theater

Upper School Music and Dance

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.
Barton-Test Theater

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.
Barton-Test Theater

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

Middle and Lower School Music and 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

Shoemaker Visiting Lecturer Series

What is the Shoemaker Visiting Lecturer Series? Learn more and see descriptions of performances here!

Thursday, September 27, 2018, 7:30 pm Barton Test Theater
Kevin Roose '05 Kevin Roose is a technology columnist for The New York Times and a writer-at-large for The New York Times Magazine. His column, "The Shift," examines the intersection of tech, business, and culture.

Thursday, November 29, 2018, 7:30 pm Barton Test Theater
Emily Carris '00 is an artist and founding member of The Art Dept, a collaborative vintage store and workshop space dedicated to sharing stories and uplifting underserved artists. She has a BA in Education and Photography from Eugene Lang College in New York. 

Thursday, April 4, 2019, 7:30 pm Barton Test Theater
Richard Fuller is an Australian-born, U.S.-based engineer, entrepreneur, and environmentalist best known for his work in global pollution remediation. He is founder and president of the nonprofit Pure Earth (formerly known as Blacksmith Institute) dedicated to solving pollution problems in low- and middle-income countries, where human health is at risk.

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