Theatre

Spelling Bee pandemonium

Students who participate in The Frederick Gunn School Theatre Program engage in the Performing Arts with creative and open processes to put together a final production that demonstrates their collective work.

The Frederick Gunn School has a long and established theatrical history. Students staged the first play in 1850, and at least one play has been performed annually ever since. The theatre program, which marked its 150th anniversary in 2019, currently presents two productions a year: a play in the fall and a musical in the winter. Students act, sing, dance, build sets, serve as costumers, choreographers, musicians, lighting and sound technicians, and help manage the production. Auditions are open to all students. Rehearsals are held in the afternoons and students participate as part of the co-curricular program in the fall and winter terms.

Recent productions include the Connecticut Premiere of The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, adapted by Dwayne Hartford based on the book by Kate DiCamillo, Men On Boats by Jaclyn Backhaus, and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, book by Rachel Sheinkin and score by William Finn. 

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Men on Boats IG graphic
Jennifer Clement

The Frederick Gunn School Theatre Program will present Jaclyn Backhaus’ wildly funny and rollicking play, Men on Boats, November 10, 11, and 12 at 7 p.m. in the Tisch Family Auditorium of the Thomas S. Perakos Arts and Community Center. The public is invited to attend. No registration is required. Admission is free. 
 

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Halo Award Winner Alder Curry 2022
Jennifer Clement

Congratulations to the cast and crew of The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, who won 3 Halo High School Theater Awards on June 2! The Frederick Gunn School Theatre Program received a total of 14 Halo nominations for the fall play and the winter musical. Congratulations to our 2022 Halo Award winners:
 

Men On Boats

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

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