The Salisbury School Dramatic Society is one of the most vibrant and inclusive organizations on campus, drawing participants from all four forms, all athletic teams, the faculty, faculty families and – for female roles – other schools in the region. The Dramatic Society mounts two productions each year – one in the fall trimester, the other in the winter trimester. Production schedules typically parallel the fall and winter athletic seasons. There are opportunities for experienced performers to tackle challenging roles as well as for beginners to try something they may never have done before. In addition, the technical program is largely student-run. Students on the production crew design and run the lights, build and paint the sets, record soundtracks, and assist with costumes, make-up, and props. Both performers and technicians can fulfill Salisbury’s graduation requirement for arts credits by logging sufficient hours in their work on a production. Students have the further opportunity to become involved as officers in the Dramatic Society, which has a president, vice president, lower form liaison, head of stage crew, and head of technical crew
Most recently, the Dramatic Society has produced two highly successful comedies, All the Great Books and Spamalot. Fall productions have included Our Town, To Kill a Mockingbird, Death of a Salesman, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and Twelve Angry Men. Traditionally, the Dramatic Society produces a musical or a Shakespearean play in the winter. Recent winters have brought The Music Man, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, and Romeo and Juliet to Salisbury’s Miles P.H. Seifert '53 Theater.
During the spring trimester, the theater is available for interested sixth formers – and an occasional fifth former – to do a student production. This process involves submitting a detailed proposal to the director of studies and the director of the theater program and, to earn credit, fulfilling the goals agreed to by these faculty members and the student.
In addition, students in the Dramatic Society participate in workshops at other schools; develop such vital areas as trust, focus, teamwork, imagination and character during day-long retreats; and celebrate graduating members of the Society at an annual spring banquet, co-sponsored by parents.
To learn more about the theater experience on the Hilltop from a student's perspective please click here to watch a video from Tyler Fisher '13.