Drama Productions at Roxbury Latin
The Roxbury Latin Dramatics department stages three faculty-directed productions each year. Some years also features a student-directed production.:
- Senior Play: Open to boys in Classes I-III (with girls from neighboring schools)
- Junior Play: Open to boys in Classes IV-VI (with girls from neighboring schools)
- Spring Musical / Classical Play (alternating each year): Produced jointly with The Winsor School, usually open to boys in Classes I-IV
- Student Production: In some years, based on interest and ability, a senior will initiate and direct a full-length production in the spring.
The centerpiece of the Roxbury Latin dramatics program is the 300-seat Robert P. and Salua J.A. Smith Theater, a well-appointed facility with unobstructed sight lines, fly and trap capabilities, an optional orchestra pit and excellent acoustics for student voices. All onstage roles and most of the technical work—set design and construction, lighting, and sound—in all productions are performed by students.
In 2019-2020 the Senior Play was A Few Good Men, by Aaron Sorkin. The Winter Musical was Newsies, by Alan Menken, Jack Feldman, and Harvey Fierstein. The Spring Junior Play, cancelled when the COVID-19 pandemic forced the school’s closure, was going to be an original comedy, Chalk is Cheap, by veteran faculty member Mike Pojman, connected to the school’s 375th celebration.
In 2018-2019 the Senior Play was It Can’t Happen Here by Tony Taccone and Bennett S. Cohen, adapted from the Sinclair Lewis novel; the Junior Play was Peter and the Starcatcher by Rick Elice and Wayne Barker; and the Spring Production was The Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare. The year prior, RL boys performed in productions of Dogg’s Hamlet/Cahoot’s Macbeth by Tom Stoppard; The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee; and the musical Oliver! by Lionel Bart. Riverside Drive by Woody Allen, produced by Marc deFontnouvelle ’18, was the student-directed production in 2018.
Senior Play: Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 | November 20 & 21
Roxbury Latin’s Senior Play this fall will be a production of Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 by Anna Deavere Smith. Performances will be streamed on Friday, November 20, at 7:30 p.m. and on Saturday, November 21, at 7:30 p.m.