Drama Productions at Roxbury Latin
The Roxbury Latin Dramatics department stages three faculty-directed productions each year:
- 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 / Shakespearean Play (alternating each year): Produced jointly with The Winsor School, usually open to boys in Classes I-IV
Additional productions include:
- Latin Play: As part of their regular study of Classics, boys in Class IV perform an
adaptation of one of Plautus’ comedies in Latin each spring.
- 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 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: A Few Good Men | November 22 & 23
Roxbury Latin’s Senior Play this fall will be a production of A Few Good Men by Aaron Sorkin. Performances will take place in the Smith Theater on Friday, November 22, at 7:30 p.m. and on Saturday, November 23, at 7:30 p.m.
Auditions for Musical: Newsies | December 2, 3 & 4
Auditions for the spring musical, Disney’s Newsies, will be open to students in grades 10, 11, and 12.
Auditions for Junior Play: 1645 And All That | February 10, 11 & 12
Auditions for the Junior Play, 1645 And All That, will be open to students in grades 7, 8, and 9.
Musical: Newsies | February 28 & 29
Roxbury Latin’s musical this winter will be a production of Disney’s Newsies by Alan Menkin (music), Jack Feldman (lyrics), and Harvey Fierstein (book). Performances will take place in the Smith Theater on Friday, February 28, at 7:30 p.m. and on Saturday, February 29, at 7:30 p.m.
Junior Play: Chalk is Cheap: 1645 And All That | May 1 & 2
Roxbury Latin’s Junior Play this spring will be a production of Chalk is Cheap: 1645 And All That, an original tale, in honor of the school’s 375th anniversary. Performances will take place in the Smith Theater on Friday, May 1, at 7:30 p.m. and on Saturday, May 2, at 7:30 p.m.