Our goal is for students to be accomplished generalists—to experience the enrichment and delight that arise from creative involvement and participation.

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)
  • 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 2021-2022 the Senior Play was Frankenstein by Nick Dear, followed by the musical Catch Me If You Can in the winter of 2022. The Junior Play in the spring of 2022 was an original comedy, Chalk Is Cheap, by faculty member Mike Pojman—postponed from the pandemic spring of 2020—honoring the 375th anniversary of the founding of the school. In the year prior, RL presented productions of Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 by Anna Deavere Smith and then The Canterbury Tales in the winter of 2021. COVID restrictions for both productions in 2020-2021 necessitated a hybrid approach, with some rehearsals in person and some on Zoom. The “performances” were then filmed on the Smith Theater stage and streamed to the RL community near and far!

  • Senior Play: November 11 and 12, 2022

    Love and Information by Caryl Churchill
    Smith Theater
    Friday, November 11, and Saturday, November 12
    7:30 p.m. start, both evenings

  • Junior Play: February 24 and 25, 2023

    The Little Prince (Large Cast) by Rick Cummins and John Scoullar
    Adapted from the book by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
    Smith Theater
    Friday, February 24, and Saturday, February 25
    7:30 p.m. start, both evenings