Theatre

A Showcase for Developing Talent

Barstow’s performing arts program and theatre workshops set the stage for creativity, collaboration, cultural understanding and personal growth. There is a role for everyone in the Barstow theatre program.
Early childhood students perform and improvise in Creative Movement class. Lower school theatre workshops begin in kindergarten. As students joyfully take to the stage to act, move and dance, they gain self-confidence and discover the freedom of self-expression.

In middle school, they explore classic and contemporary plays and perform in the annual musical. Upper school students hone their acting skills and apply STEAM principles to production techniques, set construction and costume and lighting design in a variety of electives.

Barstow Theatre produces five top-notch shows each year, including lower, middle and upper school musicals. In the summer of 2020, students from all three divisions joined together to produce the region’s very first “zoomsical,” a virtual performance produced completely from their homes!

Upper School Electives

List of 7 frequently asked questions.

  • Acting I & II

    These courses train and develop the student actor, while focusing on performance as an activity that leads to enhanced social awareness. Students learn to deliver performances that are truthful, individual and memorable. They develop awareness of all the senses and draw on intuition and intelligence.
  • Advanced Acting Honors

    This class builds on Acting I and Acting II. Students study acting techniques, concentrating on performance skills.
  • Production I: Advanced Theatre Honors

    This class produces the upper school spring play. Students work rigorously in acting, singing and dancing. This class is for the serious theatre student interested in performing in a main stage production.
  • Production II: Musical Theatre Honors

    This class produces the upper school fall musical. Students work rigorously in acting, singing and dancing. This class is for the serious theatre student who is interested in performing in a main stage production.
  • Production II: Technical Theatre Honors

    This class is responsible for producing Barstow’s main stage productions: The upper school musical in the fall and the upper school play in the spring. This class is for the serious theatre student interested in all the technical aspects of production: scenery, sound, lighting and costuming.
  • Scriptwriting

    Designed to train and develop the student playwright. Writing scripts may take many forms—scenes, one-act and full-length plays, commercials, short films and feature film screenplays. This course teaches students the fundamental elements of storytelling, as well as to understand basic elements of genres, to sustain an interesting story, to create strong characters, to develop theme and symbols and to structure it all into a finished script. Students participate in the Coterie Theatre’s "Reaching the Write Minds" program.
  • Theatre Arts: Production & Design

    For the student who enjoys all areas of theatre and would love to learn how they work together. All technical aspects will be covered. Students will learn about script analysis, set design lights, sound, costume and other production elements necessary to produce a play or musical. This class culminates in a full design of a play and the direction of a scene from the chosen and approved production.

Theatre Department

List of 4 members.

  • Photo of Robert Kohler

    Robert Kohler 

    LS, MS & US Director of Theatre
    (816) 277-0430
  • Photo of Jennifer Carr

    Jennifer Carr 

    LS Early Childhood Music, PK Movement, 3-5 Guitar, MS/US Instrumental Instructor
    (816) 277-0374
  • Photo of Josh Markley

    Josh Markley 

    MS & US Choral Music Director
    (816) 277-0332
  • Photo of Kristi Mitchell

    Kristi Mitchell 

    LS Music Grades 1-5
    (816) 277-0330