Theatre

A means for growth, creativity and collaboration, Barstow's performing arts program and theatre workshops provide the perfect stage for combining skills and subject areas fundamental to a well-rounded education.

Students learn theatre fundamentals, understand its cultural and technical aspects and discover a love of self-expression. Lower school theatre workshops give young students a stage on which to express themselves through acting, movement and dance that nurtures self-confidence and self-esteem. 

Barstow produces five shows each year that entertain, educate, provoke and provide an environment of community building and outreach. From lower to upper school, students explore performance opportunities from the classics to the contemporary.

COMING SOON

Newsies  

The Barstow Theatre Department opens the 2018-2019 season with Disney's "Newsies," inspired by the real-life Newsboys Strike of 1899 in New York City. A charismatic newsboy and leader of a ragged band of teenaged 'newsies,' dreams of a better life far from the hardship of the streets. When publishing titans Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst raise distribution prices at the newsboys' expense, they take a stand for what's right.

2018-2019 Barstow Theatre Season

Enjoy five entertaining shows on the Barstow stage during 2018-2019, performed by students in every division:

Upper school musical:          Newsies, October 11, 12,13
Middle school musical:        James and the Giant Peach, January 17, 18, 19
Lower school musical:         Seussical, February 28, March 1, 2
Upper school play:                Macbeth, April 11, 12, 13
All school performance:       Barstow Revue, May 4  

UPPER SCHOOL THEATRE ARTS ELECTIVES

Performing arts classes provide experiences in self- expression, social values, cultural influences, performance skills and awareness of emotions. Barstow courses explore theatre fundamentals, including acting and writing, production and design.

List of 6 items.

  • 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.
  • 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.

Lower School Musical, "Frog and Toad"

Lower School Musical 2017

Performing Arts Faculty

List of 2 members.

  • Robert Kohler Jr. 

    The Barstow School
    LS, MS & US Director of Theatre
    (816) 277-0430
    Creighton University - B.A.
    Southern Oregon University - Master of Theatre Studies
    2005
  • Kristi Mitchell 

    The Barstow School
    LS Music Grades 1-5
    (816) 277-0330
    Kansas State University - B.M.E.
    Univeristy of Missouri - Kansas City - M.M.E.
    1995

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