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.

Barstow Revue, Saturday, May 5 

The Barstow Theatre Department takes a bow for the 2017-2018 season with the annual all-school revue on Saturday, May 5, at 7:00 p.m. in the Raymond B. White Auditorium.

Experience the best of Barstow with highlights from the lower school musical, "A Year with Frog and Toad," the middle school musical, "The Little Mermaid" and the upper school musical, "We Will Rock You." Celebrate another year of wonderful performances—and find out what shows are planned for next season—at the Barstow Revue. Tickets on sale Monday, April 30. 

2017-2018 Barstow Theatre Season

  • Upper school musical:  We Will Rock You  October 12, 13, 14
  • Lower school musical:  A Year With Frog and Toad, KIDS   November 16, 17
  • The Pretenders: Things Change When You're Famous  January 27 
  • Middle school musical: The Little Mermaid, JR  February 8, 9, 10
  • Upper school play: The Odyssey April 12, 13
  • All division performance: Barstow Revue May 5


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.

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    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.

    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. 

    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.

    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. 

    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.

    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.

Festival Fringe in Edinburgh, Scotland

When an immigrant entertainer in a superhero costume is arrested, a bitter feud arises among performers, tourists and the boys in blue. Deceit, mockery, revolution and disaster ensue. How do the persecuted act when the whole world is watching? That's the question poised in an original satire written, performed and presented by Barstow theatre students on an international stage last summer.

Ethan Doskey, senior, wrote “A Picture's Worth Five Dollars.” Students first staged the production at the Unicorn Theatre during Kansas City Fringe Festival in late July, before traveling to Edinburgh, Scotland's famed Festival Fringe in August. It was Barstow's second trip to the festival—a group also performed in Scotland in 2010. 

The American High School Theatre Festival (AHSTF) makes it possible for performing arts students to showcase their talents and skills at the world's largest performing arts festival. Barstow's theatre department, under the direction of Bob Koehler, helps develop those talents through workshops, electives and live productions at the Raymond B. White Auditorium throughout the year.

Lower School Musical, "Frog and Toad"

Lower School Musical 2017

Upper School Musical, "We Will Rock You"

Performing Arts Faculty

List of 4 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
  • Bruce  Dickerson 

    University of Illinois - Urbana/Champaign - M.S.E.
  • 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.
  • Jessalyn Kincaid 


The Barstow School

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