Focus is celebrating 30 years of envelope-pushing theatre in a three-day celebration of stage plays, music, and art May 8-10.
We will be hosting the world premiere of In One Person, a play by Eva Irving, based on John Irving’s bestseller, and the Canadian premiere of Dutch Masters, a thriller that centres on class and race.
This year, SAC is staging We Will Rock You, a rock musical based on the songs of the rock band, Queen. Other plays on the docket include One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and Lord of the Flies, along with a slate of shorter plays. You will find the stages being used in Wirth Theatre, Reininger Rehearsal Room, and the Donald Davis Theatre, where all plays are deemed Middle School appropriate.
The three-day festival has Head of Drama, William Scoular, as its artistic director, with assistance from outside directors and choreographers and many faculty and staff members. Hundreds of boys participate alongside special guests. The weeks leading up to this much-anticipated event are full of frenzied chaos, creative brainstorming, and lots of hard work.
Staunton Gallery will be transformed into an art gallery with pieces on display from students in every grade. Don’t forget to take a peek at the Graffiti Wall that can be seen near the Quad, just outside the doors at the top of the Staunton Gallery staircase. Student DJs will spin tunes during the evening hours.
Live music is also on the agenda, with the Middle School Band, the Jazz Band, the Symphonic Band, and the Wind Ensemble performing in the Robert and Jilla Williams Band Room. There will also be a Coffee House Thursday evening and Friday afternoon.
This year’s Friday evening finale May 10 promises to be an evening of fun and entertainment. Family and friends are invited for an upscale barbecue in Cole Hall starting at 5:30 p.m., accompanied by the cool sounds of the Upper School Jazz Band. Then at 6:15 p.m., the entertainment starts with a Celtic Extravaganza of the Pipes & Drums in the Wirth Theatre, followed by Upper School theatre performances.
In order to plan for the complimentary barbecue, please register here.
Check out all that the festival has to offer here, take a look at this promo trailer produced by William Scoular, and please drop by in the evenings to watch some awesome theatre, listen to some great music, and immerse yourself in the festival of the arts.
Story by Julie Caspersen