The galleries of production photos to the right represent work undertaken by the Westminster dramatic association. "Dramat," as the organization is known, produces two major productions each year - a play in the fall and a musical in the winter. The programs offers the students involved in the productions, and the entire school community, a wide range of styles and genre. The objective, over the course of a four year span, is for the community to experience a comedy, a dramatic piece, a classic play and a more contemporary offering. A wide range of musical styles, from campy 1920s shows to rock n' roll from the 1960s, is selected and typically performed by student and faculty musicians for the Dramat's musicals.
Working in the magnificent Werner Centennial Center for the Performing Arts, Dramat strives for the highest production values possible. Collaborating with professional scenic, lighting, costume and makeup designers Westminster's program exposes students to a very complete production experience.
A Variety of Scenes from Fall 2020
During the fall term, students worked on a variety of scenes and played theater games — the games were led by Dramat Co-Presidents Jane Burke '21 and Elena McGuigan '21. Olivia Olney '22 served as the Stage Manager on all of the scenes, and she had Ashlyn Clapprood '22, Ariel Siedu '22 and Celia Sotirhos '21 as her Assistant Stage Managers. The term culminated in sharing the scenes with the Westminster community and you can click the links to watch the recordings below.
A Scene from "As We Forgive Those" by Andrew Smith
In this contemporary piece about the conflicting bonds of family, faith and friendship, Sophie’s sister, Alex, shows up at her apartment after an absence of four years. Sophie’s roommate, Jen, arrives home and recognizes Alex from the previous evening — as the person who mugged her. This scene, directed by Lillian Marvin '22, takes place moments after Jen has confronted Alex, threatening to call the police. Now it is just Sophie (Elena McGuigan '21) and Alex (Hannah Schuler '22) as Sophie is trying desperately to understand.
A Scene from "Steel Magnolias" by Robert Harling
This is a comedy-drama with underlying tragedy about the relationships between a group of women in northwest Louisiana. In this scene, directed by Lillian Marvin '22, Shelby (Grace Tyler '24) breaks the news to M'Lynn (Taylor Schuster '24), her mother, that she has decided to go through with a pregnancy instead of choosing the alternative of adoption.
A Scene from "The Importance of Being Earnest" by Oscar Wilde
In a scene from this iconic trivial comedy for serious people, Gwendolyn (Elena McGuigan '21) has left the city in search of her fiance. She joins Cecily (Jane Burke '21) at her country home only to find the two may be engaged to the same fellow!
A Scene from "Top Girls" by Caryl Churchill
In this scene, Angie (Alison Mayer '21) shares some deep, dark secrets with her young friend, Kit (Alexa Dailey '23). Angie's mother, Joyce (Kayla Ireland '22), confronts her daughter.