Theater

You'll thrive on the Peddie stage.

Our instructors — who are theater professionals — teach a wide range of courses and electives and activities sure to engage any individual with an interest in performance. Beyond taking a theater class during your freshman year, there are a variety of elective course offerings and extracurricular opportunities in which you can further develop your craft. Prefer to work behind the scenes? You can learn the ropes from professional set, properties, lighting and sound designers.

Our theater department stages multiple productions, including two plays, two musicals, a series of one-acts, a Public Speaking Competition and the Declamation Contest each year, giving you plenty of chances to experience the world of live performance in a variety of ways. Our proximity to Broadway serves as a two-way street: Not only can you attend plays regularly in New York City and Princeton, but you'll also learn from visiting actors, directors, musicians and producers each year.

 

into the woods performance picture

 

Beyond Imagination

Developmental Crescendo


 



Recent Performances

154th Annual

Declamation Contest

Winner: Emmy Xu '22
Second place: Kate Guittari '22
Kate Guittari '22
Third Place: Caleb Solidum '23
Caleb Solidum '23
Honorable Mention: Santiago Galvan'22
Santiago Galvan'22

2022 marked the 154th Annual Declamation Contest. An adjudicated performance open to all students, the "Dec" contest features 5-7 minute monologues, both comedic and serious, from plays, books and other forms of literature.

Fall Play

Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play

Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play - Fall Play 2021

Open to students in grades 10-12 and PG, the Fall Play explores temporary and classical works of theater. 

Freshman Musical

James and the Giant Peach

Freshman Musical 2021 - James & The Giant Peach

An all-school favorite, the Freshman Musical class is open to all freshmen in the fall term at Peddie. It is an intentionally simple production with a cast traditionally made up of both experienced thespians and first-time performers.

Winter Musical

Into the Woods

Winter Musical 2022: Into The Woods

The Winter Musical is open to all students during winter term at Peddie. This year, students were given the opportunity to design the set of Into the Woods during a fall term course.

 

 

 

The Arts at Peddie
AN AVERAGE OF

300

STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN THE ARTS EVERY DAY
OUR MUSICAL PERFORMANCE GROUPS NUMBER

13

AND RANGE FROM CLASSICAL TO JAZZ TO CONTEMPORARY MUSIC
WE HOLD

2

ANNUAL ADJUDICATED SPEAKING CONTESTS EACH YEAR
OUR NEW ARTS FACILITY BOASTS A

300

SEAT PERFORMANCE HALL AND EXPANDED SPACE FOR ALL OF THE ARTS
THE ARTS DEPARTMENT OFFERS

23

COURSES SPANNING MUSIC, THEATER and VISUAL ARTS
OUR AUDITORIUM SEATS

535

AND HOLDS AN ORCHESTRA PIT AND LIGHT BOOTH

Meet our Faculty

Elizabeth Sherman

Elizabeth Sherman

Director of Theater
Marilyn Anker

Marilyn Anker

Coordinator of Cultural Events
John Lucs

John Lucs

Theater Technical Director
Marisa Procopio

Marisa Procopio

Manager of Content Creation, Properties Designer