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Theater

…can be a gateway into dialogue on the new, challenging questions young students confront on personal, community, and global levels.

Rowland Hall students acting in the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Rowland Hall students acting in the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Rowland Hall students acting in the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Rowland Hall students acting in the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Rowland Hall students acting in the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Rowland Hall students acting in the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Rowland Hall students acting in the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Rowland Hall students acting in the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Rowland Hall students acting in the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Rowland Hall students acting in the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Rowland Hall students acting in the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Rowland Hall students acting in the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Rowland Hall students acting in the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Our November 2018 production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee had audiences laughing out loud and cheering for a winner. Upper schoolers took on the roles of middle school top-notch spellers who each brought their own story to the microphone.

At Rowland Hall, theater is a magical and powerful art form. Experiences in class and on stage charge students’ imaginations and challenge their belief systems. Theater Teacher and Technical Designer Matt Sincell guides middle and upper schoolers in finding their own artistic voices, and provides a platform for complex social-emotional learning.

Under Mr. Sincell’s direction, students present two major shows per year: a fall production for upper schoolers only, and a spring production for both middle and upper schoolers. Classes, meanwhile, focus on generating excitement around all the disciplines of theater: acting, singing, dancing, stage management, lighting, sound, set, costumes, and directing.

Mr. Sincell also hosts guest artists and keeps middle and upper schoolers connected to the Salt Lake City community-theater scene, including helping interested students find internships with professional theaters.

Matt Sincell
Theater Teacher and Technical Designerget to know Matt

PROGRAMMING

Rowland Hall offers theater courses in grades six through twelve.

Middle School Courses

  • Foundations of Theater
  • Twelve-Week Theater
  • Six-Week Theater
  • Musical Theater
  • Rag and Bone Theater Ensemble

Upper School Courses

  • Technical Theater
  • Theater Production
  • Musical Theater

2018–2019 THEATER PRODUCTIONS

Fall

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

A Tony Award-winning musical about a quirky group of adolescents competing in a championship spelling bee. The November 2018 production was full of hilarious songs, wild characters, and heart-tugging moments.

Spring

Imagining Alice

Middle and upper school actors, dancers, musicians, and visual artists derived an absurd, whimsical, haunting, and comedic version of Alice in Wonderland. The April 2019 production featured large-scale murals, traveling props, a costume menagerie, every style of dance, and integrated orchestral, vocal, and jazz music.

Theater students performing
Theater students performing
Theater students performing
Theater students performing
Theater students performing
Theater students performing
Theater students performing
Theater students performing
Theater students performing
Theater students performing
Theater students performing

Our March 2018 production of In A Grove: Four Japanese Ghost Stories entailed a fantastical journey through the history of a deserted village. The play featured otherworldly puppets and stage effects, and proverb-like life lessons. (Photos by Oliver Jin ’18)

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