Prep Players

The Prep Players is Fairfield Prep's theater group, putting on two full scale theatrical productions each year at the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts.Students can get involved by auditioning for a production or by working on the various technical elements of the show. The fall production is a theatrical play, and the spring show is a musical.

There are also opportunities to participate in acting workshops, travel to New York to see shows, and work on improvisation.

Theatre Courses

Apart from the Prep Players theater club, Prep offers two theater-related fine arts courses.

Introduction to Speech and Theatre

This course is invaluable to all students as public speaking will be an integral part of their academic and professional future.  The skills taught in this course will give students an edge in class presentations, groups work, and writing skills. The goal is to use theatre and public speaking to help students work on skills that they will use in all classes in the future.

In the first semester, students will study various types of speeches, working on their writing and presence in front of an audience. This will include creative writing opportunities, as well as practice in physical and vocal presentation techniques. In the second semester, students will reinforce these skills through a study of theatrical performance.

Students will examine the various elements of the theatre—design, directing and acting—experimenting with each and exploring how they work together.  Through participation in workshops, students put their knowledge into action, designing sets, creating costumes, working with improvisation, and writing short plays. With this background, students will analyze dramatic texts, and create a final scene study project.

English IV: American Drama and Film

Plays were never meant to be read by someone sitting alone in a chair; they were meant to be watched. American playwrights like Arthur Miller, August Wilson, and Tennessee Williams show us a great deal about human nature and the American experience. This class will be a great chance to put together an interest in history, literature, art, and film as it will take a look at how directors bring these iconic works to life. Along with traditional essay writing, assessments will include film making, design projects and criticisms.  This is an elective course offered to seniors.


 

Yes, let’s

“Yes, let’s!” is a game that captures the essence of everything asked of the cast of any Prep Players show. The cast gathers in the space and, when moved, each member in turn invites the group to join in an activity, and every person in the room must accept the invitation and engage in whatever has been asked of them — no questions asked. One member invites all the rest to hunt moose, and they begin to stalk game in the wilderness. In the next moment, another invites everyone to dance the Macarena. This they all do, until the next among them calls the whole room to meditation. As quickly as a room erupted into the madness of a terrible dance fad, it settles into a peaceful hum. Everyone is always ready, everyone is always willing, everyone always says yes.

Ensemble

Prep Players learn the importance of holding one another up. Whether they are on stage or off, whether we are running through scenes or working tirelessly on songs and dances, they are there for each other in powerful ways. They show not only a commitment to the process, but to one another.

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Taking Leaps

"It is not easy to leave your comfort zone, especially when performing in front of an audience filled with people who you don't know. Mrs. Hoover's guidance has helped every single one of us learn the value of taking leaps. She taught us that if you do something embarrassing on stage or in rehearsal, you will be supported by all of the people around you."

- Robbie Whitney '19
Jesus (Godspell)

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A History of Performances

The Prep Players have put on a number of different theatrical performances over the past several years. In the 2017-18 academic year the group did Peter and the Starcatcher and Godspell. Past projects include Into the Woods, Carousel, Our Town and The Laramie Project.

View past videos and photos of the shows on our Media Page.

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