Last weekend’s staging of the 8th grade Centennial Play continued the long tradition of theater at Collegiate. From the very beginning the dramatic arts have been an important part of the academic and cultural life of the school. In those early years individual clubs and classes staged plays, dramatic readings, and other performances as part of a diverse schedule of often student-selected educational programming that also included guest speakers and music recitals.
Student plays and performances continued to be an important part of school life as The Collegiate School for Girls entered the 1930s. In addition to performing established plays, students staged their own adaptations of literary works, and original works written by students and faculty. As In all cases, dramatic arts served as an extension of the classroom.
The following gallery features photographs and ephemera related to Collegiate theater in the 1930s from the Julia Williams Study and Archives Center.