Each winter, Brookewood and Avalon students tryout for specific parts in a play produced by the school's drama director. Students from grades 6 and up are allowed to tryout. Past plays produced include: A Midsummer Night's Dream, Our Town, Cheaper by the Dozen, An Ideal Husband, Twelfth Night, and more.
Students become familiar with plays first through their literature courses, studying Shakespeare's plays (and sometimes acting them out in class) starting in the middle school.
Meet our Director, Erin Bone Steele
Dr. Erin Bone Steele now has over 50 credits onstage and backstage in community, college, and professional productions, and earned a Ph.D. in Theatre and Performance Studies from the University of Maryland (College Park). She is now settled in Silver Spring with her husband Colin and two young daughters, and by day can be found managing the office of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church. Prior to this, she co-founded the Appalachian Shakespeare Project at Concord University (Athens,WV) and was an instructor at Shepherd University (Shepherdstown,WV), Loyola University (Baltimore, MD), Trinity (Washington, DC), and the University of Maryland. She also led after-school youth drama programs in Burlington, NC and Marietta, GA, and directed the Middle School Summer Shakespeare Camp for Maryland-National Capitol Parks & Planning. Erin regularly volunteers at Silver Spring Stage, is active in the music ministry at Grace Episcopal Church (Silver Spring, MD), and is currently a company member and director at the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company (Baltimore, MD).