Even as a sophomore, Hannah Curhan ’23 still benefited from the mentorship of her Middle School Drama Teacher, Ms. Crewdon. During the winter, Crewdon showed Curhan an email from the METG (Massachusetts Educational Theater Guild), calling for submissions to its first-ever monologue contest.
There are numerous opportunities to sing at the BB&N Upper School. Ensembles include the introductory 9th Grade Chorus, the close harmony a cappella groups – The Knightingales and the Voices of the Knight, and the upper level, 45-member Chorale. BB&N singing groups perform two major concerts a year in the acoustically resonant Grace Episcopal Church, Newton as well as at local festivals and school admissions and alumni functions. Over the past 20 years, the BB&N Chorale has embarked upon seven International tours, performing in cathedrals, schools, town squares and festivals across Europe- in countries such as Italy, Slovenia, England, Spain, Austria, Hungary, Sweden, and Iceland. Repertoire spans the classical spectrum- from Renaissance madrigals to contemporary choral works- and also includes spirituals, gospel, and non-European traditions such as folk and ethnic music from Asia, the Caribbean, South America, and Africa.
The musical theater tradition is also strong at BB&N, with the main stage winter production dedicated to a musical as well as a festive annual fall “Cabaret Night” featuring students, faculty and alumni.