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The Arts

The Visual and Performing Arts department at BWL offers a rigorous, K-12 exploration of music, art and theater. We have a school-wide curriculum that is available to students in all divisions. Additionally, there are numerous extracurricular opportunities in Middle and Upper School to further refine our students’ interest and proficiency in the arts.

Performing Arts by Division


Fall Play: All Upper School Students can audition for a fall non- musical play, which is rehearsed after school and performed in the BWL auditorium in November. Rehearsals explore more advanced theater techniques including script analysis, scene study, and character development. Past shows include The Sparrow, The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940, and You Can’t Take it With You.

Winter Musical: All Upper School Students can audition for a spring musical, which is rehearsed after school and performed in a 200-seat professional Off-Broadway theater. The rehearsal process is rigorous, and combines vocal performance, musical theater dance, and scene work. Past shows include Hairspray, Anything Goes, and Legally Blonde.

Student Showcase: Under the supervision of the theater faculty, this showcase is comprised of all student led work and is the capstone of the Upper School theater curriculum. Students write, cast, direct, and develop their own original work. All students in theater electives present their final coursework during this exciting event.





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Visual Arts

BWL’s Visual Arts curriculum includes courses in DrawingPaintingPhotographySculpture and Mixed Media. Students have an Art History requirement in the Upper School, and they visit local museums as part of the curriculum. A select group of seniors take a fall seminar where they collaborate to design a calendar. Unique each year, and always breathtaking in its originality, the Senior Calendar is a stunning reflection of BWL’s emphasis on creative expression.