Midtown Theatre and Film is a group of exceptionally talented and versatile high school students who consistently produce a variety of plays, musicals, and other theatrical performances for the Midtown/Atlanta community. All students are welcome to participate in the program, regardless of experience!
Students learn and contribute to every aspect of the theater, from acting to directing, singing, dancing, playwriting, set design, lighting design, costuming, film production and so much more!
Midtown Theatre puts on 3 full-length productions (including 2 musicals) per year in addition to a variety of theatrical events, including the Fall One Acts, original student plays, the Three Day Plays, Coffeehouses, Senior One-Acts, Thespian Conference, Improv shows, the 48 Hour Film Project, and much more!
Coffeehouse is a great way to participate in theatre without much commitment. Come up with an act-- such as singing a song, reciting a monologue, performing a scene, playing an instrument--and screen it the day before the performance. If it is appropriate and prepared, you're in! The next day, you'll perform in front of an audience in the Black Box Theatre. Food and coffee are available at performances, hence the name "coffeehouse."
Grady Film Festival
Our Film Night features various short films and in-class projects that have been produced throughout the year, specifically our 48 Hour Film Project, film class projects, and short films from Acting I & II. This showcase takes place in the Vincent Murray Auditorium with films projected onto the big screen!
Senior One Acts are our last productions of the school year. As the culminating project of the Advanced Drama class, several Midtown seniors will select, cast, and direct 10 -15 minute one act plays. Auditions usually occur right after our spring musical and are open to all grades (not just seniors)!
48 Hour Film Project
The 48 Hour Film Project is different from anything else offered at Midtown. It is a competitive film-based project over the summer involving professional film companies in Atlanta!
In 48 hours, each team must write and produce a short film based on a randomly selected
genre, prop, character, and line.
This project allows for students to gain experience with on-camera acting as well as technical jobs in the film industry. The end result is displayed on the big screen at the Midtown Art Cinema. It's pretty cool!
Why Midtown Theatre?
While we appreciate our teachers and parents who work tirelessly to ensure that we get to do the fun things that we do, Midtown Theatre and Film is unique in that students run most of it. During performances, the director sits back in the audience and watches as the students run lights and sound, organize actors, move set, and more. Students build the sets (with the help of Mr. Brandhorst and Mr. Dreiling). There is a Thespian Board made up of students who serve as leaders and strive to improve our program more every year. We also are proud that there is little to no divide between actors and techies; both are equally respected and loved, and everyone tends to do a bit of both. There is an incredible sense of community in Midtown Theatre, and we hope that you join us.