Knox Theatre presents at least two full productions each season. These productions afford students the opportunity to apply their skills in performing arts to the demanding challenges of presenting live theatre before a packed audience. Working with the same drive, discipline, and commitment to excellence as Varsity athletes, our actors and technicians receive accolades from the audience as well as from their peers.

To learn more about our 2017-2018 season and how you can become involved as an actor, musician, technician, or patron, please contact Mr. Patrick Barry at pbarry@knoxschool.org.

Our 2016-2017 season featured two productions: The 39 Steps, a comedic spoof of a Hitchcock spy thriller, and Cabaret, a dark musical drama about the rise of Nazism. Click on the tab below to learn more about each production.

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2016-2017 Season

Cabaret

Cabaret

Book by Joe Masteroff
Music by John Kander
Lyrics by Fred Ebb

May 5 & 6, 2017

One of the first successful concept musicals, Cabaret tells the story of the rise of Nazism through the frame of the Kit Kat Klub, a seedy, decadent club in early 1930s Berlin. When American novelist Cliff Bradshaw meets Nazi sympathizer Ernst Ludwig on a late train from Paris, his life begins an adventure that will lead him into the darkest corners of the human condition.

"You mean politics? What has that got to do with us?"

Though a closeted homosexual, Cliff begins a relationship with cabaret singer Sally Bowles, believing he can make himself "normal" by living the lie of a heterosexual romance. When Sally becomes pregnant, they behave like a happy expectant father and mother. However, as the Nazis rise to power and begin to assert their cultural and political influence, the couple must ultimately face the truth about themselves and their prospects as parents. Following a midnight trip to the abortionist, Sally returns to the cabaret; Cliff returns to America, but not without first allowing himself to embrace his sexuality in the arms of the mysterious Emcee.




The 39 Steps

The 39 Steps

By Patrick Barlow
Based on the novel by John Buchan
and the film by Alfred Hitchcock

November 11 & 12, 2016

Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of Monty Python and you have The 39 Steps, a fast-paced whodunit for anyone who loves the magic of theatre! This 2-time Tony and Drama Desk Award-winning treat is packed with nonstop laughs, over 150 zany characters (played by a ridiculously talented cast of 4), an on-stage plane crash, handcuffs, missing fingers and some good old-fashioned romance!


"There's a man in Scotland. Only a matter of days, perhaps hours, before the secret is out of the country! I tell you these men will stop at nothing. They act quickly. Quickly! QUICKLY!"

In The 39 Steps, a man with a boring life meets a woman with a thick accent who says she's a spy. When he takes her home, she is murdered. Soon, a mysterious organization called "The 39 Steps" is hot on the man's trail in a nationwide manhunt that climaxes in a death-defying finale! A riotous blend of virtuoso performances and wildly inventive stagecraft, The 39 Steps amounts to an unforgettable evening of pure pleasure!





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