Past Events

Red Rainbow

Apr 29, 2021 - May 1, 2021

Covid-19 has hit New York City and the entire city is under quarantine. Nathaniel has decided to drag his best friend Ixchel out of bed to go on an adventure. When the two investigate a strange phenomenon in Ixchel’s basement, they are…


Mar 24, 2021 - Mar 26, 2021

Everybody Directed by Temar Underwood Written by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins Stage Managed by Maggie Mallison Featuring Waterwell Drama Program Students and Alumni: Mayo Bernal, Sophie Bomeisler, Chloe Crawford , Sara Gluck, Meredith Krinke, Elena Lau, Justin Napp, Ellis Rubin, Ben Sadowsky, Solya Speigel,…

Oughta Be A Woman

Mar 17, 2021 - Mar 18, 2021

Oughta Be A Woman Directed by Marissa Davis Stage Managed by Sal Mulea Video Editing and Design by Nicholas Sanchez Starring the Middle School Class of 2021 Click HERE to reserve your tickets! This is a FREE EVENT. All ticket prices are…

Romeo & Juliet

Feb 4, 2021 - Feb 6, 2021

William Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet Directed by Cherie Corinne Rice Stage Managed by Kaelin Fuld Starring the Drama Class of 2023 “Verona,” a multi-player street war game, has become an addiction amongst the teen population in a small town by the same name.…

Antony & Cleopatra

Jan 28, 2021 - Jan 30, 2021

William Shakespeare’s Antony & Cleopatra Directed by James Dean Palmer Stage Managed by Nzinga Williams Starring the Drama Class of 2023 Antony & Cleopatra is an epic story that takes place in two of the largest cities in the world and tells the story…

Night’s Dream

Feb 6, 2020 - Feb 8, 2020

-Night’s Dream (A play with music) Based on William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream Adapted by Cherie Corinne Rice In New York City’s near future, the climate has changed. Midsummer feels more like “angry winter” and it’s all because the fairy-drag king…

The Tempest

Jan 30, 2020 - Feb 1, 2020

The Tempest is a play about magic, betrayal, love and forgiveness. It is set on an island somewhere near Italy where Prospero, the one-time Duke of Milan, and his beautiful daughter, Miranda, live with a sprite called Ariel and a strange wildman…


Dec 12, 2019 - Dec 14, 2019

Come join us in our annual all middle school production! Runaways is a collection of songs, dances, and spoken word pieces performed by children who have run away from their homes. Initially created from interviews with homeless children and those in orphanages, Liz…

Venus By Suzan-Lori Parks Directed by Raz Golden


Nov 13, 2019 - Nov 16, 2019

Venus is a biographical-vaudeville play about Saartjie Baartman, a member of a freak show label called the Hottentot Venus. Set around 1810, it concerns Baartman’s origins as a member of the Khoi-San people of South Africa and her move to Paris and…

6th Grade Play Festival

Jun 12, 2019 - Jun 13, 2019

Join Waterwell for an evening of short original plays written by Middle School students from the Waterwell Drama Program and performed by members of the Theater Arts Class of 2021.

Three Sisters

Jun 7, 2019 - Jun 8, 2019

Once upon a time three sisters lived with their brother in a little house in a little town and had very big, incredibly big, impossibly big lives. Will they ever get to Moscow? Will we still be talking about them a hundred…

June July August

Apr 10, 2019 - Apr 13, 2019

Get your tickets today! Join us for the Waterwell Drama Program’s ninth annual New Works Lab, brought to you by the WDP Senior Class! A coming of age story set in the Junior Counselor Bunk at an all-girls summer camp, June July August explores…


Nov 14, 2018 - Nov 17, 2018

Join us for the first the production of the Drama Program’s 2018-19 Season: Machinal, brought to you by the Drama Class of 2020! This 1928 play by Sophie Treadwell tells the deeply chilling story of a young woman’s inability to submit to the life…

Inherit the Wind

Jun 8, 2018 - Jun 9, 2018

This year’s 8th grade play, Inherit the Wind opens next month! One of the most outstanding dramas of our time, Inherit The Wind is a courtroom drama based on the Scope Monkey Trial. When a science teacher is arrested for teaching evolution in a Bible Belt school, two…


May 9, 2018 - May 12, 2018

In the era of #FakeNews, this non-linear play explore themes of authenticity and layers of “realness” in all of its forms. Through shifting times and places throughout America, this play investigates our definition of authenticity while poking fun at today’s representation in…

Side by Side by Sondheim

Mar 28, 2018 - Mar 29, 2018

The Theater Arts Classes of 2018 & 2019 have been working so hard over the last few months to put together this concert reading of Side by Side by Sondheim.  Stephen Sondheim’s work has for many decades been held as one of the…

Love’s Labor’s Lost

Feb 8, 2018 - Feb 10, 2018

In one of Shakespeare’s most dazzling and delightful comedies, the Princess of France and her ladies arrive on a diplomatic mission to Navarre only to be met by a young King and his lords who have taken a vow not to see…

Julius Caesar

Feb 1, 2018 - Mar 3, 2018

Julius Caesar follows the ancient Roman history of the assassination of Julius Caesar. In this direction, this story is set in an all girls private school, where secrets of conspiracy are whispered in the halls and political revolt breaks out in classrooms.  

Into the Woods

Dec 14, 2017 - Dec 16, 2017

James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim take everyone’s favorite storybook characters and bring them together for a timeless, yet relevant, piece… and a rare modern classic.  Into the Woods follows a Baker and his wife, who wish to have a child; Cinderella, who wishes…

Ubu Roi

Nov 15, 2017 - Nov 18, 2017

The first surrealist play (written by Alfred Jarry)  is about Papa Turd- a power hungry fool who rises to power by manipulating the greed and hunger of his friends to take The Crown of Poland. A childish leader, he imprisons and kills…


Aug 4, 2017

Join us for this year’s Summer Theater Lab new musical, #FOMO.  The Waterwell Summer Theater Lab, in partnership with Manhattan Youth in TriBeCa, offers the dedicated student the opportunity to engage in a four week musical theater intensive with world class educators and practitioners whose credits include…

Freshman Showcase

Jun 15, 2017 - Jun 16, 2017

Come see DR1s in their debut performance project – an evening of contemporary American scenes! Two performances only, June 15-16 @ 7p. Freshman Showcase Directed by Raphael Peacock Featuring scenes from plays by: James Christy, Horton Foote, Stephen Aldy Guirgis, Kara Hartlzler,…

A Murder is Announced

Jun 9, 2017 - Jun 10, 2017

This years 8th grade play, A Murder is Announced opens this Friday! The show features our Theater Arts Classes of ’17 and ’18 and is directed by AC Horton. Tickets are available at the door for a suggested donation. Be sure to come out…

In the Open

Apr 26, 2017 - Apr 29, 2017

At an elite high school for high achievers, an Incident happens, an escalation of violence, something that never ever happens there. We see some of the lead up to it, as well as some of the fallout, and we see different entry points…

As You Like It

Feb 2, 2017 - Feb 4, 2017

Shakespeare’s classic exploration of love in exile and gender reversal has delighted audiences for centuries. Is Orlando a boy or girl? Will s/he survive the fascist administration of Court High School’s new Dean? Is Rosalind a boy or a girl? Can s/he…


Dec 15, 2016 - Dec 17, 2016

Seussical is the journey into the imagination and its powers to transform the trajectory of ones life. All of your favorite Seuss characters join Horton, The Cat In The Hat and young Jojo on the search for safety, comfort, compassion love and adventure. Along…

The Children’s Hour

Nov 16, 2016 - Nov 19, 2016

How can one ever really be sure of the difference between truth and lies? After a malicious youngster starts a rumor about two women who run a boarding school, the rumor soon turns to scandal. As the young girl comes to understand…

Freshman Showcase

Jun 16, 2016 - Jun 17, 2016

Come see DR1s in their debut performance project – an evening of contemporary American scenes! Two performances only, June 16-17 @ 7p. Freshman Showcase Directed by Raphael Peacock Featuring scenes from plays by: James Christy, Horton Foote, Stephen Aldy Guirgis, Kara Hartlzler,…

The Taming of the Shrew

Feb 4, 2016 - Feb 6, 2016

Join us for The Taming of the Shrew, brought to you by the Drama Class of ’18! In Padua – a city of culture, art, and status – three suitors vie for Bianca’s hand in marriage. But until her older sister Katherine, the famed shrew, is…


Dec 18, 2015 - Dec 20, 2015

Join us for this year’s Middle School musical, Urinetown, brought to you by the Theater Arts Classes of ’16, ’17 & ’18! In a Gotham-like city, a terrible water shortage, caused by a 20-year drought, has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. The…

Middle School/Ailey Holiday Concert

Dec 8, 2015

The annual Middle School/Ailey Holiday Concert is this Tuesday, December 8th at 7p in the PPAS Auditorium. Come out and get a dazzling dose of holiday cheer! Tue, Dec 7 | 7p PPAS Auditorium 328 W 48th St (btw 8th & 9th)

The Little Square

Nov 18, 2015 - Nov 21, 2015

Join us for the first the production of the Drama Program’s 2015-16 Season: The Little Square, brought to you by the Drama Class of 2017! Written by Italy’s most famous and best-loved playwright, Carlo Goldoni, Il Campiello (“The Little Square”), is a neglected masterpiece of 18th…

Waterwell Drama Program Alumni Picnic

Aug 21, 2015

Whether you graduated this past June or whether you haven’t walked the halls of PPAS for four or more years, you’re invited to the Waterwell Drama Alumni Picnic this Friday, August 21st at 6:30pm in Central Park! It’s no lie that Waterwell…

A Haunted House Indeed!

Jul 31, 2015

Join Manhattan Youth and Waterwell as we present our Summer Theater Lab’s original musical, A Haunted House Indeed!, created by the STL Class of 2015! A Haunted House Indeed! Original Short Story by Anna Kingsford Book by Kevin Townley Music and Lyrics by Joshua…

6th Grade Cabaret

Jun 18, 2015

The end of the year is quickly approaching, and we are so proud of all of the hard work our amazing students have been putting in. This Thursday, June 18th, come check out our youngest in the 6th Grade Cabaret: Our Fears, The…

Freshman Showcase

Jun 14, 2015

Come see DR1s in their debut performance project – an evening of contemporary American scenes! Two performances only, at 2p and 6p. Freshman Showcase Directed by Raphael Peacock Featuring scenes from plays by: Tom Dudzick, Horton Foote, Donald Margulies, Wendy McCleod, Neil…

Begets: Fall of a High School Ronin

Apr 29, 2015 - May 2, 2015

Tickets are now available for the next upcoming main stage production, this year’s New Works Lab!  I hope that you are all able to make this incredible production, brought to you by the amazing team from Vampire Cowboys and our very on…

Big Sib Lunch

Apr 24, 2015

Attention all Theater Arts and Drama majors! It’s that time again for the Big Sib Lunch! This Friday during your lunch period, please plan on coordinating a lunch with your Sib!

7th Grade Concert Reading – Smokey Joe’s Cafe

Smokey Joe’s Cafe is a musical revue showcasing 39 pop standards, including rock and roll and rhythm and blues songs written by songwriters Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. The Original Broadway cast recording, Smokey Joe’s Cafe: The Songs Of Leiber And Stoller,…

NWL – The S.S. Crouton and other tales

In distant space, the robot crew of the S.S. Crouton races through the galaxy to find the last living earthling. She is the only being who still remembers life on Earth, and only her wisdom can save life in the universe from…