Twain Theatre

Teacher: Sara Joy Lebowitz

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Twitter: @TwainTheatre

Instagram: @TwainTheatre

Mark Twain Theatre Department Events & Fundraisers:


Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie

May 3 and 4 at 7:00 pm

May 4 and 5 at 2:00 pm

Check back for the link to purchase tickets online


Help the Mark Twain Middle School Theatre Department! We need your help to make this show a success!

We want to bring the magic of theatre and the magic of Peter Pan to the Twain stage and rent a fly system for the production.  This is a huge endeavor and an even bigger cost but we are ready to make this happen!

Please help us by making a donation to our GoFundMe campaign and spreading the word to family and friends! Raising money to help offset the costs of the fly system will allow us to keep our ticket prices reasonable for the families who will come see our production!

Your help to reach our goal means the world to the students and faculty of Mark Twain Middle School's Theatre Department.  If we are lucky enough to exceed our goal, the excess money will support future endeavors by the Theatre Department.

You can follow Mark Twain Middle School Theatre on:

Please help spread the word and check out our GoFundMe Link!


MayFest PlayFest at Lake Braddock

May 11


Advanced Theatre Arts Trip to New York

May 18


Questions?  Email Ms. Lebowitz at 



Past Events:


Fall Theatre Expo at Twain

October 20, 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Registration is now closed


Broadway Desserts Performance (Chorus Fundraiser)

October 26, 7:00 pm

Tickets are $8 and will be sold at lunch on October 24, 25, and 26.  No tickets will be sold at the door


Advanced Theatre Arts Fall Production

The Day The Internet Died by Ian McWethy and Jason Pizarello

Bad Ideas for Bad Television Shows by Don Zolidis

November 16 and 17 at 7:00 pm

November 17 at 2:00 pm

Tickets are just $5


Chipotle Night at the Kingstowne Chipotle

November 19, 4:00 - 8:00 pm

Make sure to tell the cashier you're there to support Twain Theatre!


Talent Show Auditions

December 6, after school


Talent Show Performance

February 12, 7:00 pm


Peter Pan Auditions

February 20 and 21

Theatre at Mark Twain Middle School takes on three forms:

  • Theatre Arts Classes

  • Drama Club

  • Theatre Arts Productions

Students can take part in any or all forms – you don’t have to be in class to take part in the after school activities and you don’t have to take part in the after school activities if you are in class! The choice is totally up to you!


Theatre Arts Classes

Beginning Theatre Arts

In Beginning Theatre Arts students learn:

Parts of the stage

  • Pantomime- How to use their bodies and facial expression to tell a story
  • Voice- How to speak clearly, loudly, and with expression
  • Improvisation- How to think on their feet
  • Basic performance techniques 

Beginning Theatre Arts helps give students the basic tools and confidence for getting up in front of their peers. These tools with help them with presentations in other classes as well as at activities outside the school environment. 


Advanced Theatre Arts

It is required for students to have completed Beginning Theatre Arts in order to enroll in Advanced Theatre Arts.

Students can take Beginning Theatre Arts during first semester and the semester Advanced Theatre Arts during the second semester of the same school year. There is also a Full Year Theatre arts class for 8th graders who took Beginning Theatre Arts as a 7th grader. 7th graders who complete the semester Advanced Theatre Arts class can enroll is the semester or full year class as 8th graders.

Some things students learn in Advanced Theatre Arts are:

  • Acting Techniques
  • Puppetry
  • Shakespeare- both language and history
  • Technical Theatre
  • How to create, produce, and perform their own show

Advanced Theatre Arts is for the student who wants to expand on the baics learned in Beginning Theatre Arts and take their performance abilities to another level. Students will learn how to prepare different types of texts to go “from page to stage.”


New for 2018-19: Tech Theatre

Students will be introduced to the basic concepts and skills of technical theatre elements, design, and construction through a variety of group discussions and dramatic activities.  Students will explore the relationship of plays and musicals to technical elements, design and implementation.


Drama Club

Drama Club is an after school activity that takes place every Wednesday during both first and second blocks. Drama Club focuses primarily on Theatre Sports – an improvisational sport that challenges students to think on their feet and create scenes and characters from minimal information. The concept is very much like the TV Show “Whose Line Is It Anyway.” A few times a year, middle schools from around the county compete in Theatre Sports Competitions which gives students a chance to enhance their skills and meet others. Students who participate in Drama Club decide what games will be played each day and vote on who will represent Twain at each upcoming competition. Drama Club includes other theatre activities based on the desires of the students who attend. We may work with scripts, watch movies, or even collaborate with Video Club to make a movie. It is totally up to the students!


Theatre Production

Each year, Mark Twain Middle School puts on a full theatrical production. Past shows include Beauty and the Beast (2018), Get Smart (2017), Seussical (2016), Alice in Wonderland (2015), Willy Wonka (2014), The Phantom Tollbooth (2013), The Wiz (2012), Snow White and Seven Dwarfs of the Black Forest and Final Dress Rehearsal (2011), Annie (2010), Nothing but the Truth (2009), Charlotte’s Web, the musical (2008), Up the Down Staircase (2007), and Grease, Jr. (2006). 

Performances alternate between a musical and non-musical production each year so that students have a chance to do both while at Twain.

For Students Who Want to Perform: Auditions are open to all students and rehearsals are three days a week from 2:30 – 5:30. The week prior to the performances, dress rehearsals can last until 8:00 or 9:00 pm in order to get the show in tip top shape! There can be rehearsals on non-school days as well. Information about the play selection, auditions, rehearsal and performance schedules are available to interested students by December. Auditions are typically scheduled eight to ten weeks prior to performances.

For Students Who Do Not Want to Perform: Student not interested in being onstage have ample opportunity to participate by working on the technical aspects of the play. These areas include stage management, lights, sound, props, costumes, make-up, set building, choreography (musicals only), and graphic design. After school commitment for technical students is dependent on the needs of the show and the amount of students involved.


For information about Theatre events throughout FCPS. check out the FCPS Fine and Performing Arts Calendar

For information about the Theatre Arts Directors Association (TADA), check out their website.