The award winning Briarcest theatre program is designed to allow students to use their God given talents to glorify God through the performing arts.
The BCS theatre program is a comprehensive program offering theatre opportunities from kindergarten through the twelfth grade.
Students at the elementary level can participate in the Fall Elementary Musical as well as singing or dance lessons through our Conservatory of Fine Arts program both during and after school.
Students at the middle school level can participate in the Middle School Drama Club and the annual Middle School Musical.
Students at the High School level can participate in Communication arts, Introduction to Theatre, Honors Acting, and Technical production classes. Additionally, any student can participate in the fall play or the spring musical with professional orchestra.
In a magical underwater kingdom, the beautiful young mermaid, Ariel, longs to leave her ocean home — and her fins — behind and live in the world above. But first, she'll have to defy her father, King Triton, make a deal with the evil sea witch, Ursula, and convince the handsome Prince Eric that she's the girl whose enchanting voice he's been seeking.
Hermia loves Lysander and Helena loves Demetrius – but Demetrius is supposed to be marrying Hermia… When the Duke of Athens tries to enforce the marriage, the lovers take refuge in the woods and unknowingly wander into middle of a dispute between the king and queen of the fairies.
Meanwhile, a group of common craftsmen have met in the woods to privately rehearse a play they hope to stage at court. What could possibly go wrong?
All the best laid plans of these humans fall to the folly of the fairy realm...but ultimately, love will win the day!
Join us for a memorable evening of fencing, fighting, and a few magical fairies.
February 17-19, and 24-25, 2022- 7:00 p.m. February 26, 2021 - 2:00 p.m.
Based on Louisa May Alcott's life, Little Women follows the adventures of sisters, Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March. Jo is trying to sell her stories for publication, but the publishers are not interested – her friend, Professor Bhaer, tells her that she has to do better and write more from herself. Begrudgingly taking this advice, Jo weaves the story of herself and her sisters and their experience growing up in Civil War America.
Little Women embodies the complete theatrical experience, guaranteeing a night filled with laughter, tears and a lifting of the spirit. This timeless, captivating story is brought to life in this glorious musical filled with personal discovery, heartache, hope and everlasting love...
RAFIKI gathers the ANIMALS of the Pridelands to welcome the newborn cub of King MUFASA and Queen SARABI ("Circle of Life with Nants' Ingonyama"). The king's jealous brother, SCAR, no longer heir to the throne, skips the ceremony, upsetting Mufasa. Time passes ("Grasslands Chant") and YOUNG SIMBA grows into a curious young lion. Mufasa explains the circle of life and that Young Simba will one day be king of the Pridelands. Young Simba shares this news with Scar, who encourages his nephew to visit the forbidden Elephant Graveyard. Young Simba finds his best friend, YOUNG NALA, hunting with SARAFINA and the LIONESSES ("The Lioness Hunt") and invites her on his adventure. Once they ditch their overbearing babysitter, ZAZU ("I Just Can't Wait to Be King"), the cubs encounter the ravenous SHENZI, BANZAI and ED in the graveyard. Mufasa arrives and pummels the hyenas, then takes the cubs home. Scar emerges from the darkness to recruit the HYENAS in his murderous plan to become king ("Be Prepared"). Back in the Pridelands, Mufasa reprimands Young Simba, then shares the guidance of their ancestors, up among the stars ("They Live in You").
Enacting his plan, Scar leaves Young Simba alone in the gorge and signals the hyenas to scare a herd of wildebeest ("The Stampede"). Scar alerts Mufasa, who leaps into the stampede to save his son. Mufasa rescues Young Simba, but Scar pushes his brother back into the gorge, where he is trampled. Scar blames Young Simba for the king's death and tells him to run away and never return. As Sarabi, Young Nala, Rafiki and the lionesses mourn the loss of Mufasa and Young Simba ("The Mourning"), Scar assumes the throne, uniting lions and hyenas under his dark reign. Lost in the desert, Young Simba meets TIMON and PUMBAA, who take him to their "worry-free" jungle home ("Hakuna Matata").
Under Scar's reign, the Pridelands are nearly destroyed. Now grown, NALA decides to leave and seek help ("Shadowland"). To her delight, she finds SIMBA alive in the jungle ("Can You Feel the Love Tonight"). Nala urges him to take his rightful place as king but, still ashamed, Simba refuses. Rafiki appears and helps Simba remember his father ("He Lives in You"). With newfound courage, Simba agrees to return to the Pridelands. Timon and Pumbaa distract the hyenas ("Luau Hawaiian Treat") while Nala rallies the lionesses. Simba confronts his uncle, the truth of Mufasa's murder is revealed and Scar runs away, pursued by angry hyenas. With peace restored in the Pridelands, Simba takes his place as king and the circle of life continues.
Rachel King-Barr is the High School Theatre Director, at Briarcrest she directs fall plays, spring musicals and teaches Introduction to Theatre, Honors Acting, Speech Communication and Production Workshop at Briarcrest.
Mrs. King-Barr earned her Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Theatre from the University of Central Arkansas and her Master’s of Fine Arts in Theatre Directing from The University of Memphis. She has taught previously at The University of Memphis and Crichton College. In addition, she served for two years as the Director of Education and Outreach for Germantown Community Theatre.
Mrs. King-Barr has experience directing, teaching, and ministering to students of all ages, having served as the Interim Youth Director at Woodland Presbyterian Church as well as the Director of Children’s Ministries at South Highland Presbyterian Church. Her directing credits include The Velveteen Rabbit, Alice in Wonderland, James and the Giant Peach, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Far Away, The Legend of Lilith, and Eye of God, among many others. Her most recent Briarcrest productions include To Kill a Mockingbird and Mary Poppins. She also has adapted and co-written A Will Not His Own. Her professional experience extends to all aspects of the theatre, including scenic design, stage management, costume construction, and property design. She has also acted in dozens of plays for various companies.
In 2010, Mrs. King-Barr was recognized by The City of Germantown for “contributions to the theatrical arts and dedication to the youth of the community”. She has been an Ostrander Award nominee and adjudicator.
JENNIFER DOUGLAS, Director of Middle and Elementary School Theatre, is thrilled to be directing and choreographing at Briarcrest. She recently choreographed The Wizard of Oz Young Performers’ Edition, All Shook Up Young@Part the Musical, and Godspell, Jr. for the Middle School, as well as Freckleface Strawberry, Madagascar – A Musical Adventure, Jr., and Dear Edwina, Jr. for the Elementary School. Jennifer previously directed and choreographed for New Day Children’s Theatre including The Best of Both Worlds and choreographed their productions of Doo Wop Wed Widing Hood and Twinderella. She was also the Director of Page Robbins Players and several summer drama camps. Other Director/Choreographer credits include Bugsy Malone at Alaska Fine Arts Academy.
Jennifer has a background in critical care nursing, special education, early intervention for children with disabilities, children’s and youth ministry, and performing arts. She is the Director of the Sunday Night Arts and Praise (SNAP) programat Collierville United Methodist Church, where she is also the Director of their musicals each semester. Director/Choreographer credits include Faith News and Straight Outta Bethlehem and Director credits include Danny and the Shacks, Jingle Bell Beach, Star Quest, and Isaiah Jones. She currently teaches and serves on the Preteen Ministry team at Collierville United Methodist and has previously served as the Children’s and Youth Director at Collierville Presbyterian Church, Founder and Director of the Preteen Ministry at Chugiak United Methodist Church, and the Director of Preschool Children’s Ministry at Germantown United Methodist Church.
Having grown up in theatre and dance, Jennifer has over 25 years of experience in the performing arts and has had the distinct privilege of studying with accomplished artists in Tennessee, Alaska, and New York. Favorite dancing credits include Oklahoma! at DeSoto Family Theatre and Anything Goes at Theatre Memphis. She enjoys volunteering as the special events coordinator for local nonprofits and is a judge for the Mid-South Youth Talent Contest. Jennifer is a member of Dance/USA, National Dance Education Organization, National Guild for Community Arts Education, and Tennessee Association of Dance.