Up to 200 students per year participate in one of the three main stage theatrical productions, which range from one-act plays to full-scale musicals. Students can choose the play as their extracurricular activity and can specialize in on-stage or back stage work.
Courses in beginning and advanced acting, techniques and design for technical theatre as well as independent study allow Taft students to earn academic credit while exercising creativity in the theater.
Bingham Auditorium offers 565 seats for performances, while Woodward Theater, known as "The Black Box," seats 200. Both feature advanced technical facilities, memory console lighting equipment and professional sound systems.
Students who work on stage crew learn how to build and paint scenery, how to hang and focus lighting instruments and how to sew costumes. During any given performance, students serve as stage manager, sound and light board operators, stage hands, prop and wardrobe-running crew.
Recent main stage shows include Hairspray, The Drowsy Chaperone, Guys and Dolls, Steel Magnolias, Twelfth Night, The Skin of Our Teeth, Noises Off, Les Mis, Harvey, The Importance of Being Earnest, Lend Me a Tenor, Beauty and the Beast, Peter Pan, Flaming Idiots and Albert's Bridge. Recent theater classes have produced works they wrote for themselves, in addition to The Actor's Nightmare, The Servant of Two Masters, Over the River and Through the Woods, and The Comedy of Errors.
Recent student-directed and produced plays include The Guys and In The Land of Beulah.