An Award Winning Program

The Theatre Director, Mr. Carter has been at Dunbar since 1994. Assisted by his wife, Lori and countless parent and alumni volunteers, Mr. Carter directs the students in their theatre season of plays and Broadway musicals. Theatre auditions are open to all students at Dunbar students and the program is an extra-curricular activity.  Rehearsals are held Tuesday through Fridays for each production.

Dunbar produces three to four shows a year; these include One-Act Plays and Broadway Jr. Musicals for competitions, Broadway Plays and Broadway Musicals. Dunbar competes yearly in the Virginia Theatre Association Young People’s Theatre Festival. Dunbar has received Gold Ratings, the highest honor, for the past seven years and has hosted the festival three years. 

Dunbar has also participated in the international Junior Theater Festival held in Atlanta, GA since 2011. Their productions of SCHOOL HOUSE ROCK LIVE! JR and The Musical Adventures of FLAT STANLEY JR have received high Gold Ratings and the school has garnered three Outstanding Achievement Awards in Acting, Music and Technical Theatre. The students have had many professionals judge their performances including the Tony Nominated Director of Disney NEWSIES The Musical, Jeff Calhoun. Students also met the creators of the classic musical ANNIE and the cast and creators of NBC’s hit TV show, SMASH.

During the 2011–2012 Season, Dunbar performed the Central Virginia premier of Roald Dahl’s WILLY WONKA, which included flying effects by ZFX, Inc. and a visit by the author Timothy A. McDonald from New York City. The following year included more flying effects during the production of SEUSSICAL THE MUSICAL.

Dunbar Theatre is excited to continue its Tradition of Excellence this season with the musical XANADU JR, the Pulitzer Prize winning comedy HARVEY, and the stage adaptation of CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG.