Bel Air Drama Company Info


Lauren Winn

The Bel Air Drama Company, known as the BADC, is a program at school that focuses on the art of performing and acting. The BADC has fall, winter, and spring productions at Bel Air High School. Last year, the BADC had three productions. In the fall, the company performed Fright Night V, a show with small Halloween-themed scenes. White Christmas was the winter musical, based off of the movie of the same title. In the spring, the BADC performed Les Misérables, which was based off of the book by Victor Hugo.


In previous years, the company has performed other well-known shows like Cinderella, The Little Mermaid, Grease, The Hobbit, and more. This fall, the Bel Air Drama Company will be showing The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, which will be showing from October 26 to 28th, all starting at seven in the evening. Some of the lead roles include Colin Jett as Chip Tolentino, Grace Schwartz as Logainne Schwartzandgrubenniere, Brennon Conner as Leaf Coneybear, and Drake Lupus as William Barfee. In November, the BADC will also be showing Drop Dead! A murder mystery/comedy on November 16,17,18th, also starting at 7 P.M. Roles for Drop Dead include Jack McAllister as Victor Le Pewe, Jacob Crosby as Piggy Banks, Mark Novak as Phillip, and Andrew Katsu as Alabama Miller.


“The fall productions are typically either a small play or musical. This year we are doing both,” Sophomore Grace Schwartz who will be playing Logainne Schwartzandgrubenniere in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee announced.


Some students, freshmen especially, may be asking how they can join the Bel Air Drama Company, and what they should do. So, what should someone interested in joining do?


“Someone interested in joining the BADC can come to an informational meeting that we have before every production we do,” Sophomore Michaela Berres who will be playing Marcy Park in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee says. “They will announce the dates and times and you just show up! Ms. Mathews and Mr. Smith are actually doing the fall productions this year,” Micaela continued.


Many members of the Bel Air Drama Company have made new friends and learned new skills because of this group. They spend a lot of time together and often see each other more than their own family members.

“The BADC has impacted my life tremendously! They gave me an opportunity to learn responsibility, time management, and how to work with other people,” Grace continued, “I’ve made some of my best friends through the company, and I’ve had so many amazing experiences with shows and performing. I wouldn’t trade it for the world.”


Students who are interested in joining can talk to Ms. Mathews, Mr. Smith, and/or Mr. Bowden, or go to the informational meeting before the next production.