Touring musical productions for actors in 4th – 6th grades, by audition

Out of the Box Productions is an audition-based, community service performance troupe that brings socially relevant theatre into the Brookline Public Schools and the surrounding community.

Each year two casts of 4th-6th grade actors travel an original show to all eight Brookline elementary schools, reaching nearly every K-6 student in Brookline. Previous shows include: True To You, Follow The Leader, Tech Message, Dear Failure, The Popularity Pandemic & Express Yourself.

This year’s production, DOWN IN THE DUMPS – Trials & Tribulations In Trash began rehearsals in late August, 2019 and toured to schools and community venues in Brookline, Boston and Beyond throughout October, 2019.


With an eye towards the debates and conversations happening in our world about how we treat our planet and how to ensure our natural resources exist for future generations, this season revives and refreshes a piece written by playwright and composer Adam Brooks and originally performed in 2011.

Our society is an increasingly disposable one. We are all constantly told to “reduce, reuse, and recycle”, yet how much have our habits truly changed? Most of us agree on what needs to be done, but it be challenging to act on it. How far are we willing to go to be green? DOWN IN THE DUMPS looks beyond the trash can to explore the implications of our relationship with stuff, from purchase to use to disposal. In a world where it’s so easy to just “throw it away”, how can we address our attitude of convenience over consciousness?