Musical and Theatre Productions

These musical or dramatic productions offer students the chance of participation in a full-length stage production. Such productions offer a holistic educational experience, developing physical - acting, singing, dancing, creative – set, prop and costume design and construction, hair and make up, organizational – publicity and backstage work, time management, musical – pit band or orchestra, and social skills throughout the production period from audition to performance. They represent a great way for new students and families to integrate into the ASP community as quickly as possible. The thrill of being on stage is second to none, and for many students, their participation in a dramatic or musical production is a highlight of their school year. Production periods are short and intense, just like a sports season, but students do learn to effectively manage time and academic work expectations. This is another life-long skill developed through participation in after school Theater productions. These productions are always fun, and not one student has regretted the commitment of time and effort after the final curtain has fallen.

The production period usually lasts between 7-8 weeks, either in the first or second semester. Students are required to audition for the ensemble, and roles are assigned to all. The significant time commitment required for a production parallels that of a sports season, with rehearsals on Monday - Thursday each week, and some Saturdays required closer to performance week. Rehearsal schedules are carefully planned in order to be efficient with students’ time, so students not involved in the scene being rehearsed are excused for that rehearsal. It is possible to be involved in both sports and a production, but a choice will be need to be made if a lead role is desired.

The title of the production and the dates of auditions and performance are promoted through division newsletters, the ASP website, school-wide posters, and in theatre and music classes. The title and audition dates of a first semester production will be advertised prior to the end of the previous school year.

Past ASP Musical productions have been MS grades 6 - 8, or US grades 9 – 12 and also grades MS/US 6-12 with lead roles being shared between upper and middle school students.  Interested students are always able to find a way to be involved in whatever production is happening at the time.

For more information on major productions, please contact Gillian Lynch (Theater), Kirsten Love (Music) or Matthew Hall (Music)

Productions since 2010:

Musical

Seussical the Musical (MS)
Fiddler on the Roof (US)
Man of Steel (MS)
Pippin (Upper School (US)
Dracula Spectacula (US
Legally Blonde (US)
Oliver (MS/US)
Urinetown (MS/US)
Wonderland (MS)
Pirates Of Penzance (MS/US)

Drama

The Conference of the Birds
The Crucible
Love’s Labour’s Lost
The Hunting of a Snark
Some Like it Hot
Once Upon a Time
Much Ado About Nothing
I Never Saw Another Butterfly
Arsenic and Old Lace
Antigone - Revisited (US/MS)

Kirsten Love

Gillian Lynch

Matthew Hall