• THEATRE

     
    Michael E. Pierson, Fine Arts Supervisor
    Jonathan Mark Rogers, Theatre Arts Specialist
     

    PH: (571) 252-1580

    FX: (571) 252-1635

     The LCPS Theatre Arts Department provides students a challenging, sequential, authentic instruction program consisting of: Play Production, Theatre History, Dramatic Literature, Acting Styles, Improvisation, Playwriting and theatre criticism with an emphasis on the creative process. The Theatre Arts program develops critical thinkers, communicators, collaborators and problem solvers while providing experiences to make real life connections. Theatre Arts is a fine arts elective for grades 9-12. Middle school students are offered Exploratory Dramatics at nine "pilot" schools in the county.
  • Program Overview

    The LCPS Theatre Arts Department provides students a challenging, sequential, authentic instruction program consisting of: Play Production, Theatre History, Dramatic Literature, Acting Styles, Improvisation, Playwriting and theatre criticism with an emphasis on the creative process. The Theatre Arts program develops critical thinkers, communicators, collaborators and problem solvers while providing experiences to make real life connections. Theatre Arts is a fine arts elective for grades 9-12. Students in grades 6-8 will have access to an after-school theatre arts program at all middle schools. Exploratory Dramatics will be offered at 11 middle schools in the county.

  • Theatre Safety

    LCPS follows the model of "safety first" in all of our programs. The following guide goes in detail to the many ways we keep our theatres and students safe.

  • Secondary School Curriculum

    https://www.lcps.org/Page/245719

  • Middle School Theatre Arts

    LCPS has a new theatre arts program with select middle schools in the county. This program will allow students to further explore the many aspects of theatre arts. The class will introduce the student to the following topics; communication, social skills, mime, pantomime, clowning, improvisation, speech, vocal production, movement and characterization. The program will prepare the student for further theatrical study at the high school level.
      
    In addition to an after-school theatre program, Exploratory Dramatics will be offered at 11 LCPS Middle Schools (Belmont Ridge, Eagle Ridge, Farmwell Station, Harper Park, J. Michael Lunsford, Mercer, River Bend, Seneca Ridge, J.L. Simpson, Trailside and Willard Middle Schools).

     

  • Theatre Auditions and College Information

     

    National Unified Auditions

  • Cappies

    LCPS participates with the BLUE RIDGE chapter of Critics and Awards Program (CAPPIES). Our end of the year gala will be held at the Hylton Center for Performing Arts in Manassas, VA in June. Please contact your local school for more information. For more information on the CAPPIES organization, please visit the following website.  CAPPIES

  • Accomplishments

    LCPS is very proud of the accomplishments of our theatre arts programs. Below are some highlights of our school's accomplishments as our students continue to excel in every aspect of theatre arts.  
     
    VHSL ONE ACT DISTRICT CHAMPIONS - Briar Woods, Dominion, Loudoun County, Riverside, Rock Ridge, Stone Bridge and Tuscarora High School 

    VHSL REGIONAL ONE ACT CHAMPIONS - Briar Woods, Dominion, Loudoun County, Riverside, Stone Bridge, Rock Ridge & Tuscarora High School  

    VTA HONORABLE MENTION FOR EXCELLENCE - Freedom, John Champe, Loudoun County, Loudoun Valley, and Rock Ridge High School
     

    NYA THEATRE AWARDS - John Champe, Riverside, Rock Ridge and Tuscarora High School

     
    ETA THEATRE ADVOCACY AWARD - Nichole Cabiniss Director John Champe, Anthony Cimino-Johnson, Director Rock Ridge Performing Arts, Justin Daniel Director Tuscarora Theatre Department
     
    ETA ADMINISTRATOR OF THE YEAR - Jonathan Mark Rogers
     
    NBC RISE Award given to Heritage High School for their commitment to Theatre Arts education
     
    CAPPIE Awards - Dominion, Freedom, Heritage, Loudoun Valley, Rock Ridge, Riverside, Stone Bridge, Tuscarora High School
     
    LCPS is the only school division in the state of Virginia to offer three Dual Enrollment classes in Theatre Arts
     
    LCPS & LCPR presented the Improvathon (featuring students from across the county) at the Franklin Park Arts Center
     
    MIDDLE SCHOOL THEATRE ARTS - Exploratory Dramatics will be offered at 11 LCPS Middle Schools (Belmont Ridge, Eagle Ridge, Farmwell Station, Harper Park, J. Michael Lunsford, Mercer, River Bend, Seneca Ridge, J.L. Simpson, Trailside and Willard Middle School).

     

  • Middle School Ticket & Show Information


    Belmont Ridge MS

    December 1-2

    Drama Showcase of 3 Student-written plays


    Brambleton MS

    February 24-26

    The Wizard of Oz, Jr.


    Farmwell Station MS

    March 24-26

    Rock of Ages


    Lunsford MS

    April 27, 28, 29, May 4, 5, 6

    Addams Family the Musical

    In its typical creepy, kooky, mysterious, and spooky fashion, the ghoulish Addams family is visiting the graveyard for an annual gathering of all family members, living dead, and undecided, to celebrate what it is to be an Addams. However, the family encounters an unforeseen obstacle when Wednesday decides to introduce her new “normal” boyfriend Lucas to the family. In protest, Uncle Fester enlists the help of the Addams’ ancestors to call an end to the young budding romance. As Wednesday admits that she is falling in love, Morticia, Gomez, and Pugsley worry about her changing ways. As the families of Wednesday and Lucas come together for dinner one fateful evening, chaos ensues and the two families find themselves admitting deep secrets and coming together in ways they never would have imagined. The Addams Family Broadway Musical tells the story of love and friendship through adversity, with a comical and macabre yet poignant spin.


    River Bend MS

    December 9-11

    Addams Family the Musical

    May 5-7

    One-act Plays (TBA)

  • High School Ticket & Show Information


    BRIAR WOODS HIGH SCHOOL

    November 10, 11, 12, @ 7pm and November 13 @ 2pm

    A Midsummer Night's Dream

    Four Athenians run away to the forest to begin life anew only to have a mischievous fairy make both of the boys fall in love with the same girl. This results in a delightful challenge of wits as the four run through the forest pursuing each other! In the end, the fairy reverses the magic, and the two couples reconcile and marry.


    BROAD RUN HIGH SCHOOL

    October 20, 21, 22 @ 7pm and October 22 @ 2pm

    Radium Girls

    In 1926, radium was a miracle cure, Madame Curie an international celebrity, and luminous watches the latest rage—until the girls who painted them began to fall ill with a mysterious disease. Inspired by a true story, Radium Girls traces the efforts of Grace Fryer, a dial painter, as she fights for her day in court. As the case goes on, however, Grace finds herself battling not just with the U.S. Radium Corporation, but with her own family and friends, who fear that her campaign for justice will backfire.

    April 13, 14, 15 @ 7pm and April 15 @ 2pm

    Addams Family

    A comical feast that embraces the wackiness in every family, features an original story and it’s every father’s nightmare: Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family– a man her parents have never met. And if that wasn’t upsetting enough, Wednesday confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he’s never done before– keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s “normal” boyfriend and his parents.

    May 19, 20 @ 7pm and May 20 @ 2pm

    Cornfield Picks- DREAMS

    An Original One Act Festival with pieces written by the Broad Run Community and Directed by the students of the Theatre 3/ 4 class. 


    DOMINION HIGH SCHOOL

    November 10, 11, 12 and November 17, 18, 19

    Radium Girls

    In 1926, radium was a miracle cure, Madame Curie an international celebrity, and luminous watches the latest rage—until the girls who painted them began to fall ill with a mysterious disease. Inspired by a true story, Radium Girls traces the efforts of Grace Fryer, a dial painter, as she fights for her day in court. As the case goes on, however, Grace finds herself battling not just with the U.S. Radium Corporation, but with her own family and friends, who fear that her campaign for justice will backfire.

    January 26, 27, 28

    War of the Worlds

    The classic tale of the invasion of earth from space!

    April 13, 14, 15 and April 20, 21

    9 to 5

    The famous song with music and lyrics by Dolly Parton was turned into a musical in 2010. Set in the late 1970s. The show revolves around the hilarious story of friendship and revenge in the Rolodex era! The musical is outrageous, thought-provoking and even a little romantic story of life living the 9 to 5.


    FREEDOM HIGH SCHOOL

    November 10, 11, 12 @ 7pm and November 12 @ 2pm

    The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

    March 23, 24, 25 @ 7pm and March 26 @ 2pm

    Matilda the Musical

    May 19, 20 @ 7pm and May 20 @ 2pm

    Legally Blonde Jr.


    HERITAGE HIGH SCHOOL

    November 4-14

    The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

    January 27-29

    Tuck Everlasting

    April 14-16 and May 5-7

    Into the Woods


    INDEPENDENCE HIGH SCHOOL

    November 11, 12, 18, 19 @ 7pm and November 12, 19 @ 2pm

    Alice in Wonderland (Le Gallienne/Friebus)

    January 27, 28, February 3, 4 @ 7pm and January 28, February 4 @ 2pm

    Disney's The Little Mermaid

    February 4

    Women and War (Competition)

    May 5, 6, 12, 13 @ 7pm and May 6, 13 @ 2pm

    Barnum


    JOHN CHAMPE HIGH SCHOOL

    October 20 (Preview; will also be featured at VTA and VTF as part of their one act competitions)

    Edge of Fire (Original)

    A blending of classic folktales from around the world that strive to explore good vs evil across the human conscience and how we define our world.

    November 17, 18, 19 @ 7pm and November 19 @ 2pm

    Alice in Wonderland

    A retelling of the classic story of Alice in Wonderland. Join Alice as she journeys through the twists and turns of a strange place meeting classic characters such as the White Rabbit, Queen of Hearts and Cheshire Cat. This story is a classic coming of age story for all ages and a celebration of the 10 year anniversary of Champe and their first spring musical, Alice in Wonderland.

    January 27, 28 @ 7pm

    Friday Knight Live

    Annual Senior Written One Acts


    LIGHTRIDGE HIGH SCHOOL

    January 27, 28 @ 7pm

    Clue: On Stage

    On a dark and stormy night, six unique guests, plus a butler and a maid, assemble for a dinner party at the home of Mr. Boddy. When their host turns up dead, it is clear that no one is safe! Soon the guests are racing to find the killer and keep the body count from stacking up. Based on the popular board game and adapted from the cult classic film, Clue is the comedy whodunit that will keep you guessing (and laughing) to the very end.

    January 18-21

    Competition One-Act: The Scot


    LOUDOUN COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL

    November 18, 19 @ 7pm and November 20 @ 2pm

    Alice in Wonderland

    February 16, 17, 18 @ 7pm

    Almost Maine

    May 5, 6 @ 7pm and May 7 @ 2pm

    Little Shop of Horrors


    LOUDOUN VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL

    November 4, 5, 6

    Almost, Maine

    December 3, 4

    Upperclassmen Devised Show

    March 9, 10, 11, 12

    Lightning Thief

    May 5, 6, 7

    Musical Theater Class Show TBD

    May 27, 28

    Sense and Sensibility


    PARK VIEW HIGH SCHOOL

    November 10, 11, 12

    Cinderella and the Substitute Fairy Godmother


    POTOMAC FALLS HIGH SCHOOL

    November 18, 19

    PUFFS

    February 24, 25

    The Miracle Worker

    April 20, 22, 28

    The Music Man


    RIVERSIDE HIGH SCHOOL

    November 10, 11, 12 @ 7pm and November 12, 13 @ 2pm

    Dracula

    Professor Van Helsing, a notable expert in the occult, arrives at the estate of an old friend, Dr. Seward, amid whispers of gruesome attacks and strange goings-on. Seward’s fiancée, Mina, has recently died of a sudden and mysterious illness, and Mina’s friend, Lucy, has begun to display the same symptoms. Could it be that Mina, and now Lucy, have suffered at the hands of a vampire? How will Van Helsing and Seward fight this supernatural fiend?

    February 10, 11 @ 7pm and February 11 @ 2pm

    Detention

    A student written and directed, multi class production. Performing Arts Combined Class Show.

    March 23, 24, 25 @ 7pm and March 25, 26 @ 2pm

    Cinderella

    Inspired by the acclaimed 1997 teleplay starring Brandy and Whitney Houston, this version of the magical fairy tale is reborn with the Rodgers & Hammerstein hallmarks of originality, charm and elegance.


    ROCK RIDGE HIGH SCHOOL

    October 25

    The Trench (County Premiere)

    A One performance that explores the depths one will go to survive in the Trenches of World War I. VTA and VTF Performance.

    December 1, 2, 3

    Big Fish: The Musical

    Based on the celebrated novel by Daniel Wallace and the acclaimed film directed by Tim Burton, BIG FISH tells the story of Edward Bloom, a traveling salesman who lives life to its fullest…and then some! Edward’s incredible, larger-than-life stories thrill everyone around him—most of all, his devoted wife Sandra. But their son Will, about to have a child of his own, is determined to find the truth behind his father’s epic tales. Overflowing with heart and humor, BIG FISH is an extraordinary musical that reminds us why we love going to the theatre—for an experience that’s richer, funnier and bigger than life itself.

    January 11

    Thespy Showcase

    Celebrate with us as we share the work of our International Thespians as they head off to the Virginia Thespian Festival

    February 20

    Broadway Desserts

    March 24

    Broadway Backwards

    May 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13

    Bring it On: The Musical (County Premiere)

    Bitingly relevant, sprinkled with sass, and inspired by the hit film, Bring It On The Musical takes audiences on a high-flying journey that is filled with the complexities of friendship, jealousy, betrayal and forgiveness. Uniting some of the freshest and funniest creative minds on Broadway, Bring It On features an original story by Tony Award winner Jeff Whitty (Avenue Q), music and lyrics by Pulitzer- and Tony Award-winning composer, Lin-Manuel Miranda (In the Heights, Hamilton), music by Pulitzer- and Tony Award-winning composer, Tom Kitt (Next to Normal), lyrics by Broadway lyricist, Amanda Green (High Fidelity), and was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Musical.


    STONE BRIDGE HIGH SCHOOL

    November 3, 4, 5 @ 7pm and November 5 @ 2pm

    The Election by Don Zolidis

    After an embattled student body president resigns in disgrace, Mark Davenport figures he will cruise to victory in the special election. After all, his only opponent is nerdy Christy Martin, who wants to eliminate football. But when a mysterious Super PAC gives her an unlimited budget, things start to get very ugly.

    January 5, 6 @ 6pm

    Out of the Box: An Evening of One Act Plays

    October 14, Feburary 17, March 24, May 19 @ 7pm

    Sunshine Squad Improv Troupe

    April 27, 28, 29, May 5, 6 @ 7pm and April 28, May 6 @ 2pm

    Footloose

    The explosive movie musical bursts onto the live stage! With dynamic new songs augmenting the powerhouse hits from its bestselling Oscar-nominated score, Footloose celebrates the exhilaration of youth, the wisdom of listening to one another, and the power of forgiveness.


    TUSCARORA HIGH SCHOOL

    November 4 (VHSL) Sectional Conference

    We are the Sea (One Act) by Laura Lundren Smith

    Norah, Una, and Iseult set sail from Ireland to escape the ravages of hunger, only to find a new set of dangers on their ocean voyage. The so-called "coffin ships" are full of illness, squalor, and grief, and the passengers can rely only on one another and their memories for comfort. When a cruel, angry sailor refuses to show them mercy, it seems like even their stories might be lost. But they don't know that the sea that swirls around the ship is listening. The sea remembers everything. And the sea demands justice. A poetic and striking historical drama with a hypnotic ocean chorus.

    November 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19 @ 7pm

    Lord of the Flies

    ''Lord of the Flies'' is a stage play adapted by Nigel Williams from the 1954 novel by Nobel Prize-winning English author William Golding. Both the novel and the play tell the disturbing tale of a group of British school boys stranded on an island and the tension caused by fear and power.

    May 4, 5, 6 @ 7pm and May 7 @ 2pm

    Disney's The Hunchback of Notre Dame

    Based on the Victor Hugo novel and songs from the Disney animated feature, The Hunchback of Notre Dame showcases the film’s Academy Award-nominated score, as well as new songs by Menken and Schwartz. Peter Parnell’s new book embraces story theatre and features verbatim passages from Hugo’s gothic novel. This show will feature Tuscarora staff alongside the student cast.


    WOODGROVE HIGH SCHOOL

    November 9, 10, 11, 12 @ 7pm and November 12 @ 2pm

    Clue: On Stage

Last Modified on November 18, 2022