THEATREJonathan Mark Rogers, Specialist
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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.
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
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.
AccomplishmentsLCPS is very proud of the accomplishments of our theatre arts programs. Our students continue to excel in every aspect of theatre arts.VHSL One Act District Champions - Briar Woods High School, Riverside High School and Tuscarora High SchoolVTA Honorable Mention for Excellence - Loudoun Valley High SchoolETA THEATRE ADVOCACY AWARD - Anthony Cimino-Johnson, Director Rock Ridge Performing ArtsNBC RISE Award given to Heritage High School for their commitment to Theatre Arts educationCAPPIE Awards - Dominion, Heritage, Loudoun Valley, Rock Ridge, Riverside, Stone Bridge, Tuscarora High SchoolLCPS is the only school division in the state of Virginia to offer three Dual Enrollment classes in Theatre ArtsLCPS & LCPR presented the Improvathon (featuring students from across the county) at the Franklin Park Arts CenterMIDDLE SCHOOL THEATRE PILOT - Exploratory Dramatics will be offered at five LCPS Middle Schools (Belmont Ridge, Eagle Ridge, Farmwell Station, River Bend & J.L. Simpson Middle School)
Ticket & Show InformationSPRING PLAYS FOR LCPS HIGH SCHOOLS
BRIAR WOODS HIGH SCHOOL
LES MISERABLES - March 21, 22, 23, and 24
One of the world’s most iconic and longest-running musicals, Les Misérables tells the story of Jean Valjean, a former convict who spends a lifetime seeking redemption. Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France and the aftermath of the French Revolution, this timeless story of intertwined destinies reveals the power of compassion and the quiet evil of indifference to human suffering.BROAD RUN HIGH SCHOOL
Disney’s Newsies - April 4-7 (Tickets range $10-15)
Set in turn-of-the century New York City, Newsies is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a band of teenaged "newsies." When titans of publishing raise distribution prices at the newsboys’ expense, Jack rallies newsies from across the city to strike against the unfair conditions and fight for what's right! Based on the 1992 motion picture and inspired by a true story, Newsies features a Tony Award-winning score by Alan Menken (Little Shop of Horrors, Sister Act) and Jack Feldman and a book by Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein (Kinky Boots). Featuring the now classic songs “Carrying the Banner,” “Seize the Day,” and “Santa Fe,” Newsies is packed with non-stop thrills and a timeless message, perfect for the whole family and every audience.DOMINION HIGH SCHOOL
Bye Bye Birdie
April 26th, 27th May 3rd, 4th 7:30 pm April 28th and May 5th 3:00
The year is 1958, and the much-adored rock-and-roll idol -- Conrad Birdie -- has been drafted into the US army. His songwriter and agent, Albert, and Albert’s secretary and some-time girlfriend, Rosie, hatch a plan for a farewell performance to take place on The Ed Sullivan Show, which they hope will help sell Birdie’s new song “One Last Kiss,” and ultimately save Almaelou records from going under.FREEDOM HIGH SCHOOL
Singin' in the Rain - March 7th-9th at 7 pm, 9th-10th at 2 pmSingin' in the Rain has all the makings of the classic musical set during the golden age of entertainment – the starlet, the leading man and a love affair that could change lives and make careers! In silent movies, Don and Lina are a hot item but, behind the scenes, things aren't as they appear on the silver screen! Relive the memorable moments from the classic film and go "singing in the rain".
The Turn of the Screw - May 2nd - 4th at 7 pm, 4th at 2 pmHERITAGE HIGH SCHOOL
Winter: GUYS AND DOLLS!
January 25 – 26th at 7 pm
Considered by many to be the perfect musical comedy, Guys and Dolls tells the story of the Gambler, Nathan Detroit as he tries to set up the biggest game in town!!!Spring: Mamma Mia!
April 25, 26, 27 & 28 at 7 pm
On a small Greek island, Sophie dreams of a perfect wedding — one which includes her father giving her away. The problem? Sophie doesn’t know who he is! Her mother Donna, the former lead singer of the 1970s pop group Donna and the Dynamos, refuses to talk about the past, so Sophie decides to take matters into her own hands.JOHN CHAMPE HIGH SCHOOL
Spring Musical: SHREK!
May 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th at 7 pm
The beloved hulking green ogre comes to life in SHREK, the musical! Enjoy Shrek’s and his faithful companion the donkey as they go on misadventures to save the beautiful princess! The show is fun for the entire family!LOUDOUN COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL
Improvasaurus Improv Show
February 16 @ LoCo ImprovFest Franklin Park Arts CenterA Midsummer’s Night Dream
May 9, 10, 11 @ 7:00 p.m. $7.00 Tickets sold at the door only.
One of William Shakespeare’s most produced shows, Midsummer Night’s Dream tells the story of two sets of lovers who lose their way in the forest of Arden. During the time in the wood they are visited by fairies who create confusion and mischief for the couples. However, as with all Shakespeare’s plays, all’s well that ends well.LOUDOUN VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL
Disney’s FREAKY FRIDAY
March 29, 7pm, March 30, 2 and 7pmApril 5, 7pm and April 6, 2 and 7pmWhen a tired mother and her teenage daughter magically swap bodies, they have just one day to put things right. Freaky Friday, a new musical based on the hit Disney films, is a comedic and unexpectedly emotional version of the American classic. By switching bodies, Katherine and Ellie come to appreciate one another's daily struggles and by so doing, realize the immeasurable love and respect that a mother and daughter share.ROCK RIDGE PERFORMING ARTS
Bright Star: School Edition (National Premiere)
January 24th, 25th, 26th at 7pm, and January 26th at 2pm
Tickets range from $10 - $18
Bright Star follows the story of Alice Murphy’s life in 1920s and 1940s North Carolina. Her love of literature and her mentorship of young writer Billy Cane help her face the tragedy of her youth and find peace and hope in a new vision for her life.Disney’s Newsies:
March 22nd, 23rd, 28th, 29th, 30th at 7pm, March 23rd, 30th at 2pm
Tickets Range from $10 - $18
Based on the real-life Newsboy Strike of 1899, this new Disney musical tells the story of Jack Kelly, a rebellious newsboy who dreams of a life as an artist away from the big city. After publishing giant Joseph Pulitzer raises newspaper prices at the newsboys’ expense, Kelly and his fellow newsies take action. With help from the beautiful reporter Katherine Plumber, all of New York City soon recognizes the power of “the little man.”The Laramie Project:
May 30th, 31st, June 1st at 7pm
Tickets Range from $15 - Limited Number Available
“The Laramie Project" is set in and around Laramie, Wyoming, in the aftermath of the murder of 21-year-old Matthew Shepard. The play explores the experiences of those impacted by this avoidable tragedy.Disney’s Mulan, Jr.:
July 19th, 20th at 7pm, July 20th at 2pm
Tickets Range from $10 - $18
Based on Disney’s Oscar-nominated film, Disney's Mulan JR. is a heartwarming celebration of culture, honor, and the fighting spirit. With hit songs and a story packed with action, humor and heart, Disney's Mulan JR. brings ancient China to life with a modern sensibility.RIVERSIDE HIGH SCHOOL
Elizabeth The Musical - Feb. 1st @7pm, Feb. 2nd @2pm and 7pm
The story of the famous English Queen during the 1500’s. She was the last of the five monarchs of the House of Tudor.Mamma Mia - May 3rd @7pm, May 4th @7pm, May 5th @3pm, May 11th @ 2pm and 7pm, May 12th @3pm
On a small Greek island, Sophie dreams of a perfect wedding — one which includes her father giving her away. The problem? Sophie doesn’t know who he is! Her mother Donna, the former lead singer of the 1970s pop group Donna and the Dynamos, refuses to talk about the past, so Sophie decides to take matters into her own hands.TUSCARORA HIGH SCHOOL
Peter and the Starcatcher - Feb 22 & 23 and March 1 (Cappies) & 2 @ 7pm
Play by Rick Elise and Music by Wayne Barker
Tony-winning Peter and the Starcatcher upends the century-old story of how a miserable orphan comes to be The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up (a.k.a. Peter Pan). A wildly theatrical adaptation of Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson’s best-selling novels, the play was conceived for the stage by directors, Roger Rees and Alex Timbers, and written by Rick Elice, with music by Wayne Barker. From marauding pirates and jungle tyrants to unwilling comrades and unlikely heroes, Peter and the Starcatcher playfully explores the depths of greed and despair... and the bonds of friendship, duty and love.Seussical The Musical - May 2, 3, 4 @ 7pm, relaxed performance May 4 @ 11am
Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and Music by Stephen Flaherty
Now one of the most performed shows in America, Seussical is a fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza! Tony winners, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Lucky Stiff, My Favorite Year, Once on This Island, Ragtime), have lovingly brought to life all of our favorite Dr. Seuss characters, including Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, lazy Mayzie and a little boy with a big imagination – Jojo. The colorful characters transport us from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus to the invisible world of the Whos.STONE BRIDGE HIGH SCHOOL
It’s Legally Blonde (the classic Reese Witherspoon blockbuster) but with one of the most infectious scores in recent years. Will Elle Woods win back the heart of her fiance-to-be Warner by doing it her way at Harvard Law School? You’ll have to join us to find out!
April 11, 12, 13, 25, 26, 27; 7 pm.POTOMAC FALLS HIGH SCHOOL
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory - February 14, 15, 16
Roald Dahl's timeless story of the world-famous candy man and his quest to find an heir is a golden ticket to adventure (MTI).
Student Directed One-Acts - May 30, 31, June 1PARKVIEW HIGH SCHOOL
She Loves Me – April 11-13, 2019 Doors @7 Curtain @7:30
The musical SHE LOVES ME is set in a 1930s European perfumery, where we meet clerks, Amalia and Georg, who rarely see eye to eye on anything. After both respond to a "lonely hearts advertisement" in the newspaper, they now live on love letters from admirers. Join Amalia and Georg to discover the identity of their true loves... and of all the twists and turns along the way!WOODGROVE HIGH SCHOOL
Company - Sondheim / January 25 & 26, 2019
Stephen Sondheim’s classic musical on relationships.Chicago - Kander, Ebb, Fosse / April 26, 27 and May 3, 4, 2019
Set in the legendary city during the roaring “jazz hot” 20s, Chicago tells the story of two rival vaudevillian showgirls locked up in Cook County Jail.
Middle School PilotLCPS is piloting a new theatre arts program with select middle schools in the county. The pilot 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.Exploratory Dramatics will be offered at nine LCPS Middle Schools (Belmont Ridge, Eagle Ridge, Farmwell Station, Lunsford, Mercer, River Bend, Seneca Ridge & J.L. Simpson, and Trailside Middle Schools)
Theatre Auditions and College Information
For more information about the study of theatre arts in higher education click here.
LCPS participates with the Critics and Awards Program in the DC Metropolitan area. Please contact your local school for more information. For more information on the CAPPIES organization, please visit the following website. CAPPIES