Director of Junior Musicals
A Message from the Artistic Director
The theatre arts are alive in the Hills. Students love the camaraderie and the discipline; administrators and parents appreciate the involvement and creativity and the community embraces the quality.
Our mission is simple:
1.To involve the students in a variety of theatre experiences.
2.To introduce students to acting philosophy and to technical theatre.
3.To expose the entire student body and community to quality theatre thereby instilling a life-long appreciation for the theatre in the students who will be the audience of the future.
With over 200 students and parents, and the help of our Music and Theatre Association and the Ottawa Hills Parent Association, the OH Theatre Arts Department has been able to produce the memorable stage award-winning productions of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Legally Blonde, Annie, The Fantasticks, The Wiz, Peter Pan, and The King and I. However, we also have had non-canonical success. Our award winning Off-Broadway productions of Agnes of God, ‘Night Mother, and Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mama Hung Me in the Closet and I’m Feeling So Sad help illuminate and respond to the darker side of the human condition.
Next To Normal
November 30-December 2
Next to Normal, with book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey and music by Tom Kitt, explores how one suburban household copes with crisis and mental illness. Winner of three 2009 Tony Awards, including Best Musical Score and the 2010 Pulitzer Prize, Next to Normal was also chosen as "one of the year's ten best shows" by critics around the country, including The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, Rolling Stone and The New York Times.
Dad's an architect; Mom rushes to pack lunches and pour cereal; their daughter and son are bright, wise-cracking teens, appearing to be a typical American family. And yet their lives are anything but normal because the mother has been battling manic depression for 16 years. Next to Normal takes audiences into the minds and hearts of each character, presenting their family's story with love, sympathy and heart.
Beauty and the Beast
February 8-10, 2019
Step into the enchanted world of Broadway's modern classic, Disney's Beauty and the Beast, an international sensation that played a remarkable 13-year run on Broadway and has been produced in 37 countries worldwide. Based on the Academy Award-winning animated feature, the stage version includes all of the wonderful songs written by Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman, along with new songs by Mr. Menken and Tim Rice. The original Broadway production ran for over thirteen years and was nominated for nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical.
The classic story tells of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed into his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity.
This "tale as old as time" is filled with spectacular costumes and sets, and even more offers a great opportunity to bring our OH community together for family theatre at its best.
April 26-28. 2019
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.
Rated PG 13
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, this eloquent, enthralling and ultimately shattering play explores the final hour in the life of a young woman who has decided that life is no longer worth living.
"…honest, uncompromising, lucid, penetrating, well-written, dramatic, and…unmanipulatively moving…" —NY Magazine.
"It is sparse and concise, introspective and penetrating, powerful and uncompromising, intense and intelligent, warm and theatrical. It is THE American tragedy." —New England Entertainment Digest.
"Something I hadn't seen in a long time happened at 'NIGHT, MOTHER: The audience still sat applauding after the house lights came up, as if waiting for the cast to come round and join them." —Village Voice. "
…a shattering evening…" —NY Times.