Upper School Performing Arts 2023-2024

The Performing Arts 2023-24 Theatrical Season will celebrate Authenticity & Acceptance by looking back and looking forward; we are exploring the idea of finding safe places to be our authentic selves and to feel accepted as such. Read on for more information about our upcoming productions.

Fall production:
With pissed-off Pikachus, steampunk armies, stood-up Sailor Moons, and rollerblading monsters on the prowl, it's easy to get lost in the Inferno-esque anime convention where the fans, the otakus and the geeks prowl. But to score a rare meeting with their comic book idol, teenage outcasts Dayna and Honey will take on obsessive magic players, Jedis and elfs, cosplayers and convention guards through all nine flights of Ohio's Dante's Fire-Con. But when the dark nature of their quest breaks through the fantasy of these girls cosplaying, they find that no game can mask the deep loss they’ve recently shared... unless they truly discover who they are. 
Winter production:
In October 1998, a 21-year-old student at the University of Wyoming was kidnapped, severely beaten, and left tied to a fence in the middle of the prairie outside Laramie, Wyoming. Moisés Kaufman and fellow members of the Tectonic Theater Project made six trips to Laramie over the course of a year and a half, in the aftermath of the beating and during the trial of the two young men accused of killing Shepard. They conducted more than 200 interviews with the people of the town. The Laramie Project is a breathtaking collage that explores the depths to which humanity can sink and the heights of compassion we are capable of. We also have the rights for a one-night staged reading of The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later that will be presented after the run of the winter production; more details TBA.
Spring production:
Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella is the new Broadway adaptation of the classic musical. This contemporary take on the classic tale features Rodgers & Hammerstein's most beloved songs, including “In My Own Little Corner,” “Impossible/It's Possible” and “Ten Minutes Ago,” alongside an up-to-date, hilarious, and romantic libretto by Tony Award nominee Douglas Carter Beane. We are transporting this beloved musical to the excesses of the New York gazillionaires club—think Succession meets the Broadway musical.