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Theatre Gr 7-12


2020-2021 CHCA Upper School Theatre Season


Reckless (Gr 9-12)

Book, Music and Lyrics by Susan Jung
Auditions (Gr 9-12): 09/14/20 and 09/15/20, 3:30-5:30 p.m. in Lindner Theater - Register on Sign-Up Genius for audition time

Callbacks: 09/16/20, 3:30-4:30 p.m. - 
Student will receive an email with the group callback time

Performances:  11/13/20 at 7:00 p.m., 11/14/20 at 7:00 p.m. and 11/15/20 at 3:00 p.m.

Show description:  Based on the story of the Prodigal son, this contemporary version follows adopted daughter Mia’s messy journey after deciding to leave home, her sister, and her father. Featuring both entertaining and thought provoking songs influenced by musical theatre and pop and a variety of characters Mia meets along the way, this inspirational musical is set to challenge what it means to be reckless.

Appropriate for ages 13 and up


Disney's Beauty and the Beast (Gr 9-12)

Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by Howard Ashman & Tim Rice
Book by Linda Woolverton

Auditions (Gr 9-12):  01/04/21 and 01/05/21, 3:30-5:30 p.m. in Lindner Theater - Register on Sign-Up Genius for audition time

Callbacks and featured dances auditions: 1/06/21

Performances: 03/05/21 at 7:00 p.m.; 03/06/21 at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.; 03/07/21 at 3:00 p.m.

Show description: 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. This "tale as old as time" is family theatre at its best.

Appropriate for all ages.


Peter and the Starcatcher  (Gr 7-12)

A Play By Rick Elice
Based on the Novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson
Music By Wayne Barker
Originally produced on Broadway by Nancy Nagel Gibbs, Greg Schaffert, Eva Price, Tom Smedes, and Disney Theatrical Productions

Auditions: in Lindner Theater
   Gr 9-12: 01/05/21 from 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Gr 7-8:  01/25/21 from 3:30-5:00 p.m.

Performances: 04/16/21 at 7:00 p.m., 04/17/21at 7:00 p.m.; 04/18/21 at 3:00 p.m.

Show description: 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). This is a wildly theatrical adaptation of Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson’s best-selling novels. 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.

Appropriate for ages 6 and up


4th Annual The One Act    (Gr 7-9)


Auditions (Gr 7-9): 03/30/21 3:30-5:30 p.m. Location TBD

Performance: 05/04/21 at 7:00 p.m.

Show description:  This production is designed to give opportunities to students in Gr 7-12 who want to experience something new in theatre. It is a great chance for students to collaborate, grow, be challenged, and have a blast doing it!  The One Act is a “theatrical concert” and features a variety of scenes and songs from various sources, directed by upperclassmen and performed by 7-9th graders.

Appropriate for ages 8 and up.


Grade Levels:

7 - 12 (some productions have opportunities for other grade level involvement)

Explore other Gr 7-8 Theatre Options

Purpose: Provide performance opportunities in the areas of straight plays (comedy and drama), musicals, and improvisation. In a six year span, students can experience (either onstage or behind the scenes) a variety of dramatic works.
Months: All School Year
Practice Schedule: Upon casting a show, rehearsals generally begin Monday-Friday from 3:30 p.m. – 5:00/5:30 p.m. In the weeks preceding a performance, rehearsals increase in length and may include weekends. To minimize cast conflicts, rehearsals vary depending on the show. A calendar is available within one week of casting. All cast members are required to attend set strike immediately after the final performance.
Practice Location: MSL HS Building: Lindner Theater
Performance Schedule:

There are 4 productions this year, one fall, one winter and two spring. See above and/or the Fine Arts page for the current season’s shows.


Typical cast fees (non-lead) average $130 and include costumes, production party, production T-shirt, and tech week meals.

Cast members may be asked to supply shoes, hosiery/socks, and basic makeup or wardrobe pieces.

An annual $125 Fine Arts fee (students Gr 9-12 only) is paid upon your first cast role in an upper school production of the school year and helps cover CHCA overhead expenses.

Anticipated # of Students: Depends on the cast size of the show
Expected Parent Involvement:

Parent involvement is critical to success:

  • At a minimum, we request at least one parent from each family help in some aspect of the pre-production development and also at least one volunteer shift during the production.
  • Opportunities include: costumes, props, set painting/dressing, box office, concessions and more.
A mandatory parent meeting is held shortly after rehearsals begin. Date is published before each production is cast.
  • Auditions are required for all productions and anyone not cast is always encouraged to experience another aspect of theatre.
  • Technical support is coordinated though Student Production Team (SPT).
  • Orchestral support is coordinated though the instrumental music program.
Sponsor / Contact Info: Susan Jung, Artistic Theatre Director, US 7-12 Director of Theatre
How Do You Register:

Consult each show's homepage for times and audition details. In general:

  1. Auditions may be group or you may need to sign up for an individual audition time on the call board outside the theatre.
  2. Complete the online registration prior to audition. (Although payment will be scheduled at this time, payment will not be deducted from your account until after the first rehearsal. The Fine Arts Department will cancel all scheduled payments in the event a student auditions, but is not cast.)
  3. Bring any printed forms described on the show homepage to the audition.