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Theatre Gr 7-12


2024-2025 CHCA Upper School Theatre Season

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Early Fall Production (Gr 9-12)

09/21/24 - 09/22/24

Late Fall Production (Gr 9-12)

11/15/24 - 11/17/24

Spring Musical (Gr 7-12)

03/14/25 - 03/16/25

Academy Night Live Variety Show (Gr 9-12)

04/25/25 - 04/26/25

The One Act Theatrical Concert (Gr 7-12)


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 and develop their gifts and skills in all areas of theatre.  
Months: All School Year
Practice Schedule: Upon casting a show, rehearsals 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 Campus: Lindner Theater
Performance Schedule: There are 5 productions this year, two fall and three spring. See above and/or the Fine Arts page for the current season’s shows. Visit Theatre Gr 3-8 for other Gr 7-8 opportunities.
Cost: Typical cast fees (non-lead) average $150 and include costumes, production party, production T-shirt, and pre-tech week snacks, and tech week meals.

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

An annual $150 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:

  • We expect 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:, 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.
  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.