SAVE THE DATE! School of Rock April 28 – 30, 2023
Backstage/Set Crew/ Costume Crew
Our Set Crew, Backstage Crew, and Costume Crew are comprised of typically a total of 35-40 students; there is a job for everyone. We build and paint all of our sets, gather and build our props, create and organize costumes. We design and run our own lighting and the students fully run the show and scene changes. Other than a sound engineer, a carpenter, and a seamstress the set and backstage duties are student run. The older students teach the younger students, we have student directors and managers, and we are fortunate to have many artistically talented students and student leaders. In the photos below you can see the progress painting our backdrop for Beauty and the Beast, painting plates, set pieces and props, and hand sewing capes for the battle scene.
We are fortunate to have such a talented conductor/music director/Band teacher at our school. He brings together this group of student musicians and fills in with professionals from the community if needed. Their level of music has brought up the quality of our performances. From their first rehearsals hearing their music waft down the halls from the band room as we are building sets, to the Sitz probe, to opening night, it’s always a thrill to hear them play! They truly bring our show to life.
We work for several months preparing our cast; singing, dancing, and acting. We are fortunate to have a choreographer and a music director who are able to bring out the best in everyone and have brought our performances to a higher level. We have a local improv group that comes in to help with acting and character building. We have had local dialect coaches help with accents. Often, former alumni who have gone further with their acting, theatre, and music careers have returned to meet with our group to educate them and share their experience. Anything we can do to further educate and provide opportunities for our Drama students we do!
PHS Drama Club goes to NYC…
For the past 13 years we have traveled on an annual trip to NYC to see a Broadway musical. For many of our students it’s not only their first time seeing a Broadway show but also their first trip to NYC. We have seen many amazing shows including Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, The King and I, West Side Story, Wicked, Anything Goes, Nice Work, How to Succeed, Grease, School of Rock to name a few. We squeeze in some time for sightseeing and shopping and sometimes Ellen’s Stardust Diner. We fundraise for several months with bakes sales and bottle drives, as many cannot easily afford this trip, but we make it work for everyone and we thoroughly enjoy our day in the city!