We are such stuff as dreams are made on… (The Tempest, IV, i)
|The Annual HSPVA Theatre Gala will be held on Saturday, March 24, 2018. It’s a fun night of fundraising for the HSPVA Theatre Department. Click here for more information about the event, to purchase your individual tickets, or to sponsor a table. We look forward to joining you in celebrating our wonderful Theatre department!
|The annual Thespian Festival at the University of Nebraska in June showcases high school performances on four stages, a wealth of learning opportunities for students and educators in workshops and master classes, a student leadership program, auditions for college admission and Thespian scholarships, the Thespian Playworks student playwriting program, and much more.|
|The HSPVA Ruth Denney Theatre Guild is comprised of parents, guardians, friends, and relatives of HSPVA Theatre students. We work closely with the Theatre Department faculty to seek out opportunities to make a profound and lifelong difference in the lives of each of our theatre students.|
|HSPVA Theatre Parents – need some help? The Parents and Programs Page has links to our New HSPVA Theatre Parents Information Page and much more.|
HSPVA Theatre Department Productions and Events 2017-2018- UPDATES COMING!
Based on the 1975 novel by E. L. Doctorow, Ragtime tells the emotional story of three groups in the United States in the early 20th century: African Americans, represented by Coalhouse Walker Jr., a Harlem musician; upper-class suburbanites, represented by Mother, the matriarch of a white upper-class family in New Rochelle, New York; and Eastern European immigrants, represented by Tateh, a Jewish immigrant from Latvia.
Historical figures including Harry Houdini, Evelyn Nesbit, Booker T. Washington, J. P. Morgan, Henry Ford, Stanford White, Harry Kendall Thaw, Admiral Peary, Matthew Henson, and Emma Goldman are represented in the stories.
Don’t miss this toe-tapping, relevant, and emotionally charged musical event!
November 8 – 11
Black Box Theatre
Cabaret is a musical based on a novel by Christopher Isherwood, with music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb. The 1966 Broadway production became a hit, inspiring numerous subsequent productions in London and New York, as well as the 1972 film by the same name.
Cabaret is based on John Van Druten‘s 1951 play I Am a Camera, which was adapted from the short novel Goodbye to Berlin (1939) by Christopher Isherwood. Set in 1931 Berlin as the Nazis are rising to power, it is based in nightlife at the seedy Kit Kat Klub, and revolves around young American writer Cliff Bradshaw and his relationship with 32-year-old English cabaret performer Sally Bowles.
|Greater Houston Area Auditions
The Greater Houston Area Auditions for 100 college-bound senior theatre majors from across the metropolitan area auditioning for 40-50 colleges will be held Sunday, November 19 at HSPVA.
November 29 – December 1
Student-conceived theatre works in one act from the Red & Grey Studio program showcase the talents of our Level 3 and 4 theatre students.
|HSPVA Middle School Theatre Workshop
The Annual HSPVA Middle School Theatre Workshop will be held Saturday December 2, 2017. This workshop is open to Middle Schoolers in grades 6-8 and includes an audition preparation session for 8th graders.
|Level 3 Theatre Showcases – Black Box
January 30 | Design
January 31 | Musical Theatre
February 1 – 2 | Acting
Junior Showcases, featuring individual performances by each Level 3 student in front of a panel of theatre professionals in preparation for college auditions.
|2018 Black History Production: At the Apollo
February 22 – 25
|HSPVA Theatre Gala
March 24, 2018
The HSPVA Theatre Gala will be held on Saturday, March 24. It’s a fun night of fundraising for the HSPVA Theatre Department. Purchase your tickets immeidiately as this is always a sell-out event!.
|Romeo and Juliet
April 5 – 7
Black Box Theatre
Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy written by William Shakespeare early in his career about two young star-crossed lovers whose deaths ultimately reconcile their feuding families. It was among Shakespeare’s most popular plays during his lifetime and along with Hamlet, is one of his most frequently performed plays. Today, the title characters are regarded as archetypal young lovers.
Romeo and Juliet belongs to a tradition of tragic romances stretching back to antiquity. The plot is based on an Italian tale translated into verse as The Tragical History of Romeus and Juliet by Arthur Brooke in 1562 and retold in prose in Palace of Pleasure by William Painter in 1567. Shakespeare borrowed heavily from both but expanded the plot by developing a number of supporting characters, particularly Mercutio and Paris.
|Grey Studio Series
April 26 – 28
Black Box Theatre
The annual Grey Studio Series is a festival of one-act productions by student writers, directors, actors, designers and dreamers. Works include both published and original works, and productions are produced under the guidance and direction of local theatre professionals.
Level 1 & 2 Showcases
|Senior Recitals | Design – May 9
Senior Recitals | Acting – May 10
Senior Recitals | M.T. – May 11
Senior Recitals showcase the individual and collective talents of our graduating students and are the culmination of four years of training at HSPVA.
|Thespian Induction Ceremony
Friday, May 18, 2018
The Thespian Induction Ceremony and Senior Celebration recognizes HSPVA Theatre students who have qualified to become a member of International Thespian Society Troupe 1761. The elected officers for the coming year are also announced and the Senior Celebration follows the ceremony.