We are such stuff as dreams are made on… (The Tempest, IV, i)

The Annual HSPVA Theatre Gala will be held on Saturday, April 1. It’s a fun night of fundraising for the HSPVA  Theatre Department. Purchase your tickets immeidiately as this is always a sell-out event! Only 250 tickets have been released for purchase, so get yours TODAY!
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.
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HSPVA Theatre Department Productions and Events 2015-2016

All School Musical
October 6 – 8 | October 13 – 15
Denney Theatre

Winner of three Tony Awards, three Outer Critics Circle Awards, two Lucille Lortel Awards and two Obie Awards, Urinetown is a hilarious musical satire of the legal system, capitalism, social irresponsibility, populism, bureaucracy, corporate mismanagement, municipal politics and musical theatre itself! Hilariously funny and touchingly honest, Urinetown provides a sidesplitting sendup of greed, love, revolution (and musicals!), in a time when water is worth its weight in gold.

Anton Chekov’sThree Sisters
November 10 – 12
Black Box Theatre

As the author of August, Osage County – Tracy Letts knows family dysfunction. His sharp, humorous re-telling of the Anton Chekov classic reveals the Prozorov sisters yearning for lively Moscow while they wallow in their “own misfortune, decisions and the inertia of negativity that plagues their family.” Letts reinforces Chekov’s original intent of the play with an edgy heart that makes this story newly compelling.
Greater Houston Area Auditions
November 22

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 20 at HSPVA.
Red Studio
November 30 – December 2
Black Box

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
December 3

The Annual HSPVA Middle School Theatre Workshop will be held Saturday December 3, 2016. This workshop is open to Middle Schoolers in grades 6-8 and includes an audition preparation session for 8th graders.
Level 3 Theatre Showcases
January 31 | Theatre
February 1 | Design
Junior Showcases, featuring individual performances by each Level 3 student in front of a panel of theatre professionals in preparation for college auditions.
2017 Black History Production: Soul of the 70’s
February 16 – 19
Denney Theatre

For many soul music lovers, the Golden Age of Soul Music was in the 1970’s. It was a decade of political turmoil around the world, but also one of incredible creativity, as artists took control of their careers and addressed both social issues and issues of the heart in new ways. And what incredible music! Come relive all your favorite soul hits of the ’70s from smooth and sultry to downright funky. This production will have it all: outlandish outfits, outrageous performances and incredible superstars!
HSPVA Theatre Gala
April 1
Location TBA

The HSPVA Theatre Gala will be held on Saturday, April 1. It’s a fun night of fundraising for the HSPVA  Theatre Department. Purchase your tickets immeidiately as this is always a sell-out event!.
The White Snake
April 6 – 8
Black Box Theatre

According to a beloved Chinese legend, a snake spirit disguised as a beautiful woman falls in love with a young scholar. White Snake keeps her true identity secret from him, but a disapproving monk persists in unmasking her. With the help of Green Snake, White Snake summons all her magic powers to defeat the spirits and monsters threatening her life and her great love. With live music and beautiful visual metaphors, Tony Award-winning director Mary Zimmerman invites your imagination to her staging of this fantastical transcendent romance.
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
May 2 – 5
Black Box Theatre

Level 1 & 2 Showcases feature HSPVA Theatre Department underclassmen in several one-act productions.

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 Inductions
Date T.B.A.
HSPVA Commons

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.