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Fall Musical – Freaky Friday!
When an uber-organized mother and her spontaneous teenage daughter magically swap bodies, they have just one day to put things right. Masquerading as each other, they must work together to solve the mystery of how to break the spell. By spending a day in each other’s shoes, Katherine and Ellie come to appreciate one another in a way they never could have imagined. In the end, both learn the true power of love and the strength of the bond between a mother and daughter in this heartfelt and hilarious adaptation. Check out the plot synopsis, character descriptions, and some of the songs.
A full-scale musical season is held each fall, with auditions in August and performances in mid-November. There are performance opportunities for student actors, singers, and dancers. We don’t do cuts for the musical, so if you want to be on stage, you can be! There are also a wide range of opportunities backstage in set construction, costuming, lighting and sound, etc., all chaired by students in leadership roles. The pit orchestra is a hit for student musicians as well.
MIFA One Act – Emma
This funny, heartwarming, and musical (!!!) adaptation of Jane Austen’s novel follows a young woman named Emma who loves to make matches for her friends. Her schemes, however, don’t always go as planned. This version also gives us license to set the story in whatever era we’d like…so stay tuned for info on that! Check out the show details online, read the book, or watch a movie version to learn more about the story!
*Clarification: this is NOT “Emma: A Pop Musical”…VERY different adaptation.
MIFA One Act runs as a subset of The Michigan Interscholastic Forensics Association, a state-wide theatre organization. It is our varsity-level, traveling performance group and is open to student performers and backstage crew members. The season runs from December to mid-February with several travel weekends.. This group also participates in the Mid-Michigan Theater Arts Festival in Bay City, Michigan. The genre of performance rotates each year between comedy and drama.
Spring Play – 12 Angry Jurors
This dramatic, character-driven show takes place in the jurors room following the murder trial of a 19-year-old man. Tempers get short, arguments grow heated, and the jurors become 12 angry jurors as they work toward a verdict. We will be combining the scripts of “12 Angry Men” and “12 Angry Women” for this production, which allows us to do open-gender casting; in other words, every juror can be cast based on actor skill/personality and best-fit!
Learn more about the stage production of 12 Angry Jurors, or watch the classic 1957 movie, 12 Angry Men!
Our Spring production is a non-musical play running from February to late April. Students can audition for onstage roles or work backstage on various crews. The genre of performance rotates opposite of MIFA One-Act, between comedy and drama.
A favorite of the theatre season, 24-Hour Theatre is a student written, directed, designed, and performed event of short plays. Student writers come in on a Friday evening and write several short plays overnight. The next morning, student directors, designers, and actors arrive and work on the productions all day. The 24-hours culminate in a Saturday evening performance for a live audience. Typically this event falls in early December.
HCHS offers a public speaking and dramatic performance group, which is open to all students. Students can pick from individual events such as sales speaking, broadcasting, impromptu speaking, poetry, prose, and storytelling. We start rehearsing in the winter and attend regional and state-wide competitions from March to May. It is a great way to meet students from other schools and grow individually as performers.
“I love the environment of the school. I know there are people all around me that are willing to talk to anyone. Also, the teachers are all very kind, approachable, and understanding. It’s going to be hard leaving a school that feels like family and is a Christian atmosphere.”
*Titles marked with an asterisk designate competitive MIFA state championships
2020-2021: Holes, Charley’s Aunt, Les Misérables
2019-2020: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Spoonriver Anthology, COVID Cabaret
2018-2019: Cinderella, Much Ado About Nothing*, Yellow Boat | Steel Magnolias
2017-2018: RAGS, Silent Sky*, The Westing Game
2016-17: Footloose, Lend Me a Tenor*, Pride & Prejudice
2015-16: Godspell, Dogfight, You Can’t Take it With You
2014-15: Music Man, Shakespeare in Hollywood, Wrinkle in Time
2013-14: Fiddler on the Roof, Wit*, Rumors
2012-13: Once Upon a Mattress, The Government Inspector, The Crucible
2011-12: Bye Bye Birdie, Diary of Anne Frank, Fools
2010-11: Guys and Dolls, Suds, The Elephant Man
2009-10: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Rags*, Much Ado About Nothing
2008-09: High School Musical, Noises Off, Flowers for Algernon
2007-08: West Side Story, I Never Saw Another Butterfly, Rumors
2006-07: HONK!, Lend Me a Tenor*, 12 Angry Jurors
2005-06: The Wizard of Oz, The King and I, The Grapes of Wrath, A Midsummer Night’s Dream
2004-05: Magician’s Nephew & The Lion, Witch & the Wardrobe, Annie, Thieves’ Carnival, The Crucible
2003-04: Cheaper By the Dozen, Footloose, The Yellow Boat, Noises Off
2002-03: Anne of Green Gables, Joseph, Scarlet Pimpernel, Grapes of Wrath
2001-02: Importance Of Being Earnest, Blood Brothers, Scarlet Pimpernel
2000-01: Murder’s In the Heir, Suds, Fiddler on the Roof
1999-00: The Foreigner & Steel Magnolias, Rags, Oliver
1998-99: Diary Anne Frank/Return Forbidden Planet*/Bye Bye Birdie
1997-98: Charley’s Aunt, All About Eve, Rags
1996-97: Musical Comedy Murders 1940, Pippin, Hello Dolly!
1995-96: A Christmas Carol, Ordinary People, Oklahoma!
1994-95: Lend Me a Tenor, Pippin
1993-94: The Miracle Worker, My Fair Lady
1992-93: The Man Who Came to Dinner, Sound of Music
1991-92: I Remember Mama, West Side Story
1990-91: Importance Of Being Earnest, Fiddler on the Roof
1989-90: Rehearsal for Murder, The King and I
1988-89: Imaginary Invalid, Pride and Prejudice
1988: The Death and Life of Larry Benson
1987: Onions in the Stew
1986: We’re All Guilty
1985: David and Lisa
1984: The Crucible
1983: Where the Lilies Bloom
1982: Our Town
1981: To Kill a Mockingbird
1980: The Miser
1979: Cheaper by the Dozen
1978: Up the Down Staircase
1977: Diary of Anne Frank
1976: Flowers for Algernon
1975: The Miracle Worker
1974: Charley’s Aunt
1973: The Man Who Came to Dinner
1972: Our Town
1971: Another Language
1970: I Remember Mama
1969: A Boy With a Cart
1968: Good Morning, Miss Dove
1967: Pride and Prejudice