SHOWCASE 2019

SHOWCASE 2019

Showcase is back with some of the greatest hits from rock, pop, musicals and the movies this September in the Church Hill Theatre. 

Roots

Roots

Folk tales are a fascinating, timeless and valuable form of cultural currency, once passed around by firelight and now echoing through art, music, and literature. 

9

9

Known for its eloquent dance, Montreal-based Cas Public is home to an atypical performer. 

Notes from the Field

Notes from the Field

In an extraordinary solo performance, Anna Deavere Smith draws upon 250 interviews and plays 19 separate individuals to examine the US’s ‘school-to-prison-pipeline’. 

Edinburgh University Footlights Presents: Urinetown The Musical

Edinburgh University Footlights Presents: Urinetown The Musical

Urinetown is set in a town that is desperately suffering a water shortage following a 20 year drought. 

The Wizard of Oz

The Wizard of Oz

It’s time to follow the Yellow Brick Road to this exhilarating new production of the beloved classic fantasy. 

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

The Academy of Arts 2016 Scotland team presents CS Lewis’s classic tale The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. 

Almost, Maine

Almost, Maine

On a cold, clear, moonless night in the middle of winter, all is not quite what it seems in the remote, mythical town of Almost, Maine. 

Cosplay's the Thing

Cosplay's the Thing

It’s two weeks before AniMazing Con and six high school theatre kids are gunning to win the anime convention’s group cosplay contest with a scene from Madsummer! – a modern-d… 

Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon

Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon

The fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm are turned on their heads in this fast-paced, rollicking ride as two narrators and several actors attempt to combine all 209 stories, ranging … 

Begin Again

Begin Again

The only certainty in Oskar and Thea’s lives is that nothing is guaranteed. 

Around the World in 80 Days

Around the World in 80 Days

Nine actors recreate raging typhoons, runaway trains, stampeding elephants and over 30 different characters in Mark Brown’s brilliant new stage adaptation of the Jules Verne classi… 

The Terrible False Deception (A Four Act Play in 40 Minutes or 43 With Laughs!)

The Terrible False Deception (A Four Act Play in 40 Minutes or 43 With Laughs!)

Making its European premiere, this Canadian comedy gem packs more ideas and laughs into 40 minutes than most plays triple its length. 

Godspell

Godspell

Godspell is one of composer Stephen Schwartz’s lesser known musicals. 

Metamorphoses

Metamorphoses

Ossining High School have delivered a solid and enjoyable, if somewhat flawed, production of Mary Zimmerman’s Metamorphoses. 

Little Shop of Horrors

Little Shop of Horrors

The American High School Theatre Festival presents Little Shop of Horrors, a wacky musical journey downtown to Skid Row, a poor run-down neighbourhood where all its residents want … 

The Dining Room

The Dining Room

In a single dining room revisited over the course of the 20th Century, a series of family dramas show the decline of the American upper-middle class. 

A Midsummer Night's Dream in Gotham

A Midsummer Night's Dream in Gotham

A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Gotham is exactly what it says on the tin. 

Legends of the Pacific

Legends of the Pacific

The audience will go on a voyage through the Pacific Islands in three legends. 

Seussical: TYA

Seussical: TYA

Seussical is based on the works of Dr Seuss and weaves together his most famous tales and characters from his books. 

Alan's Awkward (Choose Your Own) Adventures

Alan's Awkward (Choose Your Own) Adventures

This world premiere by Chicago’s award-winning Wego Drama is a family friendly show! The audience gets to choose what adventure Alan will take. 

Into the Woods

Into the Woods

One of Sondheim’s most popular works, Into the Woods brings everyone’s favorite storybook characters together in a relevant and rare modern classic. 

The Addams Family – A New Musical Comedy

The Addams Family – A New Musical Comedy

A musical based on the iconic family of classic television fame. 

Wiley and Louie: Two Imaginative Adventures

Wiley and Louie: Two Imaginative Adventures

Wiley and The Hairy Man, based on African and Native American folklore, follows the tale of a boy in the Louisiana bayou who must conquer his fears to defeat the legendary hairy ma… 

Holy Day

Holy Day

On the white frontier in mid-nineteenth century Australia, a lone, bloodied woman arrives at a traveller’s rest in the midst of a violent desert storm with a shocking story to tell… 

Shrek the Musical: TYA

Shrek the Musical: TYA

The King School from Stamford, Connecticut is proud to present Shrek The Musical: TYA. 

Avenue Q: School Edition

Avenue Q: School Edition

Winner of the Tony Triple Crown for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book, Avenue Q: School Edition is part-flesh, part-felt and packed with heart. 

In a Room Somewhere

In a Room Somewhere

Suddenly, five adults find themselves in a room somewhere; a room with no windows, no doors and only the vastness of space where the ceiling ought to be. 

An Evening of Original Theatre

An Evening of Original Theatre

Til’ Death Do Us Part tells the story of David and Alison as they struggle through pressures of married life. 

The Third Wave

The Third Wave

A gripping true story about a high-school experiment that went out of control. 

The Ticket

The Ticket

The Ticket by Stephen Stubelt is a modern comedy exploring the myriad of life choices we make casually every day and the destinations to which they lead. 

Dark of the Moon

Dark of the Moon

A supernatural romance between John, a strange witch boy, and human girl Barbara Allen. 

The Hairy Maclary & Friends Show

The Hairy Maclary & Friends Show

Making a musical out of poetic animal stories aimed at children is nothing new but, while Andrew Lloyd Webber opted to turn T S Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats int… 

Guys & Dolls

Guys & Dolls

Guys & Dolls is a renowned theatrical oxymoron, depicting the menacing underworld of gambling gangsters via the melodic and cheerful medium of golden-age musical theatre. 

Loserville

Loserville

“One day every company will fear a geek in a garage,” we’re told early on in Elliot Davis and James Bourne’s Loserville. 

The Hobbit

The Hobbit

The American High School Theatre Festival brings a sliver of Tolkien’s Middle Earth to an Edinburgh stage in their very ambitious fantasy adaptation of The Hobbit, performed usin… 

Americans in Breshkistan

Americans in Breshkistan

Ten high school seniors find themselves in a strange room, in the middle of nowhere, lit only by a dim overhead lamp. 

Down Came the Rain

Down Came the Rain

Eighteen-year-old Michael and his fourteen-year-old brother Brucie – who has been considered mentally slow since birth – venture out on a camping trip together. 

Anon(ymous)

Anon(ymous)

In this stylised adaptation of Homer’s Odyssey, Naomi Iizuka creates a modern day Odysseus in a young refugee named Anon. 

Kissed the Girls and Made Them Cry

Kissed the Girls and Made Them Cry

Teen sex, lies and gossip. 

Do Not Go Gentle

Do Not Go Gentle

Lillian, vibrant, funny, wise, and recently deceased, discovers she cannot move on until rifts with her estranged family are mended. 

Fair Cruelty

Fair Cruelty

The Tudors and the Stewarts enjoyed a colourful and controversial past, occasionally solicitous but more often a battle of wills involving courtship and conquest. 

Exhibit This!

Exhibit This!

Exhibit This! is a series of fast-paced scenes and monologues based on 50+ works in New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. 

Soapy Smith's Alaskana Extravaganza

Soapy Smith's Alaskana Extravaganza

A madcap vaudeville style comedy set during the Alaskan gold rush of 1896. 

Shakuntala: A Rock Opera in English

Shakuntala: A Rock Opera in English

Shakuntala: A Rock Opera in English, is based on an ancient Indian folk tale by the famous poet Kalidasa. 

Mutually Assured Destruction

Mutually Assured Destruction

In this world premiere, Don Zolidis provides glimpses into the sometimes confrontational, sometimes poignant relationship between siblings in a series of vignettes. 

The Glass Menagerie

The Glass Menagerie

The Glass Menagerie is a hard play to get wrong. 

Musical of Musicals (The Musical!)

Musical of Musicals (The Musical!)

Musical of Musicals (The Musical!) is being presented by The Kinkaid School of Houston, Texas, as part of The American High School Theatre Festival. 

Antigone Now

Antigone Now

Part of the American High School Festival, Antigone Now is nothing if not endearing in its attempts to impress. 

The Giver

The Giver

Jonas’ world is perfect. 

Another Tuesday

Another Tuesday

Life in America is diverse to say the least. 

Exhibit This! The Museum Comedies

Exhibit This! The Museum Comedies

Culver Academies Theatre performs Luigi Jannuzzi’s collection of short acts and monologues based on art on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC. 

Wild Waves Whist

Wild Waves Whist

A young teacher hopes to be hired as a literature teacher and coach at a private school for boys. 

Into the Woods

Into the Woods

The Harker School’s award-winning Conservatory presents this modern classic, bringing favourite characters together in a timeless, yet relevant piece. 

Zorro the Musical

Zorro the Musical

Chadwick School is proud to have been selected by Zorro Productions to be the first American school to present Zorro, The Musical. 

The Ripple Effect

The Ripple Effect

When a poem is discovered at a high school describing a shooting. Who wrote it? Will they get the help they need before it is too late, or will this school day end in tragedy?  

Juxta-Position

Juxta-Position

Juxta-Position is an experimental performance art piece inspired by the song stylings of the defiant folk singer, Ani DiFranco. 

In the West

In the West

These comedic and heartfelt monologues were written by a group of playwrights from Austin, Texas in 1985. 

The Laramie Project

The Laramie Project

Tied to a fence, beaten, and left to die in the cold, October night in Laramie, Wyoming, Matthew Shepard lost his fight for life five days after being discovered mutilated in this … 

Walk Two Moons

Walk Two Moons

‘Don’t judge a man until you’ve walked two moons in his moccasins. 

My Mania

My Mania

Be transported back to 1992 when music videos ruled and join a group of high school students as they learn how to deal with themselves, each other and varying degrees of depression… 

The Seven Torments of Craig and Amy: A Love Story

The Seven Torments of Craig and Amy: A Love Story

This production portrays the tempestuous love affair of two teenagers. 

The Canterbury Tales

The Canterbury Tales

‘When April has showered sweetly with his rains, when the west wind has breathed so sweetly through every grove and field. 

The Ugly Duckling

The Ugly Duckling

Join Udrich, The Ugly Duckling, on his journey to learn that beauty is in the acceptance and knowledge of self. 

Daze of Olde

Daze of Olde

In the time of legend in a far off kingdom, things are far from well! Queen Patience Virtue has just come of age and ascended the throne, to find herself beset by the ruthless mani… 

Chess - The Musical

Chess - The Musical

There’s one thing I hate about musical theatre, which is especially common with “amateur” productions – there’s seemingly no way of stopping audiences full of family an… 

Footloose

Footloose

“Footloose may be a hit, but it’s trash - high powered fodder for the teen market. 

Peter Pan

Peter Pan

This offering of Peter Pan from the American High School Theatre Festival never reaches the heights of the Second Star to the Right. 

Labour of Love

Labour of Love

Theodore is meek and quiet. 

Where to Begin

Where to Begin

This story is about telling stories in a world that doesn’t abide them. 

Shrek the Musical

Shrek the Musical

Set in a mythical once upon a time land, Shrek the Musical is the story of a hulking green ogre who, after being mocked and feared, retreats to an ugly swamp to exist in happy isol… 

Property Rites

Property Rites

Property Rites by Alan Haehnel performed by Actors Anonymous from Long Trail School in Dorset, Vermont USA. 

Alice in Concert

Alice in Concert

See Wonderland like you’ve never heard it. 

Pour!

Pour!

Pour! will keep you overflowing with laughter, emotion and realization. 

Sonnets for an Old Century

Sonnets for an Old Century

Could you tell your life story in the space of a moment - the length of a sonnet? Award-winning playwright Jose Rivera’s thoughtful investigation of what it means to be alive takes… 

In The Heights

In The Heights

Award-winning Canadian students are proud to bring this 2008 Tony Best Musical to AHSTF for the first time! In The Heights tells the universal story of a community on the brink of … 

My Fair Lady

My Fair Lady

Join us for a phonetic adventure about a young woman wanting to improve her station in life by learning proper language from an eccentric professor and confirmed old bachelor. 

Crazy for You

Crazy for You

Aloha! The award-winning Castle Performing Arts Center is tap dancing its way back to the American High School Theatre Festival from their home in Hawaii with the high energy comed… 

Monster Madness

Monster Madness

I love monsters. 

Nevada: It Ain’t Just About Vegas, Baby!

Nevada: It Ain’t Just About Vegas, Baby!

This original work sets out to present the history of the US state of Nevada, contending that there’s more to it than Vegas. 

The Legend of the Little Mermaid

The Legend of the Little Mermaid

Sticking close to the original story by Hans Christian Anderson, a cast of five use dialogue and contemporary style dance to tell this dark story of the sea and love. 

Always... Patsy Cline

Always... Patsy Cline

Before this show, I had not heard of Patsy Cline. 

Midsummer / Jersey

Midsummer / Jersey

Midsummer / Jersey is a hilarious, high-octane re-telling of Shakepeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream set on the Jersey Shore. 

Barnyard

Barnyard

A group of animals are bullied around a barnyard by Orwell, the pig. 

The Wizard of Oz

The Wizard of Oz

This re-imagined staging sets Dorothy undergoing psychoanalysis observation which leads us to question if Oz really exists or if it is only in her mind.  

From Up Here

From Up Here

A timely play about a family limping out the door in the morning and coming home no matter what. 

Yearbook: The High School Musical

Yearbook: The High School Musical

There is no time more funny, moving and awkward than high school. 

The Ice Wolf

The Ice Wolf

From the East Coast Hudson Bay Inuits comes an authentic tale of a fair haired child, exiled by her own people simply because she was born Anatou, The Pale One. 

A Year with Frog and Toad

A Year with Frog and Toad

From spring waking to winter hibernation, Frog and Toad share friendship and adventures and learn life lessons along the way. 

Our Town: Louisville

Our Town: Louisville

A devised theatre piece exploring the humour, pathos and culture of Louisville, Kentucky, using the structure of Thornton Wilder’s quintessential American play as inspiration. 

Welcome to the Moon and Other Plays

Welcome to the Moon and Other Plays

Marking the start of Shanley’s career, this show presents an imaginative and diverse collection of six short plays exploring the the relationships we live and the situations we p… 

Looking After Norman

Looking After Norman

Looking After Norman by Scottish writer Stewart Brown, tells the beautiful story of eight-year-old Georgia and her elderly neighbour, Scottie. 

Play It ‘Til We Get It Right

Play It ‘Til We Get It Right

An original piece of theatre documenting the struggle of one group of Midwestern American kids trying to mount a show that shares their truth only to realize they may not know what… 

The Basement Project

The Basement Project

This show began as an attempt to understand high school in Louisiana today and became a statement on how talent, hard-work and desire can be the ingredients to a great future no ma… 

Inge at the Fringe

Inge at the Fringe

People know Kansas-born William Inge for his full length plays made into successful movies. 

William Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors

William Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors

In the surreal world of Ephesus, mistaken identities and mishaps abound as Antipholus of Syracuse and his servant Dromio encounter their Ephesan doppelgangers, each unaware of the … 

Glass

Glass

Clara is a performing artist and she’s stuck. 

Sweet Tea and Gollywhopper Eggs: Stories from the American Deep South

Sweet Tea and Gollywhopper Eggs: Stories from the American Deep South

This is an inventive telling of the best folk tales, ghost stories and family anecdotes from a region rich in history.