PHS 2013-14 Theater Season

Upper School Fall Play

Born Yesterday, by Garson Kanin (directed by Rachel Cain)

Friday and Saturday, Oct. 25-26, 7:30 p.m.

Hall Student Center

Born Yesterday, is about the life of an uncouth, corrupt rich junk dealer, Harry Brock, who brings his girlfriend Billie Dawn with him to Washington, D.C. When Billie’s ignorance becomes a liability to Brock’s business dealings, he hires a journalist, Paul Verall, to educate Billie Dawn (a la Henry Higgins).   But Harry gets more than he bargained for as Billie absorbs Verall’s lessons in U. S. History and  not only comes to the realization that Harry is a two-bit crook, but also falls in love with her tutor.  An upbeat comedy for the ages.




Middle School Fall Play

The Phantom of the Op’ry, by Tim Kelly (directed by Lynn King)

Wednesday, Nov. 6, 4:30 p.m.

Thursday and Friday, Nov. 7-8, 7 p.m.

Centennial Hall 

Gaston Leroux’s famous mystery has been restaged as a shriek-a-minute comedy spoof of outrageously funny characters.  Forget Paris.  This flaky Op’ry House is located in Skunk Creek, Nevada!  The star attraction is Carlotta Barracuda.  Her understudy is the lovely Christine Swansong who dreams of a musical career.  But Carlotta will stop at nothing to see that she doesn’t get it.  Enter the spooky Phantom!  Christin will replace Carlotta or else!  Bodies hit the floor like sandbags.  What is the Phantom’s dark secret? Will he strike again? Lots of suspense and laughter for the family!




Upper School Spring Musical

Grease, by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey. (co-directed by Joel Diffendaffer and Rachel Cain)

Friday and Saturday, March 7-8, 7:30 p.m.

Hall Student Center

Grease is named for the 1950s United States working-class youth subculture known as “greasers.”  The musical, set in 1959 at fictional Rydell High School (loosely based on William Howard Taft School), follows ten working-class teenagers as they navigate the complexities of love.  The score attempts to recreate the sounds of the early rock and roll. The original Broadway production of Grease ran for 3,388 performances, closing in 1980.  Since then, there have been two popular Broadway revivals (1994 and 2007), a hugely successful film, and a myriad of regional theatre, summer stock, community and high school productions.  And as they say… Grease, is still the word!




Upper School Spring Play

The Mousetrap, by Agatha Christie (directed by Lynn King) 

Thursday, Friday and Saturday, May 8-10, 7:30 p.m.

Centennial Hall Theater

The Mousetrap, opened in London in 1952 and is the world’s longest running performance of any kind.  Last year, it celebrated its 25,000th performance at St. Martin’s theatre.  The play takes place in Monkswell Manor, where owners Mollie and Giles Ralston, co-host an evening with guests Christopher Wren, Mrs. Boyle, Major Metcalf and Miss Casewell.  The party-goers get an alarming phone call from the police, and soon an investigation is underway.  Make sure to take notes as the plot thickens and everyone is trying to figure out who the murderer is in this classic “whodunit” mystery for all ages.