PHS 2014-15 Theater Season

The Pembroke Hill Theatre Department Presents...

 Classic Tales of Character 

Upper School Thespian Performance

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Music and Lyrics by William Finn
Book by Rachel Sheinkin
Conceived by Rebecca Feldman
Monday, Sept 14, 2015 at 7:30pm
Centennial Hall Auditorium
Tickets at the Door 


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Six awkward spelling champions learn that winning (and losing) isn't everything.

Winner of the TONY and the Drama  Desk Awards for Best Book, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee has charmed audiences across the country with its effortless wit and humor.  Featuring a fast-paced wildly funny and touching book by Rachel Sheinkin and a truly fresh and vibrant score by William Finn, this bee is one unforgettable experience.

An eclectic group of six mid-pubescents vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime.  While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home life, the tweens spell their way through a series of [potentially made-up] words hoping to never hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life un-affirming "ding" of the bell that signals a spelling mistake.  Six spellers enter; one speller leaves! At least the losers get a juice box.  A riotous ride complete with audience participation, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a delightful den of comedic genius. 

Upper School Fall Play

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) [Revised]
by Adam Long, Daniel Singer, and Jess Winfield

Hall Student Center
October 23 & 24, 2015
Directed by Rachel Cain

Tickets through the PHS Bookstore and at the door. 

All 37 Plays in 97 Minutes!! An irreverent, fast-paced romp through the Bard's plays, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) was London's longest-running comedy having clocked a very palpable nine years in London's West End at the Criterion Theatre!  Join these madcap players as they weave their wicked way through all of Shakespeare's Comedies, Histories and Tragedies in one wild ride that will leave you breathless and helpless with laughter.  


Middle School Fall Play

The Hobbit 
Adapted by Patricia Gray. Based on the novel by J.R.R. Tolkien 

Centennial Hall Auditorium
November 4, 4:30 pm
November 5 and 6, 7:30 pm
Directed by Lynn King

It's unusual for a modern work to become a classic so quickly, but Tolkien's "ring" stories, which began with The Hobbit, clearly are in this very special category. They stir the imagination and intellect of everyone they touch. Bilbo, one of the most conservative of all Hobbits, is asked to leave his large, roomy and very dry home in the ground in order to set off as chief robber in an attempt to recover an important treasure. It's the last thing that any sensitive Hobbit would want to do, but great benefit eventually results—not only for Bilbo but for all of the Hobbits who inhabit Middle Earth—and the hearts of those who continue to enjoy this kind of magic.

Upper School Spring Musical

Once Upon a Mattress 

Hall Student Center
March 4th & 5th, 2016
Directed by Rachel Cain
Music Directed by Joel Diffendaffer 


Due to an unhappy curse, King Sextimus is unable to speak. Meanwhile, his terror-of-a-wife, Queen Aggravian, has taken over control of the kingdom. Most importantly, in an attempt to keep Prince Dauntless single, she has decreed that only the princess that can pass her test may marry her son. Further, no one else in the kingdom may marry until Prince Dauntless does. Lady Larken and Sir Harry are extremely disturbed by this fact since Lady Larken is now pregnant with Sir Harry's baby. Luckily, Sir Harry is able to find an amazing princess, Winnifred the Woebegone. She instantly catches the attention of Prince Dauntless, and in the end, is able to pass the Queen's supposedly impassable sensitivity test. When the Queen still tries to prevent the Prince Dauntless from marrying, he tells her to 'shut up' which ends up breaking the curse on the king. Now able to speak, King Sextimus regains his rightful position as leader of the kingdom, and all is well.    


Upper School Spring Play 

Blithe Spirit 

by Noel Coward
Centennial Hall Auditorium
May 6 & 7, 2015
Director by Lynn King 

Winner! 2009 Drama Desk Award, Outstanding Revival

The smash comedy hit of the London and Broadway stages, this much-revived classic offers up fussy, cantakerous novelist Charles Condomine, re-married but haunted (literally) by the ghost of his late first wife, the clever and insistent Elvira who is called up by a visiting "happy medium", one Madame Arcati. As the (worldly and un-) personalities clash, Charles' current wife Ruth is accidentally killed, "passes over", joins Elvira and the two "blithe spirits" haunt the hapless Charles into perpetuity.