Monday, October 18, 2021

Musicals at IL high schools, April 2016


Please email to tell us about a missing musical during April in Illinois, and we’ll update this list. Information on this page is derived from widely varying sources and generally can’t be confirmed. All information is subject to change without notice.

Salem Comm H.S. broke opening night attendance records on March 10 with The Addams Family. (via Facebook)

In New York City, Broadway producers and industry organizations are finding innovative ways to share the richness of the theater with students, Broadway Direct reports.

“More than ever, there is a real excitement on Broadway to connect to New York City schools,” said Peter Avery, director of theater for the New York City Department of Education. “There are all kinds of outreaches popping up. Broadway performers are being sent out by various organizations for workshops and programs that include more in-depth contact with students.”

New York City Schools serve 1.3 million students in 1,800 schools, and it’s the largest school district in the US.

High school musicals in Illinois during April 2016

  1. Collinsville, Seussical, Mar. 31–Apr. 2
  2. Newton Community, The Addams Family, Mar. 31–Apr. 3
  3. Mater Dei, Breese, Mary Poppins, Apr. 1–3
  4. Round Lake, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Apr. 7–9
  5. Marquette, Alton, Annie, Apr. 7–9
  6. Farmington Central, Farmington, Shrek, Apr. 8–9
  7. University, Urbana, Fiddler on the Roof, Apr. 6–9
  8. O’Fallon Twp, O’Fallon, Mary Poppins, Apr. 7–9
  9. St Joseph-Ogden, St Joseph, High School Musical, Apr. 9–10
  10. Maroa-Forsyth, Maroa, Mary Poppins, Apr. 8–10
  11. Prophetstown, 9 to 5, Apr. 8–10
  12. Stark County, Toulon, Beauty and the Beast, Apr. 7–10
  13. Normal Community, Normal, Children of Eden, Apr. 7–16 (2 wkds)
  14. Galena, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Apr. 14–16
  15. Lincoln-Way Central, New Lenox, Pippin, Apr. 14–16
  16. Bishop McNamara, Kankakee, Honk!, Apr. 15–17
  17. Mahomet-Seymour, Mahomet, The Addams Family, Apr. 14–17
  18. Milledgeville, Big Fish, Apr. 15–17
  19. Eisenhower, Blue Island, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Apr. 22–23
  20. Marian Central, Woodstock, The Fantasticks, Apr. 15–23 (2 wkds)
  21. Wheaton North, Wheaton, Mary Poppins, Apr. 20–23
  22. Oswego East, Oswego, Peter Pan, Apr. 22–23
  23. Schaumburg, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Apr. 21–23
  24. Shepard, Palos Heights, Shrek, Apr. 21–23
  25. Woodstock North, Woodstock, The Addams Family, Apr. 15–23 (2 wkds)
  26. Maine South, Park Ridge, Big Fish, Apr. 15–23 (2 wkds)
  27. Lincoln-Way North, Frankfort, The Addams Family, Apr. 21–23
  28. Pekin, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Apr. 21–23
  29. Rockford Christian, Rockford, Cinderella, Apr. 22–23
  30. Kaneland, Maple Park, Into the Woods, Apr. 22–24
  31. Marian Catholic, Chicago Heights, The Little Mermaid, Apr. 21–24
  32. Carmel, Mundelein, Beauty and the Beast, Apr. 22–24
  33. Mt Carmel, Into the Woods, Apr. 21–24
  34. Naperville Central, Naperville, Footloose, Apr. 21–24
  35. Providence Catholic, New Lenox, Mary Poppins, Apr. 21–24
  36. St Charles North, St Charles, Annie, Apr. 21–24
  37. Bartlett, The Pirates of Penzance, Apr. 20–24
  38. St Charles North, St Charles, Annie, Apr. 21–24
  39. Springfield, Beauty and the Beast, Apr. 22–24
  40. Grant, Fox Lake, Mary Poppins, Apr. 22–24
  41. St Charles East, St Charles, The Pirates of Penzance, Apr. 22–24
  42. West Chicago, The Drowsy Chaperone, Apr. 28–30
  43. Glenbrook North, Northbrook, Aida, Apr. 27–30
  44. Niles West, Skokie, Annie, Apr. 28–30
  45. Mundelein, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Apr. 28–30
  46. Neuqua Valley, Naperville, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Apr. 28–30
  47. Oakland, The Adventures of Mr Toad, Apr. 29–30
  48. Warren Twp, Gurnee, Mary Poppins, Apr. 28–30
  49. Illini West, Carthage, Seussical, Apr. 29–30
  50. Oswego, The Addams Family, Apr. 27–30
  51. Andrew, Tinley Park, The Addams Family, Apr. 28–30
  52. Unity, Tolono, The Addams Family, Apr. 28–30
  53. Belleville East, Belleville, Oklahoma!, Apr. 28–30
  54. Prospect, Mt Prospect, School of Rock, Apr. 27–30
  55. Newark Community, Footloose, Apr. 29–30
  56. Naperville North, Naperville, Grease, Apr. 27–May 1
  57. Morton, Curtains, Apr. 28–May 1
  58. Yorkville, In the Heights, Apr. 29–May 1
  59. Metro East Lutheran, Edwardsville, The Sound of Music, Apr. 29–May 1
  60. A-C Central, Ashland, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Apr. 30–May 1

Musical productions in high schools often include the hard work of hundreds of students, teachers, and other community members. We write about them in support of new federal legislation in the Every Student Succeeds Act, which directs schools to include music and the arts as part of a “well-rounded education” for students in the US. Even before ESSA, though, Illinois Learning Standards in the fine arts have supported the production of musicals in our schools, including 25.B.5 [Understand how different art forms combine to create an interdisciplinary work (e.g., musical theatre, opera or cinematography)] and 26.B.5 [Create and perform a complex work of art using a variety of techniques, technologies and resources and independent decision making], among others.

Paul Katula
Paul Katula is the executive editor of the Voxitatis Research Foundation, which publishes this blog. For more information, see the About page.

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