Shows '16 - '17

Fall Improv Night
-October 13 @ 7pm
- Black Box (General Admission)
Come join the PVHS Improv Squads as they make up an evening of fun and frivolity as they go!

Sweeney Todd - The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
- November 3 & 5 @ 7pm and November 6 @ 2pm
- Mainstage
ALSO November 12 @ 5pm at University of Northern Iowa's Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center to close the 2016 Iowa Thespian Festival

Sweeney Todd
has become a bloody, worldwide success since being awarded eight Tonys, one of them for Best Musical for its Broadway premiere. Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler crafted a tasty, thrilling, theatrical treat with Sweeney Todd that has simultaneously shocked, awed and delighted audiences across the world.

An infamous tale, Sweeney Todd, an unjustly exiled barber, returns to nineteenth century London, seeking vengeance against the lecherous judge who framed him and ravaged his young wife. The road to revenge leads Todd to Mrs. Lovett, a resourceful proprietress of a failing pie shop, above which, he opens a new barber practice. Mrs. Lovett's luck sharply shifts when Todd's thirst for blood inspires the integration of an ingredient into her meat pies that has the people of London lining up... and the carnage has only just begun!

-Music Theatre International

"What Happened After Once Upon a Time"
- January 7
- Directed by Sally Walker
- Workshops with show for workshop participants and families 9am - 1:30pm
- Public Performance 3:00pm
- Black Box

Kids, come have fun and learn about the different aspects of theatre at workshops in acting, musical theatre, dance, stage combat, improvisation, make up, hair, costumes, lighting, and more! There will be a showcase displaying your child's work before the Children's show, which children and their families are invited to attend.

What really happened after “once upon a time”?

A substitute narrator is called in on short notice to present stories from a stack of fairy tale books. But just as each tale begins its ”once upon a time,” the main characters show up to interrupt and correct the newbie narrator’s telling of their story.
Audition Information
Numerous audition cuts are available in the Black Box.  Read through one (and more) with some friends in the hall and show us what you can bring to the scene.

Iowa High School Speech Association
Large Group
District Jan. 21
Spartan Showcase Jan. 31
State Feb. 4
All-State Feb. 18
Individual Events
District Feb. 25
Spartan Showcase Mar. 6
State Mar. 12
All-State Mar. 27

Both Showcase events are at 7pm in the Black Box (General Admission) and are open to the public.

An opportunity for students to everything from sing a song to perform a scene from a play to give a speech!  See Mr. Myatt for details.
Events include: One Act Play, Short Film, Group Musical Theatre, Radio Broadcasting, Group Mime, Group Improvisation, Solo Mime, Television Newscasting, Readers' Theatre, Choral Reading, Ensemble Acting

just sign up!  I will find a place for you if you want one.

Twelve Angry Jurors
- February 24 & 25

- Directed by Mr. Dunbar
- Black Box (General Admission)

A 19-year-old man has just stood trial for the fatal stabbing of his father. "He doesn't stand a chance," mutters the guard as the 12 jurors are taken into the bleak jury room. It looks like an open-and-shut case—until one of the jurors begins opening the others' eyes to the facts. "This is a remarkable thing about democracy," says the foreign-born juror, "that we are notified by mail to come down to this place—and decide on the guilt or innocence of a person; of a man or woman we have not known before. We have nothing to gain or lose by our verdict. We should not make it a personal thing." But personal it is, with each juror revealing his or her own character as the various testimonies are re-examined, the murder is re-enacted and a new murder threat is born before their eyes! Tempers get short, arguments grow heated, and the 12 jurors become 12 angry jurors. The jurors' final verdict and how they reach it add up to a fine, mature piece of dramatic literature.

- Dramatic Publishing Company

Cast, Crew Head, and Crew lists at bottom of page.
Audition cuts at bottom of page.
Monday (1/9) and Tuesday (1/10)
4 - 6:30pm
Black Box

Spring Improv Night
- March 30 @ 7pm
- Black Box (General Admission)
Come join the PVHS Improv Squads as they make up an evening of fun and frivolity as they go!

Leaving Iowa
April 21 & 22 @ 7pm
- Mainstage

The critically-acclaimed play, “Leaving Iowa,” by Tim Clue and Spike Manton is a hilarious, family-friendly comedy that is a toast to the idealism and character of parents from the “greatest generation,” and a little roast of their dedication to the family road trip. This comedy about family and family vacations is a show suitable for ages 10 to 110 and was nominated Best New Play in the Country by the Detroit Free Press and one of SoCal Theater’s 10 Most Memorable Moments of the year after its run at the Laguna Playhouse, stating the play included “the most frighteningly realistic depiction of a family summer road trip” the reviewer had ever seen. We take that as a compliment.

“Leaving Iowa” is a postcard to anyone who has ever found themselves driving alone on a road, revisiting fond memories of their youth. Economically-staged for anywhere from 6-24 actors, the story centers on Don Browning, a middle-aged writer who returns home and decides to finally take his father’s ashes to his childhood home, as requested. But when Don discovers Grandma’s house is now a grocery store, he begins traveling across Iowa in search of a proper resting place. As he drives those familiar roads, the story shifts back and forth from the present to memories of the annual, torturous vacations of Don’s youth. Ultimately, Don’s existential journey leads him to reconcile his past and present at an unpredictable and perfect final destination.

Audition Info

Fatal Fifties Affair
May 14th, 2016 @ 7pm
- Black Box (General Admission)
- Directed by Maaz Ahmed

The cast of the 50′s TV sitcom, “Make Way For Winky,” is on a reunion tour and makes an appearance at PVHS. They are being interviewed by local TV host, Barry “The Hatchet” West, who’s had some recent emotional problems. When an audience member is suddenly murdered, Barry’s alter-ego takes over — a tough-talking, no-nonsense private eye. He’ll lead the audience to find out who was blackmailing the members of the TV family, and why. Evidently, they’re not as wholesome and “apple pie” as they were on the tube.
Audience members should dress in their finest 50's outfits!

- Mysteries by Moushey
Audition Info
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  44k v. 1 Jan 12, 2017, 9:03 AM William Myatt
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  87k v. 1 Aug 28, 2016, 1:45 PM William Myatt