Production History

The collective efforts of many have formed this single history we share.

Each year, the Kinsella community votes on a school wide theme- and each year the Kinsella community tries to depict this theme through behavior, performances, and artwork.

2020/21 Season~ Kinsella Strong

CSI: Mother Goose Land- presented virtually by Middle School Drama students

The Last Five Years- presented virtually by High School Musical Theatre students

Spring Dance Concert- presented virtually by High School Dance students

Faces- Student Capstone Project

Trapped- presented virtually by Middle School Drama students

Spring Vocal Concert- presented virtually by High School Vocal students


2019/20 Season~ The Year of Respect

9/12- The Day After Community Ceremony of Respectful Remembrance

13th Annual Cultural Heritage Celebration

Urinetown- presented by High School Musical Theatre

On Strike!- (children's theatre) presented by 5th-8th Drama

Winter Vocal Showcase- presented by High School Vocal Performance Dept.

13th Annual Winter Instrumental Concert- presented by 5th-8th Band

So Emotional, an original musical- Student Capstone Project

Seussical, Jr.- presented by 5th-8th Musical Theatre

Aesop's Fables- 13th Annual 1st & 2nd Grade Showcase

**Our 2019/20 production season was cut short due to the COVID-19 Global Pandemic**


2018/19 Season~ The Year of Haven- A Safe Place

9/12- The Day After Community Ceremony of Peace

12th Annual Cultural Heritage Celebration

All Shook Up (the musical) - presented by High School Musical Theatre

The Siren Song of Stephen J. Gould- presented by the High School Drama

12th Annual Winter Music Concert – presented by the 5th-8th Instrumental Department

Once on this Island- presented by 5th-8th Grade Musical Theatre

Winter Vocal Concert- presented by the 5th to 8th Grade Vocal Performance

Cinderella- 12th Annual 1st and 2nd Grade Showcase

The Wizard of Oz- presented by the Middle School Drama Dept.

2019 Faculty and Staff Talent Show- presented by the PTO and the 8th Grade team

Bird Girl, an original dance concert presented by High School Dance

Middle School Dance Concert & High School Cabaret- presented by 5th-8th Grade Dance and the High School Musical Theatre Dept.

12th Annual Pre Kinder and Kindergarten Showcase

Haven Show!- presented by Kim Bridges’ The Gifted Onez

The Tempest- presented by the High School Drama

2018 Spring Instrumental Concert- presented by 4th-8th Grade Instrumental

Spring Vocal Showcase- presented the High School Vocal Performance Dept.

Annual Piano Stars Spring Concert

Choreographers' Showcase: Haven- presented by High School Dance

2019 Senior Farewell Show

2017/18 Season~ The Year of Unity

9/12 Community Ceremony of Unity and Peace

11th Annual Cultural Heritage Celebration History and Wonder

Fall 2017 High School Vocal Showcase

Working (the musical) - presented by High School Musical Theatre

Fall One Act Festival- presented by the High School Drama

11th Annual Winter Music Concert – presented by the 5th-8th Instrumental Department

Kinsella Orchestra Concert- presented by 5th-12th Strings Department

Beauty and the Beast Jr.- presented by 5th-8th Grade Musical Theatre

5rd Annual Groovin’- A Night of Jazz- presented by the High School J Grooves

Winter String and Vocal Concert- presented by the 5th to 8th Grade Vocal Performance

Aesop’s Fables- 11th Annual 1st and 2nd Grade Showcase

Annual 5th-8th Grade Vocal Concert

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory- presented by the Middle School Drama Dept.

2018 Faculty and Staff Talent Show- presented by the PTO and the 8th Grade team

The Great Kapok Tree, an original dance concert presented by High School Dance

Middle School Dance Concert- presented by 5th-8th Grade Dance

4th Annual Strings Festival

11th Annual Pre Kinder and Kindergarten Showcase

Unity Show!- presented by Backbeat City and Kim Bridges’ The Gifted Onez

Spring One Act Festival presented by the High School Drama

2018 Spring Instrumental Concert- presented by 4th-8th Grade Instrumental

Spring Vocal Showcase presented the High School Vocal Performance Dept.

Piano Stars Spring Concert

Choreographers' Showcase- presented by High School Dance

2018 Senior Farewell Show


2016/17 Season~ The Year of Courage

9/12 Community Ceremony of Courage and Peace

10th Annual Cultural Heritage Celebration History and Wonder

Violet- presented by Kinsella High School Musical Theatre

I Hate Hamlet- presented by the Kinsella High School Drama

10th Annual Winter Music Concert – presented by the 5th-12th Instrumental Department

Lion King Jr. presented by 5th-8th Grade Musical Theatre

4th Annual Groovin’- A Night of Jazz- presented by the High School J Grooves

Winter Orchestra and Vocal Concert- presented by the 5th to 8th Grade Music

10th Annual 1st and 2nd Grade Showcase

A Midsummer Night's Dream- A Middle School drama

High School Choreographer’s Showcase

2017 Faculty and Staff Talent Show- presented by the PTO and the 8th Grade team

Fractured- an original dance concert by Ingrid Howe presented by High School Dance

Coppelia Dance Concert- presented by 5th-8th Grade Dance

10th Annual Pre Kinder and Kindergarten Showcase

Courage Show! presented by Backbeat City and Kim Bridges’ The Gifted Onez

Untold Stories- an original dance concert by Tyler Caisse presented by High School Dance

Antigone- Presented by High School Drama

Spring Instrumental Concert- presented by 4th-12th Grade Instrumental

3rd Annual String and Piano Festival

2015/16~ The Year of Wonder

9/12 Community Ceremony of Wonder and Peace

9th Annual Cultural Heritage Celebration History and Wonder

Little Women, by Mindi Dickstein and Jason Howland, presented by Kinsella High School Musical Theatre Dept.

No Child by Nilaja Sun, presented by the High School Drama

9th Annual Winter Music Concert – presented by the 5th-12th Instrumental Department

The Music Man Jr. by Meredith Willson- presented by 5th-8th Grade Musical Theatre

3rd Annual Groovin’- A Night of Jazz- presented by the High School J Grooves

Winter String and Vocal Concert- presented by the 5th to 8th Grade Music

9th Annual 1st and 2nd Grade Showcase

High School Choreographer’s Showcase

2016 Cabaret- A Night of Dinner and Music- presented by 7th-12th Grade Musical Theatre

2016 Faculty and Staff Talent Show- presented by the PTO and the 8th Grade team

Abandoned, an original dance concert by Ingrid Howe presented by High School Dance

The Judy Dworin Performance Project Enrichment Show

L'enfant et les Sortilèges Dance Concert- presented by 5th-8th Grade Dance

9th Annual Kinsella Student Talent Show

9th Annual Pre Kinder and Kindergarten Showcase

Wonder Show!- presented by Backbeat City and Kim Bridges’ The Gifted Onez

Spring High School Drama- TBA

2016 Spring Instrumental Concert- presented by 4th-12th Grade Instrumental

2nd Annual String and Piano Festival

2016 Kinsella Film Festival

Footloose by Dean Pitchford and Walter Bobbie- presented by High School Musical Theatre

2014/15~ The Year of Trust

9/12-Building a Community of Trust Performance and Ceremony

Seventh Annual Cultural Heritage Celebration; One Familia, Many Cultures, One World

Into the Woods Jr.- In Partnership with BackBeat City

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee- presented by the Kinsella High School Musical Theatre Dept.

4th-8th grade Winter Music Concert- In Music We Trust

The Exonerated by Jessica Bland and Erik Jensen, presented by the Kinsella High School Drama Dept.

2nd Annual- Groovin'- A Night of Jazz, featuring jazz music and the Kinsella J-Grooves

Killer Queen, a Kinsella High School Dance Concert featuring the music of Queen

Kinsella Violin Festival presented by the Kinsella Strings Dept.

Pre K and Kindergarten Showcase- Trusting our Talents

Eighth Annual Kinsella Talent Show!

1st and 2nd Grade Showcase-"Cinderella"

Trust Show!- in partnership with Kim Bridges of the Gifted Onez and BackBeat City

Distracted by Lisa Loomer- presented by the Kinsella High School Drama Club

Circus for a Fragile Planet Jr.- in partnership with ARTFARM

The Princess & The Frog, a Kinsella Middle School Dance concert

2015 Spring Instrumental Concert

2nd Annual Kinsella Film Festival- in partnership with Joe Young Productions

The Drowsy Chaperone- presented by the Kinsella High School Musical Theatre Dept.

2013/14~ The Year of World

9/12- Empowerment Performance- A New World Hope

7th Annual Cultural Heritage Celebration; One Familia, Many Cultures, One World

Seussical, The Musical Jr.- In Partnership with BackBeat City

Zap, a comedy by Paul Fleischman presented by the High School Drama Department

Ebeneza- Modern Day Christmas Carol- In Partnership with Hartbeat Ensemble

4th-8th Winter Instrumental Concert- Music from Around the World (2013)

High School Show Choir and Vocal Concert- Reflection on the World

2014 Night of Jazz- Groovin' featuring Kinsella's own- The J-Grooves and the Thomaston Jazz Orchestra!

Dangerous- A story of hope in stopping domestic violence- directed by Ingrid Howe of Kinsella Dance

1st and 2nd Grade Showcase- The World from this Perspective

Kinsella Film Festival- In Partnership with Joe Young Productions

The Laramie Project- presented by the High School Drama Club

Pre K and Kindergarten Showcase- A World of Little People

Seventh Annual Kinsella and Morley School Interdistrict Band Concert

Once Upon a Mattress Jr., In Partnership with BackBeat City

Seventh Annual Kinsella Talent Show!

Hartford United Intercity Band Concert

Fantasia- The World of Fantasia Told through Dance Choreographed by Ingrid Howe of Kinsella Dance

4th-10th Grade Spring Instrumental Concert- Music from Around the World (2014)

Avenue Q- presented by the Kinsella High School Musical Theatre Department

2012/13~ The Year of Familia

September 12th A New Hope Remembrance ceremony

Sixth Annual Cultural Heritage Celebration; One Familia, Many Cultures, One World

The Wiz, in partnership with BackBeat City

The Tim Burton Tribute, 9th grade Musical Theatre and Drama Showcase

2012 Winter Music Concert

2013 1st and 2nd Grade Showcase Spectacular!

The Wizard of Oz Original Dance Concert, performed to Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon

9th Grade Choreographer's Showcase

2013 Pre Kindergarten and Kindergarten Showcase Spectacular!

Sixth Annual Talent Show!

Sixth Annual Kinsella/Morley Interdistrict Band Concert

Fourth Annual Multimedia Showcase

Romeo and Juliet, Hip hop Shakespeare

Sixth Annual Spring Music Concert

West Side Story Original Dance Concert

2nd Annual Hartford Intra district Band Concert

The Little Mermaid Jr., In partnership with BackBeat City

2011/12~ The Year of Voice

* honored by Magnet Schools of America and recognized with the School of Distinction Award

Fifth Annual 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony: Voices of Who We Are

Fifth Annual Cultural Heritage Celebration; Identifying Similarities Celebrating Differences

Bye, Bye, Birdie

The Polar Express Dance Concert (final year of a three-year development campaign)

Premier of the Winter Vocal Concert

House on Mango Street (original devised script)

The PK to 2nd Grade Showcase!

Fifth Annual Talent Show!

Fifth Annual Kinsella/Morley Interdistrict Band Concert

Third Annual Multimedia Showcase

Fifth Annual Spring Band and Orchestra Concert

Beauty and the Beast Dance Concert (original choreography by the dance department)

Hartford Intra district Band Concert

Voices In this School in partnership with the Judy Dworin Performance Project (original script)

Fiddler on the Roof Jr.

2010/11~ The Year of Character

* honored by Magnet Schools of America and recognized with the School of Excellence Award

Fourth Annual 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony: Character & Community

Fourth Annual Cultural Heritage Celebration; Living our Diversity

CT 375! Something to Sing About! (Debut musical celebrating CT’s 375 birthday)

James and the Giant Peach

The Polar Express Dance Concert (2nd year)

Fourth Annual Winter Instrumental Concert

The Diary of Anne Frank (adapted script with devised student contributions)

Fourth Annual Talent Show

Fourth Annual Kinsella/Morley Interdistrict Band Concert

The PK to 2nd Grade Showcase

Nell the Dreamer (premier production written by John Bendezu)

Second Annual Piano Recital

Second Annual Multimedia Showcase

Aladdin, Jr.

Antony and Cleopatra: Breakdancing Shakespeare in partnership with Hartford Stage

Fourth Annual Spring Band and Orchestra Concert

In this School, in partnership with the Judy Dworin Performance Project (original script)

Beatles Love Dance Concert (original story and choreography by Ms. Russo and Ms. Howe)

2009/10~ The Year of Story

* honored by Magnet Schools of America and recognized with the School of Distinction Award

Third Annual 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony: A New Community Home

09 Ribbon Cutting Celebration (honoring the new building at 65 Van Block Avenue)

Third Annual Cultural Heritage Celebration; Telling the Story of our Customs and Traditions

The Witches

The Polar Express Dance Concert in partnership with Pilobolus (first year of a three-year development campaign)

Third Annual Winter Music Concert

Anne Jr.

The PK to 2nd Grade Showcase!

Third Annual Talent Show

Third Annual Kinsella/Morley Interdistrict Band Concert

Lion King Dance Concert (original choreography by Ms. Russo and Ms. Howe)

First Annual Multimedia Showcase

Into the Woods Jr.

Comedy of Errors: Breakdancing Shakespeare in partnership with Hartford Stage

Third Annual Spring Music Concert

Dreamings! in partnership with the Judy Dworin Performance Project (original script)

Spring Vocal and Piano Concert

2008/09~ The Year of Journey

* honored by Magnet Schools of America and recognized with the Emerging School of Distinction Award

Second Annual 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony: A Year Stronger

Second Annual Cultural Heritage Celebration; Diversity in Performance

Once on this Island Jr.

Second Annual Winter Music Concert

Second Annual MLK Citizenship Performance

Second Annual Winter Dance Concert

Digital Story Telling Showcase

3rd and 4th Grade Showcase!

PK-2nd Grade Showcase!

Second Annual Talent Show

The Yellow Boat

Second Annual Spring Dance Concert

A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Breakdancing Shakespeare in partnership with Hartford Stage

Second Annual Spring Music Concert

2007/08~ The First Year of Kinsella Magnet School of Performing Arts

First Annual 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony: A New Beginning

First Annual Cultural Heritage Celebration: What does Cultural Heritage mean?

Winter Music and Dance Concert

2008 MLK Citizenship Performance

Amazing Grace

PK to 4th Grade Showcase!

First Annual Kinsella/Morley Interdistrict Band Concert

Romeo and Juliet: Breakdancing Shakespeare in partnership with Hartford Stage

First Annual Spring Dance Concert

First Annual Spring Music Concert