Ashland High School Theatrical Society

Welcome to AHSTS!

Ashland High School Theatrical Society is an extracurricular program that produces two productions each year. The Theatrical Society Adviser and Student Officers oversee the program.

The focus of the Theatrical Society: to enhance student education by developing skills that promote success in today’s world. Skills include: effective communication, leadership, self-confidence, and self-discipline.

Our productions are about collaboration. The final product—the show—is a symbol of the efforts of all involved, both backstage and onstage.

Our Mission

AHSTS is a collaboratively based after-school theater program overseen by the AHSTS Advisor and student officers.

Our mission is:

  • to cultivate participation in the program for academic enhancement, socialization outside the classroom, and program growth;

  • to produce challenging, professional and accessible productions;

  • to provide a welcoming, fair, respectful, and collaborative environment;

  • to teach and encourage leadership skills;

  • to provide high quality and valuable communal learning experiences.

News and Information

4/29/21

To: AHSTS

From: Mr. Harrington

I have given a lot of thought about how fortunate AHSTS has been this year. We had a full season of wonderful shows. This season reinforced that it is not what we do, but how we do it. It will be a season that is remembered because AHSTS conquered challenges. You created theater that set new standards for quality.

As I look to next year, the only thing that is clear is that nothing is clear.

We will have to remain flexible. It is not realistic to think things are going back to the way they were. We can expect to do a season of shows. But we cannot expect to do a traditional season, even if that is preference. I don’t want you to give you false hope because that will only lead to disappointment.

With the experience we have gained this year we are better prepared. We know how to face the unknown of what next fall and winter will bring. As I plan for next season, I will be planning for one of the following scenarios:

For the fall production we can expect one of the following to be true:

  • Traditional: We will be able to rehearse in-person and have a live audience.

  • Restricted: We will be able to rehearse in-person with social distancing guidelines in place, with a live audience.

  • Remote: We will only be able to rehearse remotely for a production that is video-on-demand

For the winter production we can expect one of the following to be true:

  • Traditional: We will be able to do a musical, rehearse in-person and have a live audience.

  • Restricted: We will be able to a musical, rehearse in-person with social distancing guidelines in place, with a live audience.

  • Restricted/No Singing: We will not be able to do a musical because of restrictions, but able to do a play that is rehearsed in-person with social distancing guidelines in place, with a live audience.

  • Remote: We will only be able to rehearse remotely for a nonmusical production that is video-on-demand

I will be identifying different shows that can meet our needs depending on the situation we are in.

It is unlikely that I will receive instructions on what and how we can do things until the summer. Those guidelines are likely to change as the school year progresses. They may become more restrictive or loosen.

I will not produce a show that has any chance of being canceled due to restrictions being put into place. It is not financially responsible nor is it the right choice for the members of AHSTS. AHSTS invests months of rehearsal in show. To have the specter of cancellation floating around can only induce anxiety.

As I plan, I will begin reaching out to fill the key artistic and management positions that any production will require. I will also be looking at filling ‘what if’ positions with the understanding that those position may disappear depending on the situation.

Best,

Mr. Harrington