JHStheaterarts Mission Statement

The Jenkintown High School Theater Arts Program is dedicated to nurturing and developing the talents of the Jenkintown High School student body and providing a safe and creative environment where the artists can cultivate their craft within a supportive and caring community.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Cappie Update!

Cappies Team!

Don't forget to bring a notebook, pen/pencil and guidelines, if you need them for reference. 

Remember to act responsible....you represent the JHS Theater Arts Department and yourselves!

It is a great experience and you learn so much by watching and listening.

The Odd Couple - 2/05/2017 
Barrack Hebrew Academy 

Once upon a Mattress - 3/03/2017 
Springfield High School

Big Fish - 3/24/2017 
Central Bucks West

Rent - 3/30/2017 - CAPA 

The Drowsy Chaperone - 4/21/2017 - AFS

Monday, January 9, 2017

Play On! "Back-Stories"

Hello Everyone,

Tomorrow night, we will begin character "backstories" as well as staging Pages 5-27.  

For the "backstories", please refer to the Character Analysis Questions for guidance.

All characters in Pages 5-27 will stay to block (if time permits) after the backstories have completed.

No rehearsal on Wednesday evening.

I will post the schedule by Friday for the rest of the run.

Character "backstory" relationships that need to be developed:

Billy and Violet
Henry and Polly 
Smitty and her Mother
Aggie, Louise, Gerry
Violet and Saul
Saul and Polly
Phyllis and Polly
Saul, Henry, Billy
Phyllis and Gerry

You will be presenting the backstories to the rest of the cast!

Take Care and keep warm!


Friday, January 6, 2017

Thank you!

Dear Friends,

Thank you so much for your time and willingness to make sure that the callback process was a true success last night.

Finding the right actor for any given character (in a play) is a very difficult and time consuming task, and it must be done with care and forethought.

It is always imperative to keep the integrity of the show while maintaining a proper balance of skill, dedication, and a sense of community among the cast.

I will post the cast list Friday evening.  I did my best to accommodate all actors requests, keeping in mind what role was best suited for them.

You are all a wonderful group of young people.  How lucky Jenkintown is to have you representing our theater department.

Be well,


Thursday, January 5, 2017

Callback Update "Play On!"

Hello All,

We will start at 7:30 p.m. tonight, in the choral room.

While we wait for the MS band rehearsal to finish,we will review our scenes...and then move into the auditorium.

Alicia will be at the callbacks by 8:20 p.m.

Can't Wait!


Thursday, December 29, 2016

2017 Production Update!

Hello Folks,

Happy Holidays and soon to be New Year!

I will be posting the "sides" in a few days for our auditions, to be held on January 3rd (Tuesday evening... at 7:00 p.m.)

The auditions will  be for both "Timing" and "Play On!" 

All actors will be involved in the process...we will not be having a sign-up sheet.

It is strongly suggested that actors not be involved in activities that take away from the rehearsal process. 

Listed below are possible adjustments to the casting of "Play On!".



CASTING Possibilities

Non-Traditional casting
AGGIE  or ALGIE (short for ALGERNON)  MANVILLE - a stage manager and prompter. (m/f)

GERALDINE "GERRY" or "JERRY" (short for JEROME) DUNBAR - a community theatre director. (m/f)

HENRY BENISH ("Lord Dudley") - a Character Actor.

POLLY BENISH ("Lady Margaret") - a Character Actress. 

MARLA "SMITTY" SMITH ("Doris the maid") - a supporting player.

SAUL WATSON ("Doctor Rex Forbes") - a Villain.

BILLY CAREWE ("Stephen Sellers") -a Juvenile. 

VIOLET IMBRY ("Diana Lassiter") - an Ingenue. 

LOUISE  or LOUIE PEARY  (possible additional character named FRED, (short for FREDERICK  CAUSEWELL)- a sound-and-lighting-and-scenic technician. (m/f, m)

PHYLLIS MONTAGUE - a novice playwright in the community.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

2017 JHS Spring Drama (s)

The 2017
JHS Spring Drama Productions. . .

"Play On"
By~Rick Abbot
March 9th, 10th , 11th 
7:30 p.m.

Auditions January 3nd
7:00-9:30  p.m.
JHS High School Auditorium

All in the Timing
By~ David Ives
March 11th 2:30 p.m.
(With the possibility of some vignettes to be performed before Play On! at 7:00 p.m. of each performance night)

Auditions January 3rd
7:00-9:30 p.m.

Scripts for Play On! and the additional 8 vignettes for All in the Timing  will be available by the end of the school day, Wednesday December 21.

Finally...we are on a roll!

Thank you everyone.


Thursday, November 24, 2016

Reflection. . . .

“We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives.” -- 
John F. Kennedy

Dear Into the Woods Family,

I miss you!

It is a strange feeling not being with you all....focusing on something that we all care about so intensely.

I still marvel at the tenacity and courage you had to embrace all that is Sondheim and his "woods".

Do you remember how difficult Boot Camp was?  

How long one of our "Midnights" took to learn? How about how hard the ensemble worked to get the movement and syncopation together for our Ever After?  How about that guy/gal  learning a role in about two weeks time?

Or how we were constantly working on rhythms, meter complexities, key changes?  Not to mention lines, choreography, set moving, painting, costumes, fund-rasing, programs, ads, sound...tickets, cupcakes?

When we first began our journey, I was apprehensive about taking on a Sondheim musical.  I hope you all realize how advanced his music is and how spectacular you all were.

I now know that the theater students here at JM/HS can accomplish anything they set their minds (and hearts) to.

Bravo to you all! 

You are a very special group of young people.

Take a moment and be thankful for our journey that we shared together.

Our experience was magical and does not happen at too many other middle/high schools.  The bond that you created will last forever....you will always be part of this unique and gifted group of individuals who dared to go into the woods together...and to understand the beauty of theater, and what a community can accomplish as "one".

Happy Thanksgiving!