Love the art in yourself, not yourself in the art
— Konstantin Stanislavsky


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ONE ACT 2018 - A Christmas Carol

  • Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018

  • 7:30 PM

  • Free and open to the Public

  • Benefit - bring a non-perishable food item to donate

The North High School One-Act Cast and Crew will present a send-off to state benefit performance of an original dramatic adaptation of the classic holiday story A CHRISTMAS CAROL on Tuesday, November 13th beginning at 7:30 P.M. in the North auditorium.  The innovative and powerful 40 minute cutting recently qualified for the State Theatre Festival Final competition on November 15TH -17TH.   Audience members are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to the performance which will be donated to local shelters. 

Charles Dickens’ immortal tale of rapacity and redemption is told through the author’s own words spoken by narrators who paint and portray the world of Victorian London. The “tight-fisted” Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by the Spirits of Christmas who are revealed both in simple human and fantastical shadow forms.  They take him on a journey through his own life in the hopes of teaching him the message of humanity’s responsibility towards its kindred and especially towards the "poor man's child."

Over 2000 high school students will participate in this year’s Wisconsin High School Theatre Festival held on the campus of  Viterbo University in LaCrosse, Wisconsin which requires each school to present for evaluation a fully-staged play of no longer than 40 minutes.  Less than half of the competing high schools qualified for this year’s state finals after having performed in both district and sectional meets held in October and early November.  Each qualifying school at the festival is adjudicated by a panel of three judges during the two-day event who decides on the quality of the production and what honors, if any, should be awarded.   

This is the twentieth consecutive year North has qualified for the state festival finals.   North’s theatre program has also received the top award of CRITICS CHOICE every year for the past nineteen years—the only  Wisconsin high school in the over 100 year history of the festival to attain such a record. There will be a brief reception after the performance.  The entire event will conclude by 8:30  P.M.   Admission is free, but donations of cash and non-perishable food items will be accepted to benefit local shelters.     For further information, contact Ron Parker, director,  at 832-4300 or via email at .


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  • Grades 1-3 - December 1, 2018 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

  • Grades 4-6 - Jan 26, 2019 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

  • Grades 6-8 - May 18, 2019 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

  • Cost: $25 Includes lunch, snacks, group photo and certificate!


Elementary Programs

Learn to be an Actor!

Experienced North theatre students will use fun drama games and activities to teach kids how actors prepare for the parts they play. 

Totally Techie

Through a hands-on approach, learn about what happens backstage in the theatre.  Discover interesting techniques: 

The Play's the Thing

Participants will incorporate what they have learned by preparing a short play to perform at the end of Drama Day for family and friends on the North High School Stage.  Please plan on joining us at the end of the day.

Middle School Program

Learn how to Improv!

Improv comedy is one of today’s hottest forms of entertainment. Discover the tricks to effective improv and have fun playing hilarious games based on audience suggestions. Members of North’s popular improv troupe, IMPROVEDY will lead the workshop.

Learn How Actors Fight on Stage

Whether you are performing in Shakespeare or the latest martial arts movie, creating realistic yet safe fight scenes is a skill every actor needs to know.  Learn the basics of unarmed stage combat from simple slaps to fancy falls. 


Drama Day will conclude with a public performance for family and friends on the North High School stage.  The show will include a choreographed stage combat routine and comedy improv show



March 2019

Appleton North HS Theatre is excited to announce our 2019 musical: Newsies!

Set in turn-of-the century New York City, Newsies is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a band of teenaged "newsies." When titans of publishing raise distribution prices at the newsboys’ expense, Jack rallies newsies from across the city to strike against the unfair conditions and fight for what's right!

Based on the 1992 motion picture and inspired by a true story, Newsies features a Tony Award-winning score by Alan Menken (Little Shop of Horrors, Sister Act) and Jack Feldman and a book by Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein (Kinky Boots). Featuring the now classic songs “Carrying the Banner,” “Seize the Day,” and “Santa Fe,” Newsies is packed with non-stop thrills and a timeless message, perfect for the whole family and every audience.

Contact Information

  • Ron Parker, director


  • ANHS Theatre Department, 5000 Ballard RD, Appleton, WI 54913 

  • 920-832-4300 (school main office)

  • Ticket Box Office 920-997-3994


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