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

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  • March 8 at 7 PM - CAST A
  • March 9 at 7 PM - CAST B
  • March 10 at 1 PM - CAST A
  • March 10 at 7 PM - CAST B
  • March 11 at 1 PM - CAST A
  • March 15 at 7 PM - CAST B
  • March 16 at 7 PM - CAST A
  • March 17 at 1 PM - CAST B
  • March 17 at 7 PM - CAST A
  • March 18 at 1 PM - CAST B
  • Tickets on sale to the public - Feb 5
  • Cast A—Libby, Grace, Dylan, Ali, Kelly
  • Cast B—Margaux, Lexi, Jack, Sidney, Alayna

THE PIRATE QUEEN is an epic musical adventure celebrating the legendary Irish Chieftain Grace O'Malley. Based on her real-life story, Grace is a compelling, inspiring heroine who led an extraordinary life as a pirate, lover and mother in 16th-century Ireland. To protect her people and save her one true love, O'Malley must confront the one woman more powerful than her — her fierce rival, Queen Elizabeth I of England.

From the writers of LES MISERABLES and MISS SAIGON, THE PIRATE QUEEN combines classic storytelling and a sweeping score, with the powerful, vibrant traditions of Irish dance and song, to create a modern musical event that is both an historic romance and a timeless epic.

North’s premiere production features a cast, crew, and orchestra of more than 100 students as well an elaborate scenic design featuring state of the art visual projections, thrilling Irish dancing, swashbuckling sword fights and breathtaking period costumes,

North theatre director, Ron Parker, states, “We are so incredibly honored to be able to present the Wisconsin premiere of this new musical.  There have only been a couple of professional regional productions performed in the United States since the show closed on Broadway. In fact, North was given rights to the show even though it is not yet available for amateur production in the states!  It is an amazing opportunity to bring this incredible work to Wisconsin.  THE PIRATE QUEEN, above all, is a story about the empowerment of women.  Both Grace O’Malley,  who became a heroine and leader of her people in their struggle for independence against England, and Queen Elizabeth I, who became the most powerful ruler in the world, refused to accept the limitations and restrictions that society placed on them based on their gender.  Their struggle against each other and the conventions of their time leads to a dramatic face to face meeting between the Queen of England and the Pirate Queen which is truly a legendary moment in history.  In this age of Wonder Woman and Time Magazine’s focus on women as their ‘Person of the Year,’ THE PIRATE QUEEN is a musical which seems ripped from today’s headlines. ”

Parker also states that THE PIRATE QUEEN provides unique opportunities for students not normally available in a musical.  “The show was originally commissioned by the creators of Riverdance.  It contains several moments of traditional Irish dancing that the kids are having a blast learning,” he said.  “We just happen to have a student, Will Scheffler, who is a world-class Irish dancer—having competed three times at the World Championships.  He is choreographing and dancing in the production.  Students are also undergoing extensive sword training for several high energy combat scenes.  It’s going to be an amazing production!” 

Performances are March 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, at   7:00 P.M. and March 10, 12 and 17 and 18 at 1:00 P.M.  Admission is $15.00.  March 8th and 15th feature discount prices of $12.00.  Box office will open beginning in February.   All seats are reserved.  For ticket information, contact the North Theatre Office at 997-3994 or by e-mail .  For further information about THE PIRATE QUEEN contact Parker at 


In order to provide its students with much needed improvements in theatre facilities and equipment, Appleton North High School has established the Appleton North Theatre Improvement Fund through the Appleton Education Foundation.  

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  • May 3, 4, 5 at 7:00 PM
  • May 6 at 1:00 PM

Welcome to Almost, Maine, a town that’s so far north, it’s almost not in the United States—it’s almost in Canada. And it almost doesn’t exist. Because its residents never got around to getting organized. So it’s just…Almost. 

One cold, clear Friday night in the middle of winter, while the northern lights hover in the sky above, Almost’s residents find themselves falling in and out of love in the strangest ways. Knees are bruised. Hearts are broken. Love is lost, found, and confounded. And life for the people of Almost, Maine will never be the same. 



  • April 13, 2018 at 7:30 PM
  • North Commons
  • $5.00 general admission

The Appleton North High School  popular comedy improvisation troupe, IMPROVEDY, will present its next performance of the school year on April 13, 2018 at 7:30 PM in the North High School commons.  Hilarious games and sketches based on audience suggestions will be performed in the style of the hit television show WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY?   This is the eighteenth season for the popular group of nine student performers ranging from freshmen to seniors.  Admission is $5.00. Tickets are available at the door 30 minutes before performance time.



  • Grades 6-8 - May 19, 2018   9:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • Cost: $25  Includes lunch, snacks, group photo and certificate!

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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