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


Congratulations to the One Act White Snake Team!

They earned an 18th consecutive Critic's Choice Award, a directing award, an ensemble acting award, a crew award, and acting awards for Caroline Holmes for "White Snake" and Rachel Sina for "Greenie" at the Wisconsin High School Theatre Festival!

THE WHITE SNAKE reimagines a 1000+ year old popular Chinese fable, virtually unknown in the West, which tells the story of a snake spirit who transforms herself into a beautiful woman to experience the human world.  Accompanied by her companion, Green Snake, she soon falls in love with and marries a young scholar, Xu Xian, but their happiness is thwarted by a bigoted Buddhist monk who believes their “mixed marriage” to be evil.  This ancient story about prejudice and the triumphant power of love over hate is told in Zimmerman’s highly theatrical style featuring conceptual stagecraft, movement, and music.  It brings forward the message of hope which rings as true today as it did more than a millennium ago.

Almost 2000 high school students will participate in this year’s Wisconsin High School Theatre Festival 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 competition after having competed in both district and sectional meets held in October and early November.  Each qualifying school then performs for a panel of three judges during the two-day festival that adjudicates the performance and decides on the quality of the production and what honors, if any, should be awarded.  

This is the eighteenth consecutive year North has qualified for State.   The students have also received the top award of CRITICS CHOICE every year for the past seventeen years—the only Wisconsin high school in the over 100 year history of the festival to attain such a record.   

DRAMA DAY - theatre workshops for kids

  • Grades 1-3   December 3, 2016  
  • Grades 4-6  Jan 28, 2017  
  • Grades 7-8 May 13, 2017

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.  Among the areas to be covered are: 

  • Body Awareness
  • Creating Characters
  • Finding Your Hidden Voices
  • ActorSpeak (how to talk like an actor)
  • Moving Like Magic

Totally Techie

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

  • Now You See It, Now You Don’t (lighting)
  • Rome Wasn’t Built in a Day - On Stage It Took Two (scene design)
  • Painting the Play
  • What To Wear? (costume and make-up)
  • Sound Secrets

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!

Improvedy 2015-16

Improvedy 2015-16


  • Date:  December 17
  • Time:  7:30 PM
  • Price:  $5 general admission
  • Location:  Appleton North High School Commons, 5000 N Ballard RD Appleton
  • Concessions Available!

Improvedy presents hilarious games and sketches based on audience suggestions, performed in the style of the hit television showWhose Line Is It Anyway?   This popular performance group began in 2000 and is comprised of students ranging from freshmen to seniors.  They are the only high school improv comedy troupe in Appleton. .

Improvedy is available to perform for your party or lead an improv workshop at your business or club meeting.  For more information or to book a performance contact Ron Parker at

The hunchback of notre dame, a new musical

The hunchback of notre dame, a new musical

The Hunchback of Notre Dame

  • March 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18 at 7:00 PM
  • March 11, 12, 18, 19 at 1:00 PM

Appleton North High School is thrilled to announce The Hunchback of Notre Dame as our musical in March 2017! Based on the Victor Hugo novel and songs from the Disney film, it is the only stage collaboration from two masters of the American musical theatre, composer Alan Menken and lyricist Stephen Schwartz. In this brand new production, a lush, emotionally rich score highlights the music’s orchestral power and choral beauty in an intimate retelling of the famous love story.








  • April 27, 28, 29 at 7:30 PM
  • April 29, 30 at 12:30 PM
  • Appleton North High School Auditorium, 5000 N Ballard RD Appleton

The Afghanistan/Wisconsin Verbatim Theatre Project is a new play about the experiences of Wisconsin veterans of the Afghanistan conflict, taken directly from personal interviews with veterans collected over the summer of 2015. With the mission of fostering better understanding between vets and non-vets, the A/W Project takes audiences inside the reality of training, deployment, and re-entry into the civilian world.


Behind the scenes of The little Mermaid

POST-CRESCENT: North Theatre fueled by teamwork, dedication

"The thing I appreciate so much about him (Parker) is that he encourages these kids to be their best selves, probably even pushes them to achieve more than he ever thought they could, and he does it without this competitiveness," Biskupic said. "He encourages them to be kind."


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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