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


ONE ACT 2018 - A Christmas Carol

AUDITIONS and TECH TRYOUTS - September 12 and 13

Auditions and Tech Tryouts for A Christmas Carol are Wednesday, September 12 and Thursday, September 13 after school. Acting auditions are in the auditorium and tech tryouts are in Mr. Parker’s room. Students only have to attend one of the two audition days. 

One Act is a competitive event for high schools across Wisconsin.  Each participating school must prepare and present a fully-staged play of no longer than 40 minutes.  The plays are presented at District and Sectional competitions.  Those who the judges advance to the final level are invited to take part in the Wisconsin High School Theatre Festival held at a UW university each year in November.  During the two-day competition, each qualifying school then performs for a panel of three judges who decide on the quality of the production and whether any extra honors will be awarded.

North Theatre has been awarded the top honor of Critic’s Choice at the Wisconsin High School Theatre Festival every year since 1999, the only school to accomplish such a feat in the history of the festival.


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  • Friday, October 26th and Saturday, October 27th

  • 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM and 6:00 PM to 10 PM. both days

  • Admission is $7.00 for adults and $5.00 for children under 12. 

  • Tickets are available at the door.

The North High School Theatre Department will present its nineteenth annual Haunted House—“A Night to Dismember--2018” in the school auditorium—Friday, October 26th from  1:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 P.M. to 10 P.M. and Saturday, October 27th from 1:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 P.M. to 10 P.M..  Admission is $7.00 for adults and $5.00 for children under 12.  Tickets are available at the door.  

This year’s house will include many new rooms and hair-raising surprises.  Over 100 members of North’s Drama Club create the spine-chilling cast of characters that inhabit the house.  The popular non-scary flashlight tours will continue to be available during all hours the house is open for younger children or those “weak of heart.”  Carnival games, a mini-inflatable haunted house for little ones, a costume contest, and a bake sale in the commons will also be featured.  Proceeds from the haunted house will help fund theatre activities and productions at North.  Ron Parker, North theatre director and Drama Club advisor states, “We’re very proud to be one of the oldest and longest-running Halloween attractions in the area.   We’ve been told over and over that “A Night to Dismember” is one of the best values and most enjoyable haunted houses in the Fox Valley.  Patrons get more scare for their money.  The students have a great time planning and designing the rooms that make up the house.  We have an advantage of being located our theatre, which allows us to utilize theatrical effects. And, of course, the house is filled with theatre students who find a perfect outlet for their talents.   Everyone has a great time.”   For further information, contact Ron Parker, theatre director at 832-4300 or e-mail 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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