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

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  • Oct 27 1:00-4:00 and 6:00-11:00 PM
  • Oct 28 1:00-4:00 and 6:00-11:00 PM
  • ANHS auditorium
  • $7 Adults
  • $5 Children under 12
  • $5 Groups of 10+

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 theoldest 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


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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  • Grades 1-3 - December 9, 2017   9:00 am – 2:00 pm
  • Grades 4-6 - Jan 27, 2018   9:00 am – 2:00 pm
  • Grades 6-8 - May 19, 2018   9:00 am – 3:00 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

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  • Dec 9 at 7:30 PM
  • North Commons


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March 2018

Appleton North Theatre announces the spring 2018 musical: The Pirate Queen, featuring the life and adventures of the 16th century Irish chieftain and pirate Grace O’Malley, written by the team behind Les Miserables and Miss Saigon.

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 show 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.

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


Website or media questions?  Catherine McKenzie ~