PBA's theatre program offers a variety of exciting performances each year, ranging from new musicals to classic plays and everything in-between. These performances give all theatre students the opportunity to audition for parts, gain on-stage experience and participate in backstage work. All of our performances, unless otherwise noted, are located at our very own Fern Street Theatre (500 Fern St., West Palm Beach) in the heart of downtown West Palm Beach.
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) (Revised)
By Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield
We wrap up our commemoration of the 500th Anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death with this comic treatment of Shakespeare’s complete opus performed by three actors in less than two hours (give or take, depending on much they improvise, ad lib and shamelessly ham it up.) It is witty and wise, zany (a word Shakespeare made up) and amazing (another word Shakespeare made up) and a whole lot of fun (a word Shakespeare didn’t make up, but a feeling he pretty much perfected.) To see or not to see. There is no question.
DATES: Oct 6-8 2016 @ 7:30pm; Oct 8 2016 @ 2:00pm
*Recommended for ages 12 and up; Comedy; Some serious subject matter
The Marvelous Wonderettes
Written and created by Roger Bean, Musical arrangement by Brian William Baker
The guys get their turn with Shakespeare, now it’s time for the gals. If your boy “Lollipop” is a “Dream Lover” but you have to tell him that there is “Lipstick On Your Collar” and to “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me”, you might want to just end it and say “It’s My Party and I’ll Cry If I Want To”. Those are just some of the tunes you’ll hear when the four beautiful and talented Springfield High Songleaders are pressed into service at the last minute to save their prom. Yikes! Can they do it? Hey, all they’re asking is a little “R-E-S-P-E-C-T”.
DATES: Nov 17-19 2016 @ 7:30pm; Nov 19 2016 @ 2:00pm
*Recommended ages 12 and up; Musical comedy; Some serious subject matter
By Jim Leonard, Jr.
TheatrePBA is revisiting this play after presenting it many years ago; and some of you may remember it, which is fitting, since it is, itself, a memory play. It is also fitting because of its college roots. It was written with the support of The American College Theater Festival and presented at Hanover College before its professional debut at The Circle Repertory Company in New York. Here is a story about doing battle with the inner demons that seem always to haunt and further terrorize victims of tragedy. It is the deeply felt and beautifully rendered story of a preacher who has lost his calling and the damaged boy he befriends. It is a play about love and loss, community and family. It is a story about faith.
DATES: Feb 23-25 2017 @ 7:30pm, Feb 25 2017 @ 2:00pm
* Recommended ages 14 and up; Drama; Serious subject matter
The Mystery of Edwin Drood
By Rupert Holmes
Nowadays simply known as Drood, this charming musical has had two incarnations on Broadway and countless productions around the world. How do you finish a play based on an unfinished mystery by Charles Dicken’s? Answer: let the audience do it! At least that was Mr. Holmes’ solution (Rupert, not Sherlock) and it was a dandy. Drood himself is something of a dandy as that is what the British in the music halls called a “breeches role”, i.e., a man’s role played by a woman. Great fun in this clever whodunit where the audience plays detective…and cupid!
DATES: Apr 26-29 2017 @ 7:30pm; Apr 29 2017 @ 2:00pm
*Recommended for ages 14 and up; Musical
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Includes playwright(s) and composer(s)
A Palm Tree in a Rose Garden; Meade Roberts
Doubt: A Parable; John Patrick Shanley
The Spitefire Grill; James Valcq
Godspell; John Michael Tedelak; Stephen Schwartz
The Student Directed One Acts
The Curious Savage; John Patrick
Little Shop of Horrors; Howard Ashman, Alan Menken
Reeling; Barry Kornhauser
Dancing at Lughnasa; Brian Friel
Seussical: The Musical; Lynn Ahrens and Stephan Flaherty
As You Like It; William Shakespeare
A Doll's House; Henrik Ibsen
You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown; John Gordon, Clark Gesner
Cabaret; Joe Masteroff; Kander and Ebb
Stop the World, I Want to Get Off; Anthony Newley, Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley
A Long Christmas Dinner; Thornton Wilder
Something's Afoot; James McDonald, David Vos, Robert Gerlach, Ed Linderman
The Student Directed One Acts; Tennessee Williams
Pride and Prejudice; Adapted by Jon Jory
The Drowsy Chaperone; Bob Martin and Don McKellar, Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison
Nunsense; Dan Goggin
A Winter's Tale; William Shakespeare
She Loves Me; Joe Masteroff, Jerry Bock, Sheldon Harnick
Exit the King; Eugene Ionesco