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 39 Steps
Adapted by Patrick Barlow
From the novel by John Buchan
From the movie of Alfred Hitchcock
Richard Hannay, our hero, finds himself caught up into a world of international espionage when a mysterious woman, declares to be a spy and shares a dangerous secret. Desperately trying to find the truth, takes us on this mad-cap adventure from London to the Scottish highlands eluding police, shadowy spies and beautiful women. The 39 Steps features four fearless actors (a man, a woman, and two clowns) playing over a hundred roles and includes a speeding train, a plane crash and a love story. Based on the 1935 Alfred Hitchcock film and novel by John Buchan, this wonderfully-inventive comedy is sure to delight the entire family with its frenetic fun and thrilling action.
DATES: Sept. 28-30 & Oct. 5-6, 2017 @ 7:30pm; Sept. 30 & Oct. 7, 2017 @ 2:00pm
*Recommended for ages 12 and up; Comedy
Student Directed ONE ACTS
This is a great opportunity for upper classmen to choose plays they would like to direct (often exploring the work of a single playwright or a particular theme of interest) and to give underclassmen a tremendous performance opportunity early in their PBA careers. Faculty serves in a supervisory capacity, but we are committed to letting the students flex their own artistic muscles and rarely are we disappointed with this approach. They unfailingly take ownership of this project and it always becomes one of their most memorable theatrical experiences at PBA. And a great one for the audience as well!
DATES: Nov. 16-18, 2017 @ 7:30pm; Nov. 18, 2017 @ 2:00pm
*Recommended for ages 14 and up; Comedy and Drama; Some serious subject matter
The Scarlet Letter
Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, deals with religion, morality and hypocrisy. Set in puritanical 17th century Boston, Hester Prynne is convicted of adultery and forced to wear a scarlet letter “A”. This dramatization of the American literary classic examines adultery, sin, shame, guilt and redemption. Please join us for this season’s large-cast drama.
DATES: Feb. 15-17, 2018 @ 7:30 p.m.; Feb. 17, 2018 @ 2:00 p.m.
*Recommended for ages 14 and up; Drama; Serious Subject Matter
The Boy Friend
Book, Music and Lyrics by Sandy Wilson
The Boy Friend tells the story of heiress Polly and her search for a boyfriend while attending Madame Dubonnet's finishing school. Polly’s father forbids her to find a suitor worried any young man will only pursue her for her money. Romance blooms when Polly falls for Tony, a messenger boy, and triggers the whirlwind of mistaken identities. A jazzy, joyful comedy filled with happy flappers and perfect young ladies, The Boy Friend, sparkles with its breezy score including “Won’t You Charleston with Me?,” “It’s Never Too Late to Fall in Love” and more. The essential Golden Age musical – perfect for the entire family!
DATES: April 19-21 & April 26-27, 2018 @ 7:30 p.m.; April 21 and April 28, 2018 @ 2:00 p.m.
*Recommended for ages 12 and up; Musical Comedy
Includes playwright(s) and composer(s)
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) (Revised); Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield
The Marvelous Wonderettes; Roger Bean, Brian William Baker
The Diviners; Jim Leonard, Jr.
The Mystery of Edwin Drood; Rupert Holmes
A Palm Tree in a Rose Garden; Meade Roberts
Doubt: A Parable; John Patrick Shanley
The Spitfire Grill; James Valcq
The Taming of the Shrew; William Shakespeare
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