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Spring Show - Arsenic & Old Lace
Holland Christian High School
May 4-6 @ 7pm & May 6 @ 2pm
Drama critic Mortimer Brewster’s engagement announcement is upended when he discovers a corpse in his elderly aunts’ window seat. Mortimer rushes to tell Abby and Martha before they stumble upon the body themselves, only to learn that the two old women aren’t just aware of the dead man in their parlor, they killed him! Between his aunts’ penchant for poisoning wine, a brother who thinks he’s Teddy Roosevelt, and another brother using plastic surgery to hide from the police—not to mention Mortimer’s own hesitancy about marriage—it’ll be a miracle if Mortimer makes it to his wedding. Arsenic and Old Lace is a classic black comedy about the only thing more deadly than poison: family.
About Our Programs
High School Theatre Season Overview
A full-scale musical season is held each fall, with auditions in August and performances in mid-November. There are performance opportunities for student actors, singers, and dancers. We don’t do cuts for the musical, so if you want to be on stage, you can be! There are also a wide range of opportunities backstage in set construction, costuming, lighting and sound, etc., all chaired by students in leadership roles. The pit orchestra is a hit for student musicians as well.
MIFA One Act Competition
MIFA One Act runs as a subset of The Michigan Interscholastic Forensics Association, a state-wide theatre organization. It is our varsity-level, traveling performance group and is open to student performers and backstage crew members. The season runs from December to mid-February with several travel weekends.. This group also participates in the Mid-Michigan Theater Arts Festival in Bay City, Michigan. The genre of performance rotates each year between comedy and drama.
Our Spring production is a non-musical play running from February to late April. Students can audition for onstage roles or work backstage on various crews. The genre of performance rotates opposite of MIFA One-Act, between comedy and drama.
24 Hour Theatre
A favorite of the theatre season, 24-Hour Theatre is a student written, directed, designed, and performed event of short plays. Student writers come in on a Friday evening and write several short plays overnight. The next morning, student directors, designers, and actors arrive and work on the productions all day. The 24-hours culminate in a Saturday evening performance for a live audience. Typically this event falls in early December.
HCHS offers a public speaking and dramatic performance group, which is open to all students. Students can pick from individual events such as sales speaking, broadcasting, impromptu speaking, poetry, prose, and storytelling. We start rehearsing in the winter and attend regional and state-wide competitions from March to May. It is a great way to meet students from other schools and grow individually as performers.
Past High School Productions
*Titles marked with an asterisk designate a win in the MIFA One Act state championship.
- 2021-2022: Freaky Friday!, Emma*, 12 Angry Jurors
- 2020-2021: Holes, Charley’s Aunt, Les Misérables
- 2019-2020: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Spoonriver Anthology, COVID Cabaret
- 2018-2019: Cinderella, Much Ado About Nothing*, Yellow Boat | Steel Magnolias
- 2017-2018: RAGS, Silent Sky*, The Westing Game
- 2016-17: Footloose, Lend Me a Tenor*, Pride & Prejudice
- 2015-16: Godspell, Dogfight, You Can’t Take it With You
- 2014-15: Music Man, Shakespeare in Hollywood, Wrinkle in Time
- 2013-14: Fiddler on the Roof, Wit*, Rumors
- 2012-13: Once Upon a Mattress, The Government Inspector, The Crucible
- 2011-12: Bye Bye Birdie, Diary of Anne Frank, Fools
- 2010-11: Guys and Dolls, Suds, The Elephant Man
- 2009-10: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Rags*, Much Ado About Nothing
- 2008-09: High School Musical, Noises Off, Flowers for Algernon
- 2007-08: West Side Story, I Never Saw Another Butterfly, Rumors
- 2006-07: HONK!, Lend Me a Tenor*, 12 Angry Jurors
- 2005-06: The Wizard of Oz, The King and I, The Grapes of Wrath, A Midsummer Night’s Dream
- 2004-05: Magician’s Nephew & The Lion, Witch & the Wardrobe, Annie, Thieves’ Carnival, The Crucible
- 2003-04: Cheaper By the Dozen, Footloose, The Yellow Boat, Noises Off
- 2002-03: Anne of Green Gables, Joseph, Scarlet Pimpernel, Grapes of Wrath
- 2001-02: Importance Of Being Earnest, Blood Brothers, Scarlet Pimpernel
- 2000-01: Murder’s In the Heir, Suds, Fiddler on the Roof
- 1999-00: The Foreigner & Steel Magnolias, Rags, Oliver
- 1998-99: Diary Anne Frank/Return Forbidden Planet*/Bye Bye Birdie
- 1997-98: Charley’s Aunt, All About Eve, Rags
- 1996-97: Musical Comedy Murders 1940, Pippin, Hello Dolly!
- 1995-96: A Christmas Carol, Ordinary People, Oklahoma!
- 1994-95: Lend Me a Tenor, Pippin
- 1993-94: The Miracle Worker, My Fair Lady
- 1992-93: The Man Who Came to Dinner, Sound of Music
- 1991-92: I Remember Mama, West Side Story
- 1990-91: Importance Of Being Earnest, Fiddler on the Roof
- 1989-90: Rehearsal for Murder, The King and I
- 1988-89: Imaginary Invalid, Pride and Prejudice
- 1988: The Death and Life of Larry Benson
- 1987: Onions in the Stew
- 1986: We’re All Guilty
- 1985: David and Lisa
- 1984: The Crucible
- 1983: Where the Lilies Bloom
- 1982: Our Town
- 1981: To Kill a Mockingbird
- 1980: The Miser
- 1979: Cheaper by the Dozen
- 1978: Up the Down Staircase
- 1977: Diary of Anne Frank
- 1976: Flowers for Algernon
- 1975: The Miracle Worker
- 1974: Charley’s Aunt
- 1973: The Man Who Came to Dinner
- 1972: Our Town
- 1971: Another Language
- 1970: I Remember Mama
- 1969: A Boy With a Cart
- 1968: Good Morning, Miss Dove
- 1967: Pride and Prejudice
Theatre Arts Parents (TAP)
Our TAP group, or Theatre Arts Parents, is a group of parents and friends who are dedicated to the promotion and well being of the theatre arts and forensics programs at HCHS. TAP seeks primarily to oversee the raising of monies to support various student-run productions throughout the year, both onstage and in technical support. A second function is to encourage students in a variety of ways and provide opportunities for fellowship between parents and students. TAP members participate in one of five committees (hospitality, decorations, fundraising, prayer & support, promotions) to achieve these goals.
If you love theatre and Holland Christian, then TAP is the perfect place for you. There are many opportunities for involvement throughout the year, especially if your son or daughter is involved in one of its productions. If you are interested in coming alongside HC Theatre and supporting the efforts of those involved in theatre and encouraging its students, please email our TAP president, or contact one of the currant TAP Board members. We love our students and our patrons. Your voice and willing hands are always welcomed!
2022-23 TAP Board
- President: Amanda Brouwer
- Vice President: Ashley Hernandez
- Treasurer: Shanda Sprick
- Secretary: Jennifer VanGelder
- Decorations Chair: Jenn Smith
- Hospitality Chair: Michelle Frieling
- Prayer Chair: Wendy Vander Veen
- Fundraising Chair: Chanda Slenk
- Promotions Chair: Jessica Westra
We keep an archive of photos from our previous productions and publish them for anyone to access. If you happen to have photos from a production that we don’t have, get in touch with Justin at firstname.lastname@example.org! We’d love to add your photos to our archive.
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Want to support the HCHS theatre program?
If you are interested in coming alongside HC Theatre and supporting the efforts of those involved in theatre and encouraging its students by joining TAP, please contact Elle Nieuwsma at email@example.com or 616.820.2905, or contact one of the currant TAP Board members. If you are interested in helping to support the theatre program financially, please do so through the donate button below!