Mark Your Dates: Curtain Rises on 2024 High School Musical Calendar in Western NY

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As the musical season unfolds, the spotlight is on high school students across Western New York who have poured their heart and soul into delivering awe-inspiring performances. If you’re in the mood for a great show, look no further than the upcoming musicals that promise not only entertainment but also a chance to support local music and arts programs.

Contrary to the misconception that the stage is reserved for seasoned adult actors, the talent exhibited by these high school students is nothing short of extraordinary. Dispelling any doubts about their capabilities, these young actors have worked tirelessly to perfect their craft, proving that age is no barrier to delivering outstanding performances.

Now is the perfect time to mark your calendars for one (or more) of the upcoming musicals in Western New York. The dedication and talent showcased by these students are truly phenomenal. From mesmerizing sets to captivating performances, the shows promise an unforgettable experience for the audience.

Behind the scenes, these students are putting in countless hours of hard work. Early mornings are spent constructing intricate sets, while late nights are dedicated to rigorous rehearsals. The commitment displayed by these young performers is a testament to their passion for the arts. For those who may have grown up participating in sports, the level of effort and dedication required for these productions may come as a surprise.

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These musicals are not a spontaneous showcase; they are the result of months of meticulous preparation for a mere four days of entertainment. In many instances, these programs operate with minimal resources for costumes and sets, making these shows a crucial opportunity to raise funds for the sustainability of the programs.

This is where the community comes in. As these young talents gear up to present their best, it’s the perfect chance for the audience to show support. Attendees can expect a delightful experience filled with laughter, impressive singing, and awe-inspiring performances. Moreover, contributing to concessions, basket raffles, and 50/50 draws is a direct way to support the budding artists and their programs.

While the provided list offers a glimpse into the musical offerings across Western New York, it’s not exhaustive. Some details are missing, and the organizers have made a call for additional information. If you are aware of a musical not listed or have more details about any of the shows, organizers encourage you to share the information via email.

Among the highlighted musicals are Grand Island’s rendition of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, featuring a special character meet-and-greet before the performance on Saturday. Gowanda brings the classic Cinderella to the stage, while West Seneca West and Cardinal O’Hara opt for the timeless favorite, Mamma Mia.

Other noteworthy productions include Alden’s The Addams Family, Lake Shore’s All Shook Up, and Kenmore West’s Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella. Williamsville South offers a unique twist with The Spongebob Musical, while Amherst presents the epic Les Miserables. East Aurora brings the infectious energy of Mamma Mia, and Holland enchants with The Wizard of Oz.

The variety continues with Lancaster’s The Addams Family, Lewiston Porter’s Chicago (Teen Edition), North Collins’ Shrek, Cleveland Hill’s upcoming production, and Maryvale’s Into The Woods. Cheektowaga takes on the iconic Grease, while Eden invites audiences to cut loose with Footloose. St. Joseph’s presents Guys & Dolls, and St. Mary’s brings to life Beauty & The Beast.

Starpoint promises a Mamma Mia extravaganza with tickets on sale starting February 16th, while Newfane and Barker dive into Grease and Anastasia, respectively. St. Francis aims to captivate with Mamma Mia, and Fredonia unfolds the enchanting tale of Beauty & The Beast. Williamsville North and Williamsville East present Mamma Mia and Anastasia, respectively, with ticket details forthcoming.

Tonawanda explores the contemporary Now. Here. This, while Orchard Park sets the stage for a captivating performance from March 14-17. Depew offers The Sound Of Music, and Royalton Hartland embraces the whimsical Freaky Friday. Sweet Home delves into the mysterious world of The Addams Family, and Forestville ignites the stage with Footloose. Randolph invites audiences under the sea with The Little Mermaid, while Pine Valley engages with The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.

The musical season culminates with Frontier’s Something Rotten and Clarence’s Aida, offering a diverse array of performances that cater to various tastes.

As the curtains rise on these high school productions, the community has a unique opportunity to witness the incredible talent of these young performers. Whether you’re a seasoned theatergoer or a first-time attendee, these musicals are sure to leave a lasting impression and provide a memorable evening of entertainment.

  • Grand Island: Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella (February 1-3)
    Special character meet-and-greet on Saturday at 5 p.m., followed by the 6 p.m. performance.
  • Gowanda: Cinderella (February 2-3)
  • West Seneca West: Mamma Mia (February 7-10)
  • Cardinal O’Hara: Mamma Mia (February 10 – 2 show times)
  • Alden: The Addams Family (February 8-10)
  • Lake Shore: All Shook Up (February 8-10)
  • Kenmore West: Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella (February 8-10)
  • Williamsville South: The Spongebob Musical (February 8-10)
  • Amherst: Les Miserables (February 9-10)
  • East Aurora: Mamma Mia (February 9-11)
  • Holland: The Wizard of Oz (February 9-10)
  • Lancaster: The Addams Family (February 15-17)
  • Lewiston Porter: Chicago (Teen Edition) (February 16-18) Ticket Info Coming Soon!
  • North Collins: Shrek (February 29-March 3) Ticket Info Coming Soon!
  • Cleveland Hill: March 1-2 More info soon
  • Maryvale: Into The Woods (March 1-2)
  • Cheektowaga: Grease (March 1-3)
  • Eden: Footloose (March 7-10) Tickets go on sale soon!
  • St. Joseph’s: Guys & Dolls (March 7-10)
  • St. Mary’s: Beauty & The Beast (March 7-9)
  • Starpoint: Mamma Mia (March 8-10) Tickets On Sale February 16th
  • Newfane: Grease (March 8-10) Tickets go on sale soon!
  • Barker: Anastasia (March 8-10) Tickets go on sale soon!
  • St. Francis: Mamma Mia (March 8-10) Tickets go on sale soon!
  • Fredonia: Beauty & The Beast (March 8-9, March 15-16) Tickets available in February
  • Williamsville North: Mamma Mia (March 9-11) Tickets go on sale soon!
  • Williamsville East: Anastasia (March 9-11) Tickets go on sale soon!
  • Tonawanda: Now. Here. This (March 14-16)
  • Orchard Park: (March 14-17)
  • Depew: The Sound Of Music (March 15-17)
  • Royalton Hartland: Freaky Friday (March 15-17)
  • Sweet Home: The Addams Family (March 15-17)
  • Forestville: Footloose (March 21-23)
  • Randolph: The Little Mermaid (March 21-23)
  • Pine Valley: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (March 21-23)
  • Cassadaga Valley: The Addams Family (March 22-24)
  • Maple Grove: Mean Girls (March 22-24)
  • Frontier: Something Rotten (April 18-20)
  • Clarence: Aida (April 25-27)

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