Pendleton Players is the extracurricular theatre interest group of the Pendleton Heights High School Performing Arts Department. Under the direction of Auditorium and Theatre Program Director, Jacque Brown, this extra-curricular activity provides the opportunity for students to participate in all phases of performance and or technical theatre.
The group presents three productions during the school year. The group also serves as the technical assistance for other Auditorium events including Band, Choir, School Events, and Rentals. There are numerous opportunities for the students interested in Technical Theatre to participate behind the scenes, building sets, designing and hanging lights, designing and running sound, grip, fly, house management, and stage management.
The high school also has a local troupe of the International Thespian Society which honors those students who excel in theatre work. They can earn membership through their theatre activities. More information on this group can be found by clicking on the Thespian link above.
Students interested in performing can check out those opportunities by clicking on the Audition link and those interested in behind-the-scenes work can click the Tech link.
Since we believe there is a "Stage for Every Age" , there is a group called the Pendleton Community Players which produces a summer production and is open to any member of the community, no matter how young or old. This project was originally partially funded by a grant from the South Madison Community Foundation.
Due to COVID, the Performing Arts Department will look a little different this year to make sure our students and patrons are as safe as possible. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation in this "new normal" and will keep you posted as new developments or guidelines occur.
There will be NO live audience events in the Auditorium at the present time. Due to a number of issues, the auditorium does not lend itself to the current guidelines established by the government health departments.
We will still have performers and crew members following all safety guidelines so our students can participate! As we see what the second semester brings, we will post information regarding the spring production! We are also trying to plan a cabaret style performance in the spring, with a socially distanced live audience in another venue. Check back regularly for updates and changes.
With cancellation of The Lion King last spring our program took a large financial hit. We had already purchased materials with the assumption we would have 4 performances of ticket sales. We are a self-funded program that operates on ticket revenue and therefore with no income last spring we are trying to rebuild our funds.
With the On Demand Streaming we also lose extra tickets that families would buy since a purchase can be watched by the entire household. Also, a portion of the ticket sales goes back to the licensing agency for rights to the authors.
If you would like to help, consider making a donation remember those are tax deductible. You can pay online by clicking this link or by sending a check made out to Pendleton Heights High School Attn: Pendleton Players. Thank you so much for considering this option to help support our students and this program.
Plans for the spring will be announced in the next couple of weeks. We are planning to make every effort to produce a musical that will be streamed for viewing. Current plans are to hold auditions the first week of February. Watch for details!
NEW POINT INDUCTION CHART
Due to Covid and the reduced number of performances and opportunities to earn points, the National Thespian Society has issued a new chart for ways students can earn points particularly toward initiation. Click Here to View She will be sharing point forms with students through Google Docs.