DramaDons present: The Laramie Project

In October 1998, a twenty-one-year-old student at the University of Wyoming was kidnapped, severely beaten, and left tied to a fence in the middle of the prairie outside Laramie, Wyoming. His body was not discovered until the next day, and he died several days later in an area hospital. His name was Matthew Shepard.

Moisés Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theater Project made six trips to Laramie over the course of a year and a half, in the aftermath of the beating and during the trial of the two young men accused of killing Shepard. After conducting more than 200 interviews with the people of the town they have constructed a deeply moving theatrical experience from these interviews and their own experiences in Laramie.

THE LARAMIE PROJECT is a breathtaking collage that explores the depths to which humanity can sink and the heights of compassion of which we are capable.

The Acalanes DramaDons are producing The Laramie Project this fall.  Performances are October 23-26th.  Tickets are on sale in the Acalanes Webstore.

U.S. Marine Band to Perform at Acalanes

A decade has passed since the United States Marine Band last appeared on stages along the West Coast. However, on Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019, the band returns and will play a free concert in Lafayette. The 7:30 p.m. performance will be held in the Acalanes High School gymnasium and is sponsored by the school’s instrumental music program. Free tickets are available (limit four per request) by visiting marineband.ticketleap.com. In the style of the band’s 17th Director John Philip Sousa, who initiated the concert tour tradition in 1891, Marine Band Director Col. Jason K. Fettig has chosen a diverse mix of programs from traditional band repertoire and Sousa marches to instrumental solos and a salute to the Armed Forces. The Marine Band is America’s oldest continuously active professional musical organization. Founded in 1798, the band has performed for every U.S. President since John Adams. Known as “The President’s Own” since the days of Thomas Jefferson, the Marine Band’s mission is to provide music for the President of the United States and the Commandant of the Marine Corps. Don’t miss this very special performance.

Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery

April 24, 25, 26, & 27, 2019 at 7:00pm in the Little Theater

Get your deerstalker cap on – the play’s afoot! Comedic genius Ken Ludwig transforms Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic The Hound of the Baskervilles into a murderously funny adventure. Sherlock Holmes is on the case. The male heirs of the Baskerville line are being dispatched one by one. To find their ingenious killer, Holmes and Watson must brave the desolate moors before a family curse dooms its newest heir. Watch as our intrepid investigators try to escape a dizzying web of clues, silly accents, disguises, and deceit as 13 actors deftly portray more than forty characters. Does a wild hellhound prowl the moors of Devonshire? Can our heroes discover the truth in time? Join the fun and see how far from elementary the truth can be. Tickets are available on the Acalanes Web Store.

2019 Acalanes Performing Arts Scholarship

2019 Acalanes Performing Arts Scholarship Available !

The Acalanes Performing Arts Boosters are proud to announce the offering of a $1,000 scholarship to a graduating senior who has demonstrated passion and commitment to the Performing Arts at AHS and who intends to pursue a major or minor college degree in the performing arts.

It is the mission of APAB to bring high quality performing arts education to the students of AHS and encourage continued pursuit of careers in the performing arts.

Applications are available March 1, 2019 and must be submitted by April 12, 2019. The winner will be announced at Senior Award Night. Follow link below to access application including requirements for consideration and submission deadlines.

APAB Scholarship Application Download

12 Angry Jurors

The Acalanes DramaDons present: 12 Angry Jurors by Reginald Rose, adapted for the stage by Sherman L. Sergel

The defense and the prosecution have rested and the jury is filing into the jury room to decide if a young man is guilty or innocent of murdering his father. What begins as an open and shut case soon becomes a mini-drama of each of the jurors’ prejudices and preconceptions about the trial, the accused, and each other.

12 Angry Jurors runs October 24, 25, 26, and 27 at 7:00 in the Acalanes Little Theatre.

Tickets are $7.00 for Students/Seniors and $12.00 for General Admission, and are available online or at the door.

Performing Arts volunteers needed!

Do you like Making Personal Connections?

Being Part of a Mission?

Meeting other Dedicated Parents?

Become a Performing Arts Volunteer!

Acalanes Performing Arts Boosters (APAB) needs your talent and passion!

 

Seeking Treasurer for Governing Board – 2018-2019 School Year (usually 1 hr/month plus board meetings)

We also need:

*Event Planning & Coordination * Publicity & Promotion of Performing Arts on Campus and our Lafayette Community * Don’s Day* Volunteer Coordination * Back to School Night * Website Management * New Student Open House * Writing Human Interest Stories *

If you’re interested, please email Debra Bussey, President

“Start Where You Are, Use What you Have, Do What You Can”  (Arthur Ashe)

Metamorphoses

AHS DramaDons presents Mary Zimmerman’s Metamorphoses.
Timeless lessons of Ovid’s tales and related works are brought to life in this series of dramatic vignettes filled with Gods and humans alike. Set in water, the scenes reflect the human condition and eventual transformation needed to reach redemption. Directed by AHS Drama Teacher, Ed Meehan.

April 26, 27, 28 & 29 at 7:00pm

Presented in The Acalanes High School’s Little Theater

$7 Students & Seniors /  $12 General

Tickets available now in our online store!

Bye Bye Birdie

Please join the Performing Arts Department as we present Bye Bye, Birdie on March 2, 3 at 7pm and March 4 at 7:30pm in the Performing Arts Center.

Bye Bye Birdie — Book by Mike Stewart, Music by Charles Strouse, Lyrics by Lee Adams — is set in 1958. The story was inspired by the phenomenon of popular singer Elvis Presley and his draft notice into the Army in 1957. Historical tidbit: The rock star character’s name, “Conrad Birdie,” is word play on the name of Conway Twitty, a rock-and-roll rival of Presley’s.

This annual production is a collaboration of Drama, Instrumental and Choral students who put together a Broadway musical every year.

*** UPDATE: Tickets are sold out for Friday and Saturday.  We may have a limited number of tickets at the door if any are returned by patrons who cannot attend ***
These performances always sell out, so get your tickets early! Tickets are $18 for Adults and $16 for Students and Seniors (60 and older)

All tickets are reserved seating and can be purchased online. If you purchase tickets and find you cannot attend, please let us know so we can release your seat and sell it to another interested patron. Please plan on arriving early, as the House will be at capacity.

Buy tickets here!