Drama Productions

Our first rehearsal projects of the year for both MS & HS have already begun their auditions and callbacks!

The first HS rehearsal project will be Roe by Lisa Loomer. It will be Directed by Heather Lanza and Staged Managed by WDP’s very own senior, Anna Wheeler!

The MS Musical will be Royal Blood with book by Kevin Townley and Music & Lyrics by Josh Franklin. This is a brand new musical, and the students will have the opportunity to work alongside the writers as they continue to tweak and improve the piece.

Royal Blood will be directed by Kyle Pleasant, Music Directed by Marissa Davis, and Stage Managed by Kaelin Fuld.

Financial Aid Night

Next Wednesday, September 28th, at 8:30 PM, we are delighted to welcome to PPAS Ed Zamora, the Director of Principia Prep, an organization created to educate parents and students about the college financial aid and admissions process.  Ed’s “College Aid Presentation” will cover the college financial aid process and various important items to consider while applying to college at a time still influenced by the pandemic, including the below: 

-New Changes to the Fafsa form

-Changes to the Federal loans

-Loan Forgiveness

-The New York Excelsior Scholarship Program 

-State Financial Aid Changes

-The Impact of Early Decision and Early Action on Financial Aid

-New Deadlines for the College Process 

***Please feel free to send questions to info@principiaprep.com before the program begins on Wednesday. He will be happy to address any questions you have at that time. *** 

In order to attend this zoom webinar, you MUST REGISTER IN ADVANCE BY CLICKING ON THE BELOW LINK:


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

ONE FINAL NOTE:  In order to get the most out of Ed’s presentation, we encourage you to review the Financial Aid presentation the PPAS College Office made to many of the families this past spring. In particular, we would like to call your attention to slides 3-8, which will give those who need it a basic groundwork in the FAFSA process; what it is, deadlines, etc.

We look forward to seeing you next week in this first of several PPAS College Nights we will be offering to you this fall.  Hope to see you there!

The PPAS College Office 

The Lightning Thief

Come see the Middle School show!

As the half-blood son of a Greek god, Percy Jackson has newly-discovered powers he can’t control, a destiny he doesn’t want, and a mythology textbook’s worth of monsters on his trail. When Zeus’s master lightning bolt is stolen and Percy becomes the prime suspect, he has to find and return the bolt to prove his innocence and prevent a war between the gods. But to succeed on his quest, Percy will have to do more than catch the thief. He must travel to the Underworld and back; solve the riddle of the Oracle, which warns him of betrayal by a friend; and come to terms with the father who abandoned him. Adapted from the best-selling book The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan and featuring a thrilling original rock score, The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical is an action-packed mythical adventure “worthy of the gods” (Time Out New York).

Order your tickets now!

Show Dates:

Thursday, June 16th @ 7 pm

Friday, June 17th @ 7 pm

Saturday, June 18th @ 2 pm & 7 pm

Juneteenth Celebration

Manhattan Youth is excited to celebrate Juneteenth at an event on Pier 25, from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm, on Sunday, June 19th. 

The celebration will include vendors, music, art, food, youth activities and more! Manhattan Youth wants to commemorate and celebrate Juneteenth with the community. 

As part of this event, MY would love to hear from the PPAS middle school students – especially what Juneteenth means to them. If your child would like to submit a creative expression, they would love to showcase it at the event. This can be a song or poem, an essay or story, a painting or photograph — all types of artistic expression are welcomed! 

Submit student submissions.  (Middle School Students Only)

If your child is interested in submitting their work, they have to submit it no later than Tuesday, June 14th.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Matthew McGlennen at mmcglennen@manhattanyouth.org.

Drama 1 Showcase

Drama 1’s Jury showcase is coming up on June 9 and 10! They will be performing their Juries in front of their peers and the PPAS community (parents/staff). This is their “rehearsal project” for the year, since as freshmen they do not get a fully produced show, like they do in 10th-12th grade. 

Parents/families and teachers/staff are welcome to attend the showcase but reservations are required. 

Thurs. June 9th @7pm in The Blackbox

Fri. June 10th. @ 7pm in the Blackbox.

Please RSVP now!

*You do not need to attend both nights, it will be the same performances happening on each night.