Spring Musical

We are excited to announce that Mr. Kyle Pleasant will be directing a spring musical production!

Due to COVID constraints, we will not be producing a full blown production, but rather a smaller staged workshop of a new musical in progress.  We often do this sort of work in our New Works Lab with Drama 4 students and it can be as exciting and exhilarating as a fully staged production.  There is no title yet, but we will use Musical Workshop as a working title for now.

Auditions for the Musical Workshop will be held virtually by video submission.  Record your name, grade, and major along with 32 bars of a pop or musical theater song that best shows your range.

Email your video audition to director Kyle Pleasant.

Submission Deadline:  Monday, January 31st at 10:00 AM.

Rehearsals will begin February 2nd, Monday-Friday 4PM-8PM.  Saturdays 10AM-2PM.  Performances: March 3rd, 4th and 5th.

Any questions?  Email Mr. Pleasant.

Hear Me! Monologue Showcase

Students currently living and attending high school in New York City, grades 9-12, are eligible to audition for the Hear Me! Monologue Showcase. There is no cost to apply or participate.

Students will submit a video audition performing a monologue of 2.5 minutes or longer written by an American playwright (or Shakespeare). Students may select any monologue they prefer, regardless of gender.

The application deadline is Friday, March 11th. Get more info about the showcase and apply.

2022 Keen Teens Auditions

Keen Teens is a free production and performance opportunity for high school students interested in theater! Working with professional playwrights, directors, designers and technicians, students will perform in the world premiere production of three new short plays written exclusively for Keen Teens by C. Quintana (AZUL at Diversionary Theatre & SCISSORING at INTAR Theatre), Bleu Beckford-Burell (2021 Page 73 Playwriting Fellow), and Stephanie Swirsky. The plays are then published by Concord Theatricals and made available to be performed in high schools across the country.

Students who are cast will rehearse once a week, after school, beginning February 14th, plus three weekend rehearsals in late April/early May. The plays will be performed at The Lion Theatre at Theatre Row for five performances in mid-May.

You can find out more info about the program and create your audition. For anyone who’s not an actor and is interested in directing, tech (lights/sound), design (scenic/costume), stage management, or producing, students have the opportunity to assist members of Keen Teens’ production team — please email keenteens@keencompany.org to set up an interview.

CreateHER Applications

Applications are now open for the spring session of CreateHER, a free program for girl-identifying and non-binary high school students interested in writing and producing for theatre.

Through this program, students are given the technical and creative tools to take their ideas from page to reality. CreateHER provides high-level playwriting and producing courses and features guest speakers who are leaders in the theatre industry: from producers and general managers, to groundbreaking playwrights, dramaturgs, and marketing directors. By the end of the semester, all students write, produce, and present a short play of their own, which will be presented on May 22nd.

Classes are held on Sundays from 9:30am-12:00 PM, beginning February 6th. Applications are open through January 22nd. To apply, visit the CreateHER Web site.

PPAS Clothing Drive

The seniors are sponsoring a clothing drive through January 28th. The goal is to reach at least 100 bags we can donate. Items to bring include clothes, shoes, belts, purses, sheets, towels, and stuffed animals. Every pound counts and will help fund senior events.

Please bring items in a black garbage bag to the black box before school.

The Humanities class that donates the most items gets a pizza party! Tell your classmates!

Free Summer Arts Program

Summer Arts Institute (SAI) is accepting applications for their free, in-person, 4-week arts program held at The Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in Astoria, Queens. The program, for intermediate and advanced level students, offers majors in film, dance, concert band, orchestral strings, theater, visual arts, and vocal music, and is open to current 7-11 grade students.

Applications are due by February 6, and virtual auditions are due by February 25 (in-person call backs April 2–3). You can watch a video about the program and fill out the application form. For more information email summerarts@schools.nyc.gov

Singing Telegrams

Send a virtual singing telegram performed by PPAS Classical Vocal students and teachers and bring a smile to the faces of your loved ones.  With your donation of just $10, $15, or $35, you can select one, two, or sixteen songs to send to your family, friends, neighbors, or coworkers. Selections range from holiday favorites “A Very Merry Madrigal,” “Let it Snow,” “Joy to the World,” and so many more. 

Your donation will help PPAS continue providing quality performing arts education to hundreds of children in New York. 

8th Grade Play

Winter Break – 8th Grade
Written by Joe Calarco
Directed by Lillian Meredith

Time: Now. Place: A town in the United States of America where Winter is cold. Winter Break has just begun. Alternately hilarious and touching, the play follows nineteen teenagers, some who know each other, some who don’t, as they wrestle with friendships, breakups, loss, graduation, and their place in the world.

Show Dates:
Thursday, December 16th @ 7 pm
Friday, December 17th @ 7 pm
Saturday, December 18th @ 7 pm

Order tickets online