Musical Theatre Fine Arts I Academic Programs

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The CCHS Musical Theatre program is both a curricular and a co-curricular activity. Students earn credits in Musical Theatre while also having the opportunity to learn about the collaborative nature of fine arts and to experience first hand the joys and sacrifices of being part of an intense learning activity.

Since 1992 the program has included hundreds of students in all aspects of the production. In a community already well known for its amateur theatre productions, Catholic Central High School helps provide aspiring actors, directors, stage managers and designers with an opportunity to learn the art of dramatic production under the guidance of experienced teachers and community volunteer.

Our Musical Theatre Mission Statement

The mission of Catholic Central Musical Theatre is to provide opportunities for students to appreciate and understand the art of musical theatre through direct participation in all aspects of musical/dramatic productions.

Our Success Story

  • Students from our program perform in numerous Southern Alberta community theatre projects.
  • Many graduates from our program have gone on to study theatre at post-secondary institutions across Canada and are now working as professional artists.

28 Years of Student Musicals

  • 1992 - We produced Godspell with a cast of 11 students and a very new-at-the-job production staff.
  • 1993 - Fiddler on the Roof captivated sold out audiences for 10 performances.
  • 1994 - We delivered the oft-told tale of star-crossed lovers with West Side Story.
  • 1995 - The Apple Tree was a collection of three one-act musical fables.
  • 1996 - We brought the much-loved The Sound of Music to the CCHS stage.
  • 1997 - We taught our male students how to duel like real knights for our production of Camelot.
  • 1998 - Gilbert and Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance was a smashing success.
  • 1999 - We opened the Eggplant with Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
  • 2000 - We delighted audiences with the ever-popular Anne of Green Gables.
  • 2001 - To celebrate our tenth year of production, we presented a revival of Godspell.
  • 2002 - O What A Lovely War, a history of WWI, was our 11th musical production.
  • 2003 - Although not a musical, the production of Workshopping William was wonderful.
  • 2004 - One of musical theatre’s greatest hits, Les Miserables, was an overwhelming success.
  • 2005 - Kiss Me, Kate, ... an amazing show and was a challenge for all the cast.
  • 2006 - A fast paced show with a multi-media twist, Footloose provided the audience with something fun and new.
  • 2007 - Anne & Gilbert ... The Island Love Story - The cast and production staff were particularly thrilled when the writers of the original show, Bob Johnston and Nancy White, flew in from Toronto to attend the Friday night sold out performance.
  • 2008 - The Wizard of Oz was a delightful show that awed the sold out crowds with the fantastic vocals, acting, makeup, costumes and special effects. With a new director in the house, it could not have been better. Great job to all involved!
  • 2009 - Anything Goes had delighted the massive crowds with humor abound. Mrs. Laurie Michell did it again, with her talent as a director at the helm, you can now be assured of more terrific shows to come.
  • 2010 - Peter Pan is a classic, well-loved musical. It was presented with fun and fantasy for all ages to enjoy.
  • 2011 - GODSPELL - Under the bridge, Jesus begins his ministry to a group of mismatched people from all walks of life not unlike us. It was a great experience with new director Dr. Mark Nixon with a cast of 11 actors with "Team Godspell" (10 member choir).
  • 2012 - CINDERELLA - A more modern interpretation came to the show with the funniest dialogue and making the characters come to life in the most outrageous ways. A new director, Kristen Balaski, pulled off an exciting show and sayes "If this musical has taught us anything, it is that all it takes is a great pair of shoes".
  • 2013 - Bye Bye Birdie - The show represents a great deal of talent, skill, creativity and patience coming together in an effort to provide students with a wonderful opportunity to learn about musical theatre and to provide you with one very entertaining, “REALLY BIG SHOW”!
  • 2014 - The Sound of Music - We once again brought this delightful classic to the Eggplant.
  • 2015 - Anne of Green Gables - Truly a Canadian treasure. The story of a little girl who wanted a family in Avonlea, a tiny village in Prince Edward Island at the turn of the century.
  • 2016 - Beauty and the Beast - We invited you to “Be Our Guest” and everyone enjoyed this bright and beautiful sold out performance that had been chosen specifically to help celebrate all that 25 years has meant to those involved or entertained by Catholic Central Musical Theatre!
  • 2017 - You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown - "As a director, working with such classic characters has been both fun and challenging to bring such well-known cartoon characters to life and find the balance of honouring the cartoon creator's vision and the talented young acotors with whom we are blessed to work."
  • 2018 - Big Fish - "Big Fish is a wonderfully crafted musical - the story is relatable and a fabulous mix of fun fantasy and heartwarming family relationships and the music is amazing. It is a winning choice that the production staff instantly were excited to tackle; it is also a good choice as we were blessed - it doesn’t happen often - with enough amazing young men to be able to consider it!" Laurie Mitchell - Director
  • 2019 - Mary Poppins - " It is an iconic show with wonderful but huge and demanding musical numbers to learn and choreograph; 126 pages of script to interpret and relay the story through 40 different characters; over 100 period and fantasy costumes are required; tricks and magic on stage are needed." - Laurie Michell (Director)

Watch for the 2020 production to be announced here in September.

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