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2016-2017 Season in the Kurtz Center 

Middle School Play

Two One-Act Plays: Roshambo and The Baloney, the Pickle, the Zombies, and Other Things I Hide from My Mother

Friday, April 28, 2017, at 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 29, 2017, at 2:30 p.m.

Directed by Michael Roche

By Brian Borowka

Some people take Rock-Paper-Scissors (aka Roshambo) seriously. Very seriously. So seriously they organize championship matches with national rankings. Lindsay is number two in the country, and she’s not happy losing her top ranking. She’s not above throwing an illegal scipper. What will she do to Taylor, the number one player? Maybe Taylor’s not that keen on playing anyway. Rock-Paper-Scissors isn’t as fun as it used to be.

The Baloney, The Pickle, The Zombies, and Other Things I Hide from My Mother
By Bradley Walton

“What are you doing with the baloney?” That’s the question Emma asks her big brother Trevor when she finds him in the kitchen at 2 a.m. But Trevor is up to much more than a late night snack — he’s bringing food to life with experiments he hopes will lead to the creation of zombies he can sell as cheap laborers. Together with his living baloney-minon, Meyer, Trevor is about to embark on a night in which he will face an angry neighbor, be questioned by police, bring a pickle to life, and discover that his food may actually be smarter than he is ... all while trying to keep everything secret from his mother and little sister.

Auditions will take place in February. More information to come.

Spring Concerts

Middle School Band and Choral Concert
Monday, May 15, 2017, at 7:00 p.m.

Upper School Band and Choral Concert
Thursday, May 18, 2017, at 7:30 p.m.

Lower School Spring Concerts
Thursday, May 25
Grades 3,4,and 5: 8:30 - 9:15 a.m.
Grades pre-K - 2: 9:45 - 10:30 a.m.

Performing Arts Banquet

Monday, May 22, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.

Earlier This Year

Upper School Play: The Laramie Project

Friday, Nov. 18, 2016, at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016, at 2:30 p.m.

Written by Moises Kaufman
Directed by Jessica Bender

The Laramie Project was written in response to the 1998 murder of Matthew Shepard, who was kidnapped, severely beaten, and left to die tied to a fence on the outskirts of Laramie, Wyoming. The play was based on the more than 200 interviews conducted with people in the town, and dramatized what later became one of the better-known hate crimes of our time. Award-winning and thought provoking, this play hopes to change the minds and lives of all who see it.

For more information and access to the movie or the script, please visit the show's website.

Winter Concerts

Upper School Band & Choral Concert
Thursday, Dec. 8, 7:30 p.m.

Middle School Band & Choral Concert
Monday, Dec. 12, 7:00 p.m. 

Lower School Winter Concert
Friday, Dec. 16, 1:00 p.m. (Snow date Jan. 8)  

Upper School Arts Portfolio Night

Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017, 6:00-8:30 p.m.

AP Studio Art and Design Exhibition Reception: 6:00 p.m., Main Building, Art Gallery;
Performing Arts: 7:30 pm, Kurtz Center

Don't miss this showcase of talent at Penn Charter. Please watch this video from last year.

Upper School Musical: Godspell

Friday, Feb. 24, 2017, 7:30 pm
Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017, 2:30 pm

Book by John-Michael Tebelak
Music by Steven Schwartz
Directed by Eva Kay Noone

Based on parables from the Bible and the passion and Crucifixion of Jesus Christ, Godspell is the first show written by three-time Grammy and Academy Award winner Stephen Schwartz. Using a large dose of comedy and a variety of storytelling techniques, Godspell's themes of kindness, tolerance and love come to life. Hit songs from the show include the widely popular “Day by Day” in addition to “Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord,” “All Good Gifts,” “Turn Back, O Man,” and “By My Side.” (This production will be the 2012 revival version.)

More information.

Middle School and Upper School Inter-Ac Jazz Night at Penn Charter

March 16, 2017

Small Ensemble Concert

Tuesday, March 21, 2017, 7:30 p.m., Kurtz Center

Quakers Dozen, Sharped Flats, Chamber Singers, Boys and Girls a Cappella, Middle School String Ensemble, Upper School String Ensemble, Flute by the Foot, and Percussion Ensemble.

Your Kurtz Center Seats

We offer online ticket purchasing for our Middle School fall musical, Upper School winter musical, and Upper School spring play. Click below to buy tickets. Our concerts are always free, with open seating.

Purchase Tickets

Tickets will also be on sale in the School Store and, pending availability, at the Kurtz Center box office 30 minutes before the performance.



Laramie Project
US Fall Play: The Laramie Project
Beauty and the Beast: All-School Musical

All-School Musical: Beauty and the Beast

Shakespeare: Complete Works

Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged)

Hairspray: Upper School Musical


East of the Sun, West of the Moon

Seussical: All-School Musical


Penn Charter

A Friends School for Girls and Boys, Pre-K to 12

3000 West School House Lane Philadelphia, PA 19144 215.844.3460
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