2017-2018 Season in the Kurtz Center
Upper School Play: we can try, we can fail, we can be ourselves – scenes from high school life (working title)
Friday, Nov. 17, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. (Note new time)
Written by Zac Kline OPC ’03
Directed by Eva Kay Noone
We are excited to be mounting a commissioned world premiere on the Ball Theater stage based on ideas and feedback from our students! This production focuses on student relationships and the challenges, successes and underlying fears they have on a daily basis while navigating high school. For more information, full script, audition readings and a cast breakdown, please visit the show's Google site.
Upper School Band & Choral Concert
Thursday, Dec. 7, 7:30 p.m.
Middle School Band & Choral Concert
Monday, Dec. 11, 7:00 p.m.
Lower School Winter Concert
Friday, Dec. 15, 1:00 p.m. (Snow date Jan. 5)
Upper School Arts Portfolio Night
Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2017, 7:00 p.m.
AP Studio Art and Design Exhibition Reception: 6 pm, Main Building, Art Gallery;
Performing Arts: 7:00 pm, Kurtz Center
Don't miss this showcase of talent at Penn Charter. Please watch this video from last year.
Upper School Musical: Les Misérables School Edition
Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, 7:00 p.m., Kurtz Center
Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018, 7:00 p.m., Kurtz Center
Music by Claude-Michel Schonberg
Lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer
Original French text by Alain Boubil, Jean-Marc Natel
Additional material by James Fenton
Based on the novel by Victor Hugo
Directed by Jessica Bender
In nineteenth century France, Jean Valjean is released from years of unjust imprisonment but finds nothing in store for him but mistrust and mistreatment. He breaks his parole in hopes of starting a new life, initiating a lifelong struggle for redemption as he is relentlessly pursued by police inspector Javert, who refuses to believe Valjean can change his ways. Finally, during the Paris student uprising of 1832, Javert must confront his ideals after Valjean spares his life and saves that of the student revolutionary who has captured the heart of Valjean's adopted daughter.
Epic, grand and uplifting, Les Misérables School Edition packs an emotional wallop that has thrilled audiences all over the world.
Auditions will be Tuesday, Nov. 7 through Thursday, Nov. 9. Stay tuned for details.
Middle School and Upper School Inter-Ac Jazz Night at Shipley School
March 15, 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.
Middle School Play: Variety Show
Friday, April 20, 2018 at 7:30 p.m., Kurtz Center
Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 2:30 p.m., Kurtz Center
Directed by Michael Roche
This year’s Middle School show will feature skits, songs and dances created by the students. That’s correct – the students will be involved with writing and organizing the 2017-18 Middle School Variety Show. From September through December, writers, choreographers and musicians will develop ideas with Michael Roche. Auditions for grades 6-8 will be held in February. Questions? Contact Michael Roche at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website.
Upper School Band and Choral Concert
Thursday, April 26, 2018, at 7:30 p.m.
Middle School Band and Choral Concert
Monday, May 14, 2016, at 7:00 p.m.
Lower School Spring Concerts
Thursday, May 24, 2018
Grades 3,4,and 5: 8:30 - 9:15 a.m.
Grades pre-K to 2: 9:45 - 10:30 a.m.
Performing Arts Banquet
Monday, May 18, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.