2016-2017 Season in the Kurtz Center
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.
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.)
Auditions will be held Monday, Nov. 28, 2016. 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
MS 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.
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.