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2017-2018 Upcoming 

Spring Concerts

Upper School Band and Choral Concert
Thursday, April 26, 2018, at 7:30 p.m.

Middle School Band and Choral Concert
Monday, May 14, 2018, 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

Friday, May 18, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.

Fall Season

Upper School Play: we can try, we can fail, we can be ourselves –  scenes from high school life

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 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
Added show! Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018, 2:30 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. 

Middle School and Upper School Inter-Ac Jazz Night at Shipley School

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Small Ensemble Concert

Wednesday, March 21, 2018, 7:30 p.m., Kurtz Center

Quakers Dozen, Sharped Flats, Chamber Singers, Boys and Girls a Cappella, Upper School String Ensemble, Upper School Brass Ensemble, Middle School Percussion Ensemble and Upper School Jazz Quartet.

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

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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 or visit the website.

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.

we can try, we can fail, we can be ourselves—scenes from high school life 

Upper School Play: we can try, we can fail, we can be ourselves—scenes from high school life

Roshambo; and The Boloney, the Pickle, the Zombies   

Middle School Play 2017




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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