West Chester, Pa (March 7, 2023) – In recognition of March as “Theater in Our Schools Month,” state Senator Carolyn Comitta is highlighting the local productions and performances being held this spring at schools across Chester County.

“School theater productions are a great way for student artists and performers to display their phenomenal talents to their communities,” Comitta said. “You don’t have to go to Philadelphia or New York to see a great show. Please consider attending one of the many student productions here in Chester County.” 

The schedule for this year’s upcoming spring musicals is as follows: 

Avon Grove High School: Chicago 

April 20th through 22nd at 7 pm and April 22nd at 2 pm


Avon Grove Charter High School: The Sound of Music 

April 20th and 21st 7-9 pm and April 22nd at 2-4 pm 


PALCS Center for the Performing and Fine Arts: Little Women  

March 15th through 18th at 7 pm and March 18th at 2 pm 


Collegium Charter School: The Little Mermaid 

March 23rd through 25th at 7 pm and March 25th at 1 pm and 7 pm 


Devon Preparatory School: High Fidelity: High School Edition 

March 24th and 25th at 6:30 pm and March 25th and 26th at 1 pm 


Downingtown East High School: The Spongebob Musical 

March 30th through April 1st at 7 pm and April 2nd at 2 pm


Downingtown West High School: Anastasia 

April 14th and 15th at 7:30 pm and April 15th and 16th at 12 pm 


Great Valley High School: Chicago: Teen Edition  

April 27th through 29th at 7:30 pm and April 29th at 2 pm 


Henderson High School: Footloose 

March 16th through 18th at 7 pm and March 18th at 2 pm 


Malvern Preparatory School: The Lightning Thief, The Percy Jackson Musical 

March 10th and 11th at 7 pm 


Unionville High School: Once Upon a Mattress 

March 16th through 18th at 7 pm and March 18th at 2 pm 


\Villa Maria Academy High School: Into the Woods 

May 19th and 20th at 7 pm and May 21 at 2 pm 


West Chester East High School: Anything Goes 

March 9th through 11th at 7 pm and March 12th at 2 pm 

Comitta also commended the local schools which already held productions, including Conestoga High School (She Loves Me), Octorara High School (The Wizard of Oz), Oxford Area High School (The Spongebob Musical), and Rustin High School (Les Misérables).

Studies show that student participation in theater or drama education can lead to stronger academic achievement, higher test scores, improved reading comprehension, stronger attendance rates, fewer dropouts, and improved self-esteem, peer relations, and empathy for others.

“Theater education can help teach invaluable skills needed to be successful in school, work and life, including public speaking, listening skills, teamwork, non-verbal communication, resilience, and storytelling,” Comitta, who serves on the Senate Education Committee said. “As a product of theater education and someone who appeared in annual school musicals, I can also tell you it’s lot of work and a lot of fun. I want to thank all the students, teachers, staff, volunteers, supporters, and parents who keep these programs running.”

This session, Comitta introduced Senate Resolution 38 which recognizes March as “Theater in Our Schools Month.’ The resolution also recognizes “Music in Our Schools Month,” “Dance in Our Schools Month” and “Youth Art Month” in Pennsylvania.