High School Musicals to Watch in South Central Pennsylvania in 2023

Many high schools in south-central Pennsylvania are working hard to rehearse their spring musicals. Here is a list of shows you can visit.

PENNSYLVANIA, U.S. — Warm weather is approaching, which means local high school students are hard at work rehearsing their spring musicals.

From animated originals like Shrek to Broadway classics like 42nd Street, there’s sure to be a musical in the area to get your ears grooving and your feet moving.

Here is a list of performances students are having in south-central Pennsylvania in Spring 2023.

(If you don’t see your school’s musical on this list, email [email protected] with the details):

Cumberland County

Big Springs High School will host performances of “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” March 2-5. Become a part of the Peanuts gang for a few hours as they mess around, explore their friendships and put on a great show for everyone. Tickets can be bought here.

County Dauphin

Central Dauphin High School is hard at work perfecting their show-in-a-show, 42nd Street. What will the leading lady do if she breaks her ankle on premiere night? Find out on March 3-5; Tickets can be bought here. On March 2nd at 1:30 p.m., the students will also put on a special performance for seniors

Franklin County

Chambersburg Area High School announced production of Godspell, a biblical retelling with a modern twist set in modern-day New York City. The students will put on one show on April 14th and two shows on April 15th; Tickets will be available at the box office. There is no online ticket sales.

Lancaster County

Join the students from Donegal High School as they retell a popular bedtime story, The Princess and the Pea, with Once Upon a Mattress. Winnifred the Woebegone must put on her best face to win the heart not only of her future prince, but also of his mother, the queen. Will she pass the sensitivity test?

We hope the auditorium seats are more comfortable than Princess Winnifred’s mattress!

Tickets will go on sale online on February 28th. Interested visitors can also purchase tickets in person at the high school box office on March 2 and March 9 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., or one hour before each show, which runs March 10-12. For more information on ticket sales, click here.

Mifflin County

Mifflin County High School takes a swamp trip with Shrek the Musical. Guests can watch the popular animated film, adapted for the stage, with stirring musical numbers and the characters we all know and love.

The performances will take place from February 10th to 12th. Tickets can be purchased online here until February 2nd or in person from February 6th to 8th from 3:15 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the common rooms of the school. Interested parties can also secure a ticket in person one hour before each performance.

County Perry

West Perry High School will get going with a production of “Footloose” March 9-11. Visit their Facebook page for more information and updates.

York County

Central York High School presents Disney’s “Newsies” on March 31 and April 1 at 7:30 p.m. or April 2 at 2 p.m. The musical follows a group of young newspaper delivery men who go on strike in New York City to protest new rules that threaten their existence. Buy tickets here or online at the box office.

Dallastown Area High School is rehearsing an adaptation of Legally Blonde, a rousing comedy about a fashion merchandising major turned law student (and yes, she’s blonde). The musical runs from April 13th to 16th. Tickets go on sale March 6th.

Northeastern High School is busy putting together their production of Anything Goes. This musical comedy follows sailors on the SS American as they navigate society, love – oh, and the sea.

The show runs February 24-26. Tickets can be bought here.

The cast will also host a Captain’s Dinner prior to the February 25 show. Student actors will mingle with guests as they enjoy a buffet-style dinner from 4:30pm to 6:00pm. Tickets must be reserved by February 15 and can be purchased here.

Students at Red Land High School will take the stage in March to present Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, a musical that follows the biblical character Joseph as he is sold into slavery and discovers his ability to dream interpret.

Tickets for the March 2-5 shows are on sale now and can be purchased here. Also, the actors will perform a free senior citizen matinee on March 1 at 2:30 p.m

Red Lion High School chose “The Sound of Music” for their spring musical. The show runs March 2-5 and tickets can be purchased here. Buy your ticket now to follow the story of a young governess trying to bring joy to an oppressed family while the Nazis rise to power.

Spring Grove Area High School takes on another classic: “Annie.” Watch Annie’s story come to life on stage as the orphan tries to find and reconnect with his birth parents.

To give back to the community, students will collect needed items for children in foster care at each of their February rehearsals and during performances of each show, which will take place March 3-5. New pajamas, socks, underwear, t-shirts, sweatshirts, sweatpants and yoga pants are accepted, as are monetary donations.

Advance ticket sales begin on February 1st and end on March 3rd at 12 noon. Tickets are also available at the box office one hour before each performance.

Susquehannock High School will have an adventure in March with James and the Giant Peach. Follow James as he tries to save the unlikely community residing in a giant peach from March 24th to 26th.

It’s the opposite day in York that West York Area High School is being transformed into East High School for the production of a Disney classic.

“High School Musical” will be on stage February 24-26. Join Troy and Gabriella as they navigate the troubles of high school and their own identities. Tickets can be bought here.

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