York County high school musicals focus on the classics

Junior Gonzalez
York Dispatch

Schools across York County are preparing for their final school musicals of the 2017-18 school year, and the selection is quite classy.

The plays range from classics such as "Cinderella" and "Beauty and the Beast" to modern gems "Shrek" and "Rock of Ages."

Below is a comprehensive list of plays in York County school districts, as well as the second play at the York County School of Technology:

Central: "Beauty and the Beast," 7:30 p.m. Feb. 16-17, 2 p.m. Feb. 17-18. Price: $8-$12. Tickets: Box office or online. The classic Disney musical tells the tale of Belle and the Beast and the castle full of singing furniture, fixtures and china.

Red Land: "Peter Pan," 7 p.m. Feb. 22-24, 2 p.m. Feb. 25. Price: $12 adults, $6 students. All tickets at door $12. Tickets: Pre-order at showtix4u.com. Based on J.M. Barrie's classic tale and featuring a score by Morris "Moose" Charlap and Jule Styne with lyrics by Carolyn Leigh and Betty Comden and Adolph Green, the high-flying Tony Award-winning musical has been performed around the world and delighted audiences for 60 years. Peter and his mischievous fairy sidekick, Tinkerbell, visit the nursery of the Darling children late one night and, with a sprinkle of pixie dust, begin a magical journey across the stars that none of them will ever forget. 

Oliver at Northeastern High School poster.

Northeastern: "Oliver!" 7 p.m. Feb. 23-24, 2 p.m. Feb. 24-25. Price: $10 adults, $8 students and seniors. Tickets: At the door. A young orphan finds himself on the streets of 1830s London.  Befriended by the Artful Dodger, he joins Fagin's gang of pick pockets. 

Dover will be performing Beauty and the Beast, but so will Central York High School.

Dover: "Beauty and the Beast," 7 p.m. March 2-3, 2 p.m. March 3-4. Price: $9 adults, $7 students. Tickets: Showtix4u.com or at the door. The classic Disney musical comes to life.

The Secret Garden will be performed at at Spring Grove Area High School this March.

Spring Grove: "The Secret Garden," 7 p.m. March 2-3, 2 p.m. Sunday, March 4. Price: $8 adults, $7 students, preferred seating +$2 Tickets: At the high school office or at the door (+$2). The musical is based on the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett.

Shrek: The Musical

York Suburban: "Shrek: The Musical," 7 p.m. March 2-3, 2:30 March 4. Price: $10 adults, $7 students. Tickets: Online or at the door. Based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks film, "Shrek" brings the hilarious story of everyone's favorite ogre to life on stage. In a faraway kingdom turned upside down, things get ugly when an unseemly ogre — not a handsome prince — shows up to rescue a feisty princess. Throw in a donkey who won't shut up, a bad guy with a short temper, a cookie with an attitude and more than a dozen other fairy-tale misfits, and you've got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. 

York Catholic: "Fiddler on the Roof," 7 p.m. March 2-3, 2 p.m. March 4. Cost: $10 adults, $8 students, $40 family. Tickets at the door. The classic musical features such songs as "If I Were a Rich Man," "Tradition," "Matchmaker" and "Sunrise, Sunset" while telling of life in the Jewish community in the Russian village of Anatevka.  Tickets can be purchased at the door or ordered in advance by visiting the York Catholic website at www.yorkcatholic.org.

James and the Technicolor Dreamcoat logo.

Northern: "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," 7 p.m. Saturday, March 3 and Sunday, March 4 at 3 p.m. Price: $10. Tickets: Pre-order at showtix4u.com, search Northern High School. Follow Joseph’s journey as the favorite son of Jacob who is sold into slavery by his jealous brothers and ultimately saves Egypt from famine with his powerful gift of prophecy. This musical/dance extravaganza has such classic songs as "Any Dream Will Do," the Caribbean-infused "Benjamin Calypso," "Jacob and Sons/Joseph’s Coat," "Song of the King (Seven Fat Cows)," "Go Go Go Joseph" and "Close Every Door."

Kennard-Dale: "The Little Mermaid," 7 p.m. March 8-10, 1 p.m. March 10, 3 p.m. March 11. Price: $12 adults, $10 students and seniors, $15 for all at door. Tickets: Sale starts Feb. 20. In a magical kingdom beneath the sea is a beautiful mermaid, Ariel, who dreams of the world above the sea and gives up her voice to find love. Flounder, Sebastian & Scuttle help Ariel find her way to Prince Eric's heart. Includes favorites songs "Under the Sea," "Kiss the Girl" and "Part of Your World."

Red Lion: "Rock of Ages," 7 p.m. March 8-10, 2 p.m. March 10-11. Price: $10 advance, $12 at door. Tickets: 717-246-1611 ext. 13226. "Rock of Ages High School Edition" features music from the '80s, including Foreigner, Joan Jett, Styx, REO Speedwagon, Europe, Quiet Riot, Survivor, Steve Perry and much more.


Eastern: "Cinderella," 7 p.m. March 9-10, 2:30 p.m. March 11. Price: $10 adults, $8 students. Based on Rodgers and Hammerstein’s television rendition of the classic fairy tale, audiences will be taken through the tribulations of Cinderella as she magically finds her way to Prince Christopher.

South Pacific.

South Western: "South Pacific," 7 p.m. March 15-17. Price: $8 in advance at the high school, $10 at the door. Set against the dramatic background of an idyllic South Pacific island during WWII, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s "South Pacific" intertwines the themes of romance, duty and prejudice to create a story that is all at once hilarious, heartbreaking and thought-provoking.

York Tech: "A Midsummer Night's Dream," 7 p.m. March 16-17, 3 p.m. March 18. Pricing: To be determined. York Tech's take on the Shakespeare comedy will be the second musical ever produced by the technical school after last fall's "Little Shop of Horrors."

West York: "Cinderella," 7 p.m. March 23-24, 2 p.m. March 25. Price: $10 adults, $8 students and seniors. Tickets: Showtix4u.com or at door. West York students will perform Rodger's and Hammerstein's classic television rendition of the fantasy.

Dallastown High School presents "James and the Giant Peach."


Dallastown: "James and the Giant Peach," 7 p.m. April 12-14, 2 p.m. April 14-15. Price: $12 in advance or online (showtix4u.com), $14 at the door. Roald Dahl's "James and the Giant Peach" is a brand-new take on this "masterpeach" of a tale. Featuring a  tuneful score and a witty and charming book, this is an adventurous musical about courage and self-discovery.

York Country Day School: "The Wizard of Oz," 7 p.m. April 12, 13 and 15. Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion sing their way to the Emerald City while the Wicked Witch of the West tries to keep them from meeting the Wizard.

Once On This Island, playing this April by York City students.

York City: "Once on This Island," 7:30 p.m. April 13 and 14, 3 p.m. April 15 at Strand Theatre at the Appell Center for the Performing Arts, 50 N. George St. Price: $5. Tickets: At the door. The tale of Ti Moune, a peasant girl in search of her place in the world and ready to risk it all for love. Guided by mighty island gods, she sets out on a journey to reunite with the man  she loves.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Hanover: "The Hunchback of Notre Dame," 7 p.m. April 13-14, 2 p.m. April 15. You might know the story, but you don't want to miss the school's comic adaptation of this classic Victor Hugo tale. Ticket information to be announced.

Susquehannock: "Big Fish," 7 p.m. April 13-14, 2 p.m. April 15. Based on the celebrated novel by Daniel Wallace and the acclaimed film directed by Tim Burton, "Big Fish" tells the story of Edward Bloom, a traveling salesman who lives life to its fullest. Edward’s incredible, larger-than-life stories thrill everyone around him — most of all, his devoted wife, Sandra. But their son Will, about to have a child of his own, is determined to find the truth behind his father’s epic tales.