Theater Program

The Little Red Schoolhouse Players were founded in 1996 with “OZ!” as its inaugural show.  In the following years, the drama program has grown to include over seventy students per musical production, and two different shows each year (a middle school non-musical, and a full-blown Broadway musical with students in grades 3-8).

Past musicals have included Oliver, Crazy For You, Peter Pan, The Sound of Music, The Wiz, Bye Bye Birdie, and The Music Man, Fiddler on the Roof, Beauty and the Beast, and Honk. Non-musicals have included Tom Sawyer, Alice In Wonderland, A Midsummer Nights Dream, Scapin, The Doctor In Spite Of Himself, Romeo and Juliet, and Much Ado About Nothing.

Rehearsals take place afterschool from 3:30-5:00 for 6-8 weeks prior to curtain. Additional sectionals or coaching sessions occur during lunch recess or before school occasionally.  Directors of the Drama Program are Ms. Lourie and Mrs. Kinna. For current rehearsal information, please click on the rehearsal schedule link.

What does it cost to produce a school musical?


^^Approximate Expenses for 2013-2014


Music Theatre International :   $2,100.00

Royalties and Script Rental

Rehearsal Score (computer Program)


Emerson Cultural Center for the Arts:    $3,776.00

Theatre Rental, Lighting Technician

Additional Sound/Light Equipment


Independent Sound Technician:   $787.00

On-site production week and both performances


Directors’ Stipends (2 directors):   $3,000.00


Performance Orchestration:   $1,300.00

Computer program/software for performance


Additional Sound Equipment Rental:   $200.00


Back Drop Rental:   $1,000.00

2 Drops, including shipping


Props*:   $200.00

Sets*:   $200.00

Costumes*:   $200.00


Videographer:   $250.00

2 performance shots, edit


Capital Investment Purchase:   $1,430.00

3 New Hanging Choral Microphones


Publicity:     $275.00

Poster artwork and printing, tickets*, program*


Batteries, bulbs, bungies, bandages, bagels*:   $100.00


Shakespeare in the Schools:   $450.00


*most of these expenses absorbed by families working on tasks

^^ approximate because many expenses go unreported due to in kind donations or out of pocket contributions.

Cast and Crew t-shirts paid for by corporate sponsors.