The Royal Theatre is committed to the purpose of “developing artistic excellence for the Glory of God and the benefit of others.” The theatre offers students an opportunity for hands-on involvement in every aspect of the Theatrical Arts. Using two full length productions each school year as the platform for learning, students are instructed in acting, sound and lighting design, set construction, costuming and more! Cast opportunities for middle school students are increased every other year when a JH one-act play is added to the performance line-up.
Cheaper by the Dozen – Fall Play
Cheaper by the Dozen, written by siblings Frank B. Gilbreth Jr. and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey, tells the true tale of Lillian Moller Gilbreth, Frank Bunker Gilbreth and their progeny. Mr. Gilbreth is an efficiency’s expert who studies everyday life and discovers new and more efficient ways of accomplishing tasks. Times are changing, values are taking shift, and time is ticking away. As you can imagine, life is never dull with a dozen children in the house. Come and join us for this enjoyable play, filled with delightful adventures and lessons learned in this loving household.
In the words of Mary Poppins, “In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun. You find the fun, and SNAP! The job’s a game.” As the students and staff of the Royal Theatre worked together to prepare this colossal Disney production, part of the process was learning the importance of doing our work for the Lord. Stopping on occasion to read a Psalm and apply it to our “job,” we sought to live according to God’s Word, please Him with our efforts, and yes, have some fun!
The Somewhat True Tale of Robin Hood/The Pied Piper of Hamelin
This combination of humorous fairy tales revealed the dramatic talents of CVCA students of all ages. The Pied Piper gave 7-9th graders a chance to stretch themselves to project both humor and poignancy – a difficult task for this age group! In The Somewhat True Tale of Robin Hood, students created a host of unique characters that were entertaining and engaging from start to finish.
Pirates of Penzance
The Royal Theatre took on a challenging project with their production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance. The production is outrageous, out-sized, over-the-top and just our right silly; yet, it addresses the topic of duty. Though delivered with humor, the production can beg the question, “am I taking my duty to Christ seriously, or am I just a “Poor Wandering One?”
Father Of The Bride
This is a play about an All-American family. A play with simple truths that can never be dated. The most important truth is the honesty of these characters in that they love each other in the ways real families do…flaws and all!
It became clear that plenty of work had been going on for many months with the theatre students and staff as they prepared to bring this recent Disney movie to the stage at CVCA. Enormous wall-projections and beautiful lighting effects complimented the outrageous set design, engulfing each audience member in the jungle landscape, and immediately engaging the crowd in this tropical adventure. Positive attitudes, boundless energy, and remarkable talent describe this group of 35 students representing grades seven through twelve. A close look at the storyline reveals questions about the most basic issues of life; love, family and identity. In many ways, Tarzan’s search for these three things mirrors our own. But unlike Tarzan’s answers, we find our true love, family and identity in the hope that we have in Christ.
Fiddler On The Roof
The cast, crew, pit and staff of the Royal Theatre are to be congratulated on their excellent delivery of this beautiful, heartfelt musical production. While this show is about Russian Jews over a hundred years ago, its message spans both time and geography. We must not miss the fact that Tevye’s wisdom comes from his conversations with God. For us, it comes from the Word of God!
Arsenic & Old Lace
Audiences Picked Their Poison with Royal Theatre’s production of Arsenic & Old Lace. The Royal Theatre presented the comedy thriller Arsenic & Old Lace across three wonderful evenings of side-splitting hilarity. Audiences thrilled at the high-energy performances and fast-paced antics of the cast. The play tells the story of the sweet Brewster sisters, played by Ava Moss and senior Rachel Criswell, as they fill their cellar with bodies of religiously acceptable roomers. Their nephew Mortimer (Scott Lentz) discovers what they’ve done and immediately tries to stop them from continuing this “bad habit.” But before he can set things straight, he must deal with his two brothers: the escaped criminal Jonathan (Jordan Wear) and the certifiable Teddy (senior Jake Sziraky), who thinks he is Theodore Roosevelt. The perfectly timed comedy was balanced with clever references to classic horror actor Boris Karloff, most famous for his portrayal of Frankenstein. Congratulations to the cast and crew for their excellent work on this show! We look forward to watching many young actors continue to grow in this program, and are so proud of those seniors who have made a lasting impression through their work in the theatre here at CVCA!
The Royal Theatre closed their 2011-12 season with Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella. The show was a tremendous success, delighting audiences both young and old. The show featured many strong performances, including Will Daniel as Lionel the steward, Sydney Redmon and Rachel Criswell as the Stepsisters, and Clara King as Cinderella. These along with many other wonderful performers made the humorous musical come to life. Additionally, the wild hair and costuming, the colorful scenery, and the magical special effects made for a very special evening of theatre.
Director Denita King challenged the cast and crew to create a world of cartoonish proportions, and it was a joy to see the students and staff working together to develop this bright and boisterous production.
The Diary Of Anne Frank
The Royal Theatre proudly presented The Diary of Anne Frank as this year’s fall play. The drama depicts two years in the lives of two Jewish families who go into hiding during the Nazi occupation of Holland prior to World War II. The narrative is told from the perspective of Anne, a teenage girl who shares her innermost thoughts with only her private diary. The story, at times funny, sad, and touching, depicts the refugees’ struggles, but also celebrates their optimism in the face of tragedy. Anne wrote, “I want to go on living even after my death!” Through this powerful coming-of-age tale, her greatest wish is truly achieved.
My Fair Lady
The story of Henry Higgins’ wager that he can transform flower girl Eliza Dolittle into a high society lady, included familiar show tunes Wouldn’t it be Loverly, I Could Have Danced All Night, and Get Me to the Church on Time.
12 Angry Jurors
The cast of 12 Angry Jurors took a break from rehearsing on campus and visited the Stow Municipal Courthouse where they toured the facility and experienced first-hand the judicial process. The court administrator, a bailiff, and even Judge Lisa Coates met with the cast to provide background as they prepare the post-courtroom drama for performance. The tour included viewing the arraignment of a traffic violation as well as walking the path of prospective jurors as they report for duty. After the tour, all 13 cast s, two directors, a stage manager, and the producer packed into the jury deliberation room for a rehearsal. “I threw out the rehearsed staging and just had the ensemble search for natural reasons for the things they say and do in the show,” said director Brandon Davies. This experience was beneficial both educationally as well as artistically. We are grateful to the staff of the courthouse for their generosity toward us.”
Based on the classic film 12 Angry Men, this contemporary update includes roles for both men and women. The play follows the jury of murder case through the entire process of deciding whether the defendant is guilty or innocent. Each juror brings a unique perspective to the proceedings and as tempers rise, the debate intensifies, and the men and women become twelve angry jurors.