Drama/School Plays
CLICK HERE for a description of DHS Drama courses.

CLICK HERE for a list of productions Danville High has produced over the years plus some pictures from some of the shows.  


Danville High School Theatre: Past and Present by Emma Kagan-Moore

originally written for the program of THE CIRCLE OF LAUGH, 2014

Updated by Paige Glasser in 2017 as part of Journalism class

                Danville High School boasts a long-standing tradition of excellence. Whether in education, athletics or the arts, Danville students strive to succeed. The Danville High School drama department retains a commitment to arts education and enriches students' experiences by fostering creativity and individualism. For more than seventy years, the drama department has produced classic and contemporary plays using student casts and crews. The Gravely stage has hosted a wide variety of productions over the years, from Bringin' Home the Bacon in 1940 to The Nutcracker Ballet in 1971 to Our Town in 1963, 1997 and 2011.

                Steve Meadows has headed the drama department since 1995. He works one-on-one with students to ensure that each performer reaches full potential. Jane Dewey, Director of Arts Education for the Danville School district, teaches acting classes at the high school and at Centre College and directs student plays. One example of Ms. Dewey's work is the aforementioned The Secret Life of Girls, which offered a perspective on bullying and mental health. Beth Marlowe is a director at West T. Hill Community Theatre who often directs plays at DHS, particularly musicals like Beauty and the Beast and The Wizard of Oz. Technical director Malcolm Springs works behind the scenes to create sets, design lighting and run lights and sound for the shows. He instructs students on the technical aspects of theatre production, and demonstrates proper safety techniques for the use of theatrical equipment. Student participation is key to the success of any play at Danville High School. Due to the hands-on setting and team mentality of the theatre, students are involved in many aspects of production, and learn valuable skills for future creative efforts. The entire Danville High School team is dedicated not only to creating memorable performances but also to teaching students the theatrical process.

                With one play performed each semester, students are given many opportunities to audition for and participate in productions. The theatre department usually presents one musical every two years, which allows students interested in singing and dancing to showcase their talents. Producing musicals provides opportunities for some students, while producing straight plays of comedic and dramatic nature gives other students their chances to shine. In choosing plays for the spring and fall productions, Danville educators keep in mind past plays and try to branch out, offering new and interesting possibilities for theatrically inclined students. From the consistently filled theatre classes to the intimate and friendly auditions, the DHS theatre program truly is large enough for great opportunity, yet small enough to be personal.