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Theatre at OLSH is a year-round opportunity - with workshops held in the summer and throughout the year and performances in the fall and spring.  OLSH's theatre program has been recognized by the Pittsburgh CLO Gene Kelly Awards for Excellence in High School Musical Theater and by the American High School Theatre Festival, providing our students with the opportunity to perform on the Benedum Center stage and at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.OLSH students performing I'm Free from Footloose the musical


Spring Musical

The spring musical is the highlight of OLSH's student performances. The production team, headed by Dolores Manuel and Heather Taylor, continually produces high quality shows that entertain and give the students the opportunity to showcase and develop their skills. Auditions for the spring musical are held in the fall and the program welcomes all interested students into the ensemble. OLSH productions have been nominated for 71 Gene Kelly Awards over the past 18 years.

Previous shows include: Footloose (2017), Thoroughly Modern Millie (2016), The Addams Family (2015), The Wiz (2014), Honk! (2013), How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (2012), Little Shop of Horrors (2011), Once on This Island (2010), Hello Dolly (2009), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (2008), Working (2007), Seussical (2006), Bye Bye Birdie (2005), Once Upon A Mattress (2004), The Sound of Music (2003), Godspell (2002), Anything Goes (2001), Working (2000).

Fall Play

The annual fall play affords students an opportunity to use their acting, set design, and directing skills. The show is often performed in conjunction with the annual Haunted Hallways event, taking on a spooky or mysterious theme.

PHSSL Drama Festival

The OLSH theatre department participates in the Pennsylvania High School Speech League Drama Festival, presenting a short play for competition at the local level.  In 2016, OLSH's performance of Thornton Wilder's The Happy Journey to Trenton & Camden was selected to compete at the state level and actress Evie Hoff '17 was named to the All-State Cast.

Theatre Thursdays

Students who have an interest in any aspect of theatre meet after school and participate in a variety of activities, including improv games, singing, dancing, and directing. 

Summer Theatre Workshop

OLSH offers a summer theatre workshop that allows students to work on their acting, singing, and dancing skills in a fun and friendly environment. The program culminates in a Summer Showcase, allowing students to show off what they've learned to their friends and family.