Our Lady of the Sacred Heart High School

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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 74 Gene Kelly Awards over the past 20 years.

Previous shows include: Working (2021), Suessical (2020), Once Upon a Mattress (2019), Beauty and the Beast (2018), 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.

Previous shows include: The Spoon River Project (2020), The 39 Steps (2019), The Insanity of Mary Girard (2018), Up and Down Detective Agency (2017), The Great Ghost Chase (2016), Zombeo and Juliet (2015), Varney the Vampire (2014), and You Can't Take it With You (2013)

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.

Previous shows and honors include:

  • The Spoon River Project - 2020-2021 State Winner - 2nd Place
    • Andy Besong ‘21 and Ellie Troiani ‘21 named to All-State Cast
  • The 39 Steps
    • Margaret Matous '20 named to All-State Cast
  • The Insanity of Mary Girard  - 2018-2019 State Finalist
    • Alyssa Brinza '19 and Xavier Moskala '20 named to All-State Cast
  • Pullman Car Hiawatha - 2017-2018 State Winner-3rd Place
    • Sophia Blake '19 named to All-State Cast
  • The Happy Journey to Trenton & Camden - 2016-2017 State Qualifier
    • Evie Hoff '17 named to All-State Cast

Christmas Play

OLSH students are invited to participate in the annual Christmas Play, a musical performance with a Christmas theme that is also performed for area grade school students.

Recent shows include: A Magical Christmas (2018), Christmas at Super Hero High (2017)

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 Bootcamp

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.

Community Theatre at OLSH

In the summer of 2018, OLSH began hosting a community theatre production by the newly founded Pelican Players. The group welcomes performers from around the community in addition to OLSH students, parents, and alumni. The company was founded by Ms. Dolores Manuel, OLSH's theatre director and assistant business manager.
Previous performances include: The Drowsy Chaperone (2019), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (2018)


Gene Kelly Awards

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