About the EGRHS Drama Program

East Grand Rapids High School, in East Grand Rapids, Michigan, is a member of the theInternational Thespian Society and has an active and vibrant Drama program. Over 200 EGRHS students participate in at least one production each year. Shows staged in recent years have included The Diary of Anne Frank, A Chorus Line, West Side Story, Much Ado About Nothing, and The Phantom of the Opera.

Students can be involved in as many as 7 extra-curricular productions during the school year: A Fall play, a Variety/talent show, a Spring musical, a One-act play, 24 Hour Theatre, Theatre by the Numbers and a student production which is staged, directed and produced entirely by students and the EGRHS Drama Club and Troupe 4241 of the International Thespian Society.

EGRHS theatrical productions are open to all students. In addition to acting roles, opportunities abound for students to become involved backstage with stage managing, student directing, set construction, lighting and sound design, stage crew, publicity, costuming and makeup, and ushers and house managers. Audition schedules are available online, announced at Drama Club meetings and posted on the Club bulletin board. Students wishing to participate in any capacity, including backstage or supporting positions, must attend at least one audition and fill out a form indicating their interest.

In addition to the extra-curricular stage productions mentioned above, EGRHS offersTrips.

Due to state funding, EGRPS implemented a “pay to perform” policy in 2012. For specific fees, please see thePay to Play PDF

The Performing Arts Center & Little Auditorium

EGRHS's Performing Arts Center (PAC) is a state of the art theatre seating up to 680 patrons in an intimate Italian Opera House-style setting. The theatre also houses dressing and makeup rooms, large fly and wing space, a set construction shop, an orchestra pit, a green room, and costume storage. Completed in 2002, the facility is used for most drama productions; the H.S. band, orchestra, and choral concerts; other school functions; as well as community events. The Drama Department also uses the Little Auditorium to stage productions having smaller space requirements, as well as a rehearsal space for the larger productions. The Winter play and student play are generally performed in the Little Auditorium.

Stage Boosters

TheEGRHS Stage Boosters is a Parent organization formed to support the students and Drama Department help mount the productions. Parents of all students involved are encouraged to join this friendly group. Click here to learn more aboutStage Boosters.

Past Productions


  • Charlie's Aunt
  • Our Town
  • While the Lights Were Out
  • Little Women
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream
  • Up the Down Staircase
  • Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus
  • The Mouse That Roared
  • The Crucible
  • A Christmas Carol
  • Robin Hood
  • My Sister Eileen
  • Pride and Prejudice
  • The Summer of Jack London
  • A Christmas Story
  • War of the Worlds
  • Noises Off
  • Harvey
  • Our Town
  • The House at Pooh Corner
  • The Three Musketeers
  • Don't Drink the Water
  • The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
  • Ken Ludwig's Midsummer Jersey
  • Jane Eyre
  • The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
  • The Matchmaker
  • The Diary of Anne Frank


  • Egad, The Woman in White
  • Dogsbreath Deverough
  • Heaven Help the Po'Tators
  • The Great Ice Cream Scheme
  • The Paper Bag Bandit
  • Dirty Work in High Places
  • Holder Posey
  • Here Come the Cows
  • Alice in Wonderland
  • A Snake in the Grass
  • Trouble at Holly's Holiday Emporium...


  • The Pearl
  • Why Do We Laugh?
  • The Taming of the Shrew
  • Ezigbo, The Spirit Child
  • Cinderella Wore Combat Boots
  • Postlude, A Play for the Moment
  • Competition Piece
  • Frankenstein
  • The Comedy of Errors
  • From Every Mountainside
  • The Disappearance of the Three Little Pigs
  • The Terezin Promise
  • Small Actors
  • A Rose for Emily
  • The Great Pandemonium
  • The Secret of Madame DeFarge
  • The Grimm Brothers Spectaculathon
  • Radium Girls
  • Much Ado About Nothing


  • Hello, Dolly!
  • A Chorus Line
  • The Music Man
  • Bye Bye Birdie
  • Meet Me in St. Louis
  • Once Upon a Mattress
  • Anything Goes
  • Brigadoon
  • How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying
  • Les Misérables
  • 42nd Street
  • Hello, Dolly!
  • Beauty and the Beast
  • Fiddler on the Roof
  • On the Town
  • The Wiz
  • State Fair
  • The Phantom of the Opera
  • You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown
  • Into the Woods
  • West Side Story
  • Curtains
  • Grease

    Student Productions

  • Much Ado About Nothing (Cece McDonald)
  • A Midsummer's Night Dream (Cece McDonald)
  • The Importance of Being Earnest (Luke Rollins-Page)
  • The Taming of the Shrew (Zach Zimmermann)
  • And Then There Were None (Dan Koch)
  • She Stoops to Conquer (Cicely Schonberg)
  • The Open Window (Sabrina Petkus)
  • Hamlet (Andrew Decker &  Hailey MacLaughlin
  • Sherlock Holmes...Jersey Lily (Amber Middleton)
  • Charley's Aunt (Nick Salasky/Taylor Nelson)
  • Clue: The Musical (Ben Utter)
  • The Man Who Came to Dinner (Arnold Johnsen &  Emily Livermore)
  • Leading Ladies (Alex Walschots &  Bailey Katsumata-Smith)
  • Parfumerie (Erin Smith &  Erianna Rounds)