East Grand Rapids High School, in East Grand Rapids, Michigan, is a member of the the International 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 offers trips.
Due to state funding, EGRPS implemented a “pay to perform” policy in 2012. For specific fees, please see the Pay to Play PDF.