Theatre season set to begin at Canal Winchester High School

By Linda Dillman
Staff Writer

Canal Winchester High School actors rehearsing for a past performance from a previous year.

Fall is a season of many colors, but for Canal Winchester High School thespians, it begins a production season that starts in November and does not stop until daffodils lose their sunny brightness in the spring.

On Nov. 22 and 23 at 7 p.m., the high school actors will perform their annual Fall Shorts Festival in the Oley Speaks Auditorium, located at 100 Washington St. in Canal Winchester

“This is based on the ‘Evolution of Theater,’ highlighting eight different plays and their representative styles from Greek tragedy to ‘Modern Theater of the Absurd,’” said Canal Winchester High School Drama Director Abbey Phillips.

The styles include Shakespeare, realism and the avant garde, as well as the both comedic and thought-provoking. More than 45 students will be on stage.

“We really want to take the opportunity to educate both our students and audience in the history of theater,” Phillips said. “There are so many wonderful plays to be taken in historical context that the average high school theater goer and participants are unaware of. Contemporary theater does not exist in a bubble. It is built on centuries of comedic and dramatic works. The format of the play will be similar to walking in on a college Theatre 101 class.”

The 2020 Madrigal will take the stage and areas throughout the high school cafetorium Feb. 15 and 16, featuring a dinner theatre production of William Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing.”

“It’s been about a decade since we produced ‘Much Ado About Nothing,’” said Canal Winchester High School Theatre Director Todd Phillips. “We first performed it in 2000, just in time for the millennium change. It was our Y2K Madrigal. This will be our 31st Madrigal production.”

The comedy, first published in 1600, includes intrigue, royalty, would-be lovers, plot twists, a masterful deception to stop a marriage, a masked ball and more. Tickets for the madrigal go on sale in January.

The annual spring musical, yet to be announced, will be April 24 and April 25. Tickets go on sale the beginning of April 2020.

Tickets can be pre-ordered for the Fall Shorts through any student or by calling the Canal Winchester Performing Arts box office at 614-920-2680, or by emailing Tickets are $5 for students and seniors, and $7 for adults.

Tickets for the Madrigal Dinner and spring musical can be purchased through the same contacts.

Visit for information about the Canal Winchester High School performing arts programs.

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