Abbot Pennings High School Musicals

Abbot Pennings High School put on one theater production per year.  As far as I know they were always musicals and always performed during the spring.  Rick Smits ('84) sent me some scans of musical programs and reviews, and I thought it was worth a whole page to display them and begin to compile a list of the musicals we did. Thanks to Rick, Jim Van Hefty ('80) and my brother Chris ('90) and Jerry Malcore ('69) for helping me compile the list.  If you have any other shows or would like to share any other APHS theater memorabilia, please e-mail me at elf(at)

1959  - A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
1960  - Our Town by Thornton Wilder
1961  - My Heart's in the Highlands by Robert Burns
1962  - The People with Light Coming Out of Them by William Saroyan
1966  - Twelve Angry Men We must have done drama too.  Can't imagine this as a musical.
1966  - Rescue My Castle (written by Mr. William Bauknecht) Cast included future Miss America, Terry Anne Meeuwsen, along with Squire actors E.G. Nadeau, Randall Krueger (now Crocker), Mark Burrall, Mike Schibly (thanks for the date correction) and others.
1968  - I Guess This Means Goodbye Terry Anne Meeuwsen appeared again.
1969  - Almost Summer  
1971  - Bye Bye Birdie (needs confirmation)
1972  - Camelot (Thanks Tom Brogan)
1973  - Lil Abner (Thanks Tom Brogan)
1974  - Music Man (Thanks Randy Stary)
1975  - Jesus Christ Superstar (Thanks Joe Conard for confirming)
1976  - Man of La Mancha (Thanks Randy Stary for confirming)


 - Godspell  
1978  - Oliver Playbill Cover
1979  - Paint Your Wagon  
1980  - My Fair Lady Playbill Cover
1981  - West Side Story Playbill Cover
1982  - Oklahoma Playbill Cover
1983  - Fiddler on the Roof Playbill Cover, Review 1, Review 2
1984  - Brigadoon Playbill Cover
1985  - 1776  
1986  - Jesus Christ Superstar Playbill Cover
1987  - South Pacific  
1988  - Godspell Playbill Cover
1989  - Lil Abner  
1990  - Fiddler on the Roof  

This picture is not from a musical, it's the audience during the 1985 talent show.  But it is in the APHS Auditorium where we put on all the plays.  You can see the balcony for the lighting crew, and the former side balconies that had been boarded up to create the computer room (stage right) and the faculty lounge (stage left.)

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