Performing Arts

Welcome to the Performing Arts Department of the Priory School. We offer a wide range of training in all aspects of the Performing Arts including Acting, Improvisation, Directing, Playwriting, Shakespeare, Stage Tech and Design, Stage Combat, Musical Theater, Choir, Wind Symphony, Jazz Ensemble, String Ensemble, Handbell Choir, as well as Guitar, Percussion, Music Theory, Composition, Music History, and more.

The Performing Arts are an integral part of life at Priory. At any given moment of the year, in both middle and high school, at least one-quarter of our student body is enrolled in a performing arts class, preparing to perform or run a production, or participating in an arts related club.

In Priory Performing Arts, all students are welcome to find and explore whatever art form may be their passion and hopefully try and discover new ones. We offer a professional, supportive and trusting environment where students are given skills to unlock their talents and encouraged to stretch themselves.

In the Fall of 2007 we opened our new Performing Arts Center consisting of:
  • The Rothrock Performance Hall, a 400 seat proscenium theater with a large stage and state of the art lighting, sound and audience seating.
  • The Verhalen Family "Black Box" theater classroom for classes and rehearsal space with full theatrical light and sound system.
  • The Marquart Family Set Shop, which allows us to construct sets on a grand scale.
  • The Barbara Crouse Choir Classroom and new Orchestra Classroom which are rehearsal rooms for our large Choirs and Orchestras, The Tamara and Dan Turner Family Midi Lab and Workroom which consists of eight computer stations with keyboards and composing software for music composition and analysis.
  • A complete stock of school owned instruments, instrument storage, two practice rooms with pianos, and recording equipment for instant playback and critique of rehearsals.
These facilities have allowed us to take already strong and growing programs and expand them even more. Our students are receiving training and producing productions and concerts at a collegiate or professional level and now they are putting that work up in world class facilities.

Current Productions

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  • All School Play: "Troilus and Cressida"

    November 18-November 21, 2021
  • Upper School Play: "Urinetown: The Musical"

    March 25-March 27 (Streaming Video On Demand)
  • Middle School Play: "Trap"

    May 5-May 7, 2022

    Priory Theater proudly presents “Trap,” by Stephen Gregg.

    A play designed to send chills up your spine, “Trap” by Stephen Gregg is a pseudo-documentary about a mysterious event that caused 241 people to lose consciousness during a middle school performance in Menachap, California.  

    As the events of the play unfold, we learn that there may be beings called “pharonochs” which feed on fear.  But how can they be related to what happened?  As the play continues the characters and the audience in the theater begin to realize that things are very much not what they seem.  Appropriate for all ages, don't miss this show!  

    “Trap” will be performed live at Woodside Priory School on May 5th & 6th at 7:00 and May 7th at 2:00.  Tickets are $5 Student/Child and $15 Adult and may be purchased at the door or online at  Audience masking is optional.  Woodside Priory School, 302 Portola Road, Portola Valley, CA 94028

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