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 Show "A Midsummer Night's Dream"

    Woodside Priory Theater presents “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” by William Shakespeare

    Leave your cares behind and come be part of Shakespeare’s most brilliant comedy, set in a modern-day land where magic and laughter lurk around every corner! A place where a mismatched love triangle of teens wandering in enchanted woods, at the same as a group of bumbling workmen-actors, unleashes hilarious Fairy-led mischief, mayhem and physical comedy.  With such incredible characters as Titania and Oberon the rulers of the Fairy World, the four star-crossed (and very confused) teenagers, the goodhearted though inept workmen and Bottom the weaver (who has more in common with a donkey than he knows), this production is a comedic delight shot through with real magic tricks, passion, transformation and joy.

    Appropriate (and fun) for all ages, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” plays November 15th, 16th and 17th at 7:00 and November 18th at 2:00.
    PLEASE NOTE:  Adult Tickets are $15.  There was an error on our earlier poster stating they were $10.  We apologize for the error, that price allows us to keep our Student Tickets so affordable.

    Tickets are $5 Students / $15 Adult  
    Tickets may be purchased at the Door or in advance at http://priory.ticketleap.com/midsummer
  • Upper School Show "The Government Inspector"

    Priory Theater proudly presents "The Government Inspector," adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher from the original by Nikolai Gogol.

    Staged by two casts, with three performances each, this may well be Priory Theater's most hilarious show ever!  Crammed with physical comedy, extraordinary wit, flirtation, bribery, mistaken identities and comic innuendo, it’s a show not to miss.

    When the leaders of Russia’s most corrupt small town hear that a government inspector is about to descend on them in disguise, they panic and mistake a drunken unemployed clerk for the inspector.  

    What follows is a fast-paced, outrageous  comedy of errors of epic proportion, with characters and situations that send up and skewer the corrupt, arrogant, and powerful with brilliant wit and humor.

    If you wish to see which actors play which performance, go to this link:

    Parental guidance suggested.  This play is recommended for ages 10 and up, solely due to farce, flirtation and comic innuendo.

    Performance Dates:
    MOSCOW CAST:  March 6th and 8th at 7:00, March 9th at 2:00
    ST. PETERSBURG CAST:  March 7th and 9th at 7:00, March 10th at 2:00

    Tickets are $5 Student / $15 Adult.  Tickets may be purchased at the Door or in advance at http://priory.ticketleap.com/inspector

    Woodside Priory School – 302 Portola Road – Portola Valley – CA– 94028
  • Middle School Show "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe"

    Woodside Priory Theater presents

    The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

    WHAT:    Theatrical Performance of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
    Adapted for the stage by Joseph Robinette from the novel by C.S. Lewis
    WHO:    Woodside Priory Middle School
    WHERE: Rothrock Performing Arts Center
    Woodside Priory School
    302 Portola Road
    Portola Valley, CA 94028
    WHEN: May 2nd and 3rd @ 7:00 pm, May 4th @ 2:00 pm
    TICKETS: $5 Student, $15 Adult.  At the door or in advance at https://priory.ticketleap.com/lion

    You’ve read the book; you’ve seen the movie. Now see it live on stage as the Middle School actors of Woodside Priory perform The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, adapted by Joseph Robinette from the novel by C.S. Lewis.

    Join the four Pevensie children as they travel to the magical land of Narnia, a land enslaved by the icy White Witch.  Quickly they are thrust into an adventure filled with talking beasts, battles, danger, friendship, loss, and hope, and must choose sides in a war between good and evil that only they can tip the balance of.  All the characters for the book are here including Mr. Tumnus the faun, Fenris Ulf the terrifying head of the secret police, the White Witch, Aslan, Mr. and Mrs. Beaver, Unicorns, Ogres, Trolls, the Professor, and many more.  Don’t miss this enchanting rollercoaster of an adventure!

    Play Summary:
    Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy are sent out of London to the country manor of Professor Kirke. At first it looks as if their time there will be rather boring, as the professor’s housekeeper, Mrs. Macready has forbidden all games and noise. But when the professor suggests a game of hide and seek, and Lucy enters a wardrobe, she finds herself in a different world. Lucy meets and befriends the faun Tumnus, only to learn that Narnia may not be safe for a Daughter of Eve.

    Lucy returns with her brother, Edmund, and while she goes off in search of Tumnus, Edmund meets the Witch -- uh -- Queen of Narnia. Edmund falls under her spell. After all four children venture through the wardrobe, Mr. and Mrs. Beaver tell them of the prophecy that two Sons of Adam and two Daughters of Eve will come to Narnia and save it from the perpetual winter -- without Christmas -- of the White Witch.

    Edmund, however, sneaks off to the castle of the Witch. There he encounters Fenris Ulf, Captain of the Witch’s Secret Police, and learns that enemies of the “Queen” are turned to stone statues. The other three children set off to meet the Great Lion Aslan, who has been rumored to have returned to Narnia. This sets in motion events that lead to an exciting and climactic battle between the forces of Good and Evil.


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