The High School Project

The Next Generation of Canadian Theatre

The only theatre program of its kind in North America, The High School Project (HSP) began in 1998 with West Side Story. Since then, the Grand Theatre has produced 33 High School Projects. The program celebrated its 20th anniversary with the best-selling Les Miserables: School Edition in 2016, which was followed by the hit production of Evita last year.

The Grand Theatre is proud to announce that it has procured the rights to produce the groundbreaking new musical PROM QUEEN, premiering as the 2018 High School Project.This new, Canadian, award-winning production, originally developed through Sheridan College's Canadian Music Theatre Project (Come From Away) brings an authentic voice to a remarkable story.

The HSP offers an exceptional opportunity for students to receive education and training in the working environment of a professional theatre. High school students from London and area are mentored by professional artists and coaches in all departments (acting, stage management, props, wardrobe, scenic art, sound, lighting, orchestra, and photography) culminating in a production on the Grand's Spriet Stage. The initiative provides leadership, creative, and communication skills that serve these students on and off stage - in every area of their lives.



Evita - September 19 to 30, 2017
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Thames Valley District School Board

With special thanks to rTraction and all of those individuals, organizations and companies across Canada who made donations in support of Prom Queen and the High School Project, including:

Lerners LLP
Tourism London


Prom Queen: The Musical

September 18 - 29, 2018
Spriet Stage

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For a list of past High School Project productions, click here.

HSP AUDITIONS — Spring 2018

Who can participate? All students who will be in grade 9-12 in the 2018-2019 school year, and who are from London or the surrounding area are eligible to audition/interview for a place in the High School Project. Positions are available onstage, in the orchestra, and backstage, in the following departments: stage management, lighting, sound, scenic art, photography, costumes, and props. Auditions for onstage and orchestra positions, as well as interviews for all backstage positions, will occur in late spring. An audition and interview notice will be circulated soon, and it will include detailed information about how to book your slot. Successful candidates will commit to a rigorous rehearsal and production schedule of 5-6 days per week. Students gain the experience of working on our stage with the theatre's crew, completing technical and dress rehearsals, and learning the stamina and discipline required to execute multiple performances. This one-of-a-kind creative process culminates in a public engagement of the HSP on the Spriet Stage.

For additional information, please contact Education & Outreach Coordinator, Meghan O’Hara – mohara [at] grandtheatre [dot] com

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