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About Stage Right!
We are a school for the performing arts and professional theatre company located in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. Our mission is to to bring affordable, high-quality, arts education and entertainment to Westmoreland County and the surrounding areas. ￼The result of this has been students who are finding success in their pursuits of attend- ing the best colleges and universities in the country. Stage Right students can currently be found pursuing theatre degrees at: NYU, Penn State, Bucknell and Point Park. While still in high school, Stage Right students have been chosen to attend the Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Arts, have been finalists and winners of the Pittsburgh Public Theatre’s Shakespeare monologue contest and have been chosen as leads in their school plays and musicals. In addition to their artistic pursuits, the majority of our students also find great academic success and doing so is greatly encouraged by Stage Right.
Professional Theater Company
Stage Right! Theatre Company offers top-notch professional theatre and employs 20-25 Equity actors per season, in addition to college actors and other local professionals. We maintain ten productions throughout the season offering adult productions and student and children productions. This gives us the opportunity to appeal to the greatest number of people. The challenge still remains to keep the ticket prices down without sacrificing quality and being true to the mission and standards that are Stage Right! The theatre component of Stage Right! is charged with producing a show that is artistically challenging for the actors, falls within the budget for the company, and has enough public appeal to sell tickets to our core demographic, a family with 2+ children between the ages of 4-12. This audience demands a certain type of production and over the past three years has had an impact on our theatrical season. We have added several shows per year to appeal to this demographic. (See the production calendar for updates on upcoming shows.)
In additional to 5 professional productions we also present 3 full-length Student Company productions. The winter production features a luncheon prior to the show and has sold out the past three years. All-County Musical Stage Right! also produces the All-County Musical, a musical featuring 18 of the county’s area schools and home and cyber school students. This is in its sixth year. Past productions have included Sweeney Todd, Les Mes, Jr. Disney’s High School Musical and Fame.
School for the Performing Arts
Founded in 1998 with just 12 students, Stage Right currently has an enrollment that averages 180 students year round. The school is based on the tenet that professional artist, instructing, mentoring and working alongside student actors profoundly affects their development as a performer. Our students are taught by professionals and then are given the opportunity to work with them on stage. This synergy creates highly successful graduates. Our students have gone on to be accepted by the top musical theatre schools in the nation. At this point we now have students that have graduated from college, received their Equity card, performed in New York and the tri-state area and returned to teach or give a master’s class at Stage Right! Our core classes include acting, tap, jazz, voice, ballet, and musical theatre. Our students range from 4 years to 18. Stage Right continues its involvement in the Propel Schools of the Pittsburgh Public School District, where we provide the musical theatre component in selected elementary and high schools, staffed by professional actors who can teach full time. The project involved developing a curriculum to fit Propel needs and Stage Right’s resources and adapting what we consider our product to an inter-city school system.