Musical Go to website
Ashley Bowen
323-5310 • abowen@portageps.org
 

Each year the award-winning theatre department at Portage Central High School presents a Winter Musical for our community to enjoy.  As a high school program, we view ourselves as an educational program that provides professional level opportunities for actors, technicians, and musicians.  Past productions include Beauty and the Beast, Shrek, and Mamma Mia.  Portage Central Performing Arts also prides itself on producing area and national premieres of challenging pieces such as the critically acclaimed 2012 production of The Phantom of the Opera and the 2019 production of Big Fish.  Big Fish was also awarded Best Musical in Michigan by the Sutton Foster Ovation Awards in the 2018/2019 school year.   

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Forensics Go to website

Tyler Baas 

323-5312  •  tbaas@portageps.org

Forensics is the competitive public speaking team. There are twelve public speaking categories--six that are Public Address/Speech events: Broadcasting, Impromptu, Extemp, Oratory, Sales, and Informative--and six that are interpretation events: Storytelling, Prose, Poetry, Dramatic interpretation, Duo interpretation, and Multiple interpretation. Forensics starts practicing in January, but competitions are in late February, March, April, and early May. 

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Fall Play Go to website

Ashley Bowen

323-5310 • abowen@portageps.org

Liz Honeysett

323-5241 • ehoneysett@portageps.org

Portage Central's Fall Play allows students to develop skills in the many aspects of  theatre, including, but not limited to: costume design, stage management, run crew, acting, and hair/makeup design. The Fall Play is typically a smaller ensemble when compared to the school musical with a focus on educational theatre, meaning that both highly experienced theatre students and students without theatre experience can come together than put together an excellent production. Auditions for the Fall Play are typically during the first full week of school with performances near the end of October and beginning of November.  

PERFORMING ARTS

Sarah Smith-Moore, Activities Assistant

323.5264  sesmith@portageps.org

Nikki Smith, Activities Director
323.5265  nsmith@portageps.org

Student Activities Office • Portage Central High School

8135 S. Westnedge Ave • Portage, MI 49002

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