News from the Arts

October 2022 • Princeton Public Schools

Welcome to News from the Arts

The Princeton Public Schools Visual and Performing Arts department is pleased to share an electronic newsletter with information about recent and upcoming events. We are grateful for the tremendous community support for our programs and invite you to attend our many events so that you may experience the incredible and inspiring work of our students. If the cost of admission would present a financial hardship for your family, please contact us at For more information, please visit our website at:

Arts Department Philosophy

Active participation in an arts program is a critical component in every child’s education. Arts programs enrich students’ lives and provide a vehicle for them to communicate and express human emotion and ideas. In addition, the study of the arts prepares students to be successful in a twenty-first century world that demands innovative thinking and creativity in an increasingly competitive global society. We believe that all students are capable of growth in the arts and that there are skills and concepts inherent in the arts that cannot be taught in other disciplines. Participation in an arts program allows students to make connections across content areas and cultural boundaries. The arts enable personal, intellectual, social, economic, and human growth by fostering creativity and providing opportunities for expression beyond the limits of language.

We support this mission through our instruction aligned to the New Jersey Student Learning Standards (NJSLS) and to the National Core Arts Standards. We are a nationally-recognized program, and Princeton High School has been designated a New Jersey Model School in the Arts. Our distinguished faculty members provide sequential instruction in each arts discipline, challenging each student to reach his or her potential.

Updated Arts Health Protocols

The Princeton Public Schools Visual and Performing Arts Department has worked extensively to provide high quality instruction during all phases of the pandemic. Over the last 30 months, we developed a series of plans that implemented recommendations and guidance from the Princeton Department of Health, the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Federation of High Schools (NFHS), and national and state arts education organizations. Some of the mitigation strategies that we use are tied to the COVID-19 Community Level, as defined by the CDC and the NJDOH. If local conditions in Princeton indicate increased community transmission or an outbreak, we may introduce additional mitigation strategies, in consultation with district administration, our school physician, and the Princeton Department of Health.

Please see our full list of arts protocols for this school year, and please feel free to reach out if you have any questions.

PHS Spectacle Theatre presents a Spectacle Theatre Showcase: A Cabaret Night Filled With Songs, Monologues, and Scenes

Friday, October 14, 2022

7:30 PM

PHS Black Box Theatre

General Admission $5. Tickets will be sold during break at PHS and at the door. Doors will open 15 minutes before curtain time.

PHS Choir Presents Fado: Music of the Portuguese Soul

Friday, October 21, 2022

7:30 PM

PHS Performing Arts Center

Come experience the heart and soul of Portuguese music: Fado. You will be transported to the city of Lisbon as you hear this music and its poignant stories filled with nostalgia, love, melancholy, passion, and spirit. In keeping with the tradition of Fado, the vocal performances will be accompanied by guitars and dancing as well! This performance can be enjoyed by the entire family and is a fundraiser for PHS Choir’s February tour to Portugal. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens and may be purchased through choir members or at the door.

PHS Fall Band Concert

PHS Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble perform concert band literature. Admission is free.

Wednesday, October 26, 2022

7:30 PM

PHS Performing Arts Center

Art Exhibition Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

Numina Gallery is proud to collaborate again this year with the Latinos Unidos Club for Hispanic Heritage Month. From October 18 through November 15, the Gallery will feature cultural artifacts from all corners of Latin America, including an ofrenda, hand-embroidered fabric, and clothing. In addition, Studio Art II (2D) students will display recent skull drawings, connecting with the holiday, el Día de los Muertos. The Gallery is open during regular school hours, and there will be an evening showing for the public on Friday, October 28 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.

PHS Orchestra UNICEF Benefit Concert

The PHS Orchestra and PHS UNICEF Project are proud to present this year's UNICEF Benefit Concert, which features PHS Orchestra alumnus and cellist Zachary Mowitz (PHS ‘14, Curtis Institute of Music ‘18).

Student musicians from throughout the community are featured in the concert's grand finale. It will take place on Friday, October 28, 2022, at 7:30 PM in the PHS Performing Arts Center. Tickets can be purchased at the door and are $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for students and seniors. Concert proceeds benefit UNICEF USA.

Princeton Middle School proudly presents The Hallmarks of Horror

Scary movies are full of different ways to give you nightmares—but once you figure out the formula, the frightful looks pretty funny. Take a whirlwind tour through the common categories of the creepy, from lines like, “Let’s split up!” to tropes like the car that never starts. If you dare to master everything from cobwebs to clowns, you’ll be ready when they all converge in a single hilarious finale scene. You won’t believe how fast the spine-chilling turns side-splitting when you know the secrets of The Hallmarks of Horror.

Friday, November 4, 2022 (Blue Cast)

Saturday, November 5, 2022 (Gold Cast)

7:30 PM

PMS Auditorium

We are so excited to be having our first post-COVID, in-person performance on our very own PMS stage. This is a historical performance since we haven’t been able to perform on stage since “The Little Mermaid” in 2020. Ticket prices will be $10.00 for Adults and $5.00 for Students and Seniors. Tickets will go on sale soon and can be purchased from Ms. Cameron at Princeton Middle School. Looking forward to you joining us in celebrating the talent of our amazing, resilient, and energetic middle schoolers!

PPS Piano Sale

The annual piano and instrument sale is co-sponsored by the Rockley Family Foundation and Princeton Public Schools. The sale will be held November 10-12, 2022, in the PHS Performing Arts Center. Please call (609) 955-8008 to schedule an appointment.

PHS Spectacle Theatre proudly presents The Play That Goes Wrong

“Welcome to opening night of the Cornley University Drama Society’s newest production, The Murder at Haversham Manor, where things are quickly going from bad to utterly disastrous. This 1920s whodunit has everything you never wanted in a show—an unconscious leading lady, a corpse that can’t play dead, and actors who trip over everything (including their lines). Nevertheless, the accident-prone thespians battle against all odds to make it through to their final curtain call, with hilarious consequences! Part Monty Python, part Sherlock Holmes, this Olivier Award-winning comedy is a global phenomenon that’s guaranteed to leave you aching with laughter!” (Dramatists Play Service)

Thursday, November 17, 2022, at 7:30 PM

Friday, November 18, 2022, at 7:30 PM

Saturday, November 19, 2022, at 7:30 PM

Sunday, November 20, 2022, at 3:00 PM

Princeton High School Performing Arts Center

Corner of Walnut Lane and Franklin Avenue, Princeton, NJ

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students/seniors. Tickets are available at our Ludus website. All tickets are general admission seating. Doors will open 30 minutes before curtain time. All roles are double-cast; each cast performs two shows.

Big Band Dance

Please attend our Big Band Dance featuring the PHS Studio Band and Jazz Ensemble playing music from the 1940s to the current day. Admission is $7 for adults and $5 for seniors and students; tickets are available at the door.

Friday, December 2, 2022

7:00-10:00 PM

PHS Cafeteria

Jammin’ With Santa

Please join us for Jammin’ With Santa at PHS! We’ll have visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus, arts and crafts, games, and holiday music played by the PHS Studio Band. Admission is free, but donations will be gratefully accepted.

Saturday, December 3, 2022

10:30 AM-1:30 PM

Princeton High School Cafeteria

PMS Winter Choral Concert

Please join us for a concert featuring the Sixth, Seventh, and Eight Grade Choirs performing repertoire from around the world in the beautiful PHS PAC. Free admission.

Wednesday, December 14, 2022

7:30 PM

PHS Performing Arts Center

PMS Student Art Exhibition

The art students of Princeton Middle School will exhibit their achievements in this culminating gala celebration. Works include two- and three-dimensional pieces by over 400 students.

Thursday, December 15, 2022

6:00-7:30 PM

PMS Main Commons

PMS Winter Instrumental Music Concert

Concert featuring the String Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, Concert Band, and Symphonic Band. Free admission.

Thursday, December 15, 2022

7:30 PM

PMS Auditorium

Princeton Symphony Orchestra Holiday POPS! Concert

Saturday, December 17, 2022

3:00 and 6:00 PM

Richardson Auditorium

A Princeton tradition! The Princeton High School Choir joins the PSO to celebrate the holiday season. Tickets can be purchased through

PHS Winter Concert

The 77th Annual Winter Concert at the Princeton University Chapel is Wednesday, December 21, 2022, at 7:30 PM. The concert is shared by the choirs and orchestras at Princeton High School. Alumni of the choirs are invited to participate in the traditional Bach and Handel selections that end the concert each year. This concert is free and open to the public.

Contact Us

Patrick Lenihan, Supervisor of Visual and Performing Arts

Princeton Public Schools

Our next electronic arts newsletter will be distributed in January and will include additional details about our upcoming events.