News from the Arts

Winter 2020 • 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:

PHS Winter Musical: The Theory of Relativity

Spectacle Theatre proudly presents the Musical Theatre Class in The Theory of Relativity on January 16, 17, and 18!

The Theory of Relativity is a new musical song-cycle by Neil Bartram and Brian Hill. The musical is a joyous and moving look at our surprisingly interconnected lives. Through a seemingly unrelated collection of songs, scenes, and monologues, The Theory of Relativity introduces a compelling array of characters experiencing the joys and heartbreaks, the liaisons and losses, and the inevitability and the wonder of human connection.

The Theory of Relativity is being being performed in the PHS Black Box Theatre on January 16, 17, and 18 at 7:30 PM. The production features the Musical Theatre class and members of the PHS Studio Band and Tech Crew.

Tickets are $5.00 and can be purchased at the door, or online at Doors will open at 7:10 PM. All seats are General Admission.

JP Winter Concert

The Johnson Park bands and orchestras, as well as the fifth grade choir, will present their winter concert on Tuesday, January 21, 2020, at 7:00 PM in the JP Gymnasium. Free admission.

CP Winter Band Concert

The Community Park beginner and advanced bands will present their winter concert on Thursday, January 30, 2020, at 6:30 PM in the CP All-Purpose Room. Free admission.

PHS Winter Drama

Spectacle Theatre proudly presents the Drama II and Drama Seminar classes in The Winter Drama on January 30 and 31.

Set in Menachap, California, Trap is a documentary-style theatre production about an incomprehensible event: every person in the audience of a high school play falls unconscious--every person but one. Using interviews with witnesses, loved ones, first responders, and the investigators pursuing the case, a theatre ensemble brings the story of the strange event to life, documentary-style. Unnerving, exhilarating and wildly inventive, you’ve never walked into anything quite like Trap.

The Winter Drama is being performing in the PHS Black Box Theatre on January 30 and 31 at 7:30 PM. Tickets are $5.00 and can be purchased at the door or online at Doors will open at 7:10 PM. All seats are General Admission.

PHS Studio Art III & IV Winter Showcase 2020

The Princeton High School Art Department is pleased to present the Studio Art III & IV 2020 Winter Showcase, featuring artwork from 23 junior- and senior-level art students. This "mid-year" exhibition will feature a range of content, including sculpture, drawing, printmaking, sketchbooks, and large-scale collaborative painting. Light refreshments will be served.

Friday, January 31, 2020

6:00-8:00 PM

PHS Room 172, 151 Moore Street

National Jazz Festival Preview Show

The PHS Studio Band, Jazz Ensemble, Princeton Jazz Combo, Studio Vocals, and Princeton Combo Ensemble are off to the National Jazz Festival in Philadelphia to compete against 42 schools from across the nation. You are invited to attend a preview of their competition sets on Wednesday, February 12, 2020, at 7:00 PM in the John Witherspoon Middle School Auditorium. General admission is $5.

African American History Month: Spirituals and Gospel Festival

The PPS African American History Month Celebration is proud to present a Spirituals and Gospel Festival. The District has invited Bishop Chantel Wright, a choral conductor, educator, and pastor, to work with students during the week of February 17. The week will culminate in a performance on Friday, February 21, 2020, at 7:30 PM in the Princeton High School Performing Arts Center, located at the corner of Walnut Lane and Franklin Avenue. The concert will feature Bishop Wright, all of the PHS choirs, singers from First Baptist Church, Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church, Mt. Pisgah A.M.E. Church, and a praise dance performance. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. Tickets may be purchased in advance from students in the PHS Choir or by calling (609) 806-4315. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door.

"REPETITION... REPETITION... REPETITION..." K-12 Art Dept. Exhibition

Come and celebrate the wonderful artwork from our students of all ages at the annual K-12 Art Department Student Exhibition. This year, the topic revolves around the word "repetition." Each school will showcase a collection of recent artwork based on the theme in a variety of media, including sculpture, ceramics, painting, and more. Admission is free, and light refreshments will be served.

February 21, 2020

6:00-8:00 PM

PHS Numina Gallery, 151 Moore Street

JW School Musical: The Little Mermaid, Jr.

In Disney’s beguiling animated romp, a rebellious sixteen-year-old mermaid, Ariel, is fascinated with life on land. On one of her visits to the surface, which are forbidden by her controlling father, King Triton, she falls for a human prince. Determined to be with her new love, Ariel makes a dangerous deal with the sea witch, Ursula, to become human for three days. When plans go awry for the star-crossed lovers, the king must make the ultimate sacrifice for his daughter. The Little Mermaid, Jr. is an action-packed tale of romance and adventure that has delighted audiences for decades.

Thursday, March 5, 2020, 7:30 PM

Friday, March 6, 2020, 7:30 PM

Saturday, March 7, 2020, 7:30 PM

Sunday, March 8, 2020, 1:00 PM

John Witherspoon Middle School Auditorium

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. Tickets will go on sale to the general public on February 24. For tickets and more information, please call (609) 806-4200, ext. 5541.

PHS Big Band Dance

Please attend our Big Band Dance featuring the PHS Studio Band and Jazz Ensemble playing music from the 1940s to current day. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for seniors and students; tickets are available at the door.

Friday, March 13, 2020

7:00-10:00 PM

PHS Cafeteria

Riverside School Band Concert

The Riverside School Bands will present their annual concert on Tuesday, March 17, 2020, at 7:00 PM in the Riverside Gymnasium. Free admission.

Littlebrook School Band Concert

The Littlebrook School Bands will present their annual concert on Thursday, March 19, 2020, at 7:00 PM in the Littlebrook All-Purpose Room. Free admission.

PHS Spring Musical: Freaky Friday

PHS Spectacle Theatre is excited to present the new musical, Freaky Friday, this March! Freaky Friday is based on the beloved 1972 novel by Mary Rodgers and the hit Disney films. The musical features a book by Bridget Carpenter - the co-executive producer and writer on the beloved TV hits, "Friday Night Lights" and "Parenthood" - and music and lyrics by Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey - the Pulitzer Prize-winning composers of Next to Normal and If/Then.

When an overworked mother and her teenage daughter magically swap bodies, they have just one day to put things right again. Freaky Friday is a heartfelt, comedic, and unexpectedly emotional update on an American classic. By spending a day in each other's shoes, Katherine and Ellie come to appreciate one another's struggles, learn self-acceptance, and realize the immeasurable love and mutual respect that bond a mother and daughter.

Freaky Friday will feature the PHS Orchestra, Tech Crew, and Actors from across the school. Performances are:

Thursday, March 19, 7:30 PM

Friday, March 20, 7:30 PM

Saturday, March 21, 1:00 PM and 7:30 PM

Tickets are $15 for Adults and $10 for Students/Seniors. Tickets can be purchased online at or at the door prior to the shows.

PHS Art Show

Friday, March 20, 2020

6:00 PM-8:00 PM

Numina Gallery

CP Choral Concert

Community Park’s 4th and 5th Grade students will present their annual spring choir concert on Thursday, April 2, 2020, at 7:00 PM in the Community Park School Gymnasium. This concert features an exciting variety of choral literature. All are welcome to attend this free concert. We hope to see you there!

PHS Drama Students Attend STANJ Competition

On Saturday, January 11, our PHS drama students attended the New Jersey Secondary Theatre Arts Competition for the Governor's Awards. Everyone had a great day performing, spectating, attending workshops, and meeting new people from other schools. Four of our students advanced to the finals round and won the following awards:

  • 3rd Place in Contrasting Monologues: Conrad Hall
  • 4th Place in Comedic Monologue: Audrey You
  • Finalists in Comedic Scene: Conrad Hall and Elias Gitterman

Congratulations to all of the students and to director Ms. Krawiecki!

Contact Us

Patrick Lenihan, Supervisor of Visual and Performing Arts

Princeton Public Schools

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