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Douglas County Middle School, High School, & Youth Theater Productions

By Kyrie Collins, Macaroni KID Highlands Ranch-Parker-Castle Rock-Lone Tree Publisher December 1, 2023

Live theater has been a passion of mine and my husband throughout our courtship and marriage, and we now enjoy experiencing it with our children, too! 

By introducing them to live performances at a very young age, we have been able to impart our appreciation for the performing arts and create wonderful family memories.

School and youth theater productions are among the best sources for age-appropriate shows at an affordable price. Here is the lineup of fabulous events — coming to a stage near you!

Upcoming performances are listed chronologically.

Highlands Ranch High School
presents
Mean Girls

February 28-March 2 at 7:00 PM
Saturday Matinee at 2:00 PM
Tickets: $10-$12

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SYNOPSIS: Adapted from the hit 2004 hit movie, Mean Girls tells the story of Cady Heron, who starts high school at 16 after being homeschooled in Africa for the first 15 years of her life. Cady quickly crosses paths with “The Plastics,” a group of popular girls who rule the school through intimidation, backstabbing, and bullying. Originally joining their clique as a joke, Cady finds herself sucked into their world and discovers the dark side of high school friendships.
Ages 13+


Chaparral High School
presents
Mamma Mia!

February 29-March 2 & March 7-9 at 7:00 PM
Tickets: $10-$15

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SYNOPSIS: ABBA's hits tell the hilarious story of a young woman's search for her birth father. This sunny and funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter's quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother's past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago.
Ages 10+


Lutheran High School
presents
Hello, Dolly!

March 8-10 & 15-17
Performances at 2:00 PM & 7:30 PM
Tickets: $16-$26

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SYNOPSIS: Widely regarded as one of the most successful musicals of all time, Hello, Dolly! follows the larger-than-life matchmaking Dolly Levi as she not only finds matches for others but also sets out to find one for herself. You won’t want to miss this hilarious, light-hearted, emotional musical from the golden age of Broadway.
All Ages

Performances take place at the PACE Center in Parker.


Rock Canyon High School
presents
Bye Bye Birdie

April 3-5 at 7:00 PM
April 6 at 2:00 PM
Tickets: TBD (Tickets go on sale March 4)

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SYNOPSIS: Teen heartthrob Conrad Birdie has been drafted, so he chooses all-American girl Kim McAfee for a very public farewell kiss. Featuring a tuneful, high-energy score and a hilarious script, Bye Bye Birdie remains one of the most popular shows in schools nationwide. Hit songs include "Put on a Happy Face," "One Last Kiss," "One Boy," "A Lot of Livin' to Do," "Kids!" and "Rosie."
All Ages


Parker Performing Arts School
presents
An Act of Piracy

April 4-6 at 6:30 PM
Saturday Matinee at 2:00 PM
Tickets: $10

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SYNOPSIS: Set in an era when women were not allowed to act, and men had to play female roles, Lord Cranbury’s traveling company of scallywag actors can’t seem to get their big break! If only he knew that five members of his troupe are actually women... playing men who play female roles! Can the rag-tag group of pedestrian players find their sea legs in time to avoid Davy Jones’s locker?
All Ages

ThunderRidge High School
presents
Mean Girls

April 4-6 & 11-13 at 7:00 PM
April 6 at 1:30 PM
Tickets: TBD (Tickets go on sale soon)

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SYNOPSIS: Adapted from the hit 2004 hit movie, Mean Girls tells the story of Cady Heron, who starts high school at 16 after being homeschooled in Africa for the first 15 years of her life. Cady quickly crosses paths with “The Plastics,” a group of popular girls who rule the school through intimidation, backstabbing, and bullying. Originally joining their clique as a joke, Cady finds herself sucked into their world and discovers the dark side of high school friendships.
Ages 13+


PAA – Performing Arts Academy
presents
Jungle Book Kids

April 9-10 at 6:30 PM
Tickets: $5

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SYNOPSIS: The jungle is jumpin’ with a jazzy beat in Disney’s The Jungle Book KIDS. Specially adapted from the classic Disney animated film, Disney’s The Jungle Book KIDS features your favorite songs from the movie and a host of colorful characters: Shere Khan, Mowgli, Bagheera, Baloo, King Louie, and more. Performed by kids in Kindergarten-2nd Grade.
All Ages

Performances take place at PAA County Line in Highlands Ranch.


PAA – Performing Arts Academy
presents
Mary Poppins JR

April 18-19 at 6:30 PM
Tickets: $12-$15

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SYNOPSIS: Your favorite practically perfect nanny takes center stage in this Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious adventure based on the award-winning Broadway musical and classic Walt Disney film. Performed by kids in 3rd-6th Grade.
All Ages

Performances take place at St. Luke's UMC in Highlands Ranch.


Colorado Early Colleges
presents
Little Shop of Horrors

April 19-20 at 7:00 PM
Saturday Matinee at 2:00 PM
Tickets: $15-$18

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SYNOPSIS: The meek floral assistant Seymour Krelborn stumbles across a new breed of plant he names "Audrey II," after his coworker crush. This foul-mouthed, R&B-singing carnivore promises unending fame and fortune to the down-and-out Krelborn as long as he keeps feeding it BLOOD. Over time, Seymour discovers Audrey II's out-of-this-world origins and intent toward global domination!
Ages 13+

Performances take place at Parker Performing Arts School.


PAA – Performing Arts Academy
presents
Into the Woods JR

April 25-26 at 6:30 PM
Tickets: $12-$15

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SYNOPSIS: Be careful what you wish for, as Stephen Sondheim’s and James Lapine’s cockeyed fairytale comes to life in this adaptation of their groundbreaking, Tony Award-winning musical. Into the Woods JR. features all of your favorite characters — Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack (and his beanstalk) and the Witch — in this lyrically rich retelling of classic Brothers Grimm fables.
All Ages

Performances take place at St. Luke's UMC in Highlands Ranch.