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Tartuffe Opens This Thursday

A satirical comedy by French playwright Molière, Tartuffe (originally performed in 1664) tells the story of a wealthy family who falls under the influence of a shady character, and their desperate attempt to uncover his true nature before it’s too late. Exploring hypocrisy, betrayal, and what it means to truly love and look out for one another, this theater classic proves to be as relevant as ever in today’s political and social climate.

Tickets are $5 and are available at the door.

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ARHS presents “Guys and Dolls”

ARHS Gonk Stage is excited to present Guys and Dolls November 17, 18, and 19 at 7 PM in the ARHS auditorium. Guys and Dolls is a family-friendly classic musical comedy that is often thought of as the perfect musical theater production. It has been staged around the world countless times since its original Broadway run in 1950, most recently in a 2022 Kennedy Center revival concert. “Set in Damon Runyon’s mythical New York City, Guys and Dolls is an oddball romantic comedy. Gambler, Nathan Detroit, tries to find the cash to set up the biggest craps game in town while the authorities breathe down his neck; meanwhile, his girlfriend and nightclub performer, Adelaide, laments that they’ve been engaged for fourteen years. Nathan turns to fellow gambler, Sky Masterson, for the dough, and Sky ends up chasing the straight-laced missionary, Sarah Brown, as a result. Guys and Dolls takes us from the heart of Times Square to the cafes of Havana, Cuba, and even into the sewers of New York City, but eventually everyone ends up right where they belong.” Featuring classic, well known songs like “Luck be a Lady,” Guys and Dolls is sure to be an event everyone in the local community can enjoy. The cast and crew features more than 50 ARHS students! Tickets are $10 for students and $15 for adults. Tickets can be purchase online

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Laughs Optional!

The ARHS improv group, Needs IMPROVment is excited to announce their Improv and sketch comedy show! This year’s show, “Laughs Optional” will feature improv and sketch comedy created by 23 ARHS students. We will play many games that are famous and favorites of the improv enthusiast or just plain fun for someone looking for some good PG-13 entertainment. The entire night is created by ARHS students and will be fast-paced, funny, and interactive. The performances are Thursday, May 12 and Friday May 13 in the ARHS Black Box at 7pm. The admission is $5 at the door. No reservations are required. This is the final drama performance of the year, help make it a huge success for our students!

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Drama Offerings at ARHS

Course selection is here! We have 3 wonderful drama classes to offer. Develop your basic acting and communication skills, improve collaboration, empathy, social skills and self confidence. The ultimate goal if for students to free more comfortable in their own skin both on stage and in everyday life. Check it out and reach out to Mr. D’Agostino if you have any questions!

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“Radium Girls” Opens March 3rd

ARHS students have been working hard to put together the winter show Radium Girls. This event truly is special, because other than the advising/direction, the students create the entire performance. The sets, props, costumes, poster logo, lights, stage management, and crew are all being designed and run by our talented students.

Performances are Thursday 3/3 and Friday 3/4 in the Blackbox at 7 PM. Admission will be free, but tickets should be reserved in advance. You can reserve your seats by using the QR code on the posters or filling out this form — TICKET RESERVATIONS.  Students will be performing again on March 5 as part of the METG Drama Festival.


Radium Girls, by D.W. Gregory, tells the story of the women who worked for the U.S. Radium Corporation in the 1920’s. The workers of the factory were responsible for working with and handling radium as they painted radium-laced glow-in-the-dark paint on the dials of watches. The women were told that the radium was safe and, in order to paint the fine detail on the dials, they were instructed to point their brushes between their lips. As factory owners and scientists, familiar with the effects of radium, took precautions against harmful radiation, the women who worked for the company started to get ill and die.

The play focuses on Grace Fryer (a dial painter) and her efforts to take the U.S. Radium Corporation to court. The show is dramatic, but written with humor. It provokes thought and sheds light on matters of equity, commercialization of science, and trading human rights for financial profit.