Vibrant Spring Productions and Concerts at Local Area High Schools Provide Local Entertainment Opportunities for the Community

Susan London • • April 2017

As warmer weather arrives, high school performing arts students and teachers are finalizing months of rehearsals in anticipation of their big spring productions.

These events are a win-win for both students and the community. For students, they provide hands-on experience in all areas of the arts. For the community, they offer budget- and family-friendly opportunities to enjoy great live-performance shows.

The local high schools have produced some pretty successful performers in recent years: Ariana DeBose, a Wake Forest High School alumna, also happened to be an original cast member in a little musical called “Hamilton,” and Heritage High saw a few students accepted to the Julliard School performing arts conservatory last year.

Check out these productions and concerts. You might see the next big talent, and you’ll definitely be entertained.

Rolesville High School

Rolesville High is just a few years old, but its creative faculty members are busy.

RHS Theatrical Rehearsal

Rolesville High School seniors Jonathan Desper and Adeire Hunter rehearse for the coming production of “Cinderella.”
Photo by Susan London.

Red Gallery, the innovative program run by the National Art Honor Society students, will feature a student show April 1–29, a Rising Freshmen Show May 5–17 and a Junior / Senior Show on June 2 at the gallery in the Town Hall building, 502 Southtown Circle.

In addition, the school’s spring musical for the first time will draw from the talents of multiple departments, including drama, art, chorus and band, to present Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella.”

Shows take place at the school’s auditorium at 7:30 p.m. April 21 and 22. Senior Jonathan Desper, who will be attending East Carolina University’s BFA program for musical theater in the fall, plays Prince Christopher, and senior Adeire Hunter, who will study music education at UNC Greensboro, is Cinderella.

Drama teacher Shelby Winter said students have been working on the production since late December. Tickets are available in advance through for $8 for students and children and $10 for adults, or tickets are at the door for $10 and $12.

Other upcoming events include a spring dance concert 7-9 p.m. May 11,  a chorus concert 7- 9 p.m. May 18 and an orchestra guitar concert 6-8 p.m. May 23. Check out for information.

The school is located at 1099 East Young Street in Rolesville.

Wake Forest High School

Wake Forest High School’s performing arts department is always busy with a variety of productions put on by its different drama classes and companies. This year as part of the spring Mainstage productions, students have been working on two projects.

The musical “Mary Poppins,” which involved a collaboration between all of the fine arts departments, took place March 23-25. The second spring production, scheduled for 7 p.m. April 27, 28 and 29, will be the presentation of “The Mouse That Roared,” an adaptation based on Leonard Wibberly’s satirical 1955 novel about an arms race between the world’s superpowers.  Tickets, which cost $5 for students and $10 for adults, will be available at the door 30 minutes prior to show time.

In addition to the drama productions, Ramona Jenner, the director of choral activities at Wake Forest, is looking forward to a spring choral concert at 7 p.m. May 2. Admission is $5 per person and open to the public. For more information on shows and ticket purchases, visit

The school is located at 420 W. Stadium Drive, Wake Forest.

Heritage High School

Heritage High School is known for its collaborative productions and full-scale musicals. Last year’s “Beauty and the Beast” was a huge hit with sold-out shows each evening.

This year, the performing arts department will be looking for repeat success in the presentation of Disney’s “The Lion King Jr.” May 18–20, and May 25–27. Thursday and Friday showings are at 7 p.m., and Saturdays are at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students and are sold approximately 45 minutes before the start of each show. Anyone planning to attend may want to come a little earlier to get a spot in line.  Check out for more information, and find the productions on Facebook at @HeritageHighSchoolTheatre.

Heritage High School is located at 1150 Forestville Road, Wake Forest.