Love the art in yourself, not yourself in the art
— Konstantin Stanislavsky


"Exquisite"  "Wondrous"  "Visually radiant"


  • May 5, 6, 7 at 7:30 PM
  • May 7, 8 at 1:00 PM
  • $10 general admission
  • studio environment
  • BOX OFFICE INFO 929-997-3994 /

The Appleton North High School theatre department will present Tony Award-winning playwright Mary Zimmerman’s critically acclaimed play, THE WHITE SNAKEon May 5TH -8TH in the Appleton North High School auditorium.  

This enchanting adaptation of the 1,000+ year-old Chinese fable has been reimagined across art forms throughout the centuries. Girl meets boy and falls head-over-heels in love; trouble is, the girl is a white serpent from the spirit world who must join the human world in order to pursue her heart’s desire while using all her magic powers to defeat the spirits and monsters which threaten her life and her great love.  Zimmerman brings to this timeless romance her usual brilliant mix of ingenious stagecraft, song, abundant humor, and compassion.  The New York Times called the production, “exquisite” and “wonderous.”  The Huffington Post described it as “visually radiant. . .theatrical magic.” 

This is the latest in a series of the playwright’s works which have been presented by the North Theatre program including METAMORPHOSES, ARABIAN NIGHTS, THE ODYSSEY, SECRET IN THE WINGS, ARGONAUTIKA and JOURNEY TO THE WEST.  North theatre educator and director Ron Parker states, “We are very committed to Mary’s work.  She’s an amazing playwright and theatre artist.  In the past she has granted us permission to produce works even before they have been published!  Twice she has honored us with attending our performances.  While she is unable to attend this year due to prior commitments, she has already sent us her well wishes and expressed her excitementon our latest production of her work.   It is a great honor to have this renowned, world-famous artist aware and supportive of this little high school in Wisconsin!  THE WHITE SNAKE is one of her newest works that focuses on a story that is extremely popular throughout Asia, but is virtually unknown to us in the West.  It is very exciting to bring this great work of Eastern literature to audiences here.” 

North’s production will feature a large cast, an original score by Britishcomposer Jay Chakravorty and innovative staging. Audience members will be seated directly upon the stage in a “studio environment” to make them part of the action and storytelling.   Performances time are:  May 5th, 6th and 7th at 7:30 p.m. and May 7th and 8th at 1:00 p.m.   General admission is $10.00.   Tickets are available at the door one hour before each performance.  Seating is limited.    Box office contact info:  929-997-3994 /

Contact Ron Parker, director via e-mail: .

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RESCHEDULED for May 14, 2016

The North High School theatre department Drama Day for students 4-6 previously scheduled for Saturday January 30th has been moved to Saturday, May 14th.   DRAMA DAY is a one day theatre exploration camp for that is planned and taught by North High School theatre students.  Participants learn about all aspects of theatre, both on stage and back stage.  Past classes have included improvisational games, creating characters, stage lighting, sound, voice, movement, and stage combat.  The class material is adjusted for the age of the participants. The day ends with a presentation for family and friends on the North stage.    

All proceeds from DRAMA DAY go to fund theatre activities at North.   Click for registration form with specific information about times and participation fee.


  • May 20, 2016
  • 7:30 PM
  • North HS Commons
  • $5.00

Hilarious games and sketches based on audience suggestions will be performed in the style of the hit television show WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY?   This is the fifteenth season for the popular group of student performers.  Admission is $5.00. Tickets are available at the door 30 minutes before performance time. 

2009 production of a midsummer night's dream

2009 production of a midsummer night's dream



A special summer school course is being offered for the seventeenth consecutive year as part of the Fox  Valley Consortium Summer School Program.  Summer Shakespeare Theatre is a six-week course in which participants learn about Shakespeare, his times, and theatre by preparing and presenting one of his plays for public performance.   Previous productions have included As You Like It, Richard III,  Romeo and   Juliet, The Tempest, Much Ado About Nothing,   Hamlet, Merchant of  Venice, Othello, The Winter’s Tale, and Henry V..  Students in the class will also gain knowledge andexperience in a variety of theatre skills such as scenic design, costumes, set construction, lighting, and directing. 

This year’s production will be   Shakespeare’s popular play of love and magic,  A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM. The program is held Monday through Friday from 1:00 to 4:00 P.M. so as not to interfere with regular morningsummer school and runs from June 6TH through the end of July.  The course will be held in the Appleton North High School Theatre with performances to occur in an outdoor, wooded venue. Any student grades 9–12 attending a Fox Valley    Consortium School can participate.  Those schools include Appleton, Freedom, Hilbert, Hortonville, Kaukauna, Kimberly, Little Chute, Menasha, Neenah, Oshkosh, and  Shiocton.   No auditions are required.  The course is offered for one elective credit or for enrichment. 

For additional information, students should contact their school guidance office, or call Ron Parker, director, Appleton North High School, at 832-4300 or via e-mail at

Behind the scenes of The little Mermaid

POST-CRESCENT: North Theatre fueled by teamwork, dedication

"The thing I appreciate so much about him (Parker) is that he encourages these kids to be their best selves, probably even pushes them to achieve more than he ever thought they could, and he does it without this competitiveness," Biskupic said. "He encourages them to be kind."


Contact Information

  • Ron Parker, director


  • ANHS Theatre Department, 5000 Ballard RD, Appleton, WI 54913 

  • 920-832-4300 (school main office)

  • Ticket Box Office 920-997-3994


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