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

Improvedy 2013-14

Improvedy 2013-14


Saturday, April 26 at 7:30 PM

Improvedy presents hilarious games and sketches based on audience suggestions, performed in the style of the hit television show Whose Line Is It Anyway?   This popular performance group began in 2000 and is comprised of students ranging from freshmen to seniors.  They are the only high school improvisational comedy troupe in Appleton.

Improvedy is available to perform for your party or lead an improv workshop at your business or club meeting.  For more information or to book a performance contact Ron Parker at 

Journey to the West photo - woman in long red dress next to an Asian dragon dancer





Thursday (5/8) 7:00pm show: Cast A

Friday (5/9) 7:00pm show: Cast B

Saturday (5/10) 1:00pm show: Cast B

Saturday (5/10) 7:00pm show: Cast A

Sunday (5/11) 1:00pm show: Cast B

(cast A will also perform for a school matinee)

The Appleton North High School theatre department will present Tony Award-winning playwright Mary Zimmerman’s critically acclaimed play, JOURNEY TO THE WEST  on May 8TH -11TH in the Appleton North High School auditorium.  This adaptation of a late sixteenth-century classic Chinese comic novel, (one of the four great novels of Chinese literature) based on Anthony C. Yu’s translation, takes as its point of departure the true story of a seventh-century monk and his fabled pilgrimage from China to India in search of sacred texts. Mixing whimsy with spiritual weight, Zimmerman’s script combines comedy, adventure, and satire in a moving allegory of human perseverance.  The Chicago Sun Times wrote of the premiere performance at the Goodman Theatre,  "Part vaudeville, part mystical dreamscape and Eastern-inflected ballet, Zimmerman's meticulously choreographed production is a fabulous balancing act that stunningly juxtaposes the rambunctious energy and low comedy of a Wizard of Oz-like trip with the lyrical beauty of Chinese poetry and the mysterious revelations of a religious search. There is not a second in the show that does not contain a character-revealing gesture, an awe inspiring sense of nature, or a dazzling example of the artist's gift for invention."

    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, and ARGONAUTIKA. 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.  This year, unfortunately, she is opening her latest work at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago at the same time we are performing JOURNEY TO THE WEST, but she has already sent us her well wishes and expressed her excitement 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!  JOURNEY TO THE WEST is one of her earlier works that focuses on an epic 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 British  composer Jay Chakravorty  and innovative staging including  a set built to resemble an ancient Buddhist temple, a moving “conveyor belt-like” floor, and audience members seated directly upon the stage in a “studio environment” to make them part of the action and storytelling.   Performances time are:  May 8th, 9th and 10th at 7:00 p.m. and May 10th and 11th at 1:00 p.m.   General admission is $10.00.   Tickets are available during Box Office hours from 3:00-5:30 on May 1st, 5th and 8th and at the door one hour before each performance.  Seating is limited to 170 per performance.   Further information can be found on the North theatre website or by contacting Ron Parker, director at 832-4300 or via e-mail: .



On  Friday, May 2nd the Appleton North High School Theatre Seminar/Production class will present a theatrical piece entitled  BEHIND THE DOOR: STOPPING THE STIGMA OF MENTAL ILLNESS at 7:00 P.M. in the Grand Ballroom of the Radisson Paper Valley Conference Center and Hotel as part of the National Association of Mental Illness (N.A.M.I.) state conference.  

Each year the North Theatre Seminar/Production class at North prepares a production dealing with some social issue topic relevant to our community and its youth.  BEHIND THE DOOR was the production originally performed in May of 2013.  Current members of the  2014 class are reprising the performance for the N.A.M.I. conference.  The 45 minute play utilizes a combination of performed poetry, monologues, images, and movement to bring light to this relevant issue.   

 North educator and director, Ron Parker, stated,  “Theatre is one of the most effective vehicles for change, and these young students of theatre have committed their time and talent to creating positive change in the world around them.   BEHIND THE DOOR: STOPPING THE STIGMA OF MENTAL ILLNESS is a work intended to speak to the issue of mental health that confronts our schools and community every day.   Last year’s class researched types of mental disorders such as Asperger’s, Obsessive-compulsive disorder, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, depression, and anxiety disorders, brought in experts on mental health and spoke with students willing to share their personal stories.  They then took on the challenging task of creating and selecting dramatic pieces, which most effectively addressed these issues.  Many of the pieces chosen are original works written by North students; others are poems composed by young people living with mental illness.   The message of BEHIND THE DOOR is that mental illness is nothing to feel embarrassed or ashamed about, that like other illnesses, it is eminently treatable and that it is much more common that people realize—one in four adults, approximately 61.5 million Americans, experience mental illness in a given year—not to mention the family and friends whose lives are also affected.   Only by breaking the stigma which surrounds it with example and education, can there be hope for understanding, acceptance, and change.  Through their willingness and courage to use their talent to restage this theatrical project, the current members of the North Theatre Seminar/Production class hope to do just that.”   

Admission to the public performance is free,  The performance will be followed by a talk back on the issues of mental health raised by the play.  

Drama Day!




Middle School Program - Improv and Stage Combat

Grades 7-8 - May 17, 2014 - 9 am to 3 pm

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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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