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




  • Friday, April 24 
  • 7:30 PM
  • North Commons
  • $5 general admission

Improvedy presents hilarious games and sketches based on audience suggestions, performed in the style of the hit television show Whose Line Is It Anyway?  Concessions available. 


World Premiere of Original Adaptation

  • May 7, 8, 9 at 7:00 PM
  • May 9, 10 at 1:00 PM
  • General admission is $10.00  
  • Tickets are available during Box Office hours from 3:30-5:30 on May 3rd  and 7th and at the door one hour before each performance. 
  • Seating is limited to 170 per performance. 


          In honor of the 150th anniversary of its publication, the Appleton North High School theatre department will present an original theatrical adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s beloved novel ALICE’S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND on May 7TH -10TH in the Appleton North High School auditorium.  This stage version was created from the classic work by North theatre students who used the author’s own words and descriptions to create the script.  North theatre director, Ron Parker stated, “This is the first time we have attempted to adapt a work of literary fiction into a play.  We’ve staged other playwrights’ adaptations, most notably those by Mary Zimmerman, but never made the attempt ourselves—until now.  The result is, we believe, the most authentic and definitive dramatic rendition of Carroll’s novel available. We are also honored to be part of a world-wide celebration of ALICE IN WONDERLAND taking place this year to mark the sesquicentennial of its original publication in 1865.  We’re very excited to bring the world-premiere of this original play to the stage!”

The impact and popularity of Carroll’s nonsensical story of a little girl who falls down a rabbit hole to find herself in a fantastical world filled with absurd situations and bizarre characters has continued to grow over the years, Iconic characters such as the Cheshire Cat, the Mad Hatter, and the Queen of Hearts continue to delight readers of all ages.   ALICE IN WONDERLAND today is the most quoted book in the world after the Bible, the Koran, and the works of  William Shakespeare.  

North’s  original theatrical adaptation of Carroll’s masterpiece will feature a large cast, an original score by British  composer Jay Chakravorty,  innovative theatrical staging, 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 7th, 8th and 9th at 7:00 p.m.and May 9th and 10th at 1:00 p.m.   General admission is $10.00.   Tickets are available during Box Office hours from 3:30-5:30 on May 3rd  and 7h and at the door one hour before each performance.  Seating is limited to 170 per performance.   Further information can be found by contacting Ron Parker, director at 832-4300 or via e-mail: .



an artistic celebration of North High School's 20th anniversary

  • Sunday, May 17
  • 3:00 and 7:00 PM
  • North Auditorium
  • $15 all seats (online ticket link coming soon)
  • Benefit for the Theatre-Music Scholarship Fund

Please consider a tax-deductible donation to the Theatre-Music Scholarship Fund.  Checks can be submitted to:

  • Ron Parker, theatre director
  • Theatre-Music Scholarship Fund
  • Appleton North High School
  • 5000 N Ballard DR
  • Appleton, WI 54913

In commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the opening of Appleton North High School, a special benefit performance will be presented on Sunday, May 17th at 3:00 and 7:00 p.m. in the Appleton North High School Auditorium.  Entitled “From This House,” the performance will feature North alumni who have pursued careers in the performing arts since graduating high school.  Among the alumni featured will be popular musicians Cory Chisel (class of 2000) and Hilary Reynolds (class of 2007), professional actor Katherine Biskupic (class of 2007), stand-up comedian, Sean Cundy (class of 2001), opera performers Ashley Mispagel (Class of 2007) and  Luke Selker (class of 2010) and many others with careers ranging from theatre directors and choreographers to production managers to independent filmmakers .  Proceeds from the event will provide funds for scholarships for current North theatre and music students.  Jim Heiks, Appleton Area School District Fine Arts Coordinator and former North choral director will serve as emcee.  North theatre director, Ron Parker stated, “This is a wonderful opportunity for us to recognize and honor the varied and impressive performing artists who began their career paths on the stage at North.  It will be an amazing experience to bring together these different alumni spanning the twenty year history of the school.  Everyone we contacted without fail was so excited about the chance to participate and to celebrate the music and theatre programs at North which made such a lasting impact on their lives.  Several alumni who are unable to attend due to schedule conflicts are sending video messages which will be shown during the event. We are so blessed to know that the theatre and music programs at North over the past two decades have meant so much to so many who, though no longer students,  continue to pursue and excel in their artistic passions.  We hope the community will join us for this wonderful and entertaining celebration of North’s first twenty years.”   Admission to the event is $15.00.  Tickets may be purchased in advance or at the door.  Further information and the ticketing link can be found by emailing  .

 If you are a theatre, music, band, or orchestra alumni who would like to send in a video message of one minute or less, send it to 



Grades 7-8  May 16, 2015  9:00 am-3:00 pm

Learn how to Improv!

Improv comedy is one of today’s hottest forms of entertainment. To put it simply, improvisation is acting without a script—creating comedic situations on the spur of the moment.  To do improv, a performer must utilize all the stage skills and techniques necessary in acting, along with a quick wit and imagination to create “instant theatre.”  Discover the tricks to effective improv and have fun playing hilarious games based on audience suggestions in the style of the hit television show WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY?  Members of North’s  popular improv troupe, IMPROVEDY will lead the workshop.

Learn How Actors Fight on Stage

Whether you are performing in Shakespeare or the latest martial arts movie, creating realistic yet safe fight scenes is a skill every actor needs to know.  Learn the basics of unarmed stage combat from  simple slaps to fancy falls.  Emphasis will be placed how to create the illusion of realistic combat scenes while maintaining complete safety and control.  Students may also be introduced to the fundamentals of armed combat using wooden practice swords, if time permits.  


Drama Day will conclude with a public performance for family and friends on the North High School stage.  The show will include a choreographed stage combat routine and comedy improv show!

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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