Developing the creative potential in each student.
In addition to class offerings and the One Act competition, our performing arts department produces three theatre productions per year, the Fall Musical, the Spring High School Drama and the Spring Middle School Drama. New Life Academy participates in the Spotlight Education Musical Theatre Program and has been the recipient of numerous Spotlight Awards.
Spring 2021 Production
From the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s, Anastasia is the story of a brave young woman attempting to discover the mystery of her past while finding a place for herself in the rapidly changing world of a new century. Including classic songs from the motion picture like “Journey to the Past” and “Once Upon a December”, Anya enlists the aid of a dashing con man and a lovable ex-aristocrat. Together, they embark on an epic adventure to help her find home, love, and family.
Tea Doherty – Anya/Anastasia
Lucas Ellingson – Dmitry
Jimmy Jensen – Vlad
Elijah Reitz – Gleb
Emma Lombardo – Dowager Empress
Noelle Rogers – Countess Lily/Ensemble
Avery Doherty – Little Anastasia
Noah St. Sauver – Tzar Nicholas II/Parisian
Kyra Johnson – Tsarina Alexandra/Parisian
Bryna Eigenfeld – Olga Romanov/Parisian/Nurse
Grace Frederick – Tatiana Romanov/Parisian/Countess Gregory/Swan
Ashley Ross – Maria Romanov/Parisian/Nurse
Brendan Collins – Alexei Romanov/Parisian
Caelan Collins – Man 1/Romanov Party goer/Doorman/Rothbart
Jackson Skarp – Man 2/Romanov Party goer/Prince
Lleyton Meier – Count Ipolitov/Man 3/Male Reporter 3/Parisian
Owen McKnight – Man 4/Male Reporter 4/Parisian
McKenna Kjelshus – Paulina/Woman 2/Passenger/Female Reporter 2/Parisian
Shyla Campbell – Dunya/Woman 3/Female Reporter 3 & 6/Parisian
Max Ashford – Count Gregory/Man 5/Male Reporter 1/Man in Scene 7/Parisian
Ella Kjelshus – Marfa/Woman 1/Female Reporter 4/Parisian
Emma Pedro – Woman 4/Female Officer/Female Reporter 1/Parisian
Riley Mueller – Count Leopold/Man 6/Reporter
Sparrow Dalbec – Officer 1/Parisian/Female Reporter 5
Jacob Meyer – Officer 2/Parisian/Male Reporter 5
Jackson Limberg – Officer 3/Gorlinsky/Parisian/Male Reporter 2
Gunnar Cowden – Little Dmitry/Doorman
Fantasticks - Fall 2020
The Fantasticks is a whimsical musical about a boy, a girl, their meddling parents and the growing pains of their young relationship. Featuring the classic “Try to Remember”, the mysterious narrator El Gallo and a travelling sideshow guide the audience through this romantic and timeless fable with humor and heart. This charming stage production is appropriate for all ages with a run time of approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes, including intermission.
Little Mermaid - Fall 2019
Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved stories and the classic animated film, Disney’s The Little Mermaid is a beautiful love story for the ages. This fishy fable will capture your heart with its irresistible songs, including “Under the Sea,” “Kiss the Girl” and “Part of Your World.”
Ariel, King Triton’s youngest daughter, wishes to pursue the human Prince Eric in the world above, bargaining with evil Ursula to trade her tail for legs. But the bargain is not what it seems, and Ariel needs the help of her colorful friends, Flounder the fish, Scuttle the seagull and Sebastian the crab to restore order under the sea.
7 Brides 7 Brothers - Spring 2019
Set in the rough-and-tumble backwoods of Oregon in the 1850s, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers is an amusing story about creating civilization in the wilderness. It is a delightfully funny and entertaining musical, with creative choreography and a pleasant feel good story.
Based on the classic film, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers is an authentic piece of Americana. When Milly marries handsome backwoodsman, Adam, she has no idea she will be responsible for taking care of his six younger brothers as well. Milly quickly whips her rowdy brothers-in-law into shape and shows them how they can court and win beautiful brides of their own.
Bursting with boisterous energy, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers features dynamic dancing, rambunctious fun, and heartfelt romance.
Shrek - November 2018
Set in a mythical “once upon a time” sort of land, Shrek the Musical is the story of a hulking green ogre who, after being mocked and feared his entire life by anything that crosses his path, retreats to an ugly green swamp to exist in happy isolation. Suddenly, a gang of homeless fairy-tale characters raid his sanctuary, saying they’ve been evicted by the vertically challenged Lord Farquaad. So Shrek strikes a deal: I’ll get your homes back, if you give me my home back! But when Shrek and Farquaad meet, Lord Farquaad strikes a deal of his own: He’ll give the fairy-tale characters their homes back, if Shrek rescues Princess Fiona. Shrek obliges, yet finds something appealing–something strange and different–about this pretty princess. He likes her…but why does she always run off when the sun sets?
Peter Pan - March 2018
Peter Pan is the magical story of the “boy who never grew up” by J. M. Barrie.
The three children of the Darling family receive a visit from Peter who takes them to Never Land with the help of his tiny friend Tinkerbell. Peter spends his never-ending childhood having adventures on the mythical island of Never Land as the leader of the Lost Boys, interacting with fairies, nomads and mermaids. An ongoing war between Peter’s gang of rag-tag runaways and the evil Pirate Captain Hook keep the action moving in this memorable fantasy tale for all ages.
Singin' in the Rain - November 2017
Singin’ in the Rain “pours” down delight, capturing the waning days of the silent screen era as they give way to new-fangled “talkies.” With The Jazz Singer premiere making Hollywood frantic, the studios are forced to suddenly change all the movie-making rules at once, to accommodate sound. In doing so, they leave silent pictures — and some of their stars — behind. When Monumental Studios turns silent The Dueling Cavalier into The Dancing Cavalier, a musical picture, in order to stay relevant, they are faced with a problem: their star, Lina Lamont can’t sing, and can’t even really talk. Lina’s voice sounds something like nails on a chalkboard. Enter Kathy Selden, an aspiring actress whose dulcet tones are able to cover Lina Lamont’s — calling into question what it means to act, how credit is distributed, and what it means to get a fair shake in the movie business. Singin’ in the Rain includes some of the best-loved comedy routines, dance numbers, and love songs ever written, including “Good Mornin’,” “Make ‘em Laugh,” and – of course – the show-stopping dance number, “Singin’ in the Rain.
Wizard of Oz - March 2017
The Wizard of Oz chronicles the adventures of a young girl named Dorothy in the magical Land of Oz after she and her dog Toto were swept away from their Kansas home by a tornado. Here Dorothy meets memorable friends and foes on her yellow brick road journey to meet the Wizard of Oz, who she is told can help her return home and grant her new friend Scarecrow a brain, Tin man a heart and the cowardly Lion who desperately needs courage. But the journey is not easy and they are in a race to get to the Wizard of Oz for help before the Wicked Witch of the West catches up with them.
March 16-19, 2017
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Into the Woods - November 2016
Into the Woods intertwines the plots of some of your favorite storybook characters and brings them together to explore their wishes and quests. The story follows a Baker and his wife who wish to have a child, Cinderella who wishes to attend the King’s festival, and Jack who wishes his cow would give milk.