The High School Project

Thank You

The Grand Theatre's Board of Directors and staff want to thank Londoners and all those across the country who have come forward to celebrate and support everything that the 2018 High School Project, Prom Queen: The Musical, embraces — diversity, inclusion, and human rights.

The generosity of this community-driven fundraising effort, initiated by David Billson of rTraction, has been overwhelming, and we want to assure donors that the funds raised will be used exclusively to support the 2018 High School Project, a program that costs $250,000 to produce annually. 

As a result of this community support, the Grand Theatre is announcing that we will offer two student matinees, completely free of charge to students.

We want to thank you all for supporting the High School Project, a celebration of youth, creativity, and the power of live theatre to change the world.

More information on the free student matinee performances will be announced soon. Please contact groups [at] grandtheatre [dot] com to enquire.

Prom Queen: The Musical, on the Spriet Stage September 18-29, 2018.  Opening Night Friday, Sept. 21. #londonproud

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The Next Generation of Canadian Theatre

The only theatre program of its kind in North America, The High School Project (HSP) began in 1998 with West Side Story. Since then, the Grand Theatre has produced 32 High School Projects. The 2016/17 season production of Les Misérables: School Edition marked the 20th anniversary of the HSP and became one of the best-selling productions in its history.

The HSP offers an exceptional opportunity for students to receive education and training in the working environment of a professional theatre. High school students from London and area are mentored by professional artists and coaches in all departments (onstage, stage management, props, wardrobe, scenic art, sound, lighting, orchestra, and photography) culminating in a production on the Grand's Spriet Stage. The initiative provides leadership, creative, and communication skills that serve these students on and off stage - in every area of their lives.

"Over the course of two months more than 75 students, at no cost to them, will build, rehearse, and perform a musical under the mentorship of professional teams. This year, we add Sheridan College to the experience to further inspire these students." - Dennis Garnhum, Artistic Director


Announcing a New Partnership - Sheridan College Music Theatre Program

This year, the HSP announced a bold leap into its next phase of development in partnering with the Sheridan College Music Theatre Program. This internationally renowned theatre program, led by Associate Dean Michael Rubinoff, has become one of the most successful post-secondary musical theatre training programs in Canada.

This new partnership will introduce Sheridan to a new set of eager High School Project participants, both on and off the stage, and will help to guide them toward their next step of theatre training. Exposure to professors, mentors, actors-in-training of this highly regarded program will catapult the Grand Theatre’s high school project participants to a new level of learning. Many alumni of the HSP have gone on to attend Sheridan and have since embarked on successful careers in theatre and film.

The High School Project is a program of the Grand Theatre's Make a Difference program. Through sponsorships, donations and foundation grants, the Grand Theatre is able to offer The High School Project experience to its participants at $0 cost.

Make A Difference Community Pillar Partner


Program Sponsors

Thames Valley District School Board
London District Catholic School Board


Auditions and interview notices are posted for the upcoming HSP company. Students currently enrolled in secondary studies are invited to book an onstage or orchestra audition or backstage interview. Successful candidates will commit to a rigorous rehearsal and production schedule of 5-6 days per week. The performance schedule extends the learning process begun in rehearsal. Students gain the experience of working on our stage with the theatre's crew, completing technical and dress rehearsals, and learning the stamina and discipline required to execute multiple performances. This one-of-a-kind creative process culminates in a public engagement of the HSP on the Spriet Stage.


In partnership with Sheridan College Music Theatre Program


September 19 - 30, 2017
Spriet Stage

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For a list of past High School Project productions, click here.

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