Who needs Broadway when you can experience the sights and sounds of live theater right here in Lancaster County? Check out this list of high school shows coming to a stage near you:

Cocalico High School

Show: “Return to the Forbidden Planet.”

Performances: March 17 and 18, 7 p.m.; March 19, 2 p.m.

Tickets: $5 at the door, or email Chris Beiler at Christopher_Beiler@cocalico.org.

Synopsis: Combining the 1950s sci-fi movie “The Forbidden Planet” with Shakespeare’s “The Tempest,” this show includes popular songs such as “Good Vibrations,” “The Monster Mash” and more.


Columbia High School

Show: “The Little Mermaid.”

Performances: March 16-18, 7 p.m.; March 18, 2 p.m.

Tickets: $6 for adults, $4 for students and senior citizens at the door.

Synopsis: Based on the classic Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale and Disney film, this show features the story of Ariel, a mermaid who wants to be human.


Conestoga Valley High School

 Show: “Fiddler on the Roof.”

 Performances: April 7 and 8, 7 p.m.; April 9, 2 p.m.

 Tickets: Visit cvhsdrama.weebly.com/tickets.html.

 Synopsis: Traditions are challenged when old ways meet modern times in this classic musical.

Lampeter-Strasburg's "High School Musical'' cast.

The case of Lampeter-Strasburg's "High School Musical," which ran March 2, 3 and 4


Dayspring Christian Academy

 Show: “Anne of Green Gables.”

 Performances: April 28 and 29, 7 p.m.; April 29, 1 p.m.

 Tickets: $8 for adults, $5 for students. Call 717-285-2000 or visit dayspringchristian.com.

 Synopsis: An orphan girl longs for a place to call home.


Donegal High School

 Show: “Footloose.”

 Performances: March 10 and 11, 7:30 p.m.; March 12, 2 p.m. Persons 65 and older are invited to attend dress rehearsal March 9 at 2 p.m.

 Tickets: $10 for adults, $8 for students. Box office opens one hour before performances.

 Synopsis: A newcomer causes chaos in a small town that prohibits dancing.


Ephrata High School

Show: “Grease,” school edition.

Performances: April 20-22, 7 p.m.

Tickets: $10 for adults, $7 for students. Visit easdpa.org or the box office April 14, 15 and 18, from 5:30-8 p.m., and April 20-22, from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Synopsis: This romantic musical features the classic good-girl-meets-bad-boy love story and being true to yourself matters most.


Garden Spot High School

Show: “High School Musical.”

Performances: April 6-8, 7:30 p.m.; April 8 and 9, 2:30 p.m.

Tickets: $10, all ages. Visit or call the box office (717-354-1584), open from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday beginning March 13.

Synopsis: Based on the Disney movie, this show spotlights a boy and girl who break out of their comfort zones to find a new purpose — and true love. 

Lancaster Academy for the Performing Arts

Show: “The Wizard of Oz”

Performances: April 28 at 7 p.m.; April 29 at 2 and 7 p.m. Performed at WJTL Junction Center, 1875 Junction Road, Manheim.

Tickets: In advance, $9 for children 12 and under, $12 for adults; at the door, $12 for children 12 and under, $15 for adults; visit wjtl.com.

Synopsis: Musical about Dorothy’s adventures with the Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion in the Land of Oz. Based on the novel “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” by L. Frank Baum and the beloved 1939 film version. Includes the classic song “Over the Rainbow.”

Lancaster Catholic High School

Show: “Shrek: The Musical.”

Performances: April 27 and 28, 7:30 p.m; April 29, 10 a.m. (special children’s performance with lunch and “Shrek Shindig” following show); April 30, 2 p.m.

Tickets: $17 for reserved seating; general admission, $15 for adults and $7 for students. Children’s performance, including lunch and shindig, is $25. For reserved tickets, send self-addressed, stamped envelope to Tony Brill, Lancaster Catholic High School, 650 Juliette Ave., Lancaster, PA 17601, or email tbrill@lchsyes.org. General admission tickets available at door.

Synopsis: A green ogre living in isolation to avoid life’s bullies reluctantly faces the world and makes friends in the process.

Lancaster Country Day School

Show: “Romeo and Juliet.”

Performances: April 7 and 8, 7 p.m.; April 8 and 9, 2 p.m.

Tickets: $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Visit lancastercountryday.org.

Synopsis: William Shakespeare’s tragedy of the doomed young love of two teenagers from feuding families.

Lancaster County Christian School

Show: “Pollyanna.”

Performances: March 16 and 17, 7 p.m.; March 18, 6 p.m. dinner, 7:30 p.m. show. (All performances held at Leola campus, 2390 New Holland Pike.)

Tickets: $12 for adults online, $15 for adults at the door; $10 for students and senior citizens online; $26 for dinner theater, with advance online reservations required. Visit lccs.cc/pollyanna or call 717-556-0711.

Synopsis: An orphan girl makes waves in a small town.

Linden Hall

Show: “Final Audition.”

Performances: March 30 and 31, 7:30 p.m.

Tickets: $8 for adults, $5 for students. Call 717-626-8512.

Synopsis: Agatha Christie’s murder mysteries are parodied in this show that follows a group of divas who think they’re auditioning for a new musical.

Lititz Christian School

Show: “HONK!”

Performances: March 23 and 24, 7 p.m.; March 25, 2 p.m.

Tickets: $8 for adults, $5 for students and senior citizens. Visit lititzchristian.net.

Synopsis: This retelling of “The Ugly Duckling” follows an odd-looking baby duck and his search for his mother.

Manheim Central High School

Show: “Les Miserables,” school edition.

Performances: March 9-11, 7:30 p.m.; March 12, 2 p.m.

Tickets: $5 standard, $8 premium. Visit the lobby from 6:30-8 p.m. March 7 and 8, or purchase at the door.

Synopsis: This show is set in 19th-century France, where the themes of redemption, hope and love resonate.

McCaskey High School

Show: “Mary Poppins.”

Performances: March 16-18, 7 p.m.; March 19, 2:30 p.m.

Tickets: $10 for adults, $5 for students and senior citizens. Call 717-399-6400, ext. 4, or email McCaskeyboxoffice@lancaster.k12.pa.us.

Synopsis: A mysterious nanny brings magic to the lives of two young children.


Penn Manor High School

Show: “The Little Mermaid.”

Performances: March 10 and 11, 7:30 p.m.

Tickets: $9 for adults, $7 for students and senior citizens, free for seniors with Comet Classic card. Visit pennmanor.seatyourself.biz or purchase tickets at the door.

Synopsis: Based on the classic Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale and Disney film, this show features the story of Ariel, a mermaid who wants to be human.

Solanco High School

Show: “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.”

Performances: March 10 and 11, 7 p.m.; March 11, 2:30 p.m.

Tickets: $11 for adults in advance or $12 at the door; $9 for students and senior citizens in advance or $10 at the door. Visit showtix4u.com.

Synopsis: Calypso, country-western, rock ’n’ roll and more help tell the Bible story of Joseph and his coat of many colors.


Veritas Academy

Show: “Death Wears a Costume” and “A Murder Is Announced.”

Performances: April 21 and 22, 7 p.m.; April 22, 2 p.m. Performances will be held at Leola Elementary School, 11 School Drive, Leola.

Tickets: $12 for adults, $10 for students and senior citizens. Call the school office, 717-556-0690, or email rmartin@veritasacademy.com.

Synopsis: “Death Wears a Costume” is a 20-minute performance by the school’s seventh- and eighth-grade cast. “A Murder Is Announced” is a full-length play by the high school casts. Both shows highlight murder mysteries, intrigue and laughter.


Warwick High School

Show: “South Pacific.”

Performances: March 17 and 18, 7:30 p.m.; March 19, 2 p.m.

Tickets: $11 to $13 for adults, $9 to $11 for students and senior citizens. Visit warwicksd.org and click on the South Pacific Musical button. Tickets are also available in the WHS Music Technology Lab March 7, from 3:30-5:30 p.m.; and March 14 and 16, from 6- 8 p.m.

Synopsis: This show takes place in an island paradise during World War II and features a love story set against a background of prejudice.