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Prestonwood Christian Academy 2020-21 Theatre Season

Join us in the return of PCA Theatre this year as we celebrate with shows centered on the theme of Love and Family!

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The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde

The Importance of Being Earnest is the most renowned of Oscar Wilde’s comedies. As an iconic “comedy of manners” and one of the funniest plays in the English language, “Earnest” exaggerates the absurd superficiality of upper-class Victorian society. Oscar Wilde called it “a trivial comedy for serious people”.

The Importance of Being Earnest is the story of two bachelors, John ‘Jack’ Worthing and Algernon ‘Algy’ Moncrieff, who create alter egos named Ernest to escape their tiresome lives. They attempt to win the hearts of two women, Gwendolen and Cecily, respectively. However, the women, conveniently, claim to only love a man called Ernest. The pair struggle to keep up with their own stories and become tangled in a tale of deception, disguise and misadventure. Their troubles only get worse when Gwendolen’s mother, the formidable Lady Bracknell, arrives one the scene. The elaborate plot ridicules Victorian sensibilities with some of the best loved, and indeed bizarre, characters to be found on the modern stage.

Produced by special arrangement with Dramatic Publishing Company.

Please note all productions through December 2020 will be streamed online with no live audiences.

Scheduled showings: Five showings on Friday, November 13
thru Sunday, November 15, 2020

Directed by Pam Hurt

PCA's production of The Importance of Being Earnest will stream at the following dates and times:

Friday, November 13 @ 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 14 @ 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 14 @ 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, November 15 @ 2:00 p.m.
Sunday, November 15 @ 7:30 p.m.

To purchase tickets, click the link below.
Tickets will go on sale beginning Monday, November 9.


Click HERE to download a copy of the PCABill for
The Importance of Being Earnest.

Coming in December 2020

It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play by Joe Landry

It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play is based on the classic holiday movie with a clever twist thrown in: the story is staged as a live radio broadcast on Christmas Eve in 1946 at WBFR in New York City. Actors portray numerous characters, and sound effects are done through Foley artists. It’s a Wonderful Life is about the life of George Bailey, a generous and well-meaning man who has become too downcast and tired to continue living. It will take help from a lovable angel to show George what life would be like if he wasn’t born for George to have a change of heart and understand the true spirit of the holidays. Celebrate the Christmas season with this beloved American classic!

Produced by special arrangement with Playscripts, Inc.

Please note all productions through December 2020 will be streamed online with no live audiences.

Scheduled showings: Five showings on Friday, December 11 thru Sunday, December 13, 2020

Directed by Pam Hurt

PCA's production of It's A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play will stream at the following dates and times:

Friday, December 11 @ 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 12 @ 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 12 @ 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, December 13 @ 2:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 13 @ 7:30 p.m.

To purchase tickets, click the link below.
Tickets will go on sale beginning Monday, December 7.


Coming in October 2020

Leaving Iowa by Tim Clue and Spike Manton

The critically-acclaimed play, “Leaving Iowa,” is a hilarious, family-friendly comedy that is a toast to the idealism and character of parents from the “greatest generation,” and a little roast of their dedication to the family road trip. “Leaving Iowa” is a postcard to anyone who has ever found themselves driving alone on a road, revisiting fond memories of their youth. The story centers on Don Browning, a middle-aged writer who returns home and decides to finally take his father’s ashes to his childhood home, as requested. But when Don discovers Grandma’s house is now a grocery store, he begins traveling across Iowa in search of a proper resting place. As he drives those familiar roads, the story shifts back and forth from the present to memories of the annual, torturous vacations of Don’s youth. Ultimately, Don’s journey leads him to reconcile his past and present at an unpredictable and perfect final destination. It’s guaranteed to have you laughing and remembering the childhood vacations you tried to forget.

Produced by special arrangement with Dramatic Publishing Company

One Act Play Showcase: October 12, 2020
TAPPS District Competition: October 26 - 27, 2020
Championship Competition: November 10, 2020

Directed by Laurel Peabody

Coming in March 2021

The Wizard of Oz- Young Performers’ Edition
by Frank L. Baum and adapted by John Kane.
Music and Lyrics by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg

Little Dorothy Gale of Kansas, like so many girls her age, often dreams of what may lie over the rainbow. One day a tornado hits her home town and carries her away to Munchkinland - at the end of the rainbow. This new land introduces her to a colorful cast of characters that she soon befriends. They are the Scarecrow, who lacks a brain, he thinks; the Tin Woodman, who has no heart, and the Cowardly Lion, who would like to have some courage. Accompanied by her new companions, she sets out on a journey to the Emerald City to see the Wizard. This mysterious land brings many obstacles along the way, but help is never far from our brave team of misfits. With the help of Glinda the Good Witch, Dorothy defeats the Wicked Witch of the West and frees the land of Oz from the Witch’s tyranny. This beloved tale, which takes us over the rainbow to discover that “there’s no place like home”, has been entertaining audiences for generations.

This adaptation includes many classic songs such as “Over The Rainbow,” “Munchkinland (Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead),” “If I Only Had A Brain/A Heart/The Nerve,” “We’re Off To See The Wizard (Follow The Yellow Brick Road),” “The Jitterbug,” and “The Merry Old Land of Oz, “Poppies (Optimistic Voices)” and “If I Were King Of The Forest.”

THE WIZARD OF OZ - YOUNG PERFORMERS' EDITION is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Tams-Witmark LLC.

Auditions: TBD
Who Can Audition: 4-10 grades
Show Dates: March 26-27, 2021

Directed by Laurel Peabody


Coming in Spring 2021

A Wrinkle in Time - One Act Play Adapted by Morgan Gould

One of literature's most enduring young heroines, Meg Murry, is back -- braces, stubbornness and all. Once again, she's joining forces with Mrs. Whatsit, Charles Wallace, Calvin O'Keefe and more to battle the forces of evil so she can rescue her father, save humanity and find herself. In the end, we know two things for sure: 1. Love CAN overcome evil and 2. There IS such a thing as a tesseract.

Produced by special arrangement with Stage Partners

Presented by the MS Theatre II Class

District Competition: March 26 - 27, 2021
State Competition: TBD – Spring Semester 2021
One Act Play Showcase in Black Box Theatre: May 1, 2021

Directed by Seth Monhollon


Coming in January 2021

Pride and Prejudice by Kate Hamill based on the novel by Jane Austen

This isn’t your grandmother’s Austen! Bold, surprising, boisterous, and timely, this P&P for a new era explores the absurdities and thrills of finding your perfect (or imperfect) match in life. The outspoken Lizzy Bennet is determined to never marry, despite mounting pressure from society. But can she resist love, especially when that vaguely handsome, mildly amusing, and impossibly aggravating Mr. Darcy keeps popping up at every turn?! Literature’s greatest tale of latent love has never felt so theatrical, or so full of life than it does in this effervescent adaptation. Because what turns us into greater fools…than the high-stakes game of love?

Produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.

Performance Dates: January 22-23, 2021
Location: Black Box Theatre*
Presented by the PCA Theatre Senior class of 2021

Directed by Seth Monhollon

*Production will be in front of a live audience unless circumstances in January necessitate a scheduled streaming performance


Coming in April 2021

Little Women the Broadway Musical by Jason Howland, Mindi Dickstein and Allan Knee. Based on the novel by Louisa May Alcott.

Based on Louisa May Alcott's life, Little Women follows the adventures of sisters, Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March. Jo is trying to sell her stories for publication, but the publishers are not interested – her friend, Professor Bhaer, tells her that she has to do better and write more from herself. Begrudgingly taking this advice, Jo weaves the story of herself and her sisters and their experience growing up in Civil War America.

Little Women embodies the complete theatrical experience, guaranteeing a night filled with laughter, tears and a lifting of the spirit. The powerful score - with memorable songs such as “Five Forever”, “Delighted”, “Take a Chance on Me”, “More Than I Am”, “Some Things Are Meant to Be”, “Days of Plenty” and “Astonishing” - soars with the sounds of personal discovery, heartache and hope – the sounds of a young America finding its voice.

Produced by special arrangement with Music Theatre International

Auditions: 9-12 grade – December 1, 2020
5-8 grade – December 3, 2020
Callback auditions: December 7, 2020
Audition packets will be available on November 17

Performances: April 7-10, 2021 at the *Eisemann Center

Directed by Pam Hurt
Musical Direction by Joel T. Rutherford

*performance location subject to change based on venue restrictions
in the spring of 2021