Greater Harford Academy of the Arts Half-Day Program productions perform at the Theater of the Performing Arts, located immediately adjacent to our high school building. To purchase tickets for any of our shows or for general information, visit the Theater Box Office online, email us at, or call 860-757-6388.


Six Plays in Six Days
Six Plays Main Stage Theater
September 25, 2021

Tickets: $5 General Admission

Directed by Brian Jennings and Mike Nowicki


A week-long experiment where students create original plays from concept to fully staged productions in only six days, to be performed.

Choreographers' Showcase
Choreo Main Stage Theater
October 23, 2021

Tickets: Students/Seniors $5, Adults $16.

Directed by Thomas Giroir, Alexa Fleury Melonopolous, and Tracy Lombardo

On Saturday, October 23, 2021, students from CREC Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts Half Day Program will perform the work of guest artist/dance makers from New York City, Dallas, Massachusetts and Hartford in this year’s Choreographers’ Showcase.

Now in its 19th year, Choreographers’ Showcase is a rare opportunity for high school dancers to learn and perform with critically acclaimed choreographers. This showcase brings world- renowned choreographers and their most recent works to a beautiful venue at the Learning Corridor's Theater of the Performing Arts, in Hartford. More┍

This year, the Academy welcomes the following featured choreographers:

  • Carter Alexander, Artist in Residence at Southern Methodist University (SMU) and a former dancer with the Hartford Ballet of Dallas
  • Massachusetts based artist, Deborah Goffe, Associate Professor of Dance at Hampshire College and Artistic Director of Scapegoat Garden
  • Academy Alumna and Artistic Director of Studio 860, Jolet Creary
  • Colby Connelly, Academy Alumna and currently a senior with the Hartt School Dance Division
  • Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts Half Day Director, and former soloist with the Martha Graham Dance Company, Kim Stroud

The Academy is thrilled to present a legendary work of modern dance in this year’s program.

  • Choreographer Martha Graham, is one of the most influential choreographers in the history of dance, and the Academy is one of a handful of high schools to have the honor of performing works from her repertory. This year Academy Director, Kim Stroud, has restaged Steps in the Street, an Excerpt from Chronicle (1936) for our dancers.



Fall Chamber Concert
Black Box Theater
October 27, 2021
Free Admission

Directed by the Music Dept


Fall Showcase
fallshowcase Main Stage Theater
November 23, 2021
Free Admission

Fall Showcase features a sampling of the disciplines the Greater Hartford Academy of Arts half day program has to offer. 

The lobby opens at 5:30, and doors open at 6 for a 6:30 performance.

Tickets are free.

This is a mask mandated event, and all effort will be made to space groups apart


Composer Battle Cabaret
Main Stage Theater
December 2, 2021
Free Admission (Donations Accepted at Door)

Musical Theater seniors present Composer Battle Cabaret! Come enjoy this epic vocal battle between musical theater composers Jason Robert Brown and Stephen Sondheim as students from musical theater, dance, music, and theater departments throw down and leave everything on the stage. Thursday, December 2, 6:30 PM. Come for the show and the many fabulous teacup raffle items as well - you won't want to miss it!

Holiday Pops

Main Stage Theater
December 15, 2021 (Snow Date 12/16)
Tickets $5. (Children Under 12, Free Admission)

Directed by: Gene Bozzi

Celebrate the magic of the season with the Arts Academy music department. Perfect for music lovers of all ages, this beloved annual concert is just bursting with holiday music favorites. Treat yourself to a festive evening, including the traditional carol sing-along and a surprise visit by jolly old St. Nick.  

Anonymous Black Box Theater
January 14, 15, 21, and 22
Tickets: $15 Adult,  $5 Students/Seniors

A Play by Naomi lizuka
Directed by Missy Burmeister

Separated from his mother, a young refugee called Anon journeys through the United States, encountering a wide variety of people -- some kind, some dangerous and cruel -- as he searches for his family. From a sinister one-eyed butcher to beguiling barflies to a sweatshop, Anon must navigate through a chaotic, ever-changing landscape in this entrancing adaptation of Homer's Odyssey.

Spring Chamber Concert
Black Box Theater
March 3, 2021
Free Admission


Watch performance highlights from the music department in an intimate chamber like setting.
Main Stage Theater
April 29, 30 and May 6, 7
7:30 p.m.

Music and Book by Jonathan Larson

Set in the East Village of New York City, Rent is about falling in love, finding your voice and living for today. Winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Rent has become a pop cultural phenomenon. with songs that rock and a story that resonates with audiences of all ages. Based loosely on Puccini's La Boheme, Jonathan Larson's Rent follows a year in the life of a group of impoverished young artists and musicians struggling to survive and create in New York's Lower East Side, under the shadow of HIV/AIDS. The physical and emotional complications of the disease pervade the lives of Roger, Mimi, Tom and Angel. Maureen deals with her chronic infidelity through performance art; her partner, Joanne, wonders if their relationship is worth the trouble. Benny has sold out his Bohemian ideals in exchange for a hefty income and is on the outs with his former friends. Mark, an aspiring filmmaker, feels like an outsider to life in general. More┍

How these young bohemians negotiate their dreams, loves and conflicts provides the narrative thread to this groundbreaking musical.

This is theatre at its best – exuberant, passionate and joyous. Regional theatres will love the freedom and flexibility that Rent offers; minimal costuming and sets are required. Less┍


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