High schools across Western New York are in full "musical mode" and this is your chance to get out and support local music and arts programs.

There's a reason why there was a movie/musical called "High School Musical."  These kids are insanely talented.  If you think the stage is only for adult actors who have given their whole life to their craft, you're wrong.  But that's not to say that these young actors haven't worked very hard at what they do.

Now is a good time to make some plans to be at one (or more) of the upcoming musicals in Western New York.

Last weekend I was able to make it up to Grand Island's production of "High School Musical" and was super entertained.  Over the past couple of years, my son has gotten very involved in his high school musical so we have tried to go around to other schools and support their programs too.

Blown away is an understatement.  All the kids are always absolutely phenomenal.  The sets look amazing.  They sound amazing.  The shows...are amazing.

These kids work so hard to put these shows on.  They have early mornings building sets, and late nights doing rehearsals.  I grew up playing sports and never really saw how much goes into these performances, but let me tell you from personal experience now, they work their butts off.  They're singing, they're dancing, they're memorizing lines, they're working on timing.  This isn't something they just show up to one day.  This is MONTHS of work for 4 days of entertainment.

In many cases, their programs are working with the bare minimum for costumes and sets and these shows are their best chance to make some money for the program.

This is our chance to support these kids.

If you are tired of searching for movies to stream on TV only to be disappointed and realize that you've wasted your weekend, then check out a musical this weekend.  There are tons of them!  All they need is someone to come, see the show, laugh at the jokes, and be amazed by the singing.  Be a participant. (And don't forget to bring some money for the concessions, basket raffles, and 50/50's.  It's all for the kids!)

If you have one that I don't have listed here, please email it to brettalan@wyrk.com.

Sadly, a couple of them have already taken place, but here are some of the remaining upcoming 2023 shows:

Shows That Happened Earlier This Year

West Seneca West - Mean Girls (February 8-11) Tickets are $15 Click Here For Tickets or call 716-677-3421

Alden - Fiddler On The Roof (February 10th & 11th) Click Here For Tickets

Lakeshore - Mean Girls (February 9th - 11th) Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students/seniors and children 5 and under are free!  Click Here For Tickets

Frontier - Beauty & The Beast (February 9th - 11th) Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for students/seniors  Tickets are general seating or call 716-926-1720 ext

Amherst - Seussical The Musical (February 10th & 11th) Ticket pricing is $12.50 for adults and $10 for senior citizens and students  Click Here For Tickets

Williamsville South - The Addams Family (February 9th - 11th) Click Here For Tickets

East Aurora - Curtains (February 10-12th) Tickets are $12 For Adults Click Here For Tickets

Holland - Queen City Strikers (February 10th & 11th) Tickets are $10 Click Here For Tickets

Lancaster - Beauty & The Beast (February 16th - 18th) Tickets are $13  Click Here For Tickets

Lew-Port - Shrek The Musical (February 17th - 19th) Call the HS Main Office at 716-286-7261 for information or to reserve your tickets

Starpoint - Something Rotten (February 23rd - 25th) Click Here For Tickets

North Collins - Mama Mia! (March 2nd - 4th) For ticket purchases, please contact Logan Reed by email at LAReed2711@gmail.com or call (716) 725-9878

Maryvale - Beauty & The Beast (March 3rd - 4th) Click Here For Tickets

Eden - Matilda (March 9-12) Tickets are $10 Adult, $8 Student or Senior (60+), and $6 Child (9 years or younger). Click Here For Tickets

North Tonawanda - Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (March 9 - 11) Tickets are $15 at the door or Click Here For Tickets

St. Mary's - The Wizard Of Oz (March 9-11th) Click Here For Tickets

Newfane High School - Disney's Newsies (March 10th - 12th) Tickets are $10 and will be available at the door

West Seneca East - The Lightning Thief (March 9 - 11th) Tickets are $12 Click Here For Tickets

Williamsville East - Anastasia Click Here For Tickets

Williamsville North - Mama Mia! (March 9 - 11th) Tickets are $12 each and on sale now Click Here For Tickets

Barker - Cinderella (March 10th - 12th)  Tickets are $10 for Adults and $7 for Students Click Here For Tickets

Pioneer - Beauty & The Beast (March 10th - 12th) Click Here For Tickets

This Weekend

Buffalo Academy For Visual & Performing Arts - Memphis (March 15 - 19th) Click Here For Info

Iroquois - The Spongebob Musical (March 16th-18th) *Performance will happen at the Middle School* Tickets are $12 per seat Click Here For Tickets

Sweet Home High School - Grease (March 17th - 19th)  Tickets are $10 and $12.  Click here for more info

Kenmore West - Fiddler On The Roof (March 16th,17th,18th) Click Here For Tickets

Tonawanda - The Play That Goes Wrong (March 17th & 18th) Tickets are $10 for general admission Click Here For Tickets

St. Francis High School - Mack & Mabel (March 17th-19th) Tickets are $10 each and seating is reserved Click Here For Tickets

Niagara Falls High School - Grease (March 23 - 25) Tickets: $10 General Admission, $8 Seniors and $5 Students and Children under 10. Tickets will be available at the box office beginning 90 minutes before showtime.

Lyndonville High School - The Wizard Of Oz (March 24-26) Tickets: $5 General Admission Click Here For Tickets

Pine Valley - Little Women Click Here For Tickets

Lockport - All Shook Up Click Here For Tickets

Cassadega Valley - Tarzan Click Here For Tickets

Maple Grove - Newsies Click Here For Tickets

Hamburg - Seussical The Musical Click Here For Tickets

Cardinal O'Hara - Dreamland Click Here For Tickets

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