Drama Productions

Nurturing creative expression

Lancaster Mennonite provides artistic skills, appreciation and opportunities that nourish creativity and a deeper understanding of God and the world.

At all levels, art is integral to an LM education. Our students exercise their artistic, dramatic, and musical creativity in spaces designed to nurture and facilitate high-quality artistic expression. Lancaster Mennonite High School holds an established reputation for excellence in choral music, features an award-winning drama program and regularly has many students winning local, regional and national art awards.

The Calvin and Janet High Fine Arts Center on the Lancaster Campus physically represents our deep commitment to the role of the arts in a holistic, excellent education. The Fine Arts Center contains a state-of-the art 1,250-seat auditorium, music practice rooms and art studios.

students on stage

LMH Winter Musical

You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown

Join LMH students for their production of “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” February 22 -25, 2024.

  • February 22 at 7PM
  • February 23 at 7PM
  • February 24 at 7PM
  • February 25 at 3PM

Charles Schulz’s beloved comic comes to life in Clark Gesner’s classic musical, “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown”. The whole gang is here: bossy Lucy is hopelessly in love with piano prodigy Schroeder who doesn’t give her the time of day, perfectionist Sally is still mocking blanket-toting Linus, Snoopy is in the doghouse, and “blockhead,” himself, Charlie Brown, is in rare form. Brief vignettes span the months from Valentine’s Day to Beethoven Day, from wild optimism to utter despair. In this revised version, with additional music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa and dialogue by Michael Mayer, the sweet, joyful innocence of the Peanuts gang is maintained, but a fresh insouciance and playfulness is revealed. The new script features two new songs, particularly funny dialogue, and new, catchy orchestrations. Whether you’re keen to fly with the Red Baron, moon over the Moonlight Sonata, or just do your best to find “Happiness,” You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown is a crowd-pleasing classic.

Charlie Brown musical graphic

LMH Fall 2023 Show Recap

Animal Farm

Lancaster Mennonite’s Drama Department presented Animal Farm for their Fall Play in November. Director Katelyn Coryell shares that, “[George Orwell’s Animal Farm] tells the story of a group of anthropomorphic farm animals who rebel against their human farmer, hoping to create a society where the animals can be equal, free, and happy.” Ultimately the society is betrayed by a power hungry pig who leads the rest of the pigs to take away the voice of the community, forming a dictatorship. I remember studying this book in English and unpacking Animal Farm as an allegory for Stalinism. Revisiting the story in play format with the students, and reflecting on the cyclical nature of our world’s happenings, I’ve come to see how it can be applied to many different points in history. The students did intelligent work developing their characters to be more than just a pig or a workhorse; they are each a walking allegory.

The staff congratulates the cast and crew for all their hard work and for putting on a great show!

LMH Animal Farm cast

Visual Arts

student painting mural

LMH art courses cultivate reflection and aesthetic sensitivity to cultural expressions worldwide. An awareness and appreciation for all of God’s earth and people leads to constructive creativity.

At the high school, twelve art courses are offered, including sculpture, drawing, painting, ceramics, design, photography and digital photography. Explore all of the options for art classes at our full curriculum guide below.

Drama

LMH provides students with on-stage drama/theatre opportunities that cultivate and showcase creativity and self-expression while challenging them to a deeper understanding of people and issues.

LMH students have the opportunity to participate in two dramatic productions each year, one of which is a major musical. LMMS students have the opportunity to participate in some LMH productions and also have their own middle school production.

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Drama Statement

The LMH drama program is committed to authentic story telling. . . At times, truthful storytelling requires the portrayal of attitudes and actions that are contrary to our understanding of God’s desire for us. Our belief is that the story challenges us to think critically and wrestle with life and human brokenness. Engaging in this challenge strengthens our ability to serve the world as God’s instruments of healing and hope.

Music

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Vocal Music

Students have the opportunity to participate in several vocal groups and take voice instruction. The school’s auditioned select choir, the Campus Chorale, has an established reputation for excellence, and many Chorale members win local, regional and state awards.

Instrumental

LMH offers performance opportunities with String Orchestra, Concert Band and Jazz Ensemble. Piano and guitar classes are available as part of the music curriculum. Especially gifted students can participate in the Advanced Music Studio at the Lancaster Campus.

Middle School Music

Sixth grade has a general music class throughout the school year and may also elect to be in one of the performing groups: Concert Band, String Ensemble or Choir ($20 music fee for choir). Seventh-grade students who are not part of the performing ensembles are required to be in a general music class. Eighth-grade students may elect to take music classes.

Mennonite Children's Choir of Lancaster

A program of Lancaster Mennonite School as a service to the community, MCCL offers auditioned and non-auditioned choral opportunities for children in grades 1 through 12. Singers do not need to attend Lancaster Mennonite School to participate.