Did you know that GMVS has been running an annual theater production since 1978?

It was in 1978 when the school moved to its current location on Bragg Hill and GMVS students prepared for their roles in Godspell, the first of a series of annual musicals to be directed by Headmaster Dave Gavett. At the time they probably didn’t realize they were paving the way for one of the school’s most cherished and long-standing traditions. Dave’s vision to create the theater program was met with the full support of GMVS founder Al Hobart and has been an integral part of the GMVS experience ever since his arrival.

The first production of Godspell was performed in the Dining Hall. Following performances moved off campus to larger locations in town. Odd Fellows Hall was home to Man of La Mancha, Pippin, Grease, King of Hearts, and Godspell, and in 1984 the production of Cabaret was performed at Edison’s Studio.

In 1985 the cast and crew moved the production back on campus to the Doug Parker Center (DPC) and has been performing there ever since. At the time the DPC was the school’s gym for athlete workouts and training, but in the week leading up to the opening night, the interior was transformed into a theater – large rolls of flooring were laid, the stage was built from the ground up, and folding chairs were lined up for audience seating. Just as quickly as the theater was built each year, when the show was over the auditorium was dismantled and returned to its original state.

In 2014 when the Racing Performance Center (RPC) was constructed, the DPC was transformed into a permanent theater, complete with stadium seating and a stage that remains up throughout the year.

Productions through the years:

1978 -Godspell

1979 – Man of LaMancha

1980 -Pippin

1981 -Grease

1982 -King of Hearts

1983 -Godspell

1984 – Caberet

1985 – Oliver

1986 – Camelot

1987 – L’il Abner

1988 – Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

1989 – Leader of the Pack

1990 – Godspell

1991 – Annie

1992 – Oklahoma

1993 -Man of LaMancha

1994 – Anything Goes

1995 – Guys and Dolls

1996 – Sweet Charity

1997 – 42nd Street

1998 – Little Shop of Horrors

1999 – The King of Hearts

2000 – The WIZ

2001 – Fiddler on the Roof

2002 – Les Miserables

2003 – City Of Angels

2004 – Seussical The Musical

2005 – Beauty and the Beast

2006 – Urinetown

2007 – Little Women

2008 – Footloose

2009 – Grease

2010 – Anything Goes

2011 – Cats

2012 – Godspell

2013 – Shrek

2014 – Beauty and the Beast

2015 – Les Miserables

2016 – Legally Blonde

2017 – Chicago

2018 – Footloose

2019 – Grease

2020 – Godspell (Cancelled)

2021 – Mama Mia!

2022 – Newsies