Rockbridge Academy Presents

Show Times

Rockbridge Academy Players presents The Rockbridge Academy Awards, A Musical Variety Show at the Bowie Center for the Performing Arts, 15200 Annapolis Road, Bowie, Maryland 20715. Show times are as follows:

  • Friday, February 24th @ 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 25th @ 7:00 p.m.

Ticket prices are $13 for adults and $11 for children 12 and under.

Tickets may be purchased at the box office before each show or online.

To purchase tickets online, click on the ADMIT ONE ticket!

Drama Program

General Information

The Rockbridge Academy drama program is designed to give students an in depth understanding of what it takes to bring a full-length musical, or musical variety production, to completion. Students learn the value of godly character, hard work, and cooperation as they go from initial auditions and read-throughs, to the final curtain, always encouraged to keep in mind standards of Truth, Goodness, and Beauty (Php. 4:8). In addition, musical stage productions serve a distinctive role in giving "flesh" to the concept of rhetoric. Students use their talents to persuade and articulate in a way that a traditional class never could. Students are encouraged to be part of the stage crew if that is where their particular gifts and talents lie.

Typically, students perform a full-length musical, and a student-lead Variety Show, in alternating years. Last year, Rockbridge Academy performed You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown, to rave reviews.

2017 Variety Show

The Rockbridge Academy Variety Show is a biennial production well-known for its old-fashioned, family-fun, vaudeville quality entertainment, which includes classic comedy skits, the music hits you love, and original choreography.  Add in a fun script written entirely by the Rockbridge Academy seniors and acting by a talented cast of students in grades 7-12, and you’ve got one hilarious night of entertainment you won’t forget!

This year’s Variety Show theme is the Rockbridge Academy Awards!  Click on the logo to see the CAST LIST!

All Cast Meeting Information

December 12, 2016

Why the variety show?

The purpose of the Rockbridge Academy Variety Show is to give a larger group of students than would normally be included in a musical an opportunity to participate in a dramatic production and learn about the different steps in the theater process.  The variety show is student conceived, run, and written with parent organizational help.  Students should generate ideas and watch with wonder as their concepts develop from the audition to the stage.  Just as the upper school writing program builds from a science fair project in 7th grade to a senior thesis, the students’ responsibility in the variety show process increases with age.  Each act selected for the show has been assigned an advisor to help them prepare for the show.   Much like in the thesis process, the advisors expect the group to practice together regularly on their own to prepare for rehearsals with the advisors.  It is suggested that each act meet with its advisor several times or as many as are deemed necessary by the advisor.

The creative team for this year’s Variety Show consists of Lysa Lytikainen, Director; Roy Griffith, Producer; Mandy Ball, Music Director; and Kellie Diekemper, Choreographer.

What is my commitment?  (All these events are also listed on the Rehearsal Schedule.)

  • Weekly rehearsals with all members of your act. Basketball practice takes precedence over variety show rehearsals.
  • Combined rehearsals in the Fellowship Hall starting January 30 when the script is complete
  • Full cast rehearsals at Historic Baldwin Hall:  Monday-Thursday, February 13-16, 3:00-7:00pm
  • Full cast rehearsal in the Fellowship Hall:  Friday, February 17, 3:00-4:00pm
  • Full cast Saturday rehearsals:
    • Saturday, February 4 @ Historic Baldwin Hall, 9:00am-3:00pm
    • Saturday, February 18 @ TBD, 9:00am-3:00pm
  • Tech Week at Bowie Center for the Performing Arts (BCPA): 
    • Monday-Wednesday, February 20-22, 4:00-10:00pm
    • Thursday, February 23, 8:00am-2:00pm
    • Friday, February 24, 5:30-10:00pm (Performance)
    • Saturday, February 25, 5:00-11:00pm (Performance)

How does the show get to the stage?

Stage 1:  Prepare for the audition: led by students and team mom (September-November).

Stage 2:  Polish and choreograph acts individually:  led by students and team mom (November-January).

Stage 3:  Merge all acts into a cohesive show:  led by the creative team (January 30-February 23).

How can parents help?

  • Help students honor their rehearsal commitments.
  • Discuss any rehearsal conflicts with the team mom (November-January) or creative team (January-February) well in advance.
  • Help with Star Grams.
  • Help with hair and makeup.
  • Help in the box office.