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Theatre Arts

Our God is a God of Beauty and at Pella Christian High School, we seek to redeem the arts for Christ and reflect God’s truth, beauty, and goodness in the art that we create.  We believe we can use these God-given gifts and talents as an act of worship to glorify Him in all we do. (Colossians 3:23). We seek to represent accurately the good and evil in our world, the beauty of the world we live in, and its need for redemption.  

Engaging in theatre arts at PCHS offers students the opportunity to critique the characters, situations, and stories they examine...and to find themselves in the characters they portray.  Theatre for the Kingdom of God is not an opportunity for escapism from the real world, but a redemptive process through which an actor may find his own strengths and weaknesses, and therefore his place in the narrative of grace.  By reading, memorizing, and performing diverse works, students will encounter the various worldviews, motivations, and psyches of their characters and balance them against a Biblical worldview. This careful examination will not only foster a greater understanding of the world they live in but also a Christian’s role in that place…and in the process create a richer, more developed dramatic representation of that character.

The Miracle Worker: 2022 Spring Production

Pippin: 2021 Fall Production


The Pella Christian 2021-22 theatre season opens with Broadway's 2013 Best Musical Revival, Pippin. Winner of four Tony Awards, this updated circus-inspired version of Pippin continues to captivate audiences throughout the world. The modern music and magnificent script and score has Pippin searching for what might offer him fulfillment in life: academics, war, simple joys, revolution, and even ordinary life. A traveling troupe of players, led by the charming Leading Player, also give excitement and color as they offer and act out the scenes Pippin finds himself in as he searches. The musical is filled with special effects, dazzling lighting, lots of energetic choreography, tricks and surprises, and colorful costumes. Popular musical numbers include "Magic to Do," "Corner of the Sky," "Morning Glow," and "Kind of Woman".



Pippin                                                                  October 28-30,  2021
Elephant's Graveyard
         District Large Group                                   January 22, 2022
         All-City Home Benefit                                January 27, 2022
         State Large Group                                      February 5, 2022
         All-State Large Group                                 February 19, 2022
The Miracle Worker                                              March 25-26, 2022
Celebration!  Awards Banquet                             April 25, 2022
Iowa High School Musical Theatre Awards         June 18, 2022

PC's Theatre Troupe is an organized group of students who enjoy doing all kinds of theatre and speech-both on stage and back stage. The Theatre Troupe inducts new members each May at their annual end of the year "Celebration!" based on points earned throughout the year. A student needs to earn a minimum of 65 points to become a member. Theatre Troupe Officers for 2021-22 are:

Trent Van Gilst  -  President

Marie Johnson  -  Vice President

Nia Hoekstra  -  Secretary

Lauren Dunsbergen  -  Treasurer


Typical activities for Troupe members include holiday socials, trips to see professional shows in the area, and workshop opportunities.

Director of Theatre/Speech:   Mr. Marlo Van Peursem
Assistant Speech Coach:   Mrs. Lisa Van Gilst
Music Director:   Mr. Aaron Fitzgerald
Choreography Director:   Ms. Paulina Loaiza
Technical Director:   Mr. Daryl Van Zee
Costumes Chair:   Mrs. Lori Vande Zande  
Properties Chair:   Ms. Kathy Rozenboom
Set Construction Chair:   Mr. Evan Van Gelder
Painting Chair:   Mrs. Pam Osborn
Lights Chair:   
Makeup and Hair Chair:   Mrs. Kim Beyer
Hospitality Chair:   Mrs. Amanda Johnston
Box Office Chair:   Mrs. Gail Van Beek