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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.

Importance of Being Earnest: 2020 Spring Production

The Newsies: 2019 Fall Production

PCHS's Speech Forensic Team will perform the powerful drama, Rags, as the school's Large Group one-act entry with the Iowa High School Speech Association. A sweeping saga which touches on family, tenement life, the labor movement, and the sweatshops of 1910, this is a story of Rebecca Hershkowitz and her son David, their friend Bella, the Union activist Saul, and her new-found husband Nathan who is willing to do anything to climb the social ladder. It is a saga of hope and disappointments, of power and greed, of strength and love combined with memorable music. 

A local Home-Benefit performance of the one-act will be held as one of the events during Pella's annual All-City Speech Festival, hosted this year at Pella Community HS on January 30, 2020 at 7:00 pm. Large Group District competition begins January 25, 2020.

Newsies October 31 – November 2, 2019

  • District Large Group.                         January 25, 2020
  • All-City Home Benefit                       January 30, 2020
  • State Large Group                             February 8, 2020
  • All-State Large Group                       February 22, 2020

The Importance of Being Earnest                  March 27-28, 2020
Celebration!  Awards Banquet                     April 27, 2020
Iowa High School Musical Theatre Awards June 1, 2020


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 2019-20 are:

  • Emily Van Beek  -  President
  • Halie Vermillion  -  Vice President
  • Jocelyn Gritters  -  Secretary
  • Colby De Vries  -  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. Timothy Van Voorst
Choreography Director:   Ms. Brenna Vogel
Technical Director:   Mr. Daryl Van Zee
Costumes Chair:   Mrs. Lori Vande Zande  
Properties Chair:   Ms. Kathy Rozenboom
Set Construction Chair:   Mr. Jeff Poortinga
Painting Chair:   Mrs. Janee Larson
Lights Chair:   Mr. Kent Jansen
Makeup and Hair Chair:   Mrs. Kim Beyer
Hospitality Chair:   Mrs. Shannon Breon
Box Office Chair:   Mrs. Gail Van Beek

20/21 RoadMap