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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


PCHS's fall musical is Rodgers & Hammerstein's classic magical fairytale Cinderella. The Enchanted Edition, which PCHS is presenting, was inspired by the acclaimed 1997 film starring Brandy and Whitney Houston. It uses the Fairy Godmother as narrator but adheres quite closely to the fairytale plot and original R&H score. Popular musical numbers include "The Prince is Giving a Ball," "In My Own Little Corner," "Impossible," "A Lovely Night" and "Ten Minutes Ago." The performance will be directed by Marlo Van Peursem with assistance from Aaron Fitzgerald (music), Paulina Loaiza (choreography) and Daryl Van Zee (Tech). Production dates are October 27, 28, and 29, 2022 with Reserve Tickets available for purchase on-line beginning October 17.



Cinderella                                                             October 27-29,  2022
The Women of Lockerbie
         District Large Group                                   January 21, 2023
         All-City Home Benefit                                January 26, 2023
         State Large Group                                      February 4, 2023
         All-State Large Group                                 February 18, 2023
Clue: On-Stage         March 24-25, 2023
Celebration!  Awards Banquet                             April 24, 2023
Iowa High School Musical Theatre Awards         June 1, 2023

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 2022-23 are:

Liz Vink  -  President
Bridget Vande Zande  -  Vice President
Avery Verhoef  -  Secretary
MaKenzi Groenendyk  -  Treasurer


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


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