Reed-Custer High School Thespian Sponsors are: 

Kevin Mangan
Plays & Musicals Sponsor 

James Reinbacher
Plays & Musicals Sponsor 


“The Reed-Custer High School spring musical is “The Music Man”.  We invite all senior citizens to join us for dinner and the show on Thursday, March 7th for just $5.00 per person!  Dinner is at 5:00 pm in the cafeteria and the show will begin at 6:00 pm in the Auditorium.  Please make reservations with Dee Elsner by contacting the RCHS Main Office at 815-458-2166, you can pay the $5 to Dee in the office or pay the night of.  The Music Man will also have performances on Friday, March 8th at 7:00 pm, Saturday, March 9th at 7:00 pm, and Sunday, March 10th at 2:00 pm.”    ​

Alexander Pope once said,“Act well your part; there all the honor lies.”  The truth of this statement is the center of the RCHS theatre program.  Students involved in the RCHS dramatic arts will find themselves acquiring theatrical, leadership, communication, and organizational skills that will serve them well for the rest of their lives if they are open to the magic of theatre and how it can change their hearts.

Why join theatre?  Because it makes lives better!

1.  Theatre does no harm.

2.  Theatre is an expression of a basic human need.

3.  Theatre brings people together.

4. Theatre helps build appreciation for democratic life, enhances argument discourse, and increases one's ability to empathize.

5. Theatre contributes to education and literacy.  It has been shown to sharpen attention, quicken mental shifts, and enhance language skills.

6.  Theatre rebuilds neighborhoods and contributes to industry.

7.  Theatre "influences the way we think and feel about our own lives and encourages us to take a hard look at ourselves, our values, and our behavior."

​In order to be a Thespian, a student must accumulate a certain number of hours (to be determined by Thespian ​officers) of participation within the dramatic arts at RCHS and maintain a consistent role on/off stage. Potential Thespians must be students of good standing and display a team player mentality. To participate in the fall play or spring musical, students must audition. Audition information and material will be made available in room 105 at least 7 days prior to audition dates.

Audition dates are TBA--check school announcements for future details. 

In addition to a Thespian Club which is active year round, the drama department produces two main stage shows: a fall play in early November and a spring musical in March.

The Thespian Club will meet before/after school as needed.  Rehearsals for the productions are held before school (6:30-7:30 am) and evenings (5:30-7:30 pm).


Listen closely to school announcements for audition and meeting information!  You can also speak with Mrs. Kanak (room 105) or Mr. Mangan (room 603) for more information.  

More up-to-date information can be found at http://rchschoirs.weebly.com/​

List of Past Performances:
Fall Productions Spring Productions
2017: The Adventures of Rose Red 2018: The Secret Garden
2016: Rumors 2017: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
2015: The Outsiders 2016: Guys and Dolls
2014: Moon Over Buffalo 2015: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
2013:  Figment 2014: Willy Wonka
2012: The Somewhat True Tale of Robin Hood 2013: How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
2011: Murder at Rutherford House 2012: The Wizard of Oz
2010: Dracula 2011: Phantom of the Opera
2009: A Curious Savage 2010: Anything Goes
2008: Get Smart 2009: Little Shop of Horrors
2007: But Why Bump Off Barnaby? 2008: Once Upon a Mattress
2006: The Worst High School Play in the World 2007: Singin' in the Rain
2005: Don't Drink the Water 2006: Beauty and the Beast
2004: The Pink Panther Strikes Again! 2005: Pippin
2003: Rumors 2004: Grease
2002: Twelve Angry Jurors 2003: Fiddler on the Roof
2001: Lend Me a Tenor 2002: Godspell
2000: Arsenic and Old Lace 2001: Once on This Island
1999: Alice in Wonderland 2000: Cinderella
1998: The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 1999: Oliver!
1997: Our Town 1998: Working
1996: The Imaginary Invalid 1997: My Fair Lady
1995: The Diary of Anne Frank 1996: The Sound of Music
1994: Up the Down Staircase 1995: The Music Man
1993: Twelve Angry Jurors / Kid Purple
1992: Egad, the Woman in White / The Interview / Assembly Line