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2024-2025 Season

Classes & Activities


Theatre Arts 1

Theatre Arts 2

Theatre Arts 3 Honors

Theatre Arts 3 Dual Enrollment

Theatre Arts 4 Honors

IB Theatre Arts SL1, SL2, & HL2

Musical Theatre

Technical Theatre 1

Technical Theatre 2

Technical Theatre 3 Honors

Technical Theatre 4 Honors

2023-2024 Theatre Arts Trip:

January 2024 = Virginia Thespian Festival

2024-2025 Theatre Arts Trip:

April 2025 = New York City Trip

Past Productions












  • Novio Boy
  • Captain Dangerous
  • Aida: High School Edition


  • The Velveteen Rabbit
  • Life, Liberty, & The Pursuit of Happiness
  • The Wiz
    • NCA Cappies Nomination: Male Dancer in a Musical


  • Blithe Spirit
    • NCA Cappies WIN: Props
  • General of Hot Desire
  • School House Rock


  • A Christmas Carol
  • Virtuous: A Tale of Preposterous Proportions
  • Little Women
    • NCA Cappies Nomination: Lead Actress in a Musical
    • NCA Cappies Nomination: Supporting Actress in a Musical
    • NCA Cappies Nomination: Best Song in a Musical


  • You Can’t Take It With You
  • Seuss Odyssey
  • Into the Woods


  • Arsenic and Old Lace
    • NCA Cappies Nomination: Comic Actor in a Play
  • Property Rites
  • Seussical


  • Working


  • The King and I
    • NCA Cappies Nomination: Female Dancer in a Musical
    • NCA Cappies Nomination: Costumes


  • Ramanoff and Juliet


  • South Pacific
    • NCA Cappies WIN: Comic Actor in a Musical
    • NCA Cappies WIN: Sets
    • NCA Cappies Nomination: Featured Actress in a Musical
    • NCA Cappies Nomination: Lead Actress in a Musical
    • NCA Cappies Nomination: Lead Actor in a Musical
    • NCA Cappies Nomination: Best Musical


  • The Secret Garden
  • Sleeping Beauty
  • The Princess and the Pea
  • Livin De Life
  • Peter Pan
    • NCA Cappies WIN: Stage Crew
    • NCA Cappies Nomination: Lead Actress in a Musical


  • The Foreigner
  • The Emperor's New Clothes
  • Cinderella, Cinderella
  • Godspell
    • NCA Cappies Nomination: Lead Actor in a Musical
    • NCA Cappies Nomination: Female Dancer in a Musical
    • NCA Cappies Nomination: Ensemble in a Musical


  • The Mousetrap
  • The Unsinkable Molly Brown
    • NCA Cappies WIN: Lead Actor in a Musical
    • NCA Cappies Nomination: Female Dancer in a Musical
    • NCA Cappies Nomination: Male Dancer in a Musical
    • NCA Cappies Nomination: Male Vocalist in a Musical


  • Light Up The Sky
  • Robin Goodfellow
  • Rapunzel
  • Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
  • The Wizard of Oz
    • NCA Cappies Nomination: Comic Actor in a Musical
    • NCA Cappies Nomination: Male Critic

The 1990's

  • Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, January 1999
  • Annie
  • Night of the Iguana
  • Scene Performances, May-June 1996
  • Romeo and Juliet
  • Medea
  • She Stoops To Conquer
  • Tartuffe
  • Raisin in the Sun
  • The Matchmaker
  • He Ain't Done Right By Nell, May-June 1996
  • Much Ado About Nothing, May-June 1996
  • Love Letters, March 1996
  • The Nutcracker, December 1995
  • Gaslight
  • The Rainmaker
  • Harvey
  • Once Upon A Mattress, November 1990
  • Dick Whittington, January 1990

  • The 1980's
  • Black Elk Speaks, November 1989
  • The Crucible
  • The Birthday of Infanta, June 1987
  • Cowlick Ricky, June 1987
  • Bluecrest, June 1987
  • Guys and Dolls, April 1987
  • Bye Bye Birdie
  • The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail, May 1984
  • Night of January 16th, December 1983
  • My Fair Lady
  • Our Town, March 1983
  • The Curious Savage, November 1982
  • Ten Little Indians
  • The Pajama Game, 1981
  • The Philadelphia Story, February 1980

The 1970's

  • The Sound of Music
  • The Star Spangled Girl, May 1974
  • The Curious Savage, April 1974
  • The Bald Soprano, February-March 1974
  • Marko Goes A Courtin’, February-March 1974
  • Mrs. Belfoire, February-March 1974
  • The Glass Menagerie, November-December 1973
  • The Adding Machine, May 1972
  • The Boyfriend
  • See How They Run November 1971

The 1960's

  • The Music Man, April 1969
  • Oklahoma
  • Barefoot in the Park, March 1968
  • The Sound of Music, 1967
  • My Fair Lady, 1964
  • Time Out For Ginger, December 1961

Meet the Teachers

Ms. Reneé L. Charlow,

Reneé L. Charlow is a seasoned theatre actor, director/producer, acting coach, and visual artist. She currently serves as part time Program Manager with The Essential Theatre of Washington D.C. Renee is a proud member of SAG-AFTRA. As a professional acting coach and educator, her students have appeared off-Broadway, on professional tour, regionally, on television and in film. Recent stage roles include Jeffery Manor, Intentions, and White Fire/Black Ash. Recent movie roles include a training video with the American Psychological Association. Renée was personal assistant to the legendary poet Ntozake Shange (for colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf) from 2014 until her death in 2018 and wrote the afterword for Ms. Shange’s last published book, Dance We Do: A Poet Explores Black Dance. Renée holds an MFA in Theatre Pedagogy from Virginia Commonwealth University and a MPS in Creative Art Therapy from Pratt Institute, and serves as Vice President of Black Theatre Network.

Mrs. Jessica Joy Satryan Shaw,

Jess Shaw has been teaching and directing Theatre at Mount Vernon High School since August 2016 and one of the Performing Arts Department Chairs since August 2020. She began her full-time teaching career in 2009 at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy in Philadelphia, where she taught music, theatre, and film to grades 5-12 for seven years. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Theatre, concentrating her studies in directing and theatre education, as well as a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education, awarded Magna cum laude with High Honors in Music and receiving the Music Education Award for excellence in the field of Music Education. Jess also has a passion for theatre curriculum development, presenting on it at multiple conferences and serving on various committees, projects, and teams at the local, state, and national levels. For more details, please visit Jess's website at

Parent Information

Welcome Parents and Guardians to the MVHS Theatre Arts Family!

We’d like to invite you to be a part of the MVHS Theatre Arts Boosters. What does that mean? Booster family members often provide snacks and meals, help students with technical work such as set construction and costuming, and are frequently seen in the front of the house in the ticket booth or selling show-related merchandise.

Follow the MVHS Theatre Arts Boosters on Facebook:

Want to get involved? Email for more details.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: Is there an online calendar for the Theatre program?

A: Our theatre program has a Schoology Group with an up-to-date calendar. Schoology Group Code: B22G-HKJD-54FFH

Q: Can we bring donations at anytime?

A: Yes. We are always accepting donations of water bottles, paper goods, and cutlery. You may send it in with your child or bring it during pick up from a rehearsal/meeting.

Q: I would like to help with the technical elements of the show (build or paint the set, create the costumes, etc.) How can I do that?

A: Though our students do a majority of the technical work, we welcome help from parents. Please contact Mrs. Shaw at for information about how to become badged with FCPS so you can help out.

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