OUR HISTORY

Rahway Theater serves as a dynamic and diverse educational environment where students can develop a life long relationship and love for the arts.  Approximately a third of our student body particpate in our fine & performing arts programs including curricular offerings in musical theater, instrumental music, choral music, drama, dance, broadcasting & the fine arts.

Our theatrical season includes a comedy/drama, musical theater class productions, an all school musical in March, a 7th/8th grade Academy Musical in April and various solo and small ensemble performances throughout the community.

Rahway Theater is a proud participant in the Paper Mill Playhouse Rising Star Awards and the Montclair University Theater Night Awards with numerous awards & nominations over the past decade, including the award for"Best Overall Musical" for our 2009 production of "The Will Rogers Follies" and the educational impact award for our 2011 production of "West Side Story". 

 

The Rahway Public School District and the Paper Mill Playhouse have formalized a partnership which provides tremendous opportunities including skilled arts training, programming, and scholarships to existing theatre arts curricula at both Rahway's 7th and 8th Grade Academy and High School.  Rahway High School's Center for the Performing Arts serves as a satellite facility for the Papermill's Summer Conservatory


Rahway High School was awarded the honor of being a "Model School for the Arts" by the 
New Jersey State Council for the Arts

We give thanks to many generations of talented, hardworking students, generous and devoted parents and a dedicated teaching staff.

You all paved the way, built the foundation and the heart of our program.

Thank you to the administration and the community of Rahway for always supporting the arts.

May our halls always be filled with memories past and future as we grow many more generations of students through a love of the arts!!!

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2018 A Chorus Line High School Edition

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2018 Grease

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Montclair Theatre Night Awards for Outstanding Classical Play, Outstanding Sound Design

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2017 High School Musical Jr.

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Papermill Nominations for Best Overall, Leading Actor, Costumes,

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2016 Once on this Island

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Montclair Theatre Night Awards 2017 Nominated Best

2016 Mary Poppins
2016 Mary Poppins

Papermill nominations for Best Actor, Actress, Chorus, Orchestra, Choreography & Musical Direction

The Crucible 2015
The Crucible 2015

Montclair University Theater Night Awards nominations for Best Overall Drama, Actress, Actor, Direction, Original Muaic, Educational Impact

Joseph . . .2015
Joseph . . .2015

Musical Theater Class

Shrek TYA 2016
Shrek TYA 2016

Musical Theater Class

The Wiz - Hometown Simulcast
The Wiz - Hometown Simulcast

So proud of our Dorothy, Shanice Williams, Class of 2014 in NBC's The Wiz Live Dec. 2015

Footloose 2015
Footloose 2015

Papermill nominations for Best Actor, Featured Ens. member, Featured Group, Choreography, Musical Direction, Student Achievement

Fences 2015
Fences 2015

Montclair Theater Night Nominations for Best Actor, Stage Combat

Little Shop of Horrors 2015
Little Shop of Horrors 2015

Musical Theater Class

Into the Woods Jr 2015
Into the Woods Jr 2015

Musical Theater Class

Crazy for You 2014
Crazy for You 2014

Papermill Nominations for Overall Musical, Leading Actor, Leading Actress, Chorus, Direction, Costuming, Hair/Makeup, Orchestra, Scenic Design

Songs for a New World 2014
Songs for a New World 2014

Musical Theater Class

Pippin 2013
Pippin 2013

Opening of the newly refurbished Rahway High School Center for Performing Arts

Seussical 2013
Seussical 2013

Musical Theater Class

42nd Street 2012
42nd Street 2012

Papermill nominations for Best Supporting Actor, Outstanding Chorus, Hair/Makeup, Choreography,

You're a Good Man Charlie Brown 2012
You're a Good Man Charlie Brown 2012

Musical Theater Class @ UCPAC (construction)

West Side Story 2011
West Side Story 2011

Papermill nominations for featured ensemble group, Awarded "Educational Impact"

Once on this Island 2011
Once on this Island 2011

Musical Theater Class

The Music Man 2010
The Music Man 2010

Papermill nominations for Outstanding Chorus, Orchestra, Choreography, Costumes, Student Achievment

Godspell 2010
Godspell 2010

Musical Theater Class

The Will Rogers Follies 2009
The Will Rogers Follies 2009

Papermill Awards for Outstanding Overall Musical, Outstanding Chorus, Costumes, Director, Nominations for Actor, Actress, Featured role, Musical Direction, Choreography, Scenic Achievement, Lighting, Hair/Makeup, Lobby Display

Anything Goes 2008
Anything Goes 2008
Smokey Joe's Cafe 2009
Smokey Joe's Cafe 2009

Musical Theater Class

Into the Woods 2008
Into the Woods 2008

Musical Theater Class

Joseph . . . 2007
Joseph . . . 2007

Papermill nominations for leading actress, featured ensemble group, lighting, chorus, direction, musical direction

Little Shop of Horrors 2007
Little Shop of Horrors 2007

Musical Theater class

Me and My Girl 2006
Me and My Girl 2006

First year of Dooley/VW

Guys and Dolls Jr
Guys and Dolls Jr

Musical Theater Class

Grease 2005
Grease 2005

Papermill nominations for Orchestra, Chorus, Lobby Display

Footloose 2005
Footloose 2005

Musical Theater Class

42nd Street 2004
42nd Street 2004

Papermill awards Outstanding costumes. Nominations for Outstanding chorus, orchestra, leading actress, supporting actress, supporting actor, ensemble member, direction, musical direction, choreography, scenic achievement, lighting achievement, hair/makeup, student achievement

You're a Good Man Charlie Brown 2004
You're a Good Man Charlie Brown 2004

Musical Theater class

Crazy for You 2003
Crazy for You 2003

Papermill award Outstanding Choreography, nominations for direction, scenic design, student achievement

Annie 2003
Annie 2003

Musical Theater class

West Side Story 2002
West Side Story 2002
Pippin 2002
Pippin 2002

Musical Theater Class

Damn Yankees 2001
Damn Yankees 2001
Into the Woods Jr 2001
Into the Woods Jr 2001

Musical Theater Class

Anything Goes 2000
Anything Goes 2000
Godspell 2000
Godspell 2000

Musical Theater Class

Joseph . . . 1999
Joseph . . . 1999

Papermill nominations for outstanding graphic design

Guys and Dolls 1998
Guys and Dolls 1998
The Music Man 1997
The Music Man 1997
Quilters 1997
Quilters 1997
Hello Dolly 1996
Hello Dolly 1996
42nd Street 1995
42nd Street 1995
South Pacific 1994
South Pacific 1994
Fantasticks 1993
Fantasticks 1993
Little Shop of Horrors 1993
Little Shop of Horrors 1993
Snoopy 1992
Snoopy 1992
Damn Yankees 1992
Damn Yankees 1992
The Gift of the Magi 1991
The Gift of the Magi 1991
Anything Goes 1991
Anything Goes 1991
Grease 1990
Grease 1990
The Tap Dance Kid 1989
The Tap Dance Kid 1989
Hello Dolly 1988
Hello Dolly 1988
The Music Man 1987
The Music Man 1987
Bye Bye Birdie 1986
Bye Bye Birdie 1986
West Side Story 1985
West Side Story 1985