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
Papermill nominations for Best Actor, Actress, Chorus, Orchestra, Choreography & Musical Direction
The Crucible 2015
Montclair University Theater Night Awards nominations for Best Overall Drama, Actress, Actor, Direction, Original Muaic, Educational Impact
Joseph . . .2015
Musical Theater Class
Shrek TYA 2016
Musical Theater Class
The Wiz - Hometown Simulcast
So proud of our Dorothy, Shanice Williams, Class of 2014 in NBC's The Wiz Live Dec. 2015
Footloose 2015
Papermill nominations for Best Actor, Featured Ens. member, Featured Group, Choreography, Musical Direction, Student Achievement
Fences 2015
Montclair Theater Night Nominations for Best Actor, Stage Combat
Little Shop of Horrors 2015
Musical Theater Class
Into the Woods Jr 2015
Musical Theater Class
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
Musical Theater Class
Pippin 2013
Opening of the newly refurbished Rahway High School Center for Performing Arts
Seussical 2013
Musical Theater Class
42nd Street 2012
Papermill nominations for Best Supporting Actor, Outstanding Chorus, Hair/Makeup, Choreography,
You're a Good Man Charlie Brown 2012
Musical Theater Class @ UCPAC (construction)
West Side Story 2011
Papermill nominations for featured ensemble group, Awarded "Educational Impact"
Once on this Island 2011
Musical Theater Class
The Music Man 2010
Papermill nominations for Outstanding Chorus, Orchestra, Choreography, Costumes, Student Achievment
Godspell 2010
Musical Theater Class
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
Smokey Joe's Cafe 2009
Musical Theater Class
Into the Woods 2008
Musical Theater Class
Joseph . . . 2007
Papermill nominations for leading actress, featured ensemble group, lighting, chorus, direction, musical direction
Little Shop of Horrors 2007
Musical Theater class
Me and My Girl 2006
First year of Dooley/VW
Guys and Dolls Jr
Musical Theater Class
Grease 2005
Papermill nominations for Orchestra, Chorus, Lobby Display
Footloose 2005
Musical Theater Class
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
Musical Theater class
Crazy for You 2003
Papermill award Outstanding Choreography, nominations for direction, scenic design, student achievement
Annie 2003
Musical Theater class
West Side Story 2002
Pippin 2002
Musical Theater Class
Damn Yankees 2001
Into the Woods Jr 2001
Musical Theater Class
Anything Goes 2000
Godspell 2000
Musical Theater Class
Joseph . . . 1999
Papermill nominations for outstanding graphic design
Guys and Dolls 1998
The Music Man 1997
Quilters 1997
Hello Dolly 1996
42nd Street 1995
South Pacific 1994
Fantasticks 1993
Little Shop of Horrors 1993
Snoopy 1992
Damn Yankees 1992
The Gift of the Magi 1991
Anything Goes 1991
Grease 1990
The Tap Dance Kid 1989
Hello Dolly 1988
The Music Man 1987
Bye Bye Birdie 1986
West Side Story 1985
Guys and Dolls 1984
The Apple Tree 1982
Pippin 1981
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