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    The Stafford Players is the extracurricular theater group for Stafford High School.

    It includes Theater Club and the International Thespian Society, and produces several plays throughout the year.

    For specific information on current and upcoming productions, scroll to the bottom of the page, below the calendar.

    International Thespian Society & Stafford High School Theater Club
    2019-2020 Officers

    President... Jovan Long
    Vice-President (Operations)... Thomas Newsome
    Vice-President (Membership)... Niko Toro
    Secretary... Emily Hamlett
    Historian... Katelyn Pates
    Junior Representative... Austin Cox
    Sophomore Representative... Max Redman


Coming up this week...

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  • We are making an exciting change to our 2019-2020 season...

    Announcing our NEW SPRING PLAY...

    The Madwoman of Chaillot

    April 24 - May 2

    At the Cafe Chez Francis, a group of promoters plot to tear up Paris in order to unearth the oil which they believe is located beneath the city. These plans come to the attention of the Madwoman of Chaillot, who sees through their crookedness and insists that the world is being turned into an unhappy place by the thieves who seek wealth and power. At a tea party attended by the other mad women of Paris, she enlists the denizens of the streets to aid her in putting the businessmen on trial for their crimes, and bring joy, justice and love back into the world.



  • THE PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH Rehearsal Schedule

    Tuesday, November 12 (2:30-5) Full Cast & Crew

    Wednesday, November 13 (2:30-5) Full Cast & Crew

    Thursday, November 14 (2:30-5) (Actors: Cox, Doty, Long, Moore, Hughes, Rhodes, Stine; Crew)

    Friday, November 15 (2:30-5) Full Cast & Crew

    Saturday, November 16 (10am-6pm) Full Cast & Crew

    IMPORTANT: Please note that the rehearsal calendar for the ENTIRE production is on the Stafford Players webpage. Everyone should attend ALL rehearsals unless for a specific day there has been only a specific group called.

  • The Phantom Tollbooth
    Cast List

    The Clock… Ava Mullanaphy
    Milo… Austin Moore
    The Whether Man… Hayden Kendall
    Six Lethargarians… Jillian Hughes, Ella Dover, Genevieve Brown, Victoria Lynch, Kat Patterson, Kylie Schindel
    Tock, the Watchdog… Austin Cox
    Azaz The Unabridged, King of Dictionopolis… Nathan Davis
    The Mathemagician, King of Digitopolis… Jovan Long
    Princess Sweet Rhyme… Erin Haugen
    Princess Pure Reason… Shay Barney
    Gatekeeper of Dictionopolis… Allison Szuminski
    Three Word Merchants… Sarah Pendergraft, Katelyn Newman, Lynell Boyd
    The Letterman (Fourth Word Merchant)… Molly Murillo
    Spelling Bee… Jenna Johnson
    The Humbug… Aidan Doty
    The Duke of Definition… Dawn Buffington
    The Minister of Meaning… Mira Dover
    The Earl of Essence… Richard Sangree
    The Count of Connotation… Tyler Gilkerson
    The Undersecretary of Understanding… Jordan Yule
    A Page… Kayla Conti
    Kakafonous A. Dischord… Craig Hughes
    The Awful Dynne… Scott Henderson, Caiman Walker, Remeck Doyle
    The Dodecahedron… McKenna Stine
    Miners of the Numbers Mine… Molly Jackson, Kaylee Reiter
    The Everpresent Wordsnatcher… Gwendolyn Ware
    The Terrible Trivium… Abigail Rhodes
    The Demon of Insincerity… Martha Surles
    Senses Taker… Noah Farnsworth


    IMPORTANT: Please be sure to have a parent/guardian at the
    Parent Meeting on Thursday, September 26 at 7pm.


    FIRST REHEARSAL: Monday, September 16, 2:30-5pm

  • The Phantom Tollbooth
    Audition and Production Information

    NOTE: The Saturday Rehearsals are on November 9, 16 & 23 (10am-6pm)

    There is also non-school day reheasal on Monday, November 11 (10am-6pm)

    There will NOT be rehearsal on Tuesday, November 5.

    PRE-AUDITION MEETING: Wednesday, August 21 (2:30pm-4pm)
    This is the Theater Club Meeting, at which we will be discussing the audition process and materials, and the production. Attendance at this meeting is not mandatory, but it is recommended.

    AUDITIONS: Wednesday, September 4 (2:30-5pm)

    CALL-BACK AUDITIONS: Wednesday, September 11 (2:30-5pm)
    Students will be invited to the Call-back Auditions based on the initial auditions.

    Auditions and the Meeting will take place in the Auditorium.

    Auditions will consist of:
    ACTING: Performance of the Audition Scenes. Students should practice these scenes prior to auditions. It is recommended that students read the character descriptions and synopsis to be familiar with the characters and story. They should also give thought as to which characters for which they are best suited. Students do not have to memorize these scenes, but should be very familiar with the text of the scenes.
    MOVEMENT: Students will participate in very basic movement exercises and improvisations based on the animals and other characters in the play.

    Production Information, Character Descriptions, Story Synopsis, a list of Audition Scenes, and the complete Script are available on under The Stafford Players Files below this post.

    Please complete the Audition Form in advance (it will also be available to be completed at Auditions) by following this link:


    In order to be considered for casting in this play, a student must submit a completed Student Participation and Parent Notification Form by the time of Call-Backs on Wednesday, September 11. NO STUDENT WILL BE CAST WITHOUT SUBMITTING THIS FORM. It is available with the audition files under The Stafford Players Files on the Stafford Players web page.

    Your student has auditioned for THE PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH – The Stafford High School Fall Play. If he/she is cast, we ask that you attend the Parent Meeting on Thursday, September 26 at 7pm. The purpose of this meeting is to organize support for this production. Without the support of parents, we would be unable to provide great opportunities for students in theater at Stafford High School.

    THE STAFFORD PLAYERS WEB PAGE: www.staffordschools.net/Page/18526
    This is our page on the new Stafford High School website (staffordschools.net). The cast list will be posted on The Stafford Players web page by September 15. Students who are cast should check this regularly. Also, be sure to like & follow The Stafford Players on Facebook.

    An important fundraising component for the Stafford High School Theater Department is the sale of advertisement space in the program for our fall play, The Phantom Tollbooth. Therefore, cast and crew members of The Phantom Tollbooth will be expected to sell THREE (3) Program Advertisements.

    Students in the CAST & CREW will be expected to do a shift at our table at the Expo Center Craft Show during the weekend of October 19 & 20, and the CREW will be expected to participate in the hanging of posters and banners during the weekend of November 16 & 17.

    The Cast and Stage Crew will meet on Monday, September 16 and Tuesday, October 15.
    The Cast will rehearse twice a week, through October 25.
    The full Stage Crew will begin attending rehearsals on Tuesday, November 12.

    After-School Rehearsals Include:
    Monday, September 16 (2:30-5pm) First Read-Through & Cast / Crew Meeting
    Two Days a Week TBD, September 16 – October 25 (2:30-5pm)
    Monday – Friday, November 4 – 15 (2:30-5pm)
    Monday – Friday, November 18 – 26 (2:30-6pm)

    Non-School Day Rehearsals Include:
    Tuesday, November 5 (10am-6pm) (This rehearsal is cancelled.)
    Saturdays, November 9, 16 & 23 (10am-6pm)
    Monday, November 11 (10am-6pm)

    Monday – Thursday, December 2 – 5 (2:30-7pm)
    Monday – Wednesday, December 9 – 11 (2:30-7pm)

    Friday – Saturday, December 6 – 7 at 7pm
    Thursday – Saturday, December 12 – 14 at 7pm
    Matinees on Saturday, December 7 & 14 at 2pm
    Also: Tuesday, December 10, during the school day, for elementary school students. (Time TBD)

The Stafford Players Files (Audition Materials, Forms, Information etc.)

  • Season

  • The Trial by Franz Kafka
    Winter Schedule for VHSL (revised 11/6/19)

    Tuesday – Friday, January 7 – 10 (2:30-5pm): Cast & Management
    Saturday, January 11 (10am-6pm): Cast & Management
    Monday – Friday, January 13 – 17 (2:30-5pm): Full Cast & Crew
    Monday, January 20 (10am-4pm): Cast & Management
    Tuesday – Friday, January 21 – 24 (2:30-5pm): Full Cast & Crew
    Tuesday – Thursday, January 28 – 30 (2:30-6pm): Dress Rehearsals – Full Cast & Crew
    Friday, January 31: VHSL Section 5D2 Theater Festival (at Stafford High School)

    If the Sectional Festival needs to be rescheduled due to weather, etc:
    Monday, February 3 (2:30-6pm): SNOW DATE – Dress Rehearsal – Full Cast & Crew
    Tuesday, February 4: SNOW DATE: VHSL Section 5D2 Theater Festival (at Stafford High School)

    If Stafford advances to Regional Theater:
    Monday – Friday, February 10 – 14 (2:30-6pm): Dress Rehearsals – Full Cast & Crew
    Saturday, February 15: VHSL Region 5D Theater Festival (at Stafford High School)

    If the Regional Festival needs to be rescheduled due to weather, etc:
    Tuesday – Friday, February 18 – 21 (2:30-6pm): SNOW DATE – Dress Rehearsals – Full Cast & Crew
    Saturday, February 22: SNOW DATE: VHSL Region 5D Theater Festival (at Stafford High School)

    If Stafford advances to State Theater:
    Thursday – Friday, February 27 – 28 (2:30-5pm): Full Cast & Crew
    Tuesday – Friday, March 3 – 6 (2:30-6pm): Dress Rehearsals – Full Cast & Crew
    Saturday, March 7: VHSL State Theater Festival (Piedmont Virginia Community College, Charlottesville, VA)


The Stafford Players Calendar

The Stafford Players Google Calendar

  • Stafford High School International Thespian Society Graduation Honor Cord Policy

    In order to be eligible for a Thespian Graduation Honor Cord, a student must be a member of the International Thespian Society AND participate in at leat one Stafford High School Theater production during their senior year. This can include acting in a play/musical, stage crew for a play/musical, house crew for ALL PERFORMANCES of a play/musical, and/or being a member of the improv team.

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