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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.

    Questions? Contact:

    2023-2024 International Thespian Society Troupe 2876 Officers

    • President: Sophie Statler
    • Vice-President (Operations): Darby Redman
    • Vice-President (Membership): Tanner Gillikin
    • Secretary: Mercedes Benz-Bushling
    • Representative: Matthew Puckett


Coming up this week...

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  • The Stafford Players General Information

    Join the Stafford Players Remind Group: text @d3927ak to the number 81010

    Watch here for upcoming Theater Club Meetings!

    Mark your calendars for our upcoming shows:

    • Awkward Pause Improv Comedy Show: Thursday, October 5 at 7pm
    • Puss in Boots: Friday, December 8 at 7pm; Saturday December 9 at 2pm and 7pm

  • Puss in Boots

    Cast & Crew List

    Puss in Boots: DJ Savage
    Will: Erika Luedke 
    Princess Philomena: Maddie Burchik
    Queen Ferdinand: Laila Davis
    Snot: Kael Bierlein 
    Cat Narrators: Ranya Al-Tikriti, Sofia Arvelo, Laura Huber

    Adriana Castro
    Nathan Eure
    Elizabeth Fanning
    Mayalia Ingram
    Kaitlyn Turner
    Kate Warren

    Stage Crew:
    Angel Coreas
    Gabriella Glass
    Mylee Kirk
    Lyla Olphin 
    Isabela Roughan

    Puss in Boots
    Audition and Production Information

    This production of Puss in Boots will be our fall play this season. This play is unique as we will not only be performing in house at Stafford High School, but we will also be touring and performing this show at our local elementary schools. 

    In order to be considered for casting in this play, a student must submit a completed Student Participation and Parent Notification Form by Thursday, September 7. 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 Puss in Boots – The Stafford High School Fall Show. If he/she is cast, we ask that you attend the virtual Parent Meeting on Thursday, September 14 at 7pm (via Google Meet.) 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 Stafford High School website (staffordschools.net). The cast list will be posted on The Stafford Players web page by Friday, September 8. Students who are cast should check this regularly. Also, be sure to like & follow The Stafford Players on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter and join our Remind!

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

    Students in the CAST & CREW will be expected to participate in promotional activities (hanging up posters, banners, etc.) on their own time. More details to come!

    Monday - Friday, October 30 - November 21 (2:15-5pm)
    Monday - Friday, November 27 - December 1(2:15-5pm)
    Saturdays, November 4, 11 and 18; December 2 (10am-5pm)
    Crew will begin attending rehearsals on Wednesday, November 15.
    We will not rehearse during school holidays.

    Monday – Thursday, December 4-7(2:15-7pm)

    Friday, December 8 (7pm)
    Saturday, December 9 (2pm & 7pm)
    School day performance(s) for elementary students will be added, dates are TBD but will fall between December 4 and 15.

    All conflicts with the schedule should be reported on the Audition Form and the Student Participation and Parent Notification Form. Allowances may be made at the discretion of the directors for reasonable conflicts which are reported at a later date, such as medical appointments, which are not foreseeable at this time. Please avoid scheduling appointments or trips on the date of a Saturday rehearsal, or between November 13 - December 15, as these times are the most critical in the preparation of the play.

  • On the Verge, or the Geography of Yearning by Eric Overmyer


    Mary… Emily Herod

    Fanny… Sophie Statler

    Alex… Josephine Martinez

    Alphonse, Grover, Yeti, Gorge Troll, Mr. Coffee, Gus, Madame Nhu & Nicky Paradise... Matthew Puckett & Bradon Small

    FALL CREW MEETINGS: Tuesdays, August 15 & 29 and September 19 (2:30-5pm)


    • Monday – Friday, August 10 – October 20 (2:30-5pm) (Until 6pm the week of Oct. 16)
    • Saturday, August 26 (10am-6pm)
    • Saturday, September 16 (10am-6pm)
    • Saturday, September 30 (10am-6pm)
    • Saturday, October 14 (10am-6pm)
    • Saturday, October 21 (10am-6pm)

    * CREW will begin attending rehearsals Thursday, September 28, and will attend all rehearsals following this date. (Stage management & partial crew will be needed for the August & September rehearsals.) 

    FALL DRESS REHEARSALS: Monday – Tuesday, October 23 – 24 (2:30-7pm)

    FALL SCHOOL PERFORMANCE: Tuesday, October 24 (1pm)

    FALL PUBLIC PERFORMANCE: Tuesday, October 24 (7pm)

    VTA CONFERENCE: Wednesday, October 25 – Sunday, October 29 (in Richmond, VA)

    * The cost of attending the VTA Conference will be $250 per student, and students will need to bring money for meals.

    WINTER REHEARSALS: Monday – Friday, January 4 – February 2 (2:30-5pm) (until 6pm during the week which immediately precedes a festival.)

    Saturday, January 13 (10am-6pm)    Monday, January 15 (10am-4pm)


    • VHSL 6B3 Sectional Theatre Festival: Date TBD, likely between January 26 and February 3
    • VHSL 6B Regional Theatre Festival: Saturday, February 17 (Stafford High School)
    • VHSL State Theatre Festival: Saturday, March 2 (Piedmont Virginia Community College, Charlottesville, VA)


    The dates for the VHSL sectional and regional theatre festivals are not set. It is expected that students participating in the festival play will change any plans that conflict with the dates for these festivals and the rehearsals which will be scheduled to prepare for them.

    In the event that Stafford advances to the regional and/or state level, weekday after-school rehearsals will be added as needed (2:30pm-5pm, or until 6pm on days immediately preceding the festival performance.)

    On their cast / crew information forms, students were asked to list any periods of time during the Summer during which they will be out of town and unavailable to meet with the directors, as well as conflicts with the above schedule or other extracurricular activities in which they will be involved in the Fall and Winter and when they occur. (Allowances may be made at the discretion of the directors for reasonable conflicts which are reported at a later date, such as medical appointments, which are not foreseeable at this time. These conflicts should be submitted by the first rehearsal on August 10. However, please do not schedule appointments, events or trips on August 26, September 16, September 30, or from October 2 through October 29, or on January 13. Excessive conflicts and absences will result in removal from the production.)


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

The EMBEDDED Stafford Players Google Calendar

The Stafford Players 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.

Last Modified on September 20, 2023