Adrianna Hicks and J. Harrison Ghee (Courtesy of Polk & Co.)

The Shubert Foundation’s annual High School Theatre Festival will take place on March 20 at 7:30 p.m. at the Broadhurst Theatre. The ninth annual festival highlights excellence in theater throughout the city’s public high schools. The evening celebrates the impact that a dedicated school theater program can have on students.

Students from five New York City schools will perform scenes and songs from their school productions that opened in the 2022-2023 academic year. The five presentations were chosen by a panel of theater artists and educators.

The Festival will showcase excerpts from the Professional Performing Arts High School’s “Rent,” William Cullen Bryant High School’s “The Band’s Visit,” Fordham High School of the Arts’ “The Crucible,” The Beacon School’s “School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play” and Frank Sinatra School of the Arts’ “Carrie, The Musical.” 

The event will be hosted by Adrianna Hicks and J. Harrison Ghee, both currently starring in Broadway’s “Some Like It Hot.” Additional guest presenters include actors Danny Burstein, Justin Cooley, Latoya Edwards, Amelia Fei, Bill Irwin, Michael Iskander, Katrina Lenk, Apollo Levine, Tony Shalhoub and Ben Jackson Walker.

“Each year the talent of the student actors making their Broadway debuts is outstanding and this year will be no exception,” president of the Shubert Foundation Diana Phillips said in a statement. “We are proud to play a part in their journey to Broadway on an evening which spotlights the excellence of theater programs in our NYC public schools and the importance of theater education for all.”  

The festival is presented by the Shubert Foundation in partnership with the NYC Department of Education Arts Office.