2018-2019 Reflection on an amazing year... check it out.
Check out our yearly reflection to see our award-winning creative work for 2018-2019!
Have a lovely and safe summer...
This year's spring production is fully student produced. small town secrets is an original whodunit written by Coleson B. & Hannah M. and directed by Hannah M. See the character introduction video here:
Musical Theatre Revue 2019 was amazing! These students rocked the house.
TST's second annual Prom Promise mock car crash raising awareness against driving distracted or under the influence. Special thanks to St. Stephens Fire Department, Catawba County Sheriff's Department, Catawba County EMS, Novant Medic Flight, Springs Road Auto Express, and Precision Paving.
Theatre saved my life. I'm so grateful to teach some amazing students at Saint Stephens High School. I'm heading into my fourteenth year directing the Tractor Shed Theatre. In 14 years, we have produced 13 full-length spring productions; 14 original devised theatre for civic engagement; 5 original Trick-or-Treating Extravaganza shows; 7 original children's shows with tours; 5 Musical Theatre Revue shows; 4 original art based shows at Hickory Museum of Art; and 3 one-act plays for North Carolina Theatre Conference. Stayed in the Top Five in NC for reciting poetry for nearly 10 years with runner-up twice, and won many awards. We are nearly over 50 shows for our community! I spend 700-800 hours in a year after-school with students for free. My students bring me hope and light in this sometimes darkened path. Theatre is absolutely necessary in a child's education. It teaches all the "soft" skills that any employer would need in an employee. Check out Melani L.'s advocacy video introducing you to the cast of this year's spring play production:
Celebrate Theatre in our Schools during the month of March.
Our S.A.V.E Promise Club placed "kindness" boxes for faculty, staff, and students to leave a "Third Party" anonymous compliment for our Say Something Week. The boxes were full of heart-felt messages. We surprise-filmed the recievers, and this is the result... #SaySomething #SandyHookPromise #SAVEPromise
We are honored to get this good news!
Check out our recent national awards for our
Students Against Violence Everywhere Promise Club.
Sticks & Stones
This year's civic engagement project is a personal one. My students wanted to re-visit their childhoods by choosing a district-feeder elementary school and share with them an original play based on personal testimony about bullying and to bring to life the stories from current fifth graders at St. Stephens Elementary School on their own stories of hate, meanness, and bullying. (Cool note: Some of the cast’s teachers are still teaching the fifth grade!) Sticks and Stones is also further outreach efforts based on our S.A.V.E (Students Against Violence Everywhere) Promise club work. After the show, we are going to spend time with the fifth graders and create a vlog offering advice, help, and resources for social isolation, bullying, and mental health. Visit our Sticks & Stones page to read more, see photos/videos and watch reflections from fifth grade teaching team, children, and actors. #SAVEpromiseclub #TractorShedTheatre #SandyHookPromise
Play Production students kept the Tractor Shed Theatre
tradition with their fifth Trick-or-Treating Extravaganza!
This year's chosen theme was The Monster Mash. Students studied classic horror films and the universal monsters in order to create an original 20 minute show with live singing, dancing, acting, and science experiments. The show looped 11 times during the evening. Thousands of Hickory residents passed through. A video was taken of our Nightmare Before Christmas (third year) and it has gone viral with over a half a million views (632K) 12.1K shares and nearly 1.6K comments and 5.7K reactions. Over night our Monster Mash video hit 1k and now has 4.3K. Check out more information about our Halloweens in the navagation on the left.
Molly Rice (Director/Educator Tractor Shed Theatre), Holly Ellwanger (Juntos), and Hailey Garrow (Key Club) chat with Hal Row on WHKY's First Talk Radio Show about Sandy Hook Promise and the national Start with Hello Week.
Starting the week of Sept. 24-28, The Tractor Shed Theatre will spearhead this national week to help create a culture of inclusion that values each individual at SSHS. Hundreds of schools and youth organizations across the United States will participate in Start With Hello Week and teach students 2-12, the skills they need to create a culture of connectedness, and encourage them to reach out to and include those who may be dealing with social isolation. We are collaborating with some amazing clubs here at SSHS to help us reach out - Juntos, Key Club, Student Council, Cohesion, Guidance Counselors and admistrators, and teachers on the Building Leadership Team for Character Education.
Have a look back at our amazing 2017-2018 year!
Molly Rice Receives the JoAnn Spees Youth Advocacy Award 2018
This prestigious award honors the individual, community group, or business whose efforts have prompted healthy lifestyles and empowered youth to make healthy lifestyle choices so that they can reach their full potential.
Join us at the Tractor Shed Theatre to celebrate the 80th year anniversary of Thornton Wilder's Our Town! America's most famous play. Since it's opening on Broadway, Our Town is still performed at least once each night somewhere in the United States, and throughout the world.
Our first year collaborating with the St. Stephens Fire Department, Catawba County Sheriff's Deparment, Catawba County EMS, and A-1 Towing to present "Prom Promise" a mock crash scene to raise awareness for safe driving.
Auditions for the 2018-2019 school year is around the corner! Please memorize a one minute monologue from a movie or a play and sing one verse and a chorus of your favorite song! Check out our registration page to learn more about our auditioned classes.
For 2018-2019 in the award-winning Tractor Shed Theatre program!
Check out our registration page on the left nagivation
to see what we have to offer.
Join us as we perform hilarious sketch comedy from
Saturday Night Live on March 15th at 6pm $5 admission
Musical Guest (SSHS Alumni) Ray Vargas & Guest Host
(SSHS Alumni) Jackson Shoe!
March is #Theatreinourschools month. Please check out our
arts avocacy video and meet theatre students as we try to
break any negative stereotypes of artists and share why we
think theatre matters in school.
This year fall play production brought a four-sided effort to their
civic engagement work - the nation, the state, the community,
and the school. The TST helps Hurricane Harvey & Irma victims
by collecting much needed items.
We are an award-winning public high school program in Hickory, NC.
Courses include: Beginning Theatre Arts; Intermediate Theatre Arts; Fall Play Production (original show based on civic engagement) offered as a stacked class of Intermediate, Proficient and Advanced levels for honors credit; Musical Theatre - offered as a stacked class; and Spring Play Production (offered at honors level).
The Tractor Shed Theater is a black box theater that seats about forty. It really once was used to store the school's tractor and has since been renovated into a beautiful classroom, small performance space and Coffeehouse venue. Navigate through our website on the left.