One-Act Play

Each year, Chanhassen High School offers students an intense experience for participation in the intimate experience of the one act play. A smaller cast and crew (due to rule limitations by the competition guidelines) means that students are more fully involved in the creation and technical aspects of the production. Entering both the MSHSL One-Act Play contest (beginning at the sub-section level and striving to advance to the State Festival) as well as the State Thespian Festival showcase, students in the one act are typically afforded a challenging theatrical journey investigating myriad dramatic genres, playwrights, and stylistic interpretations.

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Spring Play

Culminating the theatre season, the Chanhassen High School Spring Production runs the gamut of broad slapstick to charming romantic comedy to Shakespeare. Utilizing the open design of the Black Box space, shows done in the Spring are open to all students, grades 9 through 12, and is the final production before the Spring Induction ceremony for the Thespian Society Troupe 7789. These plays offer students the opportunity to explore and refine their interest in the dramatic arts.

Thespian Troupe 7789

As part of the International Thespian Society, Chanhassen Troupe 7789 is an honors organization that offers students who are passionate about theater an opportunity to spend time with like-minded peers from across the state, country, and world. Besides activities throughout the year for fun and fundraising, the troupe attends the annual State Conference every February where students have two full days of workshops led by professionals from every discipline of the performing arts. Students can also participate in the Individual Events competitions, competing not only for scholarships, but the opportunity to represent Minnesota at the International Festival in June. The ITF is a weeklong theatre extravaganza that is non-stop drama, as well as non-stop fun! In past years, Chan students have achieved Superior ratings in both IE and the One Act Play Showcase.

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Fall Musical: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Chanhassen Drama and Thespian Troupe 7789 Proudly Present

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

November 5 - 13

Directed by Randy Herget
Music Direction by Sarah Gilbertson
Orchestra Direction by Paul Swanson
Choreography by Anna Hickey Fotis


Tickets on sale NOW at : district112.booktix.com 

Audition / Tech Workshop August 25th from 10:30 - 1:30

 Where:  Chanhassen High School Theater

When: August 25th, 10:30 - 1:30

This workshop will consist of a Question and Answer session with Director Randy Herget, including information on how to select a monologue for auditions, how to prepare for an audition, and what to expect in the audition process.  Sara Gilbertson will work with participants on song selection, and give valuable information on how to sing for musical theater.  Anna Hickey Fotis will provide an early lesson in the dance portion of the audition, as well as take participants through a series of movements to help build confidence in movement on the stage.

Jane Herget and members of the Technical production staff will answer questions about the technical aspects of the show, take you on a tour of the theater spaces and introduce participants to what is involved in theater marketing.

All students intending to audition are welcome!  Whether you are new to the program or have been a part of the Chanhassen Drama family since your Freshmen Year, this workshop will give you a leg up on auditions!

What to bring:  

  • Comfortable clothing that you can move in, and shoes that you can dance in.  Absolutely no sandals or slip on shoes. 
  • A water bottle and snack
  • If you have sheet music for songs you are thinking of auditioning with, bring it!
  • Questions for the Directors
  • A positive attitude and willingness to take creative risks.

Questions?  Contact Jane Herget at hergetj@district112.org

Auditions - September 8,9 from 3:00 - 6:00

Callbacks - September 10 from 3:00 - 5:00

Prepare a one minute comedic monologue and be prepared with 32 bars of a musical theater selection ( not from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang).   Bring a copy of your sheet music for the accompanist.  Wear comfortable clothing and shoes that you can move in for the dance portion of the audition. Absolutely NO sandals or slip on shoes.

Audition Workshop/Audition Information

You will be auditioning in a group of 6.  Come prepared with the following: *One minute comedic monologue,  *32 bars(around 1 minute) of a musical theater song - not from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang that showcases your musical range.  Bring sheet music for accompanist In addition to this 30 minute audition, please plan on ALSO attending the dance audition on Friday, September 10th @ 3:00 in the Theater. *wear comfortable clothing and shoes that you can move in for the dance portion of the audition. NO sandals or slip on shoes are allowed.   Pease review the available slots below and click on the button to sign up. Thank you!

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Past year's info:

Rehearsal Schedule

Audition Sign-up

Little Shop of Horrors Audition Announcement

Little Shop of Horrors Audition Workshop Announcement

Participation Contract for CNS Drama



Spring Play Director –  Anna Hickey Fotis fotisa@district112.org

Fall Musical Director –  Randy Herget rherget@edwardssales.com

One Act Play Director –  Randy Herget  rherget@edwardssales.com

District 112 Theater Producer – Jane Herget hergetj@district112.org

Technical Director – Mike Powers  powersm@district112.org

Vocal Director – Sarah Gilbertson  gilbertsons@district112.org

District 112 Theater Manager – Jon Christenson christensonj@district112.org

Orchestra Conductor– Paul Swanson swansonp@district112.org