Student Productions


Whether they go on to become performers themselves or patrons of the arts, Shady Side Academy students gain an appreciation for the beauty, freedom of expression and diversity that the creative and performing arts celebrate.

The Hillman Center serves as the primary performing arts classroom for SSA Senior School students in grades 9-12, and as a performance venue for SSA students in grades PK-12. Students also come to the Hillman to enjoy school-day performances and speakers.

Little ShopLittle Shop of Horrors

Senior School Winter Musical

The Shady Side Academy Gargoyle Society presents this horror-comedy-rock musical tale of a nerdy florist who finds his chance for romance and success with the help of a man-eating plant.

Little Shop follows the story of Seymour Krelborn after his discovery of a strange and interesting new species of plant, which he names Audrey II. "Two-ey" uses its influence to help Seymour gain the notoriety he has always wanted...for a price. With a colorful cast of characters and rock music, Little Shop of Horrors is based on the 1960s B-movie of the same name, and the Broadway smash hit was the first collaboration between the now famous, award-winning duo Alan Menken and Howard Ashman of Disney fame.


Friday, Feb. 8 • 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 9 • 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 10 • 2 p.m.


Senior School Performances

The following Senior School performances occur annually at the Hillman Center:

  • Autumn Music Concert - October
  • Fall Play - November
  • Winter Musical - February
  • Winter Music Concert - February
  • Original Theatre Works Festival - May
  • Senior Honors Choral & Strings Concert - May
  • Senior Honors Band Concert - May

Middle School Performances

The following Middle School performances occur annually at the Hillman Center:

  • Holiday Music Concert - December
  • Spring Music Concert - April

Notable SSA Alumni in the Performing Arts

Shady Side Academy and its alumni have long been involved in the local, national and international performing arts community. Many SSA alumni have established successful careers as screenwriters, musicians, actors and filmmakers, including:

  • Peter Ackerman '88, Hollywood screenwriter best known for the animated film Ice Age
  • Tunde Adebimpe '93, Grammy-nominated musician, actor, director and artist, best known as lead singer of the band TV on the Radio
  • Jon Beckerman '87, Producer, writer and creator of the television series Ed and The Knights of Prosperity
  • Christian Borle '91, Two-time Tony Award-winning Broadway actor with starring roles in Legally Blonde, Mary Poppins, Peter and the Starcatcher and Something Rotten! as well as the NBC TV drama Smash
  • Gary Chang '71, Hollywood film composer and musician
  • Chris Frantz '70, Drummer for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band Talking Heads
  • John Harrison '66, Hollywood writer, director, producer and composer; wrote and directed the Emmy Award-winning miniseries Dune
  • Courtney Hershey Bress '92, Grammy-nominated musician and Colorado Symphony Orchestra principal harpist
  • Henry Hillman '37, Arts patron and philanthropist, for whom the Hillman Center is named
  • Carl Kurlander 78, Hollywood screenwriter of the film St. Elmo's Fire and TV show Saved By The Bell; president and CEO of the Steeltown Entertainment Project
  • Richard E. Rauh '58, Actor, arts educator and patron, for whom the Rauh Theater is named
  • Mark Rosenthal '69, Former president and CEO of MTV Networks
  • Owen Young '82, Boston Symphony Orchestra cellist