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Production History

At its core, the history and story of Kinsella Magnet School of Performing Arts is the story of The Little Engine that Could. Every student has their own distinctive talent. All Kinsella students must have their moment to be heard, seen, appreciated and noted for their talents. Kinsella’s comprehensive training program provides traditions of performance and a robust production schedule where every student performs in at least one, or contributes backstage, to one or more shows annually.

The collective efforts of many have formed the single history we share. 

2014/15~ The Year of Trust
9/12-Building a Community of Trust Performance and Ceremony 
Seventh Annual Cultural Heritage Celebration; One Familia, Many Cultures, One World
Into the Woods Jr.- In Partnership with BackBeat City
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee- presented by the High School Musical Theatre Dept.
2014-- 4th-8th grade Winter Music Concert- In Music we Trust
The Exonerated by Jessica Bland and Erik Jensen- presented by the Kinsella High School Drama Dept.
2nd Annual- Groovin' Nights featuring jazz music and the Kinsella J-Grooves
Kinsella High School Dance Concert featuring the music of Queen
Kinsella Violin Festival presented by the Kinsella Strings Dept.
2015-- Pre K and Kindergarten Talent Celebration- Trusting our Talents
Eighth Annual Kinsella Talent Show!
2015-- 1st and 2nd Grade Showcase- Earning Trust in the World
Trust Show!- in partnership with Kim Bridges of the Gifted Onez and BackBeat City
Distracted by Lisa Loomer- presented by the Kinsella High School Drama Club
Circus for a Fragile Planet Jr.- in partnership with ARTFARM
Kinsella Middle School Dance concert- Dance Concert about Trust
2015-- Spring Instrumental Concert- Focusing on Trust
2nd Annual Kinsella Film Festival- in partnership with Joe Young Productions
Kinsella Middle School Drama Club- A Comedy of Trust
The Drowsy Chaperone- presented by the Kinsella Middle and High School Musical Theatre Depts.

2013/14~ The Year of World
9/12- Empowerment Performance- A New World Hope 
7th Annual Cultural Heritage Celebration; One Familia, Many Cultures, One World
Seussical, The Musical Jr.- In Partnership with BackBeat City
Zap, a comedy by Paul Fleischman presented by the High School Drama Department
Ebeneza- Modern Day Christmas Carol- In Partnership with Hartbeat Ensemble
2013-- 4th-8th Winter Instrumental Concert- Music from Around the World
High School Show Choir and Vocal Concert- Reflection on the World
2014 Night of Jazz- Groovin' featuring Kinsella's own- The J-Grooves and the Thomaston Jazz Orchestra!
Dangerous- A story of hope in stopping domestic violence- directed by Ingrid Howe of Kinsella Dance
2014-- 1st and 2nd Grade Showcase- The World from this Perspective
Kinsella Film Festival- In Partnership with Joe Young Productions
The Laramie Project- presented by the High School Drama Club
2014-- Pre K and Kindergarten Showcase- A World of Little People
Seventh Annual Kinsella and Morley School Interdistrict Band Concert
Once Upon a Mattress Jr., In Partnership with BackBeat City
Seventh Annual Kinsella Talent Show!
2014-- Hartford United Intercity Band Concert
Fantasia- The World of Fantasia Told through Dance Choreographed by Ingrid Howe of Kinsella Dance
2014--  4th-10th Grade Spring Instrumental Concert- Music from Around the World
Avenue Q- presented by the Kinsella High School Musical Theatre Department

2012/13~ The Year of Familia
September 12th A New Hope Remembrance ceremony
Sixth Annual Cultural Heritage Celebration; One Familia, Many Cultures, One World
The Wiz, in partnership with BackBeat City
The Tim Burton Tribute, 9th grade Musical Theatre and Drama Showcase
2012 Winter Music Concert
2013 1st and 2nd Grade Showcase Spectacular!
The Wizard of Oz Original Dance Concert, performed to Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon
9th Grade Choreographer's Showcase
2013 Pre Kindergarten and Kindergarten Showcase Spectacular!
Sixth Annual Talent Show!
Sixth Annual Kinsella/Morley Interdistrict Band Concert
Fourth Annual Multimedia Showcase
Romeo and Juliet, Hip hop Shakespeare
Sixth Annual Spring Music Concert
West Side Story Original Dance Concert
2nd Annual Hartford Intra district Band Concert
The Little Mermaid Jr., In partnership with BackBeat City

2011/12~ The Year of Voice
* honored by Magnet Schools of America and recognized with the School of Distinction Award
Fifth Annual 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony: Voices of Who We Are
Fifth Annual Cultural Heritage Celebration; Identifying Similarities Celebrating Differences
Bye, Bye, Birdie
The Polar Express Dance Concert (final year of a three-year development campaign)
Premier of the Winter Vocal Concert
House on Mango Street (original devised script)
The PK to 2nd Grade Showcase!
Fifth Annual Talent Show!
Fifth Annual Kinsella/Morley Interdistrict Band Concert
Third Annual Multimedia Showcase
Fifth Annual Spring Band and Orchestra Concert
Beauty and the Beast Dance Concert (original choreography by the dance department)
Hartford Intra district Band Concert
Voices In this School in partnership with the Judy Dworin Performance Project (original script)
Fiddler on the Roof Jr.

2010/11~ The Year of Character
* honored by Magnet Schools of America and recognized with the School of Excellence Award
Fourth Annual 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony: Character & Community
Fourth Annual Cultural Heritage Celebration; Living our Diversity
CT 375! Something to Sing About! (Debut musical celebrating CT’s 375 birthday)
James and the Giant Peach
The Polar Express Dance Concert (2nd year)
Fourth Annual Winter Instrumental Concert
The Diary of Anne Frank (adapted script with devised student contributions)
Fourth Annual Talent Show
Fourth Annual Kinsella/Morley Interdistrict Band Concert
The PK to 2nd Grade Showcase
Nell the Dreamer (premier production written by John Bendezu)
Second Annual Piano Recital
Second Annual Multimedia Showcase
Aladdin, Jr.
Antony and Cleopatra: Breakdancing Shakespeare in partnership with Hartford Stage
Fourth Annual Spring Band and Orchestra Concert
In this School, in partnership with the Judy Dworin Performance Project (original script)
Beatles Love Dance Concert (original story and choreography by Ms. Russo and Ms. Howe)

2009/10~ The Year of Story
* honored by Magnet Schools of America and recognized with the School of Distinction Award
Third Annual 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony: A New Community Home
09 Ribbon Cutting Celebration (honoring the new building at 65 Van Block Avenue)
Third Annual Cultural Heritage Celebration; Telling the Story of our Customs and Traditions
The Witches
The Polar Express Dance Concert in partnership with Pilobolus (first year of a three-year development campaign)
Third Annual Winter Music Concert
Anne Jr.
The PK to 2nd Grade Showcase!
Third Annual Talent Show
Third Annual Kinsella/Morley Interdistrict Band Concert
Lion King Dance Concert (original choreography by Ms. Russo and Ms. Howe)
First Annual Multimedia Showcase
Into the Woods Jr.
Comedy of Errors: Breakdancing Shakespeare in partnership with Hartford Stage
Third Annual Spring Music Concert
Dreamings! in partnership with the Judy Dworin Performance Project (original script)
Spring Vocal and Piano Concert

2008/09~ The Year of Journey
* honored by Magnet Schools of America and recognized with the Emerging School of Distinction Award
Second Annual 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony: A Year Stronger
Second Annual Cultural Heritage Celebration; Diversity in Performance
Once on this Island Jr.
Second Annual Winter Music Concert
Second Annual MLK Citizenship Performance
Second Annual Winter Dance Concert
Digital Story Telling Showcase
3rd and 4th Grade Showcase!
PK-2nd Grade Showcase!
Second Annual Talent Show
The Yellow Boat
Second Annual Spring Dance Concert
A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Breakdancing Shakespeare in partnership with Hartford Stage
Second Annual Spring Music Concert

2007/08~ The First Year of Kinsella Magnet School of Performing Arts
First Annual 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony: A New Beginning
First Annual Cultural Heritage Celebration: What does Cultural Heritage mean?
Winter Music and Dance Concert
2008 MLK Citizenship Performance
Amazing Grace
PK to 4th Grade Showcase!
First Annual Kinsella/Morley Interdistrict Band Concert
Romeo and Juliet: Breakdancing Shakespeare in partnership with Hartford Stage
First Annual Spring Dance Concert
First Annual Spring Music Concert