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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. 
 
2017/18 Season~ The Year of Unity
  • 9/11 Community Ceremony of Unity and Peace
  • 11thth Annual Cultural Heritage Celebration History and Wonder
  • Working (the musical) - presented by High School Musical Theatre
  • Fall One Act Festival- presented by the High School Drama
  • 11th Annual Winter Music Concert – presented by the 5th-12th Instrumental Department
  • Beauty and the Beast Jr.- presented by 5th-8th Grade Musical Theatre
  • 5rd Annual Groovin’- A Night of Jazz- presented by the High School J Grooves
  • Winter String and Vocal Concert- presented by the 5th to 8th Grade Vocal Performance
  • Aesop’s Fables- 11th Annual 1st and 2nd Grade Showcase
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory- presented by the Middle School Drama Dept.
  • 2018 Faculty and Staff Talent Show- presented by the PTO and the 8th Grade team
  • The Great Kapok Tree, an original dance concert presented by High School Dance
  • Middle School Dance Concert- presented by 5th-8th Grade Dance
  • 11th Annual Pre Kinder and Kindergarten Showcase
  • Unity Show!- presented by Backbeat City and Kim Bridges’ The Gifted Onez
  • Spring One Act Festival presented by the High School Drama
  • 2018 Spring Instrumental Concert- presented by 4th-12th Grade Instrumental
  • Spring Vocal Concert presented the High School Vocal Performance Dept.
  • 3rd Annual Piano Stars Spring Concert
  • 4th Annual String Festival
  • 2018 Kinsella Film Festival
  • 2018 Senior Farewell Show
                                    2016/17 Season~ The Year of Courage

  • 9/11 Community Ceremony of Courage and Peace
  • 10th Annual Cultural Heritage Celebration History and Wonder
  • Violet- presented by High School Musical Theatre
  • I Hate Hamlet- presented by the High School Drama
  • 10th Annual Winter Music Concert – presented by the 5th-12th Instrumental Department
  • Lion King Jr. presented by 5th-8th Grade Musical Theatre
  • 4th Annual Groovin’- A Night of Jazz- presented by the High School J Grooves
  • Winter String and Vocal Concert- presented by the 5th to 8th Grade Music
  • 10th Annual 1st and 2nd Grade Showcase
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream- A Middle School drama
  • High School Choreographer’s Showcase
  • 2017 Faculty and Staff Talent Show- presented by the PTO and the 8th Grade team
  • Fractured- an original dance concert by Ingrid Howe presented by High School Dance
  • Coppelia Dance Concert- presented by 5th-8th Grade Dance
  • 10th Annual Pre Kinder and Kindergarten Showcase
  • Courage Show! presented by Backbeat City and Kim Bridges’ The Gifted Onez
  • Untold Stories- an original dance concert by Tyler Caisse presented by High School Dance
  • Antigone- Presented by High School Drama
  • 2017 Spring Instrumental Concert- presented by 4th-12th Grade Instrumental
  • 3rd Annual String and Piano Festival 
 
2015/16~ The Year of Wonder

9/11 Community Ceremony of Wonder and Peace

9th Annual Cultural Heritage Celebration History and Wonder

Little Women by Mindi Dickstein and Jason Howland- presented by High School Musical Theatre

No Child by Nilaja Sun- presented by the High School Drama

9th Annual Winter Music Concert – presented by the 5th-12th Instrumental Department

Music Man Jr. by Meredith Willson- presented by 5th-8th Grade Musical Theatre

3rd Annual Groovin’- A Night of Jazz- presented by the High School J Grooves

Winter String and Vocal Concert- presented by the 5th to 8th Grade Music

9th Annual 1st and 2nd Grade Showcase

WONDER- A Middle School drama

High School Choreographer’s Showcase

2016 Cabaret- A Night of Dinner and Music- presented by 5th8th Grade Musical Theatre

2016 Faculty and Staff Talent Show- presented by the PTO and the 8th Grade team

Abandoned, an original dance concert by Ingrid Howe presented by High School Dance

The Judy Dworin Performance Project Enrichment Show

L'enfant et les Sortilèges Dance Concert- presented by 5th-8th Grade Dance

9th Annual Kinsella Student Talent Show

9th Annual Pre Kinder and Kindergarten Showcase

Wonder Show!- presented by Backbeat City and Kim Bridges’ The Gifted Onez

Spring High School Drama- TBA

2016 Spring Instrumental Concert- presented by 4th-12th Grade Instrumental

2nd Annual String and Piano Festival

2016 Kinsella Film Festival

Footloose by Dean Pitchford and Walter Bobbie- presented by High School Musical Theatre

 
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