Amherst Operetta Association


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    The Amherst Operetta Association has produced Amherst High School's annual musical production since 1950.  It is among the oldest high school musical theatre programs in Western New York.

    The "Operetta" is open to all students at ACHS, though every student must audition so as to assess their singing, acting, and movement abilities.  Peripheral responsibilities include playing in the all-student pit orchestra, sound, lighting, stage and set crew, and make-up and costume staff.  There truly is a job for everyone - even if you are not a "stage" person, come be a part of the show by simply attending.  No performance is complete without an audience.

    Operetta auditions generally occur after Thanksgiving. The rehearsal process begins at the end of December, and continues M-F 3:30 - 6:30, Saturdays from 10 - 2. There are five performances the first or second week in February. Following the Saturday evening production, we celebrate our efforts with a dance on stage, followed by a catered cast party with awards.

    sweeney toddProductions

    2024: Les Miserables (School Edition)
    A Guide: Understanding the Plot & Characters

    2023: Seussical: The Musical (Kenny Award Finalist)
    2022:  Sweeny Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (Kenny Award Finalist; Winner "Outstanding Choral Performance," Winner "Best Dramatic Performance," Winner "Best actor in a Male Supporting Role"
    2021:  Strawberry Fields (One Act Opera)
    2020:  TITANIC: the Musical (Kenny Award Finalist)
    2019:  42nd Street
    2018:  Phantom of the Opera
    2017:  Beauty and the Beast
    2016:  Grease
    2015:  Guys and Dolls
    2014:  Bye Bye Birdie
    2013:  Les Miserables
    2012:  Oklahoma
    2011:  Urinetown: the Musical
    2010:  Leader of the Pack: the Ellie Greenwich Musical
    2009:  The Boyfriend
    2008:  Into the Woods (Kenny Award Finalist, Winner: Best Supporting Actress, Rachel Zimmer as Red Riding Hood)
    2007:  Seussical: the Musical
    2006:  Damn Yankees (Kenny Award Finalist)
    2005:  The Wizard of Oz
    2004:  Once On This Island
    2003:  Anything Goes
    2002:  Bye Bye, Birdie
    2001:  Hello Dolly
    2000:  Fiddler on the Roof
    1951:  The Mikado
    1950:  H.M.S. Pinafore

    Bird costume  Pit orchestra  Titanic group  Titanic scene  Titanic individual scene  Titanic boat