"Making Magic"


The Halsted Players began putting on productions in the 1970's under the direction of Phil Perestam and Pam Juvrud/Pinnegar. For many years murder mysteries were performed by the students of Halsted. There are few records of these earlier plays but the first one was "Any Number Can Die" some of the other productions were "A Tomb with a View" and an earlier production of Hurricane Smith. In the late 1980's "The Pirates of Penzance" was also performed. 
In the 1990's some staff wanted to put on a production so the all staff production of "Bone Chiller" was put on the stage of Halsted in the winter of 1993. After that production it was decided to try a larger musical with both staff and students working together on an equal status. Under the direction of Phil Perestam (and Donna Corso for musicals), these intergenerational activities have been well-supported by the community. In fact, since the winter of 1996 we have had an anonymous benefactor who sends several hundred dollars anonymously, in cash, toward our productions. Below is a listing of the productions for which we have records

The Sping 2002 production of Fiddler on the Roof was the last school play that Phil Perestam directed.  He retired from teaching in June 2002. Jean Perrier and Kathy Swaneveld carried on as directors from 2002 through 2009.  Melissa Flores and Meg Penny took over as directors during the 2009-10 school year.


Recent Productions

Spring - Peter Pan (Student & staff)

Spring - Annie (Student) 

 Cinderella (Rogers and Hammerstein) - (Student with some staff in chorus)  

Thoroughly Modern Millie (Students)


The Sound of Music (Students)


Once Upon a Mattress (Students)


The Pirates of Penzance


Beauty and the Beast