Rochester Experience: Performing Arts

65 Performing Arts Venues Around Rochester

With all of the current drama over Parcel 5 and the proposed performing arts center, I can’t help but shake my head when I look at all of the excellent performing arts stages and companies we already have!

I’ve noted some of the upcoming productions, and will periodically update them since I’m as interested as you are in live theater. Even though some of the productions may have past, it gives you a sense of what is out there. Dig in and see what’s coming soon.

Performing Arts High School Musical

High School Performing Arts

Each school is linked to their events calendar or performing arts department page, though I found it easier to contact the schools directly in some cases. Most calendars only list the date for “HS Musical” but not what exactly the performance is. I intend to update this every school year.

  1. Aquinas Institute April 2018 Shrek, the Musical
  2. Bishop Kearney April 2018 Oliver
  3. Brighton Feb 2018 Crazy for You
  4. Churchville-Chili Mar 2018 Phantom of the Opera
  5. East Irondequoit Mar 2018 The Addams Family
  6. East Rochester Mar 2018 Mary Poppins
  7. Fairport Mar 2018 Hello, Dolly!
  8. Gates-Chili Mar 2018 The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  9. Greece Arcadia Mar 2018 The Wiz
  10. Greece Athena Mar 2018 The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  11. Greece Odyssey Feb 2018 Big Fish
  12. Greece Olympia Jan 2018 School of Rock
  13. Hilton (fall musical)
  14. Honeoye Falls-Lima Mar 2018 Irene
  15. Irondequoit Mar 2018 The Music Man
  16. McQuaid Jesuit (waiting to hear back from the school)
  17. Our Lady of Mercy (fall musical)
  18. Penfield Mar 2018 Cinderella
  19. Pittsford-Sutherland Mar 2018 Mary Poppins
  20. Pittsford-Mendon (fall musical)
  21. Rush-Henrietta Jan 2018 Much Ado About Nothing; Mar 2018 A Chorus Line
  22. School of the Arts Multiple performances throughout the school year
  23. Spencerport (fall musical)
  24. Webster Thomas Mar 2018 Pippin
  25. Webster Schroeder Feb 2018 Les Miserables
  26. Wheatland-Chili Mar 2018 In The Heights

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Ideas for 2018

Performing Arts Eastman Theater


  1. Kodak Center
  2. Rochester Association of Performing Arts (RAPA, Kodak Center Theater)
  3. Blackfriars Theatre
  4. Rochester Broadway Theater League (RBTL, Auditorium Theatre)
  5. Geva Theatre Center
  6. Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra
  7. Downstairs Cabaret (Locations in Rochester & Brighton)
  8. Multi-use Community Cultural Center (MuCCC)
  9. CenterStage Theatre
  10. Cobblestone Arts Center
  11. The Kingfisher Theater
  12. Lyric Theatre
  13. Hochstein School of Music & Dance

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That Make Great Gifts

Performing Arts Theater


  1. Eastman School of Music (Eastman Theater) free, almost-daily performances
  2. Hourglass Play Reading Series (Blackfriars Theater) Feb 2018 Black Like Us
  3. Kalidas (India Community Center)
  4. Out Of Pocket, Inc (venue varies; Blackfriars, MuCCC) Feb 2018 Jake’s Women
  5. Rochester City Ballet (venues vary) Feb 2018 Slavonic Dances
  6. Greece Performing Arts Society (venues vary)
  7. Webster Theater Guild (Webster Thomas) Jan 2018 Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
  8. Off-Monroe Players (Salem United Church of Christ) Jan 2017 Foggerty’s Fairy
  9. PUSH Physical Theatre (venues vary)
  10. Penfield Players (Penfield Community Center)
  11. Penfield Symphony Orchestra (Penfield High School stage)
  12. Rochester Community Players (MuCCC and Highland Bowl)
  13. Everyone’s Theater Company (MuCCC)
  14. Pittsford Musicals (Pittsford-Sutherland stage)

Children’s Theater

  1. TYKEs (Theater Young Kids Enjoy) (JCC CenterStage) Feb 2018 Snow White
  2. Spotlight Theater for the Performing Arts
  3. RAPA Family Theater (Kodak Center Studio Theater) April 2018 Oliver
  4. A Magical Journey through Stages
  5. Terry Fyke’s Main Street Players (The Norman Howard School)

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and Garden Tours

Performing Arts Nazareth College

College Performing Arts

  1. Roberts Wesleyan Jan 2018 Anything Goes
  2. Nazareth College
  3. RIT Visual & Performing Arts
  4. University of Rochester Institute for the Performing Arts
  5. Monroe Community College
  6. The College at Brockport
  7. St. John Fisher

I’m happy to update this list if there is a place or performance I have missed!

Debi Bower

Born, raised and living life as a digital designer in Rochester, NY! I am also a day-tripper, writer & photographer, exploring the nooks and crannies that make our part of New York State so special.


  1. What a great webpage! So helpful. The only high school i can think of I didn’t see is Bishop Kearney which i know is doing Oliver. Thanks again so much for compiling this.

    1. Thank you for the recommendation! Of course, BK puts on some of the best musicals in the area!

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