High School Musical

82 Performing Arts Venues Around Rochester

Rochester has a robust performing arts scene! Here you’ll find plays and musicals performed by high school and college students, local professionals, and touring companies. 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 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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High School Musical Phantom of the Opera

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.

Many high schools offer a weekday performance to senior citizens for free, making this a cost-effect way to spend an afternoon!

  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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Performing Arts Eastman 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)
  15. WallByrd Theatre Co. (Shakespeare in the Park at Highland Bowl and other small venues) July 2018 The Two Gentlemen of Verona

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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Nazareth Performing Arts Center

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

Performing Arts Blue Cross Arena

Music Venues

Stages dedicated to concerts will be a completely new post someday soon. The Rochester music scene is vast, with venues for bands both big and small, indoor and outdoor, ticketed and free. I’ll mention only a few for now:

  1. Blue Cross Arena
  2. Abilene Bar & Lounge
  3. Montage Music Hall
  4. Lovin’ Cup
  5. Anthology
  6. Flour City Station
  7. Bug Jar
  8. Funk n’ Waffles
  9. Main Street Armory

Performing Arts Lilac Festival

Music Festivals & Reoccurring Shows

  1. Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival
  2. Lilac Festival
  3. Fairport Music Festival
  4. ROC the Park Urban Music Festival
  5. Party in the Park
  6. Bands on the Bricks
  7. Concerts by the Shore

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. Don’t forget WallByrd Theatre!

    1. Great recommendation! I plan to see The Two Gentlemen of Verona this week at Highland Bowl.

  2. 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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