High School Musicals

93 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.

Geva Theater intimate stage
Geva

Theaters

  1. Kodak Center
  2. Blackfriars Theatre
  3. Rochester Broadway Theater League
  4. Geva Theatre Center
  5. Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra
  6. Downstairs Cabaret
  7. Multi-use Community Cultural Center
  8. CenterStage Theatre
  9. Cobblestone Arts Center
  10. The Kingfisher Theater
  11. Lyric Theatre
  12. Hochstein School of Music & Dance
  13. Bristol Valley Theatre
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 “Spring Musical” or “Fall Play” but not what the production title.

I intend to update this every school year, but if you’re here between updates, click through to view each school’s performance calendar. And, if you know about an event we’re missing, please contact us! We’re happy to update this information!

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 
    Nov Godspell 
    Mar A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  2. Bishop Kearney 
    Oct 12 Angry Jurors
    Mar Grease
  3. Brighton 
    Nov The InComplete Works of Shakespeare: Some Comedy
    Feb TBD
  4. Churchville-Chili 
    Oct Clue
    Mar TBD
  5. East Irondequoit 
    Nov TBD
    Mar TBD
  6. East Rochester 
    Mar TBD
  7. Fairport 
    Nov The Odyssey
    Mar TBD
  8. Gates-Chili 
    Mar TBD
  9. Greece Arcadia 
    Apr Honk!
  10. Greece Athena 
    Feb Cinderella
  11. Greece Odyssey 
    Feb The Addams Family
  12. Greece Olympia 
    Apr Matilda
  13. Hilton 
    Nov Mamma Mia
    April TBD
  14. Honeoye Falls-Lima 
    Nov Twelve Angry Jurors
    Mar Bye, Bye Birdie
  15. Irondequoit
    Dec TBD
    Mar Beauty & The Beast
  16. McQuaid Jesuit 
    Nov Shakespeare in Hollywood
    Mar My Fair Lady
  17. Our Lady of Mercy 
    Nov The Secret Garden
    Feb TBD
  18. Penfield 
    Nov Born Yesterday
    Mar Guys & Dolls
  19. Pittsford-Sutherland 
    Dec Once in a Lifetime
    Mar Pippin
  20. Pittsford-Mendon 
    Dec An Unspeakable Triumph of Supreme Brilliance
    Mar Rent: School Edition
  21. Rush-Henrietta 
    Nov Anne of Green Gables
    Mar Bye Bye Birdie
  22. School of the Arts 
    Shows throughout the 2019-20 school year, including 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, It’s a Wonderful Life, Laramie Project, and Grease.
  23. Spencerport 
    Nov Annie
    Mar TBD
  24. Webster Thomas 
    Mar The Music Man
  25. Webster Schroeder 
    Sep Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
    Feb 6-8 Chicago
  26. Wheatland-Chili
    Nov TBD
    Mar TBD

Outside Monroe County:

  1. Wayne Central
    Mar Sound of Music
Eastman Theatre Kodak Hall intermission
Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre

Companies

  1. Eastman School of Music
    (Eastman Theater) free, almost-daily performances
  2. Hourglass Play Reading Series
    (Blackfriars Theater)
  3. Kalidas
    (India Community Center)
  4. Out Of Pocket, Inc
    (venue varies; Blackfriars, MuCCC)
  5. Rochester City Ballet
    (venues vary)
  6. Greece Performing Arts Society
    (venues vary)
  7. Webster Theater Guild
    (Webster Thomas)
  8. Off-Monroe Players
    (Salem United Church of Christ)
  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, Avyarium theater & performance space)
  16. Neighborhood Acting Company 
    (Wayne Central High School Performing Arts Center)

Children’s Theater

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

College Performing Arts

  1. Roberts Wesleyan
  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
  8. Niagara University
Anthology
Anthology

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. The Record Archive
  4. Montage Music Hall
  5. Lovin’ Cup
  6. Anthology
  7. Flour City Station
  8. Bug Jar
  9. Main Street Armory
  10. Johnny’s Irish Pub
  11. Fairport B-Side
  12. Dinosaur Bar-B-Que
  13. Pelican’s Nest
  14. Nashvilles
  15. Little Theatre
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Rochester International Jazz Festival

Rochester Music Festivals & Reoccurring Shows

  1. Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival
  2. Lilac Festival
  3. Fairport Music Festival
  4. Westside Music & Food Festival
  5. ROC the Park Urban Music Festival
  6. Party in the Park
  7. Rochester Summer Soul Music Fest
  8. Bands on the Bricks
  9. Concerts by the Shore

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Are there other performing arts venues we’ve missed?

Share your thoughts with us in the comments. Your insight and experience is invaluable!

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  1. MARY-ANNE S. DECK

    Love! Love!! LOVE!! Live Theatre and try to get to as many as I can..especially the HS plays with their great talented performances, but NEVER have found such a great compiled list as yours!! Have added it now to my “Theatre List” and will be checking back often to see what’s being offered and marking my Calendar! THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR SHARING!!

    1. I have found with most of these articles, if it doesn’t exist you have to create it yourself! I do my best to update the high school lists seasonally, viewing the new calendars online in September or contacting the schools directly if the musically isn’t specified. I’m so happy you find it helpful as well, Mary Anne!

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