High School Musicals

92 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 (RBTL, Auditorium Theatre)
  4. Geva Theatre Center
  5. Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra
  6. Downstairs Cabaret (Locations in Rochester & Brighton)
  7. Multi-use Community Cultural Center (MuCCC)
  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.

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 15-17, 2018 Pride & Prejudice; Mar 28-30, 2019 Into the Woods
  2. Bishop Kearney Dec 7-8, 2018 Clue: The Musical; Apr 5-6, 2019 Addams Family
  3. Brighton Oct 26-27, 2018 45 Seconds from Broadway; Feb 7-9, 2019 Newsies
  4. Churchville-Chili Oct 12-13, 2018, 12 Angry Jurors; Mar 28-31, 2019, TBA
  5. East Irondequoit Nov 15-17, 2018, TBA; Mar 21-23, 2019, In The Heights
  6. East Rochester Mar 22-23, 2019, TBA
  7. Fairport Nov 15-17, 2018, TBA; Mar 14-15-2019, Fiddler on the Roof
  8. Gates-Chili Mar 21-23, 2019, Guys & Dolls
  9. Greece Arcadia Apr 5-6, 2019, Godspell
  10. Greece Athena Feb 1, 2, 8, 9, 2019 Mamma Mia!
  11. Greece Odyssey Feb 22-24, 2019, Disney’s Freaky Friday
  12. Greece Olympia Jan 17, 18, 25, 26, 2019, Working
  13. Hilton Nov 16-18, 2018, Little Mermaid
  14. Honeoye Falls-Lima Nov 9-10, 2018, The Curious Savage; Mar 21-23, 2019, The Addams Family
  15. Irondequoit Nov 29, 30, Dec 1, 2, 2018, The Death and Life of Larry Benson; Mar 14-17, 2019, Hairspray
  16. McQuaid Jesuit Nov 14-17, 2018, TBA; March 13-16, 2019, Newsies
  17. Our Lady of Mercy Nov 8-11, 2018, Little Women: The Musical; February 14-16, 2019, The Odd Couple
  18. Penfield Nov 15-17, 2018, 12 Angry Men; Mar 21-23, 2019, Fiddler on the Roof
  19. Pittsford-Sutherland Dec 13-15, 2018, Pygmalion; Apr 4-6, 2019, Evita
  20. Pittsford-Mendon Dec 6-8, 2018, Clue: The Musical; Mar 14-16, 2019, Chicago
  21. Rush-Henrietta Nov 1-3, 2018, TBA; Mar 21-23, 2019, Seussical: The Musical
  22. School of the Arts Shows throughout the 2018-19 school year including Romeo & Juliet, Streetcar Named Desire, and Rent
  23. Spencerport Nov 15-17, 2018, TBA
  24. Webster Thomas Oct 19-20, 2018, South Pacific; Nov 16-17, 2018, The Admirable Crichton
  25. Webster Schroeder Feb 7-9, 2019, Anything Goes
  26. Wheatland-Chili March 22-23, 2019, Shrek: The Musical
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)

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
Free Rochester Day Trip Ideas: Rochester International Jazz Festival
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 with us in the comments. Your insight and experience is invaluable!

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8 thoughts on “92 Performing Arts Venues Around Rochester”

  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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