Theatrical Arts

the entire cast of the madrigal dinner posing for the camera

Madrigal Dinner 2020

2021 Fall Play - The Laramie Project

the laramie project poster


We are excited to present a live fall production again! The Laramie Project will take place November 12-14 at the Canandaigua Academy auditorium. Tickets are $10 and will be available at Canandaigua National Bank & Trust (Main Street and Lakeshore locations) and Mobile Music.

November 12 - 7:30 pm
November 13- 7:30 pm
November 14- 2 pm

The Laramie Project is a 2000 play by Moisés Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theater Project about the reaction to the 1998 murder of gay University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard in Laramie, Wyoming.

This show is not recommended for children under the age of 12. Parental guidance is highly recommended for minors over the age of 12.

‚ÄčThe following COVID protocols will be used for The Laramie Project at Canandaigua Academy:

  1. When performers are singing or speaking lines, they will be unmasked on stage. All other times, they will be masked.
  2. Audience members must be masked at all times inside any part of the Academy, hallways, lobby, atrium, and in the seats for the duration of the entire show.
  3. Concessions will be open at intermission and our courtyard (outside, weather permitted) located off of the atrium will be available for audience members to utilize for unmasking and enjoying something from our concession stand.
  4. Audience members must sit in every other seat unless they reside in the same household, in which case they will be permitted to sit directly next to one another.

Canandaigua Academy Theatre

began in 1923 with the production of The Love Pirates of Hawaii under the direction of Miss Mattison and Miss Curtis. In 1964, twenty-three productions later, the actual Academy Players Drama Club began. From 1960-1990, the Academy Players put on thirty-two productions, all under various directors. In 1991, Mr. Scott Schauman, our current director, began to direct and produce the productions.


shuman poses with award


The Rotary Club of Canandaigua surprised Mr. Scott Schauman, Academy English teacher and Academy Players Director, with the Paul Harris Fellow Award. Mr. Schauman has been directing plays and musicals at the Academy since 1991.

The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International gives the Paul Harris Fellow award in appreciation for tangible and significant assistance given to furtherance of better understanding and friendly relations among peoples of the world.

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