Theater

Princeton Playhouse Ensembles

Princeton Playhouse Choir

The Princeton Playhouse Choir is a new ensemble housed jointly with the Lewis Center’s Programs in Theater and Music Theater and the Music Department, focusing on repertoire beginning in a broad range of theatrical traditions and expanding into a realm of experimental and innovative music-making. The core of the group’s repertoire is music connected to theater and reimagined for creative ensemble configurations through new arrangements and interdisciplinary collaborations. Playhouse incorporates large and small ensemble singing, a cappella and accompanied singing, vocal solos, dance, spoken word, new music commissions, and collaborative projects with artists across departments to facilitate a vibrant and inclusive rehearsal environment. The Playhouse Choir is directed by Solon Snider Sway. Find out more information about choirs at Princeton »

The Playhouse Choir meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30-6:30 p.m. in McAlpin Hall at the basement level of the Woolworth Music Building.

Princeton Playhouse Orchestra

The Princeton Playhouse Orchestra is a new instrumental chamber ensemble specializing in the performance of new music commissions, music theater repertoire, popular song, and film music. The group rehearses once a week, sometimes with the Playhouse Choir, and sometimes on its own. To receive more information on participation in the Playhouse Orchestra, email Solon Snider Sway at solon.snider@princeton.edu.

The Playhouse Orchestra meets on Thursdays from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in McAlpin Hall at the basement level of the Woolworth Music Building.

Playhouse Ensembles Featured Performances

  • Fall 2021 — Princeton Playhouse Choir performed selections from the world premiere of Georgia Stitt’s new oratorio, The Circling Universe, through collaboration with the Princeton Atelier
  • Spring 2022 — The spring concert on April 30 explored songs from both commonly performed and under appreciated musical theater repertoire. View the spring concert program

Playhouse Ensembles Sample Repertoire

  • “Opening Up” from Waitress (Sara Bareilles)
  • “Beautiful City” from Godspell (Stephen Schwartz)
  • “Soon as I Get Home” from The Wiz (Charlie Smalls)
  • “Fine and Dandy” from Fine and Dandy (Kay Swift and Paul James)
  • “Love Will Find a Way” from Shuffle Along (Eubie Blake and Noble Sissle)
  • “They Say It’s Wonderful” from Annie Get Your Gun (Irving Berlin)
  • “Sunday” from Sunday in the Park with George (Stephen Sondheim)
  • Selections from “The Circling Universe,” a new oratorio by Georgia Stitt

How to Participate

The Princeton Playhouse Ensembles serve students with a broad range of musical backgrounds and interests and offer the opportunity for a wide range of student leadership experiences. Members of the Playhouse Choir rehearse twice a week and are eligible for subsidized voice lessons through the Music Department. Members of the Playhouse Orchestra rehearse once a week. If you’re interested in joining either ensemble or just want to learn more, please email Solon Snider Sway at at solon.snider@princeton.edu.

Student Leaders

Halle Mitchell
Student Conductor
Class of 2023

 

 

Aaron Ventresca
Student Choreographer
Class of 2024

 

 

Princeton Playhouse Ensembles 2021-22