The Centerville High School Theatre Department produces four main stage productions most school years. Through the 2007–2008 school year there were only three main stage productions. In 2008–2009 season a fall musical was added. In addition to the four main stage shows, the students produce four additional productions throughout the year. In December there is a student-produced play performed for K-1 elementary students, and during February the students perform a student produced play. In May the Advanced Acting and Directing class along with the Technical Theatre Tech-Prep class produce a full play. The season ends in May with the annual Extreme Theatre experience.
Centerville High School Theatre is affiliated with the International Thespian Society and is organized as Troupe #2204. New members are inducted into the Thespian Honor Society at the annual Theatre Banquet in May. In 2010 they were asked to perform their fall musical, Lucky Stiff, at the state conference in March. In 2011 they returned to the mainstage at the state conference with their production of The Dining Room by A.R. Gurney. In 2012 they also performed their fall musical "Urinetown" at the state conference.
In June 2012, the Fourth Annual High School DayTony Awards celebration was hosted by Jim Sagona and Sinclair Community College at Blair Hall. Forty-nine Awards of Excellence and eighty-three Awards of Merit were received by students from ten area schools. Centerville High School students received three Overall Production Awards, twenty-three Awards of Excellence, and twenty Awards of Merit.
Urinetown: The Musical (Centerville High School)
The Ladies Man (Centerville High School)
Rabbit Hole (Centerville High School)
Student Orchestra – "Urinetown: The Musical"
Leading Role, Nick Beecroft as Officer Lockstock – "Urinetown: The Musical"
Leading Role, Carly Snyder as Hope Cladwell – "Urinetown: The Musical"
Supporting Role, Susie Meyer as Little Sally – "Urinetown: The Musical"
Musical Direction, Ben Spalding – "Urinetown: The Musical"
Lighting Design, Joe Beumer – "Urinetown: The Musical"
Set Design, Mike Cordonnier and Sara Jentoft – "Urinetown: The Musical"
Leading Role, Bendon Embry as Bassinet – "The Ladies Man"
Supporting Role, Trevor Lucente as Eitienne – "The Ladies Man"
Set Design, Mike Cordonnier and Alan Ehret – "The Ladies Man"
Leading Role, Evan Benjamin as Buddy Layman – "The Diviners"
Leading Role, Alex Roesch as C.C. Showers – "The Diviners"
Sound Design, Jackie Wagner – "The Diviners"
Lighting Design, Joe Beumer and Alan Ehret – "The Diviners"
Ensemble, – "Rabbit Hole"
Leading Role, Erin Ulman as Becca – "Rabbit Hole"
Supporting Role, Carly Snyder as Nat – "Rabbit Hole"
Supporting Role, Jackie Mulay as Izzy – "Rabbit Hole"
Direction, Kate Robinson – "Rabbit Hole"
Set Design, Emily Duerr – "Rabbit Hole"
Lighting Design, David Corson – "Rabbit Hole"
Choreography, Tenille Redmond and Jessica Maxson – "Chicago"
Supporting Role, Trevor Lucente as Amos Hart – "Chicago"
Ensemble, – "Urinetown: The Musical"
Supporting Role, Amy Corson as Penelope Pennywise – "Urinetown: The Musical"
Supporting Role, Erin Ulman as Little Becky Two Shoes – "Urinetown: The Musical"
Direction, Joe Beumer and Colleen Kochensparger – "Urinetown: The Musical"
Costume Design, Jan Kledzik – "Urinetown: The Musical"
Supporting Role, Charlie Arthur as Gustav Aubin – "The Ladies Man"
Supporting Role, Erin Ulman as Suzanne Aubin – "The Ladies Man"
Supporting Role, Amy Corson as Madame Agreville – "The Ladies Man"
Sound Design, Megan Frazier – "The Ladies Man"
Lighting Design, David Corson – "The Ladies Man"
Properties, Andrew Diamond and Emily Duerr – "The Ladies Man"
Costume Design, Jan Kledzik – "The Ladies Man"
Supporting Role, Jackie Mulay as Darlene Henshaw – "The Diviners"
Leading Role, Nick Beecroft as Howie – "Rabbit Hole"
Supporting Role, Isaac Ingle as Jason – "Rabbit Hole
Sound Design, Megan Frazier and Jackie Wagner – "Rabbit Hole
Costume Design, Slava Tchoul and Karen Johnson – "Rabbit Hole
Student Orchestra – "Chicago"
Leading Role, Nick Beecroft as Billy Flynn – "Chicago"
Supporting Role, Meredith Eckle as Matron “Mama” Morton – "Chicago"The Triangle Fire Factory Project, (play)
[title of show] (musical), Clean Edition
Avenue Q, (musical), School Edition
You Can't Take It with You
Sweeney Todd (musical)
The Ladies Man, a loose adaptation of Georges Feydeau's Tailleur pour Dames
The Dining Room
All Shook Up
The Diary of Anne Frank
The Odd Couple (Male Edition and Female Edition) – Produced by the Tech Theatre Tech Prep and Advanced Acting and Directing Classes
Crimes of the Heart – Student Produced Show
A Murder is Announced
The Rimers of Eldritch -Produced by the Tech Theatre Tech Prep and Advanced Acting and Directing Classes
Almost, Maine – First entirely student produced show at CHS
You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown (revised)
Inherit the Wind
The Importance of Being Earnest
Once Upon a Mattress
MacBeth – Produced by the Tech Theatre Tech Prep and Advanced Acting and Directing Classes
The Pirates of Penzance
13 Past Midnight
The Miracle Worker
How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying
The Madwoman of Chaillot
You Can't Take It with You
Lovers and Executioners
Bye Bye Birdie
The Centerville High School band program consists of the Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band and Concert Band. The after school program features the marching band, Centerville Jazz Band, the Winter Guard and Winter Percussion (indoor percussion ensemble), three jazz ensembles (Jazz I, Jazz II, and Jazz III), the Basketball Pep Band (BBPB).In 2011 the CHS Winter Drumline was featured in the video "Rhythm Generation" along with three other high school drumlines as they prepare for the WGI Indoor Percussion World Championship.
In November 2011 the Centerville Jazz Band placed 20th overall in the BOA Grand National competition. 500+ bands began the season at Regional competitions held around the country this year to work up to the Super Regionals and finally to the Grand Nationals. The Killer Queen show, music and performance by the band was outstanding and absolute crowd pleaser.
The Centerville Band program will present the 33rd annual Soaring Sounds contest on Monday, July 9, 2012 7:00 PM – Centerville High School Stadium.
The orchestra program at Centerville High School consists of its Symphonic Orchestra, Concert Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra (a small ensemble that breaks into smaller quartets to perform in the community), and an Alternative Strings program (which plays bluegrass, jazz, and Celtic music).The Chamber Orchestra is a small ensemble that focuses on professional-level literature. In 2011, Chamber became a self-directed performing group for the first time. Chamber had the honor of collaborating with Miami University's Morpheus Chamber Orchestra in the fall of 2012. Additionally, the Chamber Orchestra was one of seven ensembles invited to play at the Ohio Music Education Association's state convention in Columbus in 2013. The ensemble also receives numerous requests from the community every year to perform in smaller chamber groups (quartets, quintets). These events have included wedding music, Christmas music at the Washington-Centerville and Woodbourne Public Libraries, and banquet music, just to name a few.
Centerville High School also has four choirs, known as Concert Choir, Women's Choir, Symphonic Choir, and Forte (an a cappella group). In addition there is an after school a cappella group, Novae.Seventy two members of the CHS choral program went to Orlando, Florida in February 2012 to attend three days of workshops at Disney World. Besides participating in the "Disney Sings" workshops, the choir had a chance to perform for guests at Walt Disney World. Many of the students from Concert Choir, Women's Choir, Symphonic Choir and Forte earned their way to Florida through catalog sales and raffle sales.
The Choral Program at Centerville continued to grow. Centerville High School now has second a cappella group in addition to Forte called Novae.
Forte received a personal singing lesson from a top vocal coach featured on NBC's hit, The Sing-Off. Christopher Diaz worked with Centerville's a cappella group, Forte, helping them prepare for their upcoming CD release concert and nationwide competitions.
Forte released their second CD, 2 The Wire in February 2012
X-treme Theatre is an annual event sponsored by the Centerville High School Theatre Department. The students must write, direct, design, act, and sing in an original theatre production. This event originated in 2007 and has continued annually. To prevent planning ahead a set of rules dictating specific items that must be included in the show are revealed twenty-four hours before the performance. These items may be characters, specific props, certain words, and various other requirements (such as a musical number). The event starts at 7:30pm on a Friday and the script or scripts are written overnight with production and casting beginning at 7:30am the next day. The performance begins that Saturday at 7:30pm. The show traditionally includes an improvisational component at the beginning of the show.