The Musical

The Vanguard’s musical productions are outstanding and truly feature some of the best acting and singing talent that can be seen from high school students.  Directed by Vanguard’s choir teacher, each year’s musical selection is carefully picked out to be both a doable musical for high school students, but also to challenge our students to reach beyond what they even see or know their talents to be.  Past productions have included Fiddler on the Roof, Guys and Dolls, Little Women, Shrek: The Musical, The Scarlet Pimpernel, and Les Miserables: School Edition to name a few.  

Instructor Information: 

Mrs. Melissa Elser, 8th year at Vanguard teaching 5-12th grade choir and directing the musical. Mrs Elser has a Bachelors in Music Education and a Masters in Choral Conducting.

Grade Levels Eligible:

Students in grades 9-12 are eligible to participate in the club.


$50.00 / year


Supplies are provided: Script, some costumes, some students find their own costume pieces.

Time Commitment:

Auditions occur in August – rehearsals start after Labor Day – depending on the character, rehearsals run every day either after school or from 6:00-8:00 P.M. – at the end of October, rehearsals run every day for all cast members leading up to the show, it’s a large time commitment – show is performed in November. 


Additional Information:

Students can see Mrs. Elser for information regarding audition prep. The show is announced in the spring semester. Students receive 3 homework passes to use during musical season.