Las Vegas Academy’s Series of Short Plays Showcases Student Talent in Las Vegas Schools

By Stacey Andell for Schools K-12

Las Vegas Academy, one of the magnet schools of the Las Vegas Public School District, has prepared a series of student produced and student led theater performances.

The Five Plays

  • You Want Freedom Fries With That?
    "An original theater piece about being an American teenager in an increasingly small world, written and conceived by the Roncalli Drama Festival Ensemble, performed at the Roncalli Drama Festival in Poggibonsi, Siena, Italy, in the heart of Tuscany."
  • Mixed Babies
    "Five teenage girls of color discuss life, love, relationships, and friendship in this compelling short play."
  • Coffee Con Carnage
    "An original sketch conceived and performed by the students of the Mime and Improvisation Class."
  • Sorry, Wrong Number
    "A classic one act thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat."
  • The Intermission
    "A playwright listens clandestinely to the reactions of the intermission crowd at the premiere of his new play: a surprisingly insightful look at how we perceive what others think about our art."

History of the Las Vegas Academy

Established in 1992 by the Las Vegas Public School District and area universities, the Las Vegas Academy is committed to fostering student skills in the arts and communication.   This magnet school includes students from all over Clark County at its campus in an historic urban shopping district.  

Las Vegas Schools students pursue a major in one of the following fields: dance, vocal music, instrumental music, international studies, piano, theater, theater technology, and visual arts.   The school operates longer than other schools in the area in order to pack in all the subjects that students need to study in this arts intensive program.   Classes are organized on a block schedule, in which students take regular academic classes every other day and major classes every day.  

This aggressive approach to education has earned the Las Vegas Academy many honors, both state and nationwide.   Including awards from the White House, Senators Reid, Bryan, and Ensign, former Governor Miler and former Las Vegas mayor Jones, the Academy has also garnered attention from the International Network of Performing and Visual Arts schools and been labeled a STAR school.   In addition to winning three Grammy Signature School awards, the Academy has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as both a New American High School and a U.S. Blue Ribbon School.  

The Student Experience at Las Vegas Academy

Students of the Las Vegas Academy compete through a tough screening process just to attend, including an audition as well as maintaining a high grade point average in their regular academic subjects. While students at other area high schools attend class for 50 minutes a day, students at Las Vegas Academy go for 86 minutes.   The school day also goes one hour longer overall.   This hard work pays off with over sixty percent of graduates enrolling in four year universities.   The series of short plays to be produced by the theater and theater technology departments will be just one of many ways in which Las Vegas Academy students present their hard work and dedication to the local community.