the story of syosset high school  theatre arts

The Association of Creative Thespians was founded by English teacher Carol Glaser in the 1983-1984 school season. "Mrs. G," as she was affectionately called by her students, produced and directed the shows until her retirement in 1989 and sadly passed away in August of 2021. When perusing yearbooks from the 1980’s one can see evidence of an interesting concept Mrs. G incorporated as you can find images of Student/Faculty productions such as M*A*S*H presented under the ACT banner which utilized faculty performers. She felt it was a great way for students and faculty to get to know each other outside of class and make a connection to create art together. In addition to faculty onstage, during those years you would see personalities such as a young Idina Menzel who participated in one of ACT's early productions (a revue called "Let's Go Back to Yesterday"), as did News 12 NJ reporter Marci Rubin, actor Bryan Coffee , writer Keith Planit and TV producer Alex Chauvin. When Mrs. G retired, science teacher Ann Cassin took over for a year, directing a revue called "Here's Broadway" and the spring show "You Can't Take It With You" during the 1989-1990 school year. 

In the early ‘90’s student participation dwindled to only a few dozen members, but fortunately the group has grown to where today we can boast well over 100 members - all following their passion of creating theatrical magic either onstage or backstage. So much so that ACT currently produces three mainstage productions, a Student Directed One Act Play Competition, three showcases and three student directed full length shows in our Little Theater. And we're always looking for more ways to engage our students.

When all is tallied up, ACT has had a reputation of producing quality theatre for the Syosset Community for close to 50 years. Going through many iterations, ACT now boasts many more alumni who are working in various capacities in the theatre arts as performers, designers, directors, writers and choreographers.

The Theatre Arts Program at Syosset High School itself has only been in existence for the past 27 years. The courses and performance opportunities offered by the Theatre Arts Program are designed to meet the needs, interests and talents of our students who are interested in theatre and dance, and we feel it is unique among Long Island High School programs.  Although intended to introduce students to skills and techniques they will need to pursue a possible career in these disciplines, these courses present ALL students in the high school the opportunities to develop self-expression and appreciation through participation in various theatrical productions.

In addition to the experience and training provided in the classroom, students are encouraged to put theory into practice by participating in the numerous theatrical activities produced by The Association of Creative Thespians. Furthermore, if there is an area of interest to students where we do not offer classroom instruction, various independent study projects are available for students to pursue in areas of the Theatre Arts. These include costume design and construction, theatre arts management, directing, choreography, lighting/sound design, dramaturgy, and playwriting. 

This partnership between after school Association of Creative Thespians and the curricular Theatre Arts Program has led to a wonderful and unique co-curricular program that has produced some outstanding and memorable productions over the years (click on the gallery above to see some of our recent productions) - and we're only just getting started!!!

1997 - 1998                      The Philadelphia Story

                                          The Comedy of Errors

1998 – 1999                      Stage Door

                                          The Taming of the Shrew

1999 – 2000                     The Crucible

                                          A Midsummer Night’s Dream

2000 – 2001                     Cosi

                                         Damn Yankees


2001 – 2002                     You Can’t Take it With You

                                         Fiddler on the Roof

                                         The Tempest

2002 – 2003                     Museum

                                         The Music Man


2003 – 2004                    The Man Who Came to Dinner

                                         West Side Story

                                         Romeo and Juliet

2004 – 2005                      The Laramie Project


                                          As You Like It

2005 – 2006                     The Compleat Works of Willam Shakespeare (abridged)


                                         Much Ado About Nothing

2006 – 2007                     I Never Saw Another Butterfly

                                         Sweet Charity

                                         A Midsummer Night’s Dream

2007 – 2008                     Noises Off


                                         Comedy of Errors

2008 – 2009                     Witness for the Prosecution

                                         Thoroughly Modern Millie

                                         Twelfth Night

2009 – 2010                      Almost, Maine

                                         High School Musical

                                         The Merchant of Venice

2010 – 2011                     Our Town

                                         Bye Bye Birdie

                                         The Laramie Project

2011 – 2012                     The Complete History of America (abridged)

                                         Beauty and the Beast

                                         All’s Well That Ends Well

2012 – 2013                     The 39 Steps

                                         Seussical: The Musical

                                         The Two Noble Kinsmen

2013 – 2014                     You Can’t Take it With You

                                         How To Succeed in Business …… Trying

                                         Romeo and Juliet

2014 – 2015                     The Triangle Factory Fire Project

                                         Shrek: The Musical!

                                         The Taming of the Shrew

2015 – 2016                     The Crucible

                                         Les Misérables

                                         As You Like It

2016- 2017                      The Compleat Wks. Of Wllm Shakespeare (abridged)



2017- 2018                       I Never Saw Another Butterfly


                                         Twelfth Night

2018- 2019                       Museum

                                         Mamma Mia!

                                         Much Ado About Nothing

2019- 2020                       Almost, Maine

                                         The Little Mermaid

2020- 2021                       One Stoplight Town

                                         Julius Caesar

                                         High School Musical

2021-2022                        She Kills Monsters

                                         The Addams Family

                                          A Midsummer Night's Dream

2022-2023                        Puffs

                                         Legally Blonde - The Musical

                                         Romeo and Juliet

2023-2024                        Peter and the Starcatcher

                                         Chicago: High School Edition

                                         The Winter's Tale

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