ABOUT THE PLAY: The Party Hop takes place on a Saturday night three years into quarantine. Three college sophomores, Ava, Emma, and Nancy, bounce from virtual party to virtual party in what is now a typical night *out.* However, when Emma and Nancy discover that Ava has not yet had her first kiss, they insist that tonight must be the night. Their given circumstances complicate this, but sometimes… it’s nice to have a dream. (Description taken from Dramatists Play Service)

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By: Joe Landry

Directed by Stephanie Freichels

Inspired by Hitchcock's classic tale and performed as a live period radio play, this romantic thriller is a fast-paced ride through the signature world of the Master of Suspense. Richard Hannay is visiting 1930s London when he meets Annabella Smith, who is on the run from foreign agents, after a disturbance at a music hall. Later that night, Annabella is murdered and Hannay must then try to break the spy ring and prove his innocence. From an epic train chase to a feisty love interest, Hannay has his work cut out for him as he searches for the truth about The 39 Steps.

By: Winslow Dumaine

Directed by Olivia Candocia

Count Dante and the Great Chicago Dojo War is a 1940’s style radio comedy about the true life of one of the greatest con-men of the century. Dante called himself The Deadliest Man Who Ever Lived - he was a self-made action hero, a master of martial arts, and part-time lion tamer. Follow Dante as he creates the Black Dragon Society, perfects the lethal Poison Fist, and goes to war with the Chicago police and the rival karate gangs in the strangest true story you’ve ever heard

WELCOME BACK! 2020-2021

Backlight is planning on producing a full schedule of productions this year. This is going to be a new experience for all of us but we look forward to you being a part of it. All students are welcome!


The musical will be moving to the spring. We are hoping to be able to perform the musical with all our students in the same room but that will not be possible to do safely this fall.


The fall season will combine Freshman & Sophomore Play and Spring Play into two audio drama performances. Ideally, both will be recorded live at VHHS.


Audition Format: Video Submissions (more details to come)
Director: Ms. Freichels & Ms. Candocia
Technical Directors: Mr. Phelan, Mrs. Phelan
Students will be rehearsing online. If approved you may also have rehearsals in school.


Crew will start to meet shortly after auditions. Meetings will start online. If allowed we will start to have in person meetings as well. There will be a combination of preparations for the performances, technical theatre workshops, and theatre maintenance.


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Questions? Please contact Kevin.Phelan@d128.org


VHHS Theatre featured on NPR

VHHS was set to perform Clue in front of a live audience, but when the quarantine began the rehearsals stopped. But the show must go on. With special permission from Broadway publishing, VHHS' Backlight Theatre will be presented a radio play version of Clue. This performance featured voices and music recorded from the homes of our ensemble. This was a very special recording. Due to publisher permission the perfornce was only avalible for one night.

Hear the NPR story


For additional student and parent information such as Cast Lists, Rehearsal Calendars, and T-shirt Orders go the Backlight Webpage!

Want to get involved in theatre at VHHS?

Contact Kevin.Phelan@d128.org