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Performing Arts School



Supporting the performing arts at Oak Park River Forest High School.

Applause is vibrant and inclusive organization dedicated to supporting and uplifting the performing arts programs at Oak Park River Forest High School. We believe in the transformative power of the arts and it's ability to enrich the lives of students, families, and our community. 

Empowerment Through Creativity

At Applause, we empower students to unleash their creativity, pursue their artistic passions, and reach their full potential. Through collaborative efforts with parents, educators, and the wider community, we provide the necessary resources, opportunities, and mentorship to nurture their artistic growth.

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Artistic Excellence

We are committed to fostering artistic excellence in every facet of the performing arts. From the captivating melodies of the band to the captivating performances on stage, we celebrate and support the talent, dedication, and hard work of our students.

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We believe that every contribution, no matter how big or small, plays a vital role in nurturing the performing arts programs at Oak Park River Forest High School. As a parent or community member, there are several ways you can make a meaningful impact and support our mission.

Inclusive Community
of Passionate Supporters

Applause embraces an inclusive community where all are welcome to join our passionate supporters. Parents, educators, alumni, and community members come together, united by their love for the arts, to create an environment that fosters creativity, collaboration, and camaraderie.

for the Arts

As passionate advocates for the arts, we recognize and champion the invaluable role they play in the education and personal development of students. We advocate for the importance of arts education, fostering an environment that ensures the arts remain an integral part of the curriculum and a source of inspiration for generations to come.



Throughout the year, Applause organizes exciting events and supports performances, workshops, and programs that provide students with valuable experiences and platforms to showcase their talents. These events also offer our community the chance to engage, appreciate, and support the incredible artistic endeavors of our students.



Eat to Support Applause Fundraiser 

January 29, 11AM-10PM

1038 Lake Street, Oak Park, IL 60301

Join us for a feast that hits all the right notes!

🎶 On Monday, January 29th, from 11 am to 10 pm, head to Lou Malnati's Oak Park using the promo code GPFUND24, and 20% of your meal purchase will serenade its way into supporting the incredible arts at OPRFHS through Applause. Whether you dine in, take out, or get it delivered (using their delivery service, not third-party apps), every bite is a standing ovation for our talented students!

🎭🎤 RSVP to show your support at

Let's make this meal a masterpiece!


Jazz Band Concert

Feb. 6th, 7PM


February 14, 4PM

February 15 & 16, 7PM

By David Auburn | Directed by Lindsay Chyna
After the passing of Catherine's mathematician father, she begins exploring his work, but is it all really his? The play explores themes of mental illness, sexism, and familial and romantic relationships after it is revealed that a revolutionary discovery of his was actually Catherine's.


Mean Girls (Musical)

March 2, 8, & 9 , 7PM

March 3, 2pm

By Tina Fey, Jeff Richmond, and Nell Benjamin | Based on the Paramount Pictures film Mean Girls | Directed by Michelle Bayer
Cady Heron may have grown up on an African savanna, but nothing prepared her for the wild and vicious ways of her strange new home: suburban Illinois. How will this naïve newbie rise to the top of the popularity pecking order? By taking on The Plastics, a trio of lionized frenemies led by the charming but ruthless Regina George. But when Cady and her friends devise a "Revenge Party" to end Regina’s reign, she learns the hard way that you can’t cross a Queen Bee without getting stung. Adapted from Fey's hit 2004 film, Mean Girls was nominated for a staggering 12 Tony Awards.

The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged)

March 3 & 4, 7PM

March 10 & 11, 7PM

By Adam Long, Daniel Singer, Jess Winfield New | Revisions by Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield | Directed by James Bell
This production attempts to perform all the plays of Shakespeare in 90 minutes. Through audience interaction and physical comedy (and occasionally touching moments), this cast of 12 argues about Shakespeare’s staleness, while performing 37 plays… in one form or another.


March 14 & 16, 7PM

March 15 4pm & 7pm

Directed by Avi Lessing
A girl and her mother go to a café to have coffee and ice cream. And while they’re there, they listen to an extraordinary set of conversations of various couples that range from the mundane to the ethereal but all seem to ask the questions, how do I want to look back on my life? The answers are curiously poignant, strange, indecipherable, and full of what the philosopher Edmund Husserl calls the ineffable. Note: In the spirit of Charles Mee’s work, the script will be drawn from this play, his other plays, student writing, speaking, dancing, singing and other inexplicable surprises and discoveries.

Concert and String Orchestra 

March 19, 7PM (subject to change)



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