Area high schools are ripe with on-stage talent. Fall theater season is in full swing, and we’ve rounded up some of the shows you can find this week and next. 

First up is “In the Heights,” the musical Lin-Manuel Miranda wrote before “Hamilton,” will be presented Nov. 16-19 by Mayo High School.

The play is about the Hispanic-American Washington Heights neighborhood of New York City, and follows the daily events of the community. The play won four Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and was nominated for the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Miranda wrote the music and lyrics, with book by Quiara Alegría Hudes.

Performances are 7 p.m. Nov. 16, 17 and 18, and 1:30 p.m. Nov. 19 in the Mayo auditorium. Tickets are $10, $11 and $12, available at

Century High School will present the comedy “You Can’t Take it With You” Nov. 9-11, with a free senior citizens matinee on Nov. 8.

The play, written by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman, follows the antics of a large, crazy family living in New York City. Things start to go awry when Alice becomes engaged to Tony, the son of her boss, and he brings his parents to dinner on the wrong night. “You Can’t Take it With You” won the 1937 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

Performances are 7 p.m. Nov. 9-11, with the free senior citizen matinee at noon on Nov. 8. Tickets are $5 in advance, available from cast members, or $6 at the door.

Finally, the musical “Footloose” will be presented Nov. 10-12 by Lake City Lincoln High School. The play is about Ren McCormack, a Chicago teen who loves to dance. When he and his mother move to a small town, Ren finds himself in conflict with a conservative preacher who wants to outlaw dancing.

Performances are 7 p.m. Nov. 10 and 11, and 2 p.m. Nov. 12. Advance tickets are $$7 for adults, $5 for grades K-6 and senior citizens. Tickets at the door are $8 and $6.

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Tom covers primarily arts and entertainment for the Post Bulletin and 507 Magazine. He also often writes feature stories about local history. He is a native of Milwaukee, WI, and enjoys reading and traveling.