The Stissing Theatre Guild was started in 1989 at Stissing Mountain Junior-Senior High School to foster an appreciation of the art of musical theater and, with the support of the Pine Plains Central School District and the Teachers Union, has produced a play a year every year since its inception. For the 30 years that the plays have been produced all of the production costs, except for the Director’s salary and for this and last year the Music Director’s salary, have come from the sale of tickets, program advertising and fundraising. These costs include royalties, set design and production, lighting design, choreography, costumes, props and the cost for professional musicians who play alongside students in the live pit band.

The Director and Choreographer, Lisa Baldwin, is in her 12th season at Pine Plains. She was Director, Choreographer and Teacher at Governor’s School for the Arts in Virginia and winner of the Director/Artist in Residence in Norfolk, Virginia. The Musical Director, Joseph Deveau, is an accomplished musician, composer and teacher at Pine Plains High School. This is the fifth year the lighting designer will be Robert Cordella. Now a professional lighting designer this 2001 graduate of Pine Plains High School returns to his alma mater to bring magic and spectacle to our productions.

The Stissing Theatre Guild has an Advisory Board made up of parents, teachers and community members who volunteer their time and effort to help make each show a success. The board members each head a committee that is involved in some aspect of the behind the scenes show production or in fundraising. Volunteers help on the committees. Without these efforts the show would not be possible.

Students in the district have been influenced by their exposure to the theatre both on and off the stage. They learn about the importance of the group effort involved, and many have gone on to pursue careers in acting, set and lighting design, theatre education and production. At graduation ceremonies the Stissing Theatre Guild presents awards to graduating students who have been active in the many aspects of the theatre program during their years in the Pine Plains School District. These meaningful awards are paid for through fundraising and donations.

Previous Shows

Oliver! March 1989
Anything Goes March 1990
Bye Bye Birdie March 1991
Babes in Arms March 1992
Once Upon a Mattress March 1993
Peter Pan March 1994
How to Succeed in Business March 1995
Joseph March 1996
Grease March 1997
10 Great Years January 1998
Meet Me in St. Louis March 1998
Some Like It Hot March 1999
Crazy for You March 2000
Annie Get Your Gun March 2001
Footloose March 2002
Guys & Dolls March 2003
Music Man March 2004
Anything Goes March 2005
Aida March 2006
Beauty and The Beast March 2007
West Side Story March 2008
Crazy for You March 2009
Oliver! March 2010
Brigadoon March 2011
Legally Blonde March 2012
42nd Street March 2013
Sweet Charity March 2014
Wizard of Oz March 2015
Mary Poppins March 2016
Music Man March 2017
The Will Rogers Follies March 2018
Annie March 2019
Peter Pan (Canceled) March 2020
No Show 2021
The Addams Family March 2022

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Stissing Theatre Guild
Stissing Mountain
High School
2829 Church St
Pine Plains NY 12567