Hoban Theater performs “All Together Now”


photo via Music Theater International

On Saturday, Nov. 13, the Archbishop Hoban High School Music and Theater Department, under the direction of Annie Alberts, participated in Music Theatre International’s (MTI) “All Together Now!” They joined over 2,500 theatrical organizations from all 50 states and over 40 countries to put on the production. 


MTI is the licensing group that centers all Broadway-style musical plays as they possess all of the rights to the shows. Each year, this program provides funding to 5,500 schools to help each of them put on a fabulous performance. 


According to MTI’s President and CEO Drew Cohen, “All Together Now!” features songs from the world’s most iconic musicals; that way, there is something for everyone to enjoy. 


Hoban’s interpretation of “All Together Now” was aided by MTI as they gave Hoban permission to perform 15, classic Broadway songs. MTI also provided the written music, background music, rehearsals and videos necessary to have a successful show. 


The students and staff involved in Hoban’s theater department took measures to prepare five weeks in advance of the performance, “with rehearsals after school almost everyday,” Alberts included. 


At times, it was difficult to practice in a shared-space while Hoban’s fall sports were in full-swing. But, despite the obstacles, the theater department persevered and put on a wonderful show that attracted a large audience that filled the gymnasium. 


Highlights include:


Select, dedicated teachers including our Principal TK Griffith performed  “When I Grow Up,” from the Broadway musical, Matilda. 


Senior Julia Martin touched the hearts of many while she sang a beautiful, heartfelt rendition of Waitress’s “She Used to Be Mine.” 


The ensemble performed the final song from Disney’s beloved High School Musical, “We’re All in this Together.”


Alberts applauds her students on their drive and passion. “These kids work so hard,” she includes. Moving forward, Alberts hopes to make further improvements to the theater program and watch the students grow in the coming years. Be on the lookout for information regarding the spring musical, “Shrek!”