History

Calabasas High School has a long tradition of producing high quality plays and musicals.  The CHS Theater first opened its doors in 1975 and has been serving students and the community ever since. Originally, our theater was located in the north end of the "H" building (currently H209 and H210). It was there that Calabasas High School put on the its very first production, Thornton Wilder's The Skin of Our Teeth directed by Eileen Daniel. Although it was small, it held several productions until our current theater was constructed in 1979. William Shakespeare's As You Like It was the first show to grace the current CHS stage. That year also welcomed Jim Gilchrist to head the theater program.  He directed the program from 1979-1983 and again from 1989-2000. In 2000, Bill Garrett (former student of CHS) took the helm of the program and has been leading it ever since. The CHS stage has seen some fantastic productions over the years and we're sure it will see many more. Thanks to the support of the community, on January 25th, 2012, the Las Virgenes Unified School District opened the new Performing Arts Education Center at CHS. It is an incredible venue that will inspire students for decades to come. Through the years, the love and devotion of the Calabasas High School students and staff have helped the theater arts thrive and it turned the stage into a home for many!