Rock Ridge Performing Arts

Generating a theatrical community for Rock Ridge High School's Theatre Program, inclusive of participants, family members and supporters.

Mr. John Duellman, the principal of Rock Ridge High School met Mr. Cimino-Johnson a top the Administration Building for LCPS. Right away, the two of them agreed that the community of RRHS desired a strong, college and career ready program, that built community and served the students of RRHS. In its first year, RRHS produced "The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe" and "Beauty and the Beast". With the support of the community, RRHS has grown into a flourishing program. Most recently it was awarded "Outstanding School" from the Educational Theatre Association. Each year, RRHS strives to foster community, provide college and career ready opportunities, and challenge the students to create, innovate, and inspire one show at a time.

Mission: MISSION STATEMENT: Rock Ridge Performing Arts provides avenues for artistic development, creative and innovative problem solving skills, and inspiring social and emotional growth through a comprehensive theatre education program. VISION STATEMENT: Rock Ridge Performing Arts will achieve this by: 1. Providing a rigorous college and career ready program. 2. Creating opportunities that foster and build community locally, statewide, nationally and internationally. 3. Advocating for our students, school, and stakeholders through training, toolkits, and partnerships

Only two shows left today at 2pm and 7pm to see the amazing Stone Hill Dramatic Arts students perform at Annie, jr. at Stone Hill! These future RRPA students are incredible! Tix at and at the door!

Stone Hill Middle School's production of "Annie, Jr." opens tonight at 7pm! With performances tomorrow at 2pm and 7pm! Come support our amazing middle school students over at Stone Hill mIddle School! Tickets at Stone Hill Dramatic Arts

We're starting to plan our 2019 - 2020 season! Let us know what titles you'd like to see, or the kinds of shows you'd like to see on the RRPA stage in the comments section below! *please note that many popular titles are not subject to licensing due to strict copyright availability (Wicked, Frozen, Hamilton, etc. . . )

Tickets on sale for this beautiful production. Limited seating! Only 80 Tickets per production available. Tickets at

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Theatrical Rights Worldwide

We can't wait to share this beautiful story at ITF!

The Sun is gonna shine again in Lincoln, NE! Rock Ridge Performing Arts is bringing Bright Star: A New Musical to the International Thespian Festival's Main Stage this June! Congratulations to the dedicated cast & crew behind this beautiful production and we will see you at Festival!

Wednesday, April 10th from 3pm - 8pm is Chick-Fil-A Night to help fundraise and support the "Bright Star" company traveling to the International Thespian Festival. Please come out to support our students and share this with EVERYONE!!! Please remind them to tell them it is for "Rock Ridge Performing Arts".

RRPA Update: At Long Last!! Watch for an update on Bright Star’s amazing honor of being invited to perform at Nationals! We couldn’t have made it here without the support of our community, and we ask you all to become a part of RRPA’s history by donating! Your donations will go directly towards benefiting the students and company of Bright Star. Click this link to learn more about us and thank you for your support!

Thank you Loudoun Times-Mirror and the RRPA community for celebrating our students' hard work!

Rock Ridge Performing Arts selected to perform at International Thespian Festival in Nebraska The award-winning Rock Ridge Performing Arts group, under the direction of Tony Cimino-Johnson and Rebekah Hess, has been selected as one of five schools in the country to perform at

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Today, we were given the amazing opportunity to celebrate high school theatre alongside some of our celebrated leaders in the Library of Congress! We watched the original broadway cast of To Kill A Mockingbird perform their incredible scenes and were captivated in story without needing anything more than the actors and their stories. We are so grateful for this opportunity!

We were so lucky to welcome you to the stage!

This past weekend, Rock Ridge Performing Arts delivered an incredible performance of the Newsies, and in my first acting stint, I was deeply honored to play Gov. Theodore Roosevelt. (No, this isn't an April Fools joke!)

I was also grateful to be presented the annual "Rise Forward in the Arts" Award for supporting the arts in Virginia, which I'm humbled by and proud to do.

Thanks again, and a special thanks to Margaret who practiced my lines with me before going on stage. I enjoyed the experience!

Also, this talented group is so impressive that they became the first school in Loudoun County and the first school in five years from Virginia to receive an invitation from the International Thespian Festival to perform in the Broadway Touring House. A dream come true. But they need lots of support before June.

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Why The Arts Are The Great Unappreciated Engine Of The U.S. Economy A new report by the Bureau of Economic Analysis contradicts a common belief that the arts are of peripheral importance to American abundance.


This is your last chance to seize your day with the Newsies cast! There are only 3 performances left of Newsies- so treat yourself this long weekend by coming to a show! You will have the chance to enter a Hamilton ticket raffle, perform onstage with us, and support by donating to your favorite performer!! #rrpanewsies

Rock Ridge Performing Arts

With the coming of our closing weekend of Newsies, we would like to thank everyone for an incredible rehearsal process. Thank you to all of the performers and tech, to the directing team and teachers, and most importantly to all of you who have supported us through it all! Continue your support by attending one of our final four performances, and enjoy!

We can’t wait to see who will be a Newsie Now! this weekend!! There are only four chances left for you to perform AS A NEWSIE so don’t miss out! Anyone is welcome to participate- so bring all your friends and perform with us! #imanewsienow

Click here to support A Dream Come True - Students Need Your Help organized by Rock Ridge Performing Arts

On March 27th, we were honored to receive the official invitation from the International Thespian Festival to perform our production of "Bright Star" in the Broadway Touring House on the University of Lincoln, Nebraska Campus. This is a HUGE honor, and one that we have been working towards since we opened in 2014. We are one of five schools in the country to receive this invitation. As you can imagine, it is going to cost a lot of money to travel. Our entire set, musicians, lights, sound, costumes, students, chaperones, all have to travel June 24th - 29th! This achievement is one of the biggest we have received to date. We are the first school in Loudoun County, and the first school in five years from Virginia. If you are able to provide any support at all, we have started a GOFUNDME page here: - Our Full Article is on the page! Rock Ridge Performing Arts, 1 of 5 schools in the Country to Perform in a Broadway Tour House at the International Thespian Festival Eight years ago, Tony Cimino-Johnson (Mr. CJ) sat with his students in shock and awe as he watched Kenosha-Bradford High School’s national high school premiere of...

[03/28/19]   Don’t miss your chance of winning 2 front mezzanine Hamilton tickets for just $10!! We will be selling tickets at all Newsies shows and will be announcing the winner closing night! Don’t miss out on this once and a life time opportunity #hamiltonraffle #rrpanewsies

RRPA UPDATE! This week we are taking a look at TIOS- theatre in our schools month! Here at RRPA, theatre is more than just performance. Theatre is family, learning, and growth. We are beyond grateful to be able to work with such a passionate and loving company! #tiosmonth

[03/27/19]   With the coming of our closing weekend of Newsies, we would like to thank everyone for an incredible rehearsal process. Thank you to all of the performers and tech, to the directing team and teachers, and most importantly to all of you who have supported us through it all! Continue your support by attending one of our final four performances, and enjoy!

You haven’t seen RRPA’s production of newsies yet?? THATS RICH! We have FOUR performances left of Newsies starting THURSDAY with student night! Don’t miss out- you’ll want to come more than once during this long weekend! #rrpanewsies

The first weekend of I’m a Newsie Now was awesome! It was amazing to see all of these Newsies on stage! Remember, you can pick a lucky duck at each performance of NEWSIES. We are so excited to see who’ll be a NEWSIE next weekend! #imanewsienow

[03/24/19]   DAY IN THE LIFE: NEWSIES EDITION! Do you ever wonder what goes into a day in the life of a RRPA student during tech week? Watch our first day in the life video to see what goes into making NEWSIES happen! #rrpadayinthelife

The I’m a Newsie Now winners are having a blast on stage! We can’t wait to see who’ll pull a lucky duck tonight! #imanewsienow

Come out and support MR.LEGG at tonight’s 7 PM performance of NEWSIES as he takes on the role of Theodore Roosevelt! #rrpanewsies


AUDIENCE REACTIONS!! See what our wonderful audience thought of our opening night of NEWSIES!! It's not too late- we have a show TONIGHT at 7 and all next weekend!

THE WORLD WILL KNOW that our opening night of NEWSIES was amazing with one of our largest opening night crowds!! Don’t miss out on our TWO performances today- there will be a chance to perform onstage, win Hamilton tickets, and vote for your favorite performer! #rrpanewsies

MEET OUR LEADS!! While this show has an incredibly important ensemble, the leads hold us all together! See Jack, Katherine, Crutchie, Davey, and Medda in action this weekend and next!! #rrpaleads

Mr. Knott holds a bachelor’s degree in biology education from Marshall University and a master’s degree in educational administration from the University of North Carolina. He last served as principal of J.Y. Joyner Magnet Elementary School in Raleigh, N.C. He is super excited to be a part of Rock Ridge’s production of Newsies! Mr.Knott continues to incorporate and support the arts through any way he can as the current principal of Creighton’s Corner Elementary! Creighton's Corner

TONIGHT IS THE NIGHT!! Seize your day and come see the show everyone is already talking about! Bring all of your friends and family because this is a show you DONT want to miss! #rrpanewsies

Older than Methuselah and a self-proclaimed hunk, Mr Legg abandoned a career in the performing arts, where the future was bleak, and replaced it with one in education In which he has dabbled aimlessly and lovingly for the past 40 years. A 23-year veteran in LCPS, Mr. Legg, professes unconditional respect for CJ and Ms.Hess, and undying devotion to Shreya and Lauren and Walker and Bharath and Farley and Savannah and Katie and all the rest. COME SEE MR LEGG PERFORM IN NEWSIES!!! He will be performing this Saturday and next Thursday for student night!

HERE’S THE HEADLINE: The wait is almost OVER! NEWSIES the Musical opens THIS FRIDAY AT 7 PM! Make sure to participate in all of the fresh opportunities we have rolled out! The cast is BUBBLING with EXCITEMENT and cannot wait for you to enjoy the production! Make sure to snag those seats as premium seating is SELLING OUT! Visit and get your tickets NOW! #rrpanewsies ⭐️📰

Join the STRIKE! Remember, you have the opportunity to say I’m a Newsie Now! and perform ONSTAGE at each live performance of NEWSIES! #imanewsienow

Our Newsies are getting ready to STRIKE against Pulitzer and his Paper! Come see this high-flying, high-energy, family friendly Disney production opening Friday! Tix at

The ensemble in Newsies works extremely hard to bring the story to life through singing, acting, and dancing. Come out to one of the shows and highlight all of the work our ensembles put in by donating to your favorite ensemble member and help them become one of the KINGS OF NEW YORK! You can donate at all of our performances- starting THIS FRIDAY!!

A Declaration from the King: Don’t miss this opportunity to see the Schuyler Sisters on Broadway! Win 2 Hamilton tickets valued at $750 for just $10! Come out to any show of Newsies and enter the raffle! Don’t throw away your shot! ⭐️

DAY 2 of tech week for NEWSIES is well underway! Make sure to get those tickets! Premium seating for opening and closing night is SELLING OUT! Visit NOW to get your tickets!

Our first dress rehearsal was a lot of fun! Check out these photos from the production. We open on Friday! Tickets at 1200+ and counting!

RRPA thanks you for your support this weekend during our door to door fundraising event!! Thanks to your generous donations we will be able to finish out Newsies, and continue creating beautiful stories and opportunities for our students! If you would like to become a sponsor, visit! See what your donations went to by coming to see NEWSIES!

Newsies Tickets are Selling Fast! Get your seats today! Premium seats are the best seats for sights lines and we don't want you to miss out! Tix at

As promised- here is the NEWSIES choreography video that YOU can learn and possibly perform onstage during a live show of NEWSIES! Anyone and everyone is welcome to participate in this amazing opportunity to be a NEWSIE NOW! #rrpimanewsienow

HAMILTON TICKET GIVEAWAY!! Seize YOUR day and take YOUR shot by purchasing a $10 raffle ticket for your chance to win TWO front mezzanine tickets to HAMILTON! Watch the video for information about how you can win this giveaway valued at over $750!

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