This Season


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February 3 at 7 PM
March 3 at 7 PM
April 7 at 7 PM
June 2 at 7 PM
October 6 at 7 PM
November 3 at 7 PM


Act 1 – Broadway Songs
Act 2 – Monologues and Scenes
Act 3 – Comedy Improv

Get performance experience. Work on your confidence. Or just come for the show and party afterwards to meet new and old friends. If you’d like to sing a Broadway song or perform a monologue or scene, email Liz at to get a place on the performance list.

Open Mic Nights are family friendly. $5 at the door.

2018 Schedule
February 25 at 5 PM
April 8 at 5 PM

Meet student comedy improv troupes from around Philadelphia and the suburbs. Hosted by This Side Up Comedy Improv Troupe from MacGuffin this hour of hilarity features short improv sets from the troupes and an improv jam at the end where everyone gets involved. Come see the future of comedy!

All Improvalooza jams are for all ages. $5 at the door.

The culmination of our Winter production class features a performance of a new musical short by Artistic Director John Rea, based on the West African Tale Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears by Verna Aardema. Watch as King Lion tries to discover which animal is to blame for Mother Owl’s silence and the longest night this jungle has ever known…

March 10th at 7pm

Music & Lyrics and Musical Direction by John Rea
Choreography and Direction by Liz Fredette

Featuring: Alice Allsopp, Sonia Borish, Aava Dadmarz-Parang, Ella Dan, Lucy DeVore, Juliet Evans, Matilda Ghosh-Poulshock, Taylor Heery, Marleigh Jackson, Addie Krause, Kiran Krop, Serena Krouk, Olivia McKenna, Sophia Nagele, Lucy Shaw, Izzy Silverman, Nisha Tedeschi, Elijah Teel, Mo Wolfe, and Vivienne Young



 Metamorphoses by Mary Zimmerman is a modern adaptation of the classic poem by Ovid. Based on myths that are thousands of years old, Zimmerman’s adaptation highlights the ongoing relevance and emotional truths of classic work.

Thursday, May 10th at 7pm
Friday, May 11th at 7pm
Saturday, May 12th at 7pm
Sunday, May 13th at 3pm

Featuring: Isabel Attenberg, Sophie Borgenicht, Rachel Burnett, Nat Buskirk, Lily Cohen, Brenden Dahl, Meredith Drasnin, Elena Eisenstadt, Evie Flander, Isabel Ginsberg, Andrea Guíllen, Lily Jensen, Ethan Jih-Cook, Sophia Johnson, Mollie Kenney, Ava Charlot Lazin, Mariana Leone, Mira LeVine, Isabella Martorano, Olivia McKenna, Max Mester, Maria Perez, Maxon Raphael, Isabella Salvi, and Lucy Shaw.

Directed by Liz Fredette
Assistant Direction by Emma Ditnes
Set Design by Alec McGovern
Lighting Design by Mwazhuwa Kuretu

Tickets will be available in April. We recommend that families make themselves familiar with the show prior to purchasing tickets due to the mature content of some of the myths.


More Than Anything – the Movie

MacGuffin’s first full length feature film. For the awkward high school sophomore, Samantha, life has taken a downward plunge after the death of her soldier mother. Now in a new town with no friends, she finds purpose with the help of an eccentric boy named Potter and they organize an artistic revolution to overthrow the egotistical, dictator-like principal’s choice to block production of the beloved musical, The Greasers. Propelled by her desire to honor her mother’s musical wish for her she attempts to transform herself to be able to win the leading part of the beautiful Candy. With an original ’50’s style rock and roll and pop music score this musical comedy explores what it truly means to step into another person’s shoes.

Starring Isabella Martorano, Max Mester,  Molly McQuoid,  Julia Meckley,  Charles Watson  with  Jakob Kleeman, Rosie Taranta and Gabriel Riccardi

Featuring: Davia Blair, Sophie Borgenicht, Nat Buskirk. Lily Cohen, Brenden Dahl, Meredith Drasnin,  Elena Eisenstadt, Evie Flander, Sami Giganti, Josie Guttman, Marleigh Jackson, Sophia Johnson, Jake Karwoski, Mollie Kenney, Ava Lazin, Mira LeVine, Henry McCullough, Will McIntosh, Olivia McKenna, Ellie McKeown, Gray Meckley, Lex Meisel, Ben Mester, Riley Ostroff, Elah Perelman, Izel Perez, Jamie Polson, Leela Rawat, Isabella Salvi, Scarlett Schneider, Lucy Shaw, and Samuel Weisz

Music & Lyrics by John Rea
Costumes by Liz Fredette
Props by Christine Meckley
Sound by Mwazhuwa Kuretu
Assistant to the Director Emma Ditnes
Choreography by Liz Fredette
Directors of Photography Travis Arterburn & Matthew Klein
Screenplay by John Rea based upon his stage musical
Directed and Edited by John Rea

Date: April 22, 2018
Time: 5pm reception, 6pm showing
Location: The International House, Ibrahim Theater, 3701 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Dress: Cocktail Party attire
Tickets: $20 per person
Tickets will gone on sale in March.