The McDowell
Center for
erforming Arts

McDowell High School
Erie, PA

Welcome to the McDowell
Center for Performing Arts

    The McDowell Center for Performing Arts (CPA) is the most comprehensive and fully integrated high school department of its kind in northwestern Pennsylvania. The programs within the CPA contribute to the academic lives of a large portion of McDowell Students. The Millcreek Township School District recognized the need to enhance the arts education of its large student body and established the department in 2003. Since then, we have experienced tremendous growth and now serve the needs of over 1,000 students each year!

Opening curtain of The Pajama Game, November 2014

Cast and crew of Almost, Maine, February 2015

Cast, crew, and orchestra of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, May 2015

      We have four areas of curriculum within the CPA department. The dance courses include CPA Dance, Popular Dance, Competition Dance, and Dance for Athletes. The drama department includes courses in Performing Arts (levels I-II-III-IV). They are also in charge of producing four annual theatrical productions. The instrumental department includes Concert Band, Jazz Band, Orchestra, and Wind Ensemble. The vocal department includes MIHS Chorus, McDowell Chorus, and Vocal Ensemble. The CPA also has an award-winning Marching Band as well as classes in Piano, Guitar, and Theory. The McDowell Center for Performing Arts is now renowned for our outstanding theatrical productions, our many instrumental and vocal groups, and our award winning musicians, singers, dancers, and actors. 
      With three full scale musicals and a play, there is certainly something for everyone’s talent who has an interest in theatre either on stage, in the orchestra pit, or behind the scenes in technical theatre. Interested in McDowell theatre? View our CURRENT SEASON or our PAST SEASONS. Also check out the BOX OFFICE page to see when tickets will be on sale. Our CALENDAR page also lists each of our concerts and special events which are free and open to the public.


      As you can see, there is a place for everyone in the McDowell Center for Performing Arts. If your interest is in dance, drama, instrumental, or vocal, please consider one of our many offerings. Take a few moments... explore the website and all that we have to offer. We are confident you will find something that will interest you as we Sing, Act, Dance, and Play!

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