Avon Players 

Youth Theatre presents:

Avon Players is pleased to announce the Youth Theatre program for 2015. With its poignant story and catchy Caribbean-flavored score, Once on This Island JR. is a highly original theatrical adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s popular fairy tale, The Little Mermaid. From the TONY Award-winning songwriting team of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Ragtime and Seussical) this magical tale of love garnered eight TONY nominations, including nods for Best Musical, Book and Score!

Through almost non-stop song and dance, this full-hearted musical tells the story of Ti Moune, a peasant girl who rescues and falls in love with Daniel, a wealthy boy from the other side of her island. When Daniel is returned to his people, the fantastical gods who rule the island guide Ti Moune on a quest that will test the strength of her love against the powerful forces of prejudice, hatred, and even death. 

The Youth Theatre program also features two workshops. The workshops can be especially helpful to children who are new to the stage and would like to find out more about what happens behind the scenes, or who would like to hone their acting skills.  The workshops are priced at $15.00 each per child.

Registration for the workshops can occur online at avonplayers.org (Buy Tickets Now), by calling the box office at (248) 608-9077, or on the day of the workshop.  Early registration is recommended.

Workshop 1 – Monday, June 1st, 4:30pm – 6:00pm

This 1 1/2 hour workshop will focus on two topics. Firstly, students will explore the various parts of the stage and theatre as well as its' technical equipment, including lights and sound. Secondly, students will try out their creative talents with various theatre games and improvisational exercises.

Workshop 2 – Monday, June 8th, 4:30pm – 6:00pm

This 1 1/2 hour workshop will focus on two topics. First, students will explore their singing ability by working on various musical pieces. Secondly, students will explore their acting talent with various scenes/monologues.

** Workshop attendance is NOT required to audition for Once on This Island, Jr . **

The age range for Youth Theatre is 9 – 18. Children who are nine (9) must have completed the third (3rd) grade.

Monday, June 15th, 1:30pm - 4:30pm.  Registration begins at 1:00pm at the theatre

Price: $250 tuition per child. Payment is due by, or on, first day of rehearsal. 

Rehearsals (1:30pm – 4:30pm)

  • Tuesday, June 16 – Friday, June 19
  • Monday, June 22 – Friday, June 26
  • Monday, June 29 – Thursday, July 2
  • Monday, July 6 – Thursday, July 9 


  • Friday, July 10, 7:00pm
  • Saturday, July 11, 2:00pm (matinee) and 7:00pm
Cast Party/Set Strike
  • Sunday, July 12, 1:00pm

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