The Youth Theatre program at Avon Players is conducted in June and July, immediately after close of the regular season, which runs from September thru May. The Youth Theatre program is designed as a learning experience for children who are between 9 years and 18 years of age. Children who are 9 years old must have completed the third grade in the year in which they are looking to join Youth Theatre.
No special training or prerequisites are necessary for a child to become involved in the Youth Theatre program. For many children, their experience in Avon’s Youth Theatre program is their introduction into the world of acting and productions.
Depending on the Director who runs the program for a particular year, there may be workshops in addition to the production. Workshops are designed to make the children aware of components of the theatre world that go beyond the acting experience. We believe it is important for the children to also be aware of other elements that go into a theatrical production.
The workshops act as learning tools, and are not a prerequisite for a child to audition for the production. Normally, two workshops are held, one week apart, and run between two and three hours each. There is a cost to attend the workshops. Registration is available both online thru our web site, avonplayers.org, and in person at our box office.
Auditions for the production occur after the workshops. There are no prerequisites for the audition. All the child and parent have to do is to show up at the theatre on the day of auditions and register If a child is selected for the production, he or she will be required to pay a tuition fee towards their participation in the Youth Theatre production.
The production is usually held on a weekend in early July and has three performances: one on Friday night, one Saturday afternoon, and one Saturday night.
Information about the Youth Theatre program is posted on our web site, avonplayers.org, starting in the Spring of the year (April-May). There you will find information about the dates of the workshops and their cost, as well as information about the day the auditions will be held and the cost of tuition.
While Youth Theatre is an excellent venue for children who are new to acting, or who want to hone their acting skills, be aware that there are sometimes shows during the regular season that need young talent. For example, the first show of the 2011-2012 for Avon Players was The Sound of Music and the last show of the season was The Secret Garden, both of which required young talent of different ages. The regular season is another venue in which your child can be in a production.
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