The Youth Theatre program at Avon Players is conducted in May, June and July. 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 of age must have completed the third grade in the year in which they are looking to participate in 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 the 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, the workshops are held on Mondays, starting in the middle of May (with the week of Memorial Day as an exception), 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, or by phone at (248) 608-9077, during box office hours
Auditions for the production occur after the workshops. There are no prerequisites for the auditions. 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.
The production is held on the middle weekend in July and has three performances: one on Friday night, one on Saturday afternoon, and one on Saturday night.
Information about the Youth Theatre program is posted on our web site, avonplayers.org, starting in the Spring of the year, usually early March. There you will find information about the dates of the workshops and their cost, as well as information about the upcoming production, the date of auditions, rehearsal dates 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 sometimes there are shows during the regular season that need young talent. For example, the first show of the 2014-2015 season for Avon Players was Big, the Musical and the Christmas show for the 2015-2016 season was It's a Wonderful Life, both of which required young talent of different ages. The regular season is another venue in which your child can be in a production.
The best way to keep current as to what is happening at Avon Players and to receive regular updates is to go to our home page at avonplayers.org, join our mailing list and subscribe to our Facebook page.