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Founded in 1983, the Youth Theatre produces plays with, and for, young people based on classic literature and issues of importance to today’s youth. Some things to ponder about the Youth Theatre:

   • All Youth Theatre plays are fully produced with elaborate costumes, sets, lighting and special effects.

    The Youth Theatre is performed exclusively by, and for, young people, making it a peer to peer experience for our young audiences.

    This year, Youth Theatre productions will take place both on the MainStage and on the Circle Stage at the Theatre Centre, offering volunteer actors and crew as well as our audiences two different ways to have exciting experiences with live theatre. 

Youth Theatre 2016-2017 Season 

Join us this season as the Youth Theatre explores the theme that “one person can make a difference.” Each character in our four show season sets out to make a difference in their community. Whether it’s Mowgli fearlessly facing the ferocious Sher Khan, Charlie Brown finding the true meaning of Christmas, Gerda journeying to rescue her best friend Kai, or Sophie saving the world from child-eating giants, each of our protagonists learn that one person can make a difference! With powerful messages of Faith, friendship, honesty and trust, we are proud to present four stories you won’t want to miss! 

Jungle Book
By Rudyard Kipling, adapted for the stage by Scott Dunlap

Raised by wolves, Mowgli soon learns from his animal teachers, Baloo, the bear and Bagheera, the panther, to follow the “laws of the jungle.” His safety is threatened when Shere Khan, the man-eating tiger, returns to hunt in the jungle and Mowgli must use his human gifts to save himself and his friends and return to the “Man-Village.” This non-musical version, presented on the MainStage, isn’t based on the animated classic, but instead Kipling’s actual writings come to life onstage! Interest Level: 3rd grade and up.

Public performances: Oct. 14, 15, 16, 21, 22 and 23, 2016 (Fridays at 7pm, Saturdays at 2:30 & 7pm & Sundays at 2:30pm)

Daytime school performances: Oct. 18, 19, 20 and 21, 2016 (at 9:30 & 11:30 a.m.) 

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A Charlie Brown Christmas 
By Charles M. Schulz, based on the television special by Bill Melendez and Lee Mendelson, Stage Adaptation by Eric Schaeffer

This wildly popular title from last year returns for this holiday season. The beloved animated television special comes to life in this faithful stage adaptation where Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the Peanuts gang grapple with the real meaning of Christmas. A fantastic holiday experience.  We have added performances to meet the high-anticipated demand for tickets, last year every show was sold-out. Book early to ensure that you get to see this heart-warming classic!  Interest Level: Kindergarten and up.

Public performances: Dec 2, 3, 4, and 11, 2016 (Fridays at 7pm, Saturdays at 2:30 & 7pm & Sundays at 2:30pm)

Daytime school performances: Dec.6, 7, 8 and 9, 2016 (at 9, 10:30 and 11:30 a.m.)


The Snow Queen
by Hans Christian Anderson, adapted for the stage by Scott Dunlap

She has inspired the misunderstood character of Elsa in Disney’s Frozen and C.S. Lewis’ definitively evil White Witch in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, now see her live in her original form, which is something in-between in Hans Christian Anderson’s Snow Queen.  It is the story of Gerda, who inspired Disney’s Anna, who must journey through the icy North to rescue her beloved friend Kai, who inspired Disney’s Kristoff, before his heart becomes frozen in the Snow Queen’s icy palace. Along the way she meets a helpful reindeer, set upon by a band of female robbers and bewitched in the Garden of Summer. A wonderful show, on the Main Stage, for first-time theatre-goers. Interest Level: 1st through 5th grade.

Public performances Jan. 27, 28, 29, Feb. 4, 5 and 6, 2017 (Fridays at 7pm, Saturdays at 2:30 & 7pm & Sundays at 2:30pm)

Daytime school performances: Jan. 31, Feb. 1, 2 and 3, 2017 (at 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.)


The BFG (Big Friendly Giant)
By Roald Dahl, adapted for the stage by David Wood

The beloved children’s book by Roald Dahl, and future summer blockbuster film, is also an inventive play! Through crafty and clever stage magic, we see the story of an orphan girl named Sophie, as she encounters the Big Friendly Giant who, despite his intimidating appearance, turns out to be a kindhearted soul who is considered an outcast by the other giants because unlike his peers refuses to eat boys and girls. Imaginative and clever staging allow giants and humans to interact without the special effects of CGI! Presented on the MainStage, you will not want to miss the heroic, silly and heart-warming tale of friendship, as Sophie saves children of the world from child-eating giants! Interest Level: 1st through 5th grade.

Public performances: April 7, 8, 9, 14 and 15, 2016 (Fridays at 7pm, Saturdays at 2:30 & 7pm & Sundays at 2:30pm)

Daytime school performances: April 10, 11,12 & 13 (at 9:30 & 11:30a.m.)


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