Summer 2021:
A Chorus Line (High School Edition)

Ages 12 & up  |  Rehearsals begin June 7


Audition to be in Berkeley Playhouse’s first full-length musical back on the Julia Morgan stage!

This summer, Berkeley Playhouse will introduce a new program, "YouthStage Spotlight Show." Evolving from the YouthStage Intensive Program, the YouthStage Spotlight Show is an opportunity for young actors to take their next step toward professional theater. Actors will audition for a role, rehearse on scheduled evenings and weekends with professional theater artists, and perform a fully produced production on the Julia Morgan Stage. Guest Artist workshops are also included in this new program.

Rehearsal Schedule:
June 7 – July 11
Mon-Th, 5:30pm-8:30pm
Sat & Sun 10am-6pm (“Called rehearsals”- not everyone is called everyday. Rehearsals include guest artist workshops). Conflicts will be taken into consideration.

Please Note: With health guidelines changing rapidly, whether this production will be filmed on stage or performed live for restricted audiences is yet to be determined.


Important Information:

General Audition Info: Due to health safety, auditions for this year’s YS Spotlight Show will be virtual. Please submit a resume and self tape of you singing a minute of a song in the style of A Chorus Line and performing one monologue from the show. Send audition submissions to youthstage@berkeleyplayhouse.org by April 11.

Callbacks: Some participants will be asked to prepare specific callback materials. A separate email will be sent directly to these performers via email. Not all performers will be asked/needed to send in a callback video.  

Casting: Not every actor will be cast in the Spotlight Show. Some roles will be double cast. Casting offers will be extended in May. Actors not cast in the Spotlight Show will b e offered a first spot in the YouthStage Summer Production inspired by Cats.

Age Requirements & Tuition: YouthStage Spotlight Show actors must be 12 years old by day of their audition. Tuition is $2150. Scholarships are available.

Safety Procedures: Berkeley Playhouse is following all health and safety guidelines of the City of Berkeley. At this time, all rehearsals will be in person, masked, and social distanced in small groups with symptom monitoring. 


About A Chorus Line:
A Chorus Line is a stunning concept musical capturing the spirit and tension of a Broadway chorus audition. Exploring the inner lives and poignant ambitions of professional Broadway performers, the show features one powerhouse number another. Memorable musical numbers include "What I Did for Love," "One," "I Can Do That," "At the Ballet," "The Music and the Mirror," and "I Hope I Get It." A brilliantly complex fusion of song, dance, and compellingly authentic drama, the show was instantly recognized as a classic. Winner! The 1976 Pulitzer Prize for Drama Winner! Nine 1976 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Book, Score, Choreography and Director.

Mature Content Warning:
A Chorus Line (High School Edition) is a full-length version of the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical, adapted for performance by high school students with family audiences. Every aspect of the show has been developed specifically for high school performers, making dialogue and content more age-appropriate. However, this production still contains mature themes and contents—please consider this before enrolling in or auditioning for this program.


Meet the Team!

Melissa Martinez (Director) has worked as a performer, choreographer, director, and teaching artist in the Bay Area for the last 8 years. She is a graduate of the Solano College Actors Training Program and then received her BFA in acting from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Melissa is the Associate Director of Theater at Contra Costa School of Performing Arts and a resident teaching artist with The Quinan Street Project and Berkeley Playhouse. She has also taught for Red Ladder Theater Company, where she focused on bringing the arts to students at the preschool level. Her youth theater directing and choreography credits include Shrek The Musical, The Drowsy Chaperone, Bye Bye Birdie, and Pippin. She also choreographed James and the Giant Peach for the mainstage at Berkeley Playhouse. Melissa is also a working actor and her favorite roles include Diana Morales from A Chorus Line with Solano College Theater, Hermia from Midsummer (Jon Tracy’s original adaptation of A Midsummer Night's Dream) with Solano Repertory Company, and a featured dancer in The Wiz with Berkeley Playhouse.

Daniel Alley (Music Director)  has been obsessed with musical theater since playing in his high school pit orchestras and is excited to join this amazing team in helping a new generation of young artists refine their craft. He first joined Berkeley Playhouse in 2018 as music director of the Riffs Show Choir and has since worked on productions of TeenStage Chicago, Pippin, and Freaky Friday, as well as several camps and classes including the 2019 summer a capella camp. Recent credits are music director for Memphis at Berkeley Playhouse, The Fantasticks at the Piedmont Center for the Arts, Threepenny Opera and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at Oakland School for the Arts, and rehearsal pianist and choir master for La Bohème and Aroldo at West Edge Opera. He is the choir director and organist at Christ Lutheran Church in El Cerrito.

Staci Arriaga (Choreographer)  is happy to be back at Berkeley Playhouse! You may remember her work from Berkeley Playhouse productions of A Christmas Story the Musical, Big the Musical, The Sound Of Music, The Little Princess, The Little Mermaid, and Tarzan. Her work has also been seen at Center Rep, 42nd St. Moon, The Woodland Opera House, The Ash Lawn Opera, OMG Productions, 6th Street Playhouse, Pacific Coast Repertory Theatre and Lucky Penny Productions where she is a Resident Artist / Choreographer. Awards and nominations include Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle, Theatre Bay Area, Shellie, Elly, Arty, and Dean Goodman.


About YouthStage Spotlight Show (formerly YouthStage Intensive):

Our most rigorous program is offered to advanced Berkeley Playhouse students (rising 7th graders & up) who are looking for the next step in developing their performance and technique. It offers both professional training and a fully-produced production.