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Youth Production Auditions


About The Program

In addition to our Professional Season, Berkeley Playhouse produces several youth only productions a season. Our acclaimed programs gives talented students the opportunity to participate in full-scale, youth-only productions of the highest quality with some of the best professional directors, choreographers, and designers in the Bay Area. Cast members within the KidStage and TeenStage programs receive ongoing training in acting, voice, and movement! Need-based financial aid is available. View financial aid information.

An audition is required to be admitted into the program. See below for audition information.

If you have participated in a Youth Production before, you do not need to audition again.  Enroll here.


YouthStage Auditions

We are not currently auditioning for any YouthStage productions. Please check this page at a later date.


Upcoming Productions

KIDSTAGE WILLY WONKA

Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka KIDS follows enigmatic candy manufacturer Willy Wonka as he stages a contest by hiding golden tickets in five of his scrumptious candy bars. Whomever comes up with these tickets will win a free tour of the Wonka factory, as well as a lifetime supply of candy. Four of the five winning children are insufferable brats, but the fifth is a likeable young lad named Charlie Bucket, who takes the tour in the company of his equally amiable grandfather. The children must learn to follow Mr. Wonka's rules in the factory – or suffer the consequences.

Production Details

  • Section I (Grades 5-7)
    • Rehearses: Rehearses Tuesday/Thursday 4pm-6pm & Saturday 10am- 2pm
    • Training: Training begins 2/13 (4-6pm), 2/15 (4-6pm) 2/20 (4-6pm) , 2/22 (4-6pm), 2/24 (11:30am-1:30pm),
    • Rehearsals  begin: 2/27
    • Mandatory technical rehearsals: 5/21 - 5/25 (3:45-8pm)
    • Shows: 5/26 @ 1pm & 7pm and 5/27 @ 12pm & 5pm
    • Click here for full calendar
  • Section II (Grades 4-5)
    • Rehearses: Monday/Wednesday 4pm-6pm & Saturday 2pm- 6pm
    • Training begins: 2/21 (4-6pm) 2/24 (2-4pm) 2/26 (4-6pm), 2/28 (4-6pm), 3/3 (2-4pm)
    • Rehearsal begins: 3/5
    • Mandatory technical rehearsals: 5/28 - 6/1 (3:45-8pm)
    • Shows: 6/2 @ 1pm & 7pm and 6/3 @ 12pm & 5pm
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TEENSTAGE INTO THE WOODS

One of Sondheim's most popular works, Into the Woods is a musically sophisticated show with the opportunity to feature actors adept at dark comedy. The story follows a Baker and his wife, who wish to have a child; Cinderella, who wishes to attend the King's Festival; and Jack, who wishes his cow would give milk. When the Baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a Witch's curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse. Everyone's wish is granted, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later with disastrous results.

Production Details

  • Section I (Grades 8-12)
    • Rehearses: Tuesday/Thursday 6:30pm-8:30pm & Sunday 2pm-6pm
    • Training begins: 2/13 (5:30-8:30pm), 2/15 (5:30-8:30pm), 2/17 ( 2-6pm)
    • Rehearsals begin: 2/18
    • Mandatory technical rehearsals: 5/7 - 5/11 (5-9pm)
    • Performances: 5/12 @ 1pm & 7pm and 5/13 @ 12pm & 5pm
    • Click here for full calendar
  • Section II (Grades 7-8)
    • Rehearses: Monday/Friday 4pm-6pm & Sunday 10am-2pm
    • Training begins: 2/12 (4-7pm), 2/16 (4-7pm), 2/18 (10-2)
    • Rehearsals begin: 2/23
    • Mandatory technical rehearsals: 5/14-5/17 (3:45-8pm)
    • Performances: 5/18 @ 7pm, 5/19 @ 1pm & 7pm and 5/20 @ 12pm
    • Click here for full calendar

SUMMER YOUTHSTAGE INTENSIVE GREASE

Our YouthStage Intensive is offered to advanced Berkeley Playhouse students who are looking for the next step in developing their performance and technique. It offers both professional training and a fully-produced production. Led by the Berkeley Playhouse’s core faculty, this rigorous 9:00 am to 4:00 pm five-week program includes three daily classes in topics such as acting, dancing, auditioning, and singing. At the same time, students will be rehearsing a production of Grease directed by Rachel Robinson, which will be performed on the main stage at the Julia Morgan Theatre. 

Important Information
  • Program dates  –  July 3 - August 3, 2017. Click here for the full calendar.
  • Shows – There will be a final cabaret showcase and ticketed performances of Grease
  • Training Hours – The program will include 50 hours of mandatory training classes. The program is not just for students who want to perform, but also for students who are committed to learning and improving their performance skills. Because of this rigorous format,the program will run from 9:00am-4:00pm, Monday-Friday for 5 weeks. 
A typical day will begin with morning rehearsals for this summer’s musical of the Grease. In the afternoon, students will rotate through three classes focusing on different aspects of musical theater. At the end of the fourth week, the classes will culminate in a final cabaret showcasing the talents and skills students have learned within the classroom. The fifth week will not have training, but will focus on finishing the production.

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