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Youth Productions

Our Youth Theater Productions feature young actors ranging in ages from 7-17 and provide a full theater experience, including costumes, lighting, props, backgrounds, and more. Productions include both theatrical plays and musicals.

Upcoming Shows

Auditions

Auditions are held at Playhouse 38 approximately 2-3 months prior to show dates. Participants are asked to prepare a 1-2 minute monologue and be prepared to read from the script.

For musicals, participants are asked to prepare a musical theater song, up to 32 bars, to be performed acapella, and a monologue or cut from a story or poem of no more than one minute in length. Additionally, participants will be taught a song, a short dance combination, and may be asked to read from the script.

Regular Youth Productions at Playhouse 38 are “no-cut” productions, meaning everyone who auditions will be a part of the show.  For Playhouse 38 Youth Company productions, however, not everyone who auditions will be cast.

A discount is available for returning cast members and siblings.

Youth ProductionsAudition DatesPerformance Dates
The Pirates of Penzance Jr.

Set sail with this classic comedy that boasts one of the most famous patter songs in musical theatre history. The wit and whimsy of Gilbert and Sullivan’s classic score is suffused with a modern sensibility in The Pirates of Penzance JR., a swashbuckling musical journey!

Set on the rocky coast of Cornwall, England, The Pirates of Penzance JR. begins with a group of pirates who are celebrating the birthday of one of their own, Frederic, who has reached his 21st year. Finally having served the full length of his required time with the pirates, he decides to strike off on his own and become an upstanding citizen – which may even mean bringing the pirates to justice. Thus turns out to be a tricky prospect indeed, especially when Frederic’s freedom is called into question!
January 5-7, 2021
7:00 - 8:30 pm
Please note: Call 630-232-4542 after December 8 to schedule your audition time slot.

Rehearsals start the
week of January 11.

Tuesdays and Thursdays
6:30 - 8:30 pm

Fridays
5:30-7:30pm
2021 Performance Dates:
March 19 at 7:00 pm
March 20 at 3:00 pm
March 20 at 7:00 pm
March 21 at 3:00 pm

Dates, times, and location are subject to change. All current guidelines are being followed to provide a safe experience, including wearing masks and social distancing.
A Midsummer Night's Dream

Rebellious teenagers, mischievous fairies, and a confused troupe of actors all running around the same woods on the same night. What could go wrong?

Sign your children up today to foster a love of Shakespeare and the English language by studying Shakespeare in the most immersive way possible, by performing it! A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare, edited and directed by Nora Manca Wickman.
January 5-7, 2021
:30-7:00 pm
Please note: Call 630-232-4542 after December 8 to schedule your audition time slot.
Rehearsals start the
week of January 23.

Saturdays
2:0-5:00pm
2021 Performance Dates:
April 23 at 7:00 pm
April 24 at 3:00 pm
April 24 at 7:00 pm
April 24 at 3:00 pm

Dates, times, and location are subject to change. All current guidelines are being followed to provide a safe experience, including wearing masks and social distancing.

Call 630-232-4542 to schedule your audition time.

Rehearsals

Rehearsals vary for each show, but will generally held three times a week — on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 5:00 and 8:30 pm, and on Saturdays between 9:00 am and 1:00 pm.  The week before the show is tech week, where all of the costumes, lighting, sound, and stage moves are rehearsed, and attendance is mandatory for everyone cast.

Performances

Shows are typically performed on Friday night, Saturday afternoon and night, and Sunday afternoon. Some shows are performed over two weekends.

Tickets for youth productions are $10. They can be purchased online at genevaparks.org; in-person at Sunset Community Center and Stephen Persinger Recreation Center; or by calling 630-232-4542. Any remaining seats the day of the show will be sold at the Playhouse 38 box office. Concessions, including bottled water, bottled soda, juice, and candy, are sold on-site at the box office prior to the show and at show intermission.

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Parent Volunteers

For each production, the Director may ask for parent volunteers to help with set painting, ushering patrons to their seats, concessions, and box office. Parent volunteer photographers may also be requested for dress rehearsals.

Past Youth Productions

Past Youth ProductionsSeasonMedia
Disney's Beauty & The Beast Jr. Fall 2020
Disney's Lion King Jr.Summer 2020
Tiny Tim's ChristmasHoliday 2019 /
The Walking DwarvesFall 2019 /
Shrek the Musical, Jr.Summer 2019 /
You're a Good Man Charlie Brown
A Youth Company Production
Summer 2019

Anne of Green GablesSpring 2019 /
Mary Poppins, Jr.Spring 2019 /
CSI: Crime Scene InvestigatorsHoliday 2018
Peter PanFall 2018 /
High School Musical, Jr.Summer 2018 /
Singin' in the Rain, Jr.Spring 2018
The Secret GardenSpring 2018
Babes in ToylandHoliday 2017
Dr. Evil and the Basket of KittensFall 2017
13 - The MusicalSummer 2017
Madagascar - A Musical Adventure, Jr. Summer 2017
Little Mermaid, Jr.Spring 2017
Elf, Jr. - The MusicalHoliday 2016 /
Stuart LittleFall 2016
Disney's Mulan Jr.Summer 2016
Illinois Jane & the Pyramid of PerilSpring 2016
School House Rock Live Jr.
(Musical)
Winter 2016
The Jungle Book
(Theatrical Play)
Fall 2015
Alice and Wonderland Jr.
(Youth Musical)
Summer 2015
Disney's Cinderella Kids
(Youth Musical)
Spring 2015
The Somewhat True Tale of Robin Hood
(Theatrical Play)
Spring 2015
Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka
(Family Musical)
Spring 2015
Annie Jr.
(Musical)
Winter 2014
Into the Woods, Jr.
(Musical)
Summer 2014
Seussical, Jr.
(Musical)
Summer 2014
Charlotte's Web
(Theatrical Play)

Spring 2014
Beauty and the Beast, Jr.
(Musical)
Winter 2013-14
Comic Book Artist
(Theatrical Play)
Fall 2013 /