Youth Productions

Our Youth Theater Productions feature young actors ranging in ages from 6-17 and provide a full theater experience, including costumes, lighting, props, backgrounds, and more. Productions include both theatrical plays and musicals.

Upcoming Shows

Youth ProductionsAudition DatesPerformance Dates
You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown
Grades 5th and up. Not everyone who auditions will be cast.

is a fresh approach to the all-time 1967 classic,
based on the beloved comic strip by Charles Schultz.
Sally Brown joins Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy,
Schroeder, and Snoopy in this charming revue of
vignettes and songs. Two new songs, “Beethoven Day”
and “My New Philosophy,” have been added to the
twelve numbers from the original version, which
include “My Blanket and Me,” “The Baseball Game,”
“Little Known Facts,” “Suppertime,” and “Happiness.”
May 28
6:00 - 8:00 pm

Rehearsals begin the
week of June 4.

Rehearsal days and times
will be agreed upon by
the cast.
July 19 at 7:00 pm
July 20 at 3:00 pm
July 20 at 7:00 pm
Shrek the Musical, Jr.
Beauty is in the eye of the ogre in Shrek The Musical Jr.,
based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film
and fantastic Broadway musical. It’s a “big bright beautiful
world” as everyone’s favorite ogre, Shrek, leads a cast of
fairy tale misfits on an adventure to rescue a princess and
find true acceptance. Part romance and part twisted fairy
tale, Shrek Jr. is an irreverently fun show with a powerful
message for the whole family.
May 30
6:00 - 8:00pm
May 31
4:00 - 8:00 pm

Rehearsals start the
week of June 4.

Tuesdays and Thursdays
Cast 1: 5:00-6:30pm
Cast 2: 7:00-8:30pm

Cast 1: 9:00-11:00am
Cast 2: 11:00 am-1:00pm
Cast 1
July 26 at 7:00 pm
July 27 at 3:00 pm
July 27 at 7:00 pm
July 28 at 3:00 pm

Cast 2
August 2 at 7:00 pm
August 3 at 3:00 pm
August 3 at 7:00 pm
August 4 at 3:00 pm


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 a capella, 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.

Once cast, participants pay a registration fee and receive a rehearsal schedule. A discount is available for returning cast members and siblings.

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


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.


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; 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
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.
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.
Winter 2014
Into the Woods, Jr.
Summer 2014
Seussical, Jr.
Summer 2014
Charlotte's Web
(Theatrical Play)

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