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

Youth ProductionsAudition DatesPerformance Dates
The Walking Dwarves

Walking dwarves... as in the walking dead?
That’s right! What could be more fun for all
ages than a zombie fractured fairy tale?!
Thanks to some prompting from a conniving
Magic Mirror, the vain queen poisons apples
with a “special ingredient” (that just happens
to be plutonium), leading to a kingdom-wide
plague of zombie dwarves!
August 20 & 22
5:00 - 7:00pm

Rehearsals start the
week of August 26.

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

Cast 1: 4:00-6:00pm
Cast 2: 6:00-8:00pm
Cast 1
October 18 at 7:00 pm
October 19 at 3:00 pm
October 19 at 7:00 pm
October 20 at 3:00 pm

Cast 2
October 25 at 7:00 pm
October 26 at 3:00 pm
October 26 at 7:00 pm
October 27 at 3:00 pm
Tiny Tim's Christmas

Timothy Crachit, formally known as Tiny Tim,
has inherited Ebeneezer Scrooge’s moodiness.
As he manages the local toy shop, he has
become a regular ’Scrooge.’ As the store’s
doors close for Christmas, Tim finds himself
in a similar situation as Ebeneezer, but this
time Scrooge is the hearty Ghost of Christmas
Present who leads Timothy through his past,
present, and future. Enjoy this modern spin
and the classic holiday favorite.
October 29 & 30
5:00 - 7:00pm

Rehearsals start the
week of November 4.

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

Cast 1: 4:00-6:00pm
Cast 2: 6:00-8:00pm
Cast 1
December 6 at 7:00 pm
December 7 at 3:00 pm
December 7 at 7:00 pm
December 8 at 3:00 pm

Cast 2
December 13 at 7:00 pm
December 14 at 3:00 pm
December 14 at 7:00 pm
December 15 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
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.
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 /