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For Teens (Grades 9-12)

Fourth Fridays 4 Teens
Subscription Teen Engagement Program (S.T.E.P.)
Summer Blast 2016

Artists in this age group crave greater independence, and our teen classes give them the opportunity to take on more challenging material. Building on the skills developed on our Youth core classes, teens connect with members of the resident acting company to refine their acting skills. We also offer a teen subscription to our productions though our Subscription Teen Engagement Program. If you’re a teen artist looking for your tribe, check out our S.T.E.P. program.

Teen Summerstage and Aspiring Designers 2012. Photos courtesy Wendy Bable, Hannah Daniel, and Mike Hahn.Teen Summerstage and Aspiring Designers 2012. Photos courtesy Wendy Bable, Hannah Daniel, and Mike Hahn.

Summer Blast 2016

Most summer theatre programs focus on producing work that’s already written, and all too often there are a few big roles and a lot of small ones. Our distinctive feature is that we build our plays from the ground-up so EVERYONE has a chance to shine! It’s definitely more challenging, but we believe it’s the most valuable and exciting way to make theatre. People’s Light wants to make sure EVERY child has a meaningful and memorable experience with us.

Key learning components in all programs include active listening/responding, physical/vocal expressiveness, critical thinking, creative problem solving, cooperation, and offering/receiving/incorporating feedback.

TEEN Ages 14-18*

Students age 13 or under, click here for summer offerings.

Mistaken identities + secret rendezvous + a quick-thinking, fast-talking matchmaker who makes a living orchestrating everyone’s “happily ever after.” How could anything POSSIBLY go wrong?

This four-week program for teens which will enhance their skills in improvisation, devising, physical action in comedy, and professional rehearsal practices. Each week is designed as a stand-alone experience, but all four weeks will connect thematically with Thornton Wilder’s The Matchmaker. Enrollment is limited to 20 students per week. (*Students age 13 may enroll with permission of the Producer for Arts Discovery Programs)

Cost: $300 for 1 week, $550 for 2 weeks, $750 for 3 weeks, $900 for 4 weeks.

Week 1 | Improvisation **CLOSED**
July 11-15

Our first week dives into the fundamentals of improvisation for the actor. This session is designed to build strong listening skills to help actors create compelling dialogue, truthful characters, and high-stakes, dynamic situations on stage. Designed for both novice and experienced improvisers.

Week 2 | Devising **CLOSED**
July 18-22

Devising is an approach to creating a play in which the spoken text is only one of several ways the audience experiences the story. This week will explore how each individual in the ensemble connects with the story and develop new scenes inspired by The Matchmaker.

Week 3 | Physical Action in Comedy **CLOSED**
July 25-29

The body is one of the actor’s most valuable tools, particularly in physical comedy. You have to be precise and fast in order to be funny, and it requires a LOT of teamwork wand trust. This week will build each actor’s skills in the fundamentals of physical comedy technique.

Week 4 | Rehearsal and Performance **CLOSED**
August 1-5

Imagine a rehearsal and production process compressed into a single week. Teen artists in this program will be divided into 4-5 smaller ensembles to rehearse perform 10 minute plays created during week 2. People's Light artists will provide one-on-one mentoring through a professional rehearsal process.


An open mic spotlight series at People’s Light
The fourth Friday of every month from 6pm-9pm

Picture a myriad of excited teens arriving at People’s light with lyrics, poetry, scripts, artwork, opens minds, and passion. They look forward to hugging their friends, whom they have not seen in a couple weeks, and meeting new smiling faces. Imagine the positive energy created by a rush of teens who want to spend their Friday night sharing a project or piece that they care deeply about.
-Lucy Sumner, Teen

From 6pm-8pm on every fourth Friday of the month, People’s Light will open up its rehearsal space as an open mic performance café for teens. This space will be a Bully-free and an LGBTQ safe space where teens can share their art.

Teens can sign up to perform or present their art in advance or at the door. A People’s Light MC will host the event and lead short form improvisation games during the evening.

Fourth Fridays will provide the opportunity for teens in our community to:
• Share their creative work in a supportive environment
• Receive constructive feedback on their work from their peers and professional artists
• Socialize in an inclusive, safe space that celebrates creativity

Fridays 6pm-8pm
August 28, 2015
September 25, 2015
October 23, 2015
November 27, 2015 (day after Thanksgiving)
January 22, 2016
February 26, 2016
March 25, 2016
April 22, 2016
May 27, 2016

All Fourth Friday events are free! Sign up in advance by emailing to guarantee a performance slot, or show up at the door.


Teens attend a two-hour workshop before each performance. In the workshops, teens explore the play with guest artists involved in the production. The workshop is followed by dinner and conversation with the guest artists on site at the Farmhouse Bistro before attending the performance.

This year’s classes & performances are for:

All My Sons (Sunday, October 4th) 4PM
Auctioning the Ainsleys (Sunday, October 25th) 4 PM
The Three Musketeers: The Later Years (Sunday, December 20th) 4 PM
Sense (Sunday, March 6th) 4 PM
Richard III (Sunday, April 10th) 4 PM
A Single Shard (Sunday, May 15th) 4 PM
The Harassment of Iris Malloy (Sunday, June 26th) 4 PM
Ring of Fire (Sunday, July 31st) 4 PM

For more information, and how to sign up, please go to

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