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Youth

For Youth (Grades K-8)

Theatre School (all classes meet on Saturdays)

  • Winter: January 7 — February 25
  • Spring: April 1 — May 20

Winter Break Classes

Theatre is a vibrant medium for channeling self-expression and creativity. Our core classes focus on developing essential skills in sustaining focus, physical awareness and expression, and imagination while our specialty classes offer opportunities for more intensive exploration in a specific aspect of theatre-making.

Theatre School in action. Photo credit: Wendy Bable, Hannah Daniel, and Rick Olmos.Theatre School in action. Photo credit: Wendy Bable, Hannah Daniel, and Rick Olmos.














Theatre School

Theatre School isn’t just a chance for students to be taught acting from professional
artists. At People’s Light they build life-long skills in collaboration and creative
problem solving.



Winter Theatre School
Saturdays - January 7 — February 25
REGISTER

Ages 5-7 11:15AM-12:45PM $250
Ages 8-10 9:00AM-11:00AM $275
Ages 11-13 9:15AM-11:15AM $275



Spring Theatre School
Saturdays - April 1 — May 20
REGISTER

Ages 5-7 11:15AM-12:45PM $250
Ages 8-10 9:00AM-11:00AM $275
Ages 11-13 9:15AM-11:15AM $275


Winter Break Classes

REGISTER

Make that week between Christmas and New Year’s spectacular with our Winter Break classes! Whether you’re an aspiring playwright, an actor who wants to level-up their audition or performance skills, or a musical theatre fan, we’ve got great options taught by some of the region’s top professional artists.

All classes will take place at People’s Light. We will offer before and after care from 7:45-8:45 ($5/day) and from 3:00-5:30 ($10/day). (Please let us know if you are interested in this option via email to artsdiscovery@peopleslight.org.)

NEW! Pantopalooza
If musical theatre is your thing, and you enjoy creating bold characters, join us for Pantopalooza! A Panto is a unique style of theatre that has become an annual tradition at People’s Light. Work with the artists who created Sleeping Beauty and build your vocal/singing skills, discover the mysteries of classic comedy technique, and create characters the audience will never forget.

Artists: Pete Pryor, Samantha Reading, Tabitha Allen
Dates: December 28, 29, 30
Span of Day: 9:00am-3:00pm
Ages: 10-16 (students who are <2 years younger/older may enroll with permission of instructor)
Cost: $60/day; or take advantage of our package price of $150 for all three days
Enrollment is limited to 15 students each day.

Auditions, Resumes, and Headshots
Are you interested in auditioning for acting work but aren’t sure how to get started? Are you already auditioning and want to know more about the business? This one-day seminar will help you choose engaging audition material, prepare a professional resume, and help you identify legitimate casting calls in the region. We will also have a professional photographer on site to take headshots for all participants and send you digital files of your two best photos.

Artists: Erin Sheffield, Wendy Bable
Date: December 27
Span of Day: 9:00am-3:00pm
Ages: 8-16
Cost: $75
Enrollment is limited to 15 students.

NEW! Playwriting Lab*
This is a fantastic opportunity for young writers to study with a professional playwright to write a monologue, short scene, and a 10-minute play. Playwriting Lab is a “parallel seminar,” and participants will have the opportunity to work with students in the Acting Lab and hear their work performed. This two-day workshop will also help students learn how to offer useful feedback and well as how to integrate feedback into their writing.

Artist: Brian Grace-Duff
Dates: December 29-30
Span of Day: 9:00am-3:00pm
Ages: 11-15 (older students may enroll with permission of instructor)
Cost: $100
Enrollment is limited to 10 students.
*Writers who are age 11-13 may choose to continue their writing work with Brian Grace-Duff throughout January and enter the Young Playwrights for Change national playwriting contest.

NEW! Acting Lab
Whether you’re going out for the school musical or a professional play, auditions require actors to quickly and successfully analyze material and make clear, engaging choices if they hope to land the job. Professional artist MB Scallen will demystify the critical steps actors take to prepare and rehearse monologue and scenes. Acting Lab is a “parallel seminar,” and participants will have the opportunity to collaborate with students in the Playwriting Lab to work on new material.

Artist: MB Scallen
Dates: December 29-30
Span of Day: 9:00am-3:00pm
Ages: 11-15 (older students may enroll with permission of instructor)
Cost: $100
Enrollment is limited to 20 students.