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The Y Arts Youth Theatre Company (YAYTC) is an in-house theatre company dedicated to performers grades 3 thru 12. Each year, one junior version musical is produced where all roles are played by children. With a production team consisting of the Y’s leading directors in the performing arts department, each musical features high quality singing, dancing, lighting, scenery, costumes, props, and more all showcased at the Carl Pfeifer Performing Arts Center – the Y’s stage!
Elf, Jr. December 2016
The Little Mermaid, Jr. March 2016
Alice In Wonderland, Jr. March 2015
Pinocchio, Jr. December 2014
Beauty and The Beast, Jr. March 2014
Aladdin, Jr. March 2013
Cinderella, Jr. March 2012
What is the audition process like?
Auditions are Open Call. Anyone grades 3-12 arrive sometime between the allotted time frame and sign in. All those auditioning sing a song of their choice (Broadway Show Tune is recommended) and learn a short dance combination. Bring sheet music and a picture. An accompanist is provided. Visit the Y’s website for audition materials and forms to fill out in advance.
Auditioners are called into the room eight at a time to sing, while another 8 prospective performers learn a dance combination. The singers sing for the production team; when all 8 have sung, they go learn the dance combination while the dancers then meet the production team to show their dance and sing. The process takes approximately 45 minutes from when the performer enters the room.
How many children are in the production?
We can accept up to 70 performers in a production.
What are the fees involved?
All participants pay a registration fee ($250 Y Members / $295 Non-Members). If your family is interested in the program, but is concerned about the financial commitment, please visit the Y’s website for a scholarship application. The Y is a charitable organization who will never turn anyone away for inability to pay.
The Theatre Company provides most of the costumes for productions. Participants may be asked to provide personal costume items, accessories and appropriate shoes.
What is the rehearsal commitment?
Y Arts Youth Theatre Company typically rehearses twice a week: Thursday evenings from 6-8:30pm & Saturday afternoons from 1-4pm. Cast members must be available for all rehearsals, performances, and any scheduled public events. Attendance is a must. Your initial commitment is to provide the highest quality performance, and all other conflicts and commitments must be known in advance.
Will I have to be at every rehearsal?
The Y Arts Youth Theatre Company makes a concerted effort to build a comprehensive schedule that is distributed 2 weeks in advance. Though performers may not be needed at every rehearsal, we ask that Thursday evenings and Saturday afternoons are blocked out so that all characters may be called on those particular days.
How much are tickets? Do cast members receive complimentary tickets?
Tickets are $15 for Adults (ages 13+) and $12 for Children (ages 12 and under)
Cast members do not receive complimentary tickets.
How long is the performance?
Youth Theatre productions are typically 1 hour with no intermission.