The Youth Theatre News

Megan Carney Named New Artistic Director of About Face Theatre CompanyMegan Carney Named New Artistic Director of About Face Theatre Company
by BWW News Desk - Sep 13, 2017

The Board of Directors of About Face Theatre Company is pleased to announce the appointment of Megan Carney as AFT's new Artistic Director. Carney, who currently serves as the Director of the Gender and Sexuality Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago, will join the company this fall. She succeeds Andrew Volkoff, who stepped down earlier this summer. (more...)

Kenneth Mosley, Trenyce, Matt Manuel and Justin Reynolds to Lead MOTOWN THE MUSICAL National Tour; Cast Complete!Kenneth Mosley, Trenyce, Matt Manuel and Justin Reynolds to Lead MOTOWN THE MUSICAL National Tour; Cast Complete!
by BWW News Desk - Sep 5, 2017

Work Light Productions has announced the complete cast for the National Tour of MOTOWN THE MUSICAL. (more...)

Zest Theatre and Half Moon Present WHAT ONCE WAS OURS UK TourZest Theatre and Half Moon Present WHAT ONCE WAS OURS UK Tour
by BWW News Desk - Sep 5, 2017

Highlighting the opinions of those too young to vote in the referendum, two of the UK's leading companies creating work for young people have collaborated on a show based on interviews from over 200 teenagers from four areas of Britain: two that voted Leave and two that voted Remain. (more...)

BWW Review: TheatriKIDS Create Laughs-A-Lot in SPAMALOTBWW Review: TheatriKIDS Create Laughs-A-Lot in SPAMALOT
by Herbert Paine - Aug 29, 2017

SPAMALOT, Eric Idle's delicious and insanely funny parody of the Arthurian legend, is enjoying an equally delightful and enthusiastic sendup by the young actors of TheatriKIDS (the youth theatre program of Theatrikos Theatre Company in Flagstaff, AZ. Under the astute and inspired guidance of Theatrikos's education director Joe Maniglia and music director Kenlynn Winsor, the 32-member cast give their all to recreate the travels and travails of King Arthur (Matthew Sutphen) as he recruits high and low for his Round Table Knights to join the quest for the Holy Grail. (more...)

BWW Interview: Behind the Scenes with Lara Ganz's BEAUTY AND THE BEASTBWW Interview: Behind the Scenes with Lara Ganz's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
by Ellen Dostal - Jul 20, 2017

Theatre Palisades Youth invites you to 'be their guest' for a special presentation of Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST JR. opening July 28th at Pierson Playhouse in Pacific Palisades. Forty members of the youth theatre group are getting ready to tell the tale of an adventurous young girl and a prince trapped under a spell who find that the power of love can overcome any evil. Director Lara Ganz helms the production and lets us in on the behind-the-scenes workings in this charming interview. (more...)

Zest Theatre and Half Moon Announce New Show Exploring Youth Attitudes to BrexitZest Theatre and Half Moon Announce New Show Exploring Youth Attitudes to Brexit
by BWW News Desk - Jul 6, 2017

Two of the UK's leading companies creating work for young people have announced a touring show that uses interviews from over 200 teenagers from two areas of Britain that voted Leave and two areas that voted Remain to highlight the opinions of those too young to vote in the referendum. (more...)

Shubert Foundation Awards Barrington Stage $70K in Support of 2017 SeasonShubert Foundation Awards Barrington Stage $70K in Support of 2017 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jun 26, 2017

Barrington Stage Company (BSC), the award-winning theatre in Downtown Pittsfield, under the leadership of Artistic Director Julianne Boyd, is pleased to announce it is the recipient of a $70,000 grant from The Shubert Foundation. The Shubert Foundation's 2016 Grants Program awarded a record-breaking total of $26.8 million to 533 not-for-profit performing arts organizations across the United States. (more...)

The Epstein Theatre to Hold Open Auditions for Brand New Youth TheatreThe Epstein Theatre to Hold Open Auditions for Brand New Youth Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jun 19, 2017

The Epstein Theatre will be launching its very own Youth Theatre in September 2017. The programme is aimed at young people from across Merseyside aged 14-19. (more...)

UtahPresents Announces 2017-18 SeasonUtahPresents Announces 2017-18 Season
by BWW News Desk - May 25, 2017

UtahPresents, the performing arts presenter on the University of Utah campus, announces its 2017-18 line-up of exciting performances, providing an abundance of creative and cultural experiences for the campus and regional community. (more...)

Stagecrafters Unveils 2017-18 SeasonStagecrafters Unveils 2017-18 Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 26, 2017

Stagecrafters announces its 2017-18 season, themed 'Celebration of Friendship, Family and Theatre,' featuring ten shows among its Main Stage, 2nd Stage and Youth Theatre offerings. (more...)

About Face Theatre Artistic Director Andrew Volkoff to Step DownAbout Face Theatre Artistic Director Andrew Volkoff to Step Down
by BWW News Desk - Mar 23, 2017

The Board of Directors of About Face Theatre announced today that Artistic Director Andrew Volkoff will step down at the conclusion of the company's 2016-17 season. (more...)

Laguna Playhouse Youth Theatre presents THE WIZARD OF OZLaguna Playhouse Youth Theatre presents THE WIZARD OF OZ
by BWW News Desk - Mar 16, 2017

The Wizard of Oz is coming to Laguna Beach!  Take this classic musical journey with Dorothy Gale from Kansas through the Haunted Forest to Emerald City with her friends the Scarecrow, Tin Man, Lion and of course, Toto too! The Wicked Witch from the West threatens to hurt Dorothy and her Friends as they all try to find their way home in this all new Laguna Playhouse Youth Theatre production of the beloved story, directed by Donna Inglima! (more...)

Youth Theatre Company Kicks Off New Space and New Arts Opportunities With Lin-Manuel Miranda's IN THE HEIGHTSYouth Theatre Company Kicks Off New Space and New Arts Opportunities With Lin-Manuel Miranda's IN THE HEIGHTS
by BWW News Desk - Mar 13, 2017

Gateway Center for Performing Arts' Youth Theatre Company will conclude its 2016-2017 Mainstage Season with Tony Award-winning In The Heights, featuring music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator of the Broadway hip hop sensation Hamilton. In The Heights performs at Central Visual and Performing Arts High School, 3125 S. Kingshighway Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63139, April 7th-9th. (more...)

Donna Inglima To Receive Laguna Beach Arts Alliance Lifetime Achievement AwardDonna Inglima To Receive Laguna Beach Arts Alliance Lifetime Achievement Award
by BWW News Desk - Mar 2, 2017

Donna Inglima, Director of The Youth Theatre, Education & Outreach at The Laguna Playhouse, will be the recipient of 2017 LBAA (Laguna Beach Arts Alliance) Lifetime Achievement Award and Playhouse Board members Betsy and Gary Jenkins will receive the LBAA Individual Arts Patron Award on April 2, 2017, at the 11th Annual Art Star Awards. (more...)

STAR Repertory Theatre presents GREASESTAR Repertory Theatre presents GREASE
by BWW News Desk - Feb 28, 2017

STAR Repertory Theatre, San Diego A-List Best Theatre Group 2014-Present, in collaboration with Jim Jacobs, is proud to present their production of GREASE THE MUSICAL, at the prestigious and captivating California Center for the Arts, Escondido, March 23-26, 2017.  It is very difficult for a large community theatre to obtain the rights to GREASE.  But STAR Rep has had the unique and very amazing opportunity to obtain those rights and to be able to work with the co-writer and creator Jim Jacobs on this production!  STAR Rep has also purchased the rights to use the additional movie songs from the John Travolta/Olivia Newton-John version.  Join the Pink Ladies, the T-Birds and the rest of the gang at the California Center for the Arts in Escondido, and discover why Grease is most definitely the word! (more...)

Guest Blog: Ciaran McConville On THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS at Rose Theatre KingstonGuest Blog: Ciaran McConville On THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS at Rose Theatre Kingston
by Guest Blog: Ciaran McConville - Nov 21, 2016

Adapting The Wind in the Willows for the stage has been such a circuitous and unexpected process. I reread the book last Christmas and understood, but couldn't define, its enduring appeal. As a novel, it's gloriously messy - at times conventional and at others surprisingly radical. Kenneth Grahame switches genres mid-chapter, offers no consistency on the physics of his fictional world, and his views on class, sex and gender all feel stuffy by today's standards. (more...)

The Laguna Playhouse Youth Theatre Presents THE BOXCAR CHILDRENThe Laguna Playhouse Youth Theatre Presents THE BOXCAR CHILDREN
by BWW News Desk - Oct 31, 2016

The Boxcar Children is coming to Laguna! The Laguna Playhouse Youth Theatre presents this production on-stage beginning Friday, November 11 through Sunday November 20 at the Laguna Playhouse Moulton Theatre, The Boxcar Children will be directed by Bethanie Knieser, with musical direction by Mark Turnbull. (more...)

SHERLOCK's Mark Gatiss to Appear in Prime Theatre's 2046SHERLOCK's Mark Gatiss to Appear in Prime Theatre's 2046
by BWW News Desk - Oct 22, 2016

Sherlock creator and actor Mark Gatiss is to appear in Prime Theatre's latest production to start a year of celebration for the company's 30th birthday. The brand new play, 2046, will take place in a transformed Swindon Borough Council Chamber and is set 30 years in the future when London is flooded and parliament is forced to move to Swindon. (more...)

Intermission Youth Theatre Present LOVE ME TO DEATH, Inspired by ROMEO AND JULIETIntermission Youth Theatre Present LOVE ME TO DEATH, Inspired by ROMEO AND JULIET
by BWW News Desk - Oct 12, 2016

Two London boroughs both alike in poverty, south and east - she's from E8 and he's from southeast, where Intermission tell their tale. These two lovers fight for their love despite the backlash of each hood. (more...)

The Marlowe Theatre to Celebrate Fifth Birthday in Canterbury Next WeekThe Marlowe Theatre to Celebrate Fifth Birthday in Canterbury Next Week
by BWW News Desk - Sep 29, 2016

Canterbury's Marlowe Theatre celebrates its fifth birthday next week. (more...)

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