Youtheatre is open to all area youth in grades 1-12. The mission of Youtheatre is to create an inclusive environment in which to inspire and enrich the lives of all youth, regardless of income or ability, by providing educational opportunities and promoting appreciation of the arts.


Mary Poppins Jr.

Performances: October 19-21, 2018

Director: Samantha Henry
Music Director: Zachary Thomas
Choreographer: Brenda Hoyt-Brackman
Technical Director: Isaac Steinhour
Costumer: Debra Searls

A Musical based on the stories of P.L. Travers and the Walt Disney film Original Music and Lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman Book by Julian Fellowes. New Songs and Additional Music and Lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe Co-Created by Cameron Mackintosh. Adapted by iTheatrics under the supervision of Timothy Allen McDonald.

THANK YOU to everyone who auditioned for Mary Poppins Jr. We all appreciated the opportunity to meet you and were pleased with the quality of your auditions. We had over 60 students audition for this production, so you made our decisions very tough!

ALL assignments must be accepted or refused by 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 30, by e-mailing and indicating YOUTHEATRE RESPONSE in the Subject line.

Remember, the decision of the directors is FINAL!

All youth participating in the production (as an on-stage cast member or technical crew member) and their parents must attend a mandatory meeting on Thursday, August 30, at 6:00 p.m. at the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts. Informational packets will be handed out and questions will be answered. All on-stage cast members will be measured for costumes. A read-through of the script will continue for the on-stage cast members until 8:00 p.m.

This Saturday, September 1 will be our first set paint/build day.  Our warehouse is located at 1700 Fostoria Ave (Behind Brown Mackie College). Our sessions will be 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1 p.m.-4 p.m.  We could use some extra hands so if you are able to help, please include that in your email.


Sign up for 2018-2019 Youtheatre Club HERE!

Rehearsals are 6-8pm Monday-Thursday beginning August 30. We will also practice on Sunday, September 30, October 7 and 14 from 1-4 pm. Dress rehearsals will be held nightly during the week of the show and are mandatory for all cast/crew members. Students may not be needed at every rehearsal. A detailed rehearsal schedule will be released after casting which will attempt to comply with any listed conflicts.

PARTICIPATION FEES: All youth participating in the production must pay the following participation fee according to their role in the production: $60 for on-stage cast members and $25 for technical crew members.

PARENT COMMITMENT: Youtheatre is a family affair! At the parent meeting on August 30, parents will be asked to volunteer a minimum of 15 hours on pre-show and show-week parent committees. Committees cover every aspect of producing a show, including building and painting sets, costumes, backstage supervisors, dressing room supervisors, cast party and many more. Our shows would not be possible without the dedication and investment of each family!

Stay tuned for information on Youtheatre’s Spring Production of Honk Jr. for Grades 1-5!

Auditions: January 7 & 8, 2019 • Performances: March 8-10, 2019

Night of One Acts for Grades 6-12

Auditions: January 6 • Performance: January 19
Directors: Julie Lane & Lindsay Taylor

*This is a two-week commitment, and you must attend all rehearsals.*

Youtheatre Club

The mission of our club is to provide a safe, welcoming, and inclusive community that promotes creativity, education, and self-expression for any and all who wish to explore the theatrical arts. THE LAST DAY TO REGISTER FOR THE 2018-2019 SEASON IS SEPT. 7!

Sign up for 2018-2019 Youtheatre Club HERE!

Cost of participation in Youtheatre Club is $45 for the season!

Youtheatre Club Point System

We will have an end of the year celebration for those that have received a minimum of 20 points during the 2018-2019 Club Year. Here is how you are able to earn points:

1 point – For each meeting you attend

1 point – For being present the entire meeting

2 points – For any “theatre” event/production you go see and have your ticket signed and turned in. No limit.

Youtheatre Club Attendance Policy

I understand that in order to keep good standing as a member of the Youtheatre Club, I must attend all scheduled Youtheatre Club meetings. Please note:

  • Excused Absences: Absences may be excused if a note from a parent is submitted or in the event of sickness or family emergency. Only two excused absences will be accepted.
  • Unexcused Absences: Unexcused absences will not be tolerated. Each student will only be allowed one unexcused absence. More than one unexcused absence will result in an automatic termination from the club and no refunds will be given.

*If a student misses club due to an excused absence, points can be made up by attending a theatre event/production you go see and have your ticket/program signed and turned in.

Youtheatre Club Behavior Guidelines

  • Being on time for the club meeting.
  • Participation during each meeting is expected.
  • Not using cell phones during instruction time.
  • Respecting the Marathon Center rules – walk quietly in the hallways and respect all Marathon Center property; remain in the space provided, do not go into any rooms not designated for Youtheatre use.
  • Respecting others’ property and space.
  • Not using inappropriate language.
  • Listening to staff and not interrupting activities.
  • Not using drugs, alcohol, or any other illegal substances.
  • Not engaging in inappropriate behavior.
  • Working as a team member.

I understand that if I do not abide by the Program guidelines, I will risk suspension or termination from Youtheatre Club, without refund of fees.

Youtheatre Club Meeting Dates

September 11, 2018
October 9, 2018
November 13, 2018
December 11, 2018
January 15, 2019
February 12, 2019
March 12, 2019
April 9, 2019
May 14, 2019
May 16, 2019 | Club 20 Celebration

Club Meeting Times

Grades 1-5: 4:30-6:00 p.m. (There is a capacity limit of 40 for this group!) • Grades 6-8 & 9-12: 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. Location: MCPA


We will cancel if there is a Level 2 or 3 weather advisory at the time of club meeting. Visit or our Facebook page for cancellation information

Youtheatre College Scholarship

The mission of Youtheatre is to create an inclusive environment in which to inspire and enrich the lives of all youth, regardless of income or ability, by providing educational opportunities and promoting appreciation of the arts. The Board of The Arts Partnership has established a scholarship to recognize students involved in the Youtheatre program as they graduate and move into a higher education institution in the subsequent year.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be a high school senior who has been involved with the Youtheatre program within the past 4 years. Applicants should plan to attend an accredited institution of higher education full-time to pursue any undergraduate field of study in the subsequent year.
  • Students must have earned a 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA.
  • Students related to anyone on the Scholarship Selection Committee or employees/board members of The Arts Partnership are ineligible to apply.


2015 – Isaac Dryden & Stephen Christiansen
2016 – Lena Kennedy
2017 – Jenny Fleck & Maggie Rucki
2018 – Olivia Christiansen, Mason Clouse & Carly Powell

Help keep this scholarship growing, make a donation today!

Youtheatre Alumni

Calling all Alumni! If you participated in Youtheatre, we’d love to stay in touch. We hope to plan some alumni events and have a newsletter with updates and information about Youtheatre events.

Join the Youtheatre Alumni Association

Fill out this form and we’ll be sure to tell you about what your fellow alumni are doing, keep you up to date on current Youtheatre events, and invite you to special events.