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.

Youtheatre’s Spring Production of Honk Jr. for Grades 1-5!

Performances: March 8 & 9, 2019

Director: Kristina Pritchard • Music Director: Erica Bickhart

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 Monday, January 14, 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 7:30 p.m.

Youtheatre strives to teach the importance of commitment, therefore, attendance and punctuality are documented and may affect future Youtheatre participation.

Ugly looks quite a bit different from his darling duckling brothers and sisters. The other animals on the farm are quick to notice and point this out, despite his mother’s protective flapping. Feeling rather foul about himself, the little fowl finds himself on an adventure of self-discovery, all the while unknowingly outwitting a very hungry Cat. Along the way, Ugly meets a whole flock of unique characters and finds out being different is not a bad thing to be.

REHEARSALS are 6 – 7:30pm Monday – Thursday beginning Monday, January 14. We will also practice on select Sundays yet to be determined. 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 Monday, January 14 at 6pm, 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!

One Act Play for Grades 6-12

Law and Order: Fairy Tale Unit

Performance: January 19 at 7 p.m.
Directors: Julie Lane & Lindsay Taylor

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

January 6 | 2 – 4 p.m.

January 7 – 10 | 6 – 8 p.m.

January 13 | 2 – 4 p.m.

January 14 – 18 | 6 – 8 p.m.


An information packet will be sent home at our first rehearsal with more detailed information for the production.

Synopsis: In the fairy tale criminal justice system, the characters from fairy tales and nursery rhymes are represented by two separate yet equally ridiculous groups: the fairy tale police who investigate fairy tale crime, and the fairy tale district attorneys who prosecute the fairy tale offenders. These are their stories.

PARTICIPATION FEES: All youth participating in the production must pay the following participation fee: $25 for on-stage cast members.

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.

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. First established by the Board of The Arts Partnership and now perpetuated by Marathon Center for the Performing Arts, this scholarship seeks 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.