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 Fall Production of James and the Giant Peach for Grades 6-12!

Performances: October 4 & 5, 2019

Director: Samantha Henry • Music Directors: Lindsay Taylor and Zachary Thomas • Choreographer: Julie Lane

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, August 12, at 6:00 PM 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 PM

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

When James is sent by his conniving aunts to chop down their old fruit tree, he discovers a magic potion that results in a tremendous peach… and launches a journey of enormous proportions. Suddenly, James finds himself in the center of the gigantic peach, among human-sized insects with equally oversized personalities, but after it falls from the tree and rolls into the ocean, the group faces hunger, sharks and plenty of disagreements. Thanks to James’ quick wit and creative thinking, the residents learn to live and work together as a family. The dangerous voyage is a success, but the adventure takes a whole new twist once they land on the Empire State Building.

Featuring a wickedly tuneful score by Oscar, Grammy, Tony, and Golden Globe Award-winning songwriters Benj Pasek & Justin Paul (Dogfight, Dear Evan Hansen, The Greatest Showman and A Christmas Story the Musical), critics rave: James and the Giant Peach is a “masterpeach!” Actors will love playing the outlandish characters and performing brand new material from one of Broadway’s hottest duos.

REHEARSALS are 6 – 8 pm Monday – Thursday beginning Monday, August 12. 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, August 12 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!

Youtheatre’s Spring Production of The Little Mermaid Jr for Grades 1-5!

Performances: Friday, March 13 @ 7PM and Saturday, March 14, 2020 @ 2PM

Auditions: Monday, January 13 OR Tuesday, January 14 from 6-8PM

Director/Choreographer: Kristina Pritchard • Music Director: Erica Bickhart

Journey “under the sea” with Ariel and her aquatic friends in Disney’s The Little Mermaid JR., adapted from Disney’s Broadway production and the motion picture (featuring the enormously popular Academy Award winning music and delightfully charming book and lyrics). Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved stories, Disney’s The Little Mermaid JR. is an enchanting look at the sacrifices we all make for love and acceptance. In a magical underwater kingdom, the beautiful young mermaid, Ariel, longs to leave her ocean home — and her fins — behind and live in the world above. But first, she’ll have to defy her father, King Triton, make a deal with the evil sea witch, Ursula, and convince the handsome Prince Eric that she’s the girl whose enchanting voice he’s been seeking.

*James and The Giant Peach & The Little Mermaid Jr. are presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre

International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.

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.

Club Teachers for the 2019-2020 Season:

Grades 1-5: Zach Thomas and Abigail Starcher

Grades 6-8: Lindsay Taylor and Jonda Krontz

Grades 9-12: Erica Bickhart and Julie Lane

Sign Up for Youtheatre Club HERE!

Cost of participation in Youtheatre Club is $50 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 2019-2020 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 10, 2019
October 8, 2019
November 12, 2019
December 3, 2019

January 21, 2020
February 11, 2020
March 10, 2020
April 14, 2020
May 12, 2020 | 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
2019 – Tori Denike

Help keep this scholarship growing, make a donation today!

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