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An intensive theatre training and performance program for youth.

The Ballantyne Theatre Production Companies provide exceptional teaching and performance opportunities for 2nd-12th grade youth interested in the craft of acting, musical theatre and performance. Students develop theatre technique and vocabulary with eight intensive classes and then apply their knowledge by auditioning, rehearsing and performing a show. Classes conclude with a professionally supported production applying the techniques studied in class. Each year features new productions!
Our Jr. and Teen Production Companies learn a solid foundation of musical experience and theatre skills through improvisation, scene studies, ensemble work and audition techniques. During class work, students will be broken into skill-based groups to appropriately grow and challenge the range of experience. No auditions are necessary though register early as space is limited. Register today!
Dear Edwina Jr.
3rd-5th grade
Classes begin January, 2018
Performances April 20-21, 2018
Dear Edwina JR. is a heartwarming musical about the joys of growing up, from the creators of Junie B. Jones, The Musical. Dear Edwina JR. follows the adventures of plucky advice-giver-extraordinaire, Edwina Spoonapple, as she directs the neighborhood kids in a series of buoyant production numbers for the latest edition of her weekly "Advice-a-Palooza.” Edwina and her friends share wisdom on everything from trying new foods to making new friends through clever, catchy and poignant songs.
6th-12th grade
Classes begin January, 2018
Performances April 20-21, 2018
The meek floral assistant Seymour Krelborn stumbles across a new breed of plant he names "Audrey II" - after his coworker crush. This foul-mouthed, R&B-singing carnivore promises unending fame and fortune to the down and out Krelborn as long as he keeps feeding it, blood! Over time, though, Seymour discovers Audrey II's out of this world origins and intent towards global domination! One of the longest-running Off-Broadway shows, Little Shop of Horrors, the charmingly tongue in cheek sci-fi comedy musical has been produced worldwide.

Youth Theatre Productions and Auditions

The Ballantyne Arts Center provides production opportunities throughout the year for youth interested in performance. We take an educational approach to rehearsals, providing theatrical training and direct application in a fun yet challenging environment. Professional directors, stage managers, and theatrical design teams support these quality productions featuring young performers.
Learn more about our 2017 - 2018 Youth Theatre Productions, sign up for an audition or purchase tickets to a show on the Morrison Y Event Calendar.
2017 – 2018 Youth Theatre Productions
Auditions September 16, 2017
Public Performances November 3-5, 2017
Bye, Bye Birdie is the classic musical with a loving homage to the 1960s, small-town America and rock & roll! Teen heartthrob Conrad Birdie has been drafted, so he chooses All-American girl Kim McAfee for a farewell kiss (on the cheek). Featuring a tuneful high-energy score, plenty of great parts for male and female cast members, and a hilarious script appropriately adjusted for a youth cast, Bye, Bye Birdie continues to thrill audiences around the world.
Auditions October 14, 2017
Public Performances December 8-10, 2017
Make Christmas memories with the timeless tale of A Dickens Christmas Carol! This Christmas classic tells the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, an old miser who is visited by the ghost of his former business partner Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come. After being visited by the spirits Scrooge is transformed into a kinder, gentler man, reminding audiences of the importance of family, friends and love over material goods.
Auditions January 27, 2018
Public Performances March 23-25, 2018
In The Princess and the Pea, the prince journeyed around the world searching for a princess to marry, but with every encounter something seemed to be wrong. So he returned to his castle at last, footsore and heartsick. Until one night during a storm, a beautiful girl came knocking, claiming she was a princess. The queen was doubtful, so she placed a tiny pea underneath twenty mattresses, knowing that only a true princess would be able to feel it. The next morning when the girl exclaimed that she had slept terribly – that it felt like she had a rock in her bed – the kingdom knew that she was indeed a real princess, and she and the prince lived happily ever after.

Auditions April 21, 2018
Public Performances June 1-3, 2018
Horton the Elephant, the Cat in the Hat and all of your favorite Dr. Seuss characters spring to life onstage in Seussical JR., a fantastical musical extravaganza! Transporting audiences from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus, the Cat in the Hat narrates the story of Horton the Elephant, who discovers a speck of dust containing tiny people called the Whos. Horton must protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, and he must also guard an abandoned egg that's been left in his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird.  Although Horton faces ridicule, danger and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him.  Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community are challenged and emerge triumphant!
For more information, please stop by or contact:
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