Young Company Programs
MainStage and Studio Productions
The OTP Young Company produces two MainStage productions each year, one in November and another in June. Participants are generally 9 to 18 years of age with auditions and rehearsals starting approximately 3 months before performances. The Young Company Junior Studio produces one non-musical play in the Schmuckal Studio Theatre at the Old Town Playhouse, usually in early December.
Touring Productions The OTP Young Company offers a touring program throughout the academic year. The Repertory Company presents two plays each season; a Shakespeare play edited for touring and an elementary school play, based on classic literature. Members of the Company are 13-18 years of age and must maintain a "B" average in school. Once selected, students retain their membership until they graduate. Tuition required.
Classes and Broadway Junior program
During the year, the Young Company offers a selection of classes in acting and music and movement exploration, as well as Broadway-style singing, acting and dance. Classes are generally 6-8 weeks in length, one day per week and are offered in the fall, winter, late spring and during the summer. Some classes offer education and training for the youngest actors, while others serve as pre-requisites to audition for full -scale productions. Each year (usually in November) the Young Company presents a Broadway-style production, with an adaption of a Broadway production, shortened and adapted specifically for an all student cast. See our Broadway Junior section for details about these classes and this program.
Summer Performing Arts Camp
Our four-week intensive schedule of all-day camp (designed for kids 9 to 16 years of age) is designed to educate and stimulate that aspiring young actor in your family. Our program includes training in Acting, Dance, Singing, Improvisational Sports, Shakespeare and Shop (where students will learn the basics of Prop-Making, Set and Scene Design). Visiting artists augment training with one-day special workshops in such areas as Song Presentation, Play writing and Stage Combat. At the end of the session, students get to perform on the MainStage in a musical production. Camp begins in late June and run Mondays through Fridays, 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM. Tuition required.
This program packs a lot in just one week! Designed for students from 8 to 16 years of age. Groups of students work quickly to mount a musical play, including sets and costumes, and perform on the MainStage. Training/rehearsals are Monday through Friday, from 9:30 am until 3:30 pm. This program is held in August. In 2015 the Young Company will add a third One-Week Intensive Camp to meet demand. Tuition required.
Advanced Musical Theatre Workshop
This program is designed for teen (young adult) students from 12 to 20 years of age. Advanced techniques are studied while students rehearse for a production to be mounted in our Stuidio Theatre @ The Depot. Auditions for this program are usually held in June, with performances held in mid-August and tuition is taken upon audition and casting.
Meet the OTP's Education Director, Mychelle Hopkins. Mychelle holds her Master’s Degree from the prestigious Shakespeare Institute in Stratford-upon-Avon, where she studied as a Fulbright Scholar. She has received critical acclaim as a Director and Actress both regionally and internationally.