The Arts Council mounts fully-staged musicals featuring young people from the Carroll County area. Families pay tuition to be part of the cast that covers expenses, including a script, cast t-shirt, most costume pieces, 2 complimentary tickets, and other fees associated with producing a high quality show. This program is broken down by age group to help young actors develop a better understanding of the theatre process and encourage a lifelong love of the performing arts.
In the spring the Arts Center produces a show for elementary school-aged actors in grades 3-5. The rehearsal process is generally 8-10 weeks long and performances are between half an hour to an hour long. Cast members are introduced to theatrical terminology and drama games while creating an artistic performance. The music and choreography are simple but fun with opportunities to showcase specific talents. This is a fundamental introduction to performance in a supportive and positive environment.
The fall production is for middle school-aged actors in grades 6-8. The rehearsal process is generally 10-12 weeks long and performances are between 1-2 hours. Actors are challenged more in this age group through character development, and levels of music and choreography varying from simple to complex. This program is an ambitious in-depth experience with a high production level.
Occasionally the Arts Center produces shows for high school students in the summer.
High school students interested in theatre can apply for volunteer crew positions with the Children's Theatre Troupe. A limited number of positions are available for each production. These positions are voluntary but do count for community service or could be applicable for school credit depending on the school. Application forms will be linked below when available.
Photos from past productions can be found on our Flickr Page.
Auditions: Saturday, August 19, 10 am - 1 pm
Rehearsals: All rehearsals run from 4:30-6:30 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting September 12, and Sundays only Sept. 10 & 24, Oct. 8 & 22
Performances: Friday, November 10 at 7 pm; Saturday, November 11 at 3 pm & 7 pm; and Sunday, November 12 at 3pm
Beauty is in the eye of the ogre in this riotous show based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film and fantastic Broadway musical. As everyone's favorite ogre, Shrek, leads a cast of fairytale misfits on an adventure to rescue a princess and find true acceptance.
Shrek The Musical JR. is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.
Open to middle school-aged actors.
Registration cost: $170 (10% discount for Arts Center Members), $20 due upon registration, the balance will be due October 3.
Internships for Shrek JR. are available
Click here to download Internship Information Sheet for Shrek JR
Click here to download Internship Application
For questions about our Children’s Theatre Troupe or costume rental information click here to email Tabetha White or call 410/848-7272.