Youth Group 101
The Whitby Courthouse Theatre Youth Group is an educational program that introduces young people to the world of musical theatre. The program runs every year from September and June. All applicants must audition each year they wish to be considered for acceptance into this limited space program. Auditions are typically held in September, the specific date will be posted here in the summer preceding the season.
Throughout the year program members have the opportunity to learn about the theatre, music, movement, technical and other critical facets to Musical Theatre by participating in workshops.
Core Educational Topics
Acting & Characterization
Lessons include line delivery, character development, pacing, improvisation, auditioning skills, voice skills, staging, etc.
Music & Vocal
Lessons include singing, music theory, notation, breath, rhythm, tone, etc.
Movement & Choreography
Lessons regarding how to move on stage, basic dance steps, floor patterns, etc.
Production & Design
Lessons include hair, makeup, stage management, set design and construction, costuming, lighting, sound, production, etc.
Theatre Etiquette & Life Skills
The overall Youth Group experience is designed to build a base of theatre etiquette to be taken with them into various other settings. Involvement in theatre creates and builds significant life skills such as public speaking, presentation, responsibility, teamwork, commitment and most significantly confidence.
Details About the Group
Classes run Saturday mornings from 9am to 12pm from September to June. The commitment extends to Monday and Wednesday evenings in March and Sunday afternoons are added in May. All members must be able to commit to regular attendance. The program culminates with a musical production that runs the first two weeks in June of each year.
The group is open to people ages 11 through 18 (both by December of that year).
Cost of the program is $200* (which includes a single Whitby Courthouse Theatre adult membership, together with one youth membership). * The fee is subject to change without notice.
Parents are required to assist throughout the year with snacks on a rotating basis as well as other volunteer duties related to the production. Families perform front of house duties on a rotating basis throughout the year. The Whitby Courthouse Theatre does not tolerate any bullying of any kind.