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Classes Overview

During the traditional school year, Young People’s Performing Company offers 2-3 sessions of performance-oriented classes for children and youth ages 5-14. High school students are invited to audition for the Masters Company. Class sessions range from 7-16 weeks, culminating with a production weekend of two performances. Production weeks include one or two extra rehearsals.

Plays chosen both for classes and for the Masters Company have included theatre classics, adaptations of culturally diverse folktales, original plays written especially for the company by the director or by students, and material developed through improvisation. Emphasis is given to the development of characters, through which comes a better understanding of the motivations and needs of others. The process of performance helps to build confidence and group interaction. The goal is a quality ensemble theatre in which cooperation and consideration for individual talents and needs are essential.

Frank Baum Munchkins: K-New 1st Graders
    Meet Saturday mornings from 10:00-11:00

Kenneth Grahame Moles: Experienced 1st and all 2nd Graders
    Meet Saturday mornings from 11:15-12:30

Kenneth Grahame Rats: 3rd and optional 4th Graders
    Meet Friday afternoons from 4:30PM-6:00PM

Lewis Carroll Knights: 4th-5th grades
    Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30pm-6:00pm

Moliere Comedians: 6th-7th grades
    Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:30pm-6:30pm

Thornton Wilder Apprentices: 8th-9th graders
    Tuesdays from 7:00pm-9:00pm and Saturdays from 1:00pm-3:00pm


Scholarships (minus registration fee) are available based on financial need and commitment.  Please submit a scholarship form at least two weeks before the class begins.  Occasionally, merit scholarships are granted by the director.

There is also a 20% discount for the second child (or more) in a family, which is subtracted from the lesser class fee.

Download Scholarship Application Form

Registration Fee

Pre-registration by phone is recommended as classes fill up quickly, but your child is not officially registered until the form and $20.00 registration fee are received.  The registration fee is subtracted from the total class fee, which is due the first day of the class. Please make your checks payable to YPPC.

Download Registration Form