The Champaign Park District Youth Theatre program gives young children the opportunity to learn the basics of live theatrical presentation – on the stage of a freshly-restored historic theatre! Through immersion in everything from acting and singing to set-design and prop creation, participating children take away a new appreciation for the arts at the completion of each 7-week course. The program is typically offered 5 times annually: twice a year for youth grades 2 through 4, twice a year for youth grades 5 through 8, and once a summer for youth grades 5 through 8. Each program culminates in a live stage musical presented at the Virginia Theatre over a period of 2-3 days in front of a large and lively audience.
Every child who registers for the program is cast in a part, learns the music, lines and movements involved in bringing the selected play to the stage. They also receive instruction in selecting costumes, understanding stage directions, proper use of stage make up, and more. Each program begins with a Parent Meeting (following your registration) where details about the audition and rehearsal process are shared. Youth Theatre Staff are experts in the fields of drama, comedy, choreography, and music and have extensive early educational experience. And, most importantly, they always make it fun.
Young performers at all experience levels are encouraged to register.
Questions: Patty.Dudley@champaignparks.org or call 217-356-9063.
CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG JR.
Take a fantastic musical adventure with an out-of-this-world car that flies through the air and sails the seas. Based on the record breaking West End production and the beloved film, and featuring an unforgettable score by the Sherman Brothers (Mary Poppins), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang JR. is one blockbuster that audiences will find “Truly Scrumptious.” Eccentric inventor, Caractacus Potts, sets about restoring an old race car with the help of his children Jeremy and Jemima. They soon discover the car is magic, and has the ability to float and take flight. When the evil Baron Bomburst desires the magic car for himself, the family joins forces with Truly Scrumptious and Grandpa Potts to outwit the dastardly Baron and Baroness and their villainous henchman, the Child Catcher There is a $35 non-refundable fee for this program.
Deadline: Friday, January 3, 5p. Registration will NOT be accepted at the parent meeting.
Parent Meeting: Monday, January 6, 6-8p at Springer Cultural Center; hand out scripts & CDs.
Auditions: Thursday & Friday, January 9 & 10, 6-9p at Springer Cultural Center.
Dance Auditions & Callbacks: Saturday, January 11, 12:30-3p at Springer Cultural Center
Tech Week: February 24-26, 5:30-8:45p, at the Virginia Theatre
Performances: February 27-29 at 7p and a matinee on February 29 at 2p at the Virginia Theatre.
DISNEY’S THE JUNGLE BOOK KIDS
The jungle is jumpin’ with a jazzy beat in Disney’s The Jungle Book KIDS. Specially adapted from the classic Disney animated film, Disney’s The Jungle Book KIDS features a host of colorful characters and your favorite songs from the movie. Banished by the ferocious tiger, Shere Khan, a human boy named Mowgli and his panther friend, Bagheera, are on the run in the deepest parts of the jungle. On their journey, the two meet a sinister snake named Kaa, a herd of elephants and a giant bear named Baloo, who teaches them the swingin’ musical rhythms of the jungle. After surviving a dangerous encounter with a band of monkeys led by King Louie, Mowgli and Bagheera are forced to run for their lives. When Shere Khan returns, our heroes must rally their fellow animals into battle and restore peace throughout the jungle. There is a $35 non-refundable fee for this program.
Deadline: March 13, 5p. Registration will NOT be accepted at the parent meeting.
Parent Meeting: Monday, March 16, 6-8p at Springer Cultural Center; hand out scripts & CDs.
Auditions: Tuesday & Wednesday, March 17 & 18, 6-8:30p at Springer Cultural Center.
Tech Week: April 27-29, 5:30-8p at the Virginia Theatre
Special rehearsals may be scheduled for specific character groups.
Parents will be asked to volunteer 10 hours per family, and help with some of the cost of their child’s costume. Dance shoes are required.
- Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Jr – February 27-29 at 7p and a matinee on February 29 at 2p
- Disney’s The Jungle Book Kids – April 30 – May 2 at 7 p and a matinee on May 2 at 2p