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Youth Theatre

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: Alexis.Webb@champaignparks.org


Youth Theatre Programs

Disney’s Moana Jr

7th-12th graders
Disney’s Moana JR. is a thrilling and heartwarming coming-of-age story that follows the strong willed Moana as she sets sail across the Pacific to save her village and discover the truth about her heritage. Moana and the legendary demigod Maui embark on an epic journey of self-discovery and camaraderie as both learn to harness the power that lies within. With empowering messages of bravery and selflessness, Moana JR. is sure to bring out the hero within each of us.

Celebrating the rich history of Oceania and based on the beliefs and cultures of the people of the Pacific Islands, Moana was developed in collaboration with an Oceanic Trust – a group of anthropologists, cultural practitioners, historians, linguists, and choreographers from the Pacific Islands. The same respect and attention to detail used to develop the film was carried forward in the creation of this stage adaptation. Moana JR. features all the beloved songs from the film, written by Tony®, GRAMMY, Emmy, and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Lin- Manuel Miranda, Opetaia Foa’i, and Mark Mancina.

Deadline: Monday, Aug 23
Parent Meeting: Monday, Aug 30, 6-7p at Springer Cultural Center
Auditions: Tuesday, Aug 31, 4-9p; W, Sept 1, 4-6p at Springer Cultural Center.
Call-Backs: Wednesday, Sept 1, 7-9p at Springer Cultural Center

Rehearsals | Day | Time | Fee (R/NR)

  • September 2-October 7* | M/Tu/Th | 6-8:30p | $135/$185

There is a $35 non-refundable fee for this program.

No Rehearsal: 9/6*
Rehearsal Location: Springer Cultural Center
Tech Week: October 11-13, 5:30-8:45p at the Virginia Theatre
Performance Dates & Location: October 14-16, 7p and October 16, 2p at the Virginia Theatre
Questions: alexis.webb@champaignparks.org or 217-398-2376

Parents will be asked to volunteer 10 hours per family, and help with their child’s costume.


Disney’s The Jungle Book Kids

3rd-6th graders
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 exciting characters and your favorite songs from the movie. Adapted from Disney’s beloved animated film and the works of Rudyard Kipling, the “man cub” Mowgli, bounds through the jungle and learns what it means to be human.

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.

Deadline: Wednesday, Sep 29
Parent Meeting: Wednesday, Oct 6, 6-7p at Springer Cultural Center
Auditions: Friday, Oct 8, 4-9p; Sa, Oct 9, 10a-12p at Springer Cultural Center
Call-Backs: Saturday, Oct 9, 1-3p at Springer Cultural Center

Rehearsals | Day | Time | Fee (R/NR)

  • October 18-November 9 | M/Tu/Th | 6-8p | $110/$160

There is a $35 non-refundable fee for this program.

Rehearsal Location: Springer Cultural Center
Tech Week: November 15-17, 5:30-8:15p at the Virginia Theatre
Performance Dates & Location: November 18-20, 7p and November 20, 2p at the Virginia Theatre
Questions: alexis.webb@champaignparks.org or 217-398-2376

Parents will be asked to volunteer 10 hours per family, and help with their child’s costume.


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