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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


6th-12th Graders 
Join this 3-week workshopping experience where we teach the essentials of acting, singing, and dancing for auditions. We will pick a monologue for you and practice cold readings, as well as prepared scene work. We’ll also work together to choose two audition songs to add to your repertoire, and get you comfortable with dancing to make sure you know how to pick up choreography in the dance call portions of auditions. By the end of the 3 weeks, you’ll be confident in every aspect of any audition you’ll go into, and have materials you can use for any type of show audition. This essential class will give you lots of individualized attention!

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

Date: August 22 – September 7*
No Class*: September 5
Time: 6-8p
Day: M/Tu/W
Location: Springer Cultural Center
Fee (R/NR): $80/$120
Deadline: August 15
Questions: alexis.webb@champaignparks.org or 217-398-2376



7th-12th Graders 
This iconic new musical is a comical feast that embraces the wackiness in every family, features an original story and it’s every father’s nightmare: Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family– a man her parents have never met. And if that wasn’t upsetting enough, Wednesday confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he’s never done before– keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s “normal” boyfriend and his parents. Come be a part of this extremely fun musical and extend your Halloween with us!

Deadline: August 22, 2022
Parent Meeting: August 29, 6p, Zoom
Auditions: September 1, 4-8p, Springer Cultural Center
Call-Backs: September 2, 6-8p, Springer Cultural Center

Rehearsals | Day | Time | Fee(R/NR) | Min/Max
9/12-10/26 | M/Tu/ W | 6-9p | $149/$199 | 30/40

Rehearsal Location: Springer Cultural Center
Tech Week: October 31 – November 2, 5-9p at Virginia Theatre
Performance Dates & Location: November 3-5, 7p and November 5, 12p at Virginia Theatre

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

Questions: alexis.webb@champaignparks.org or 217-398-2376



3rd-6th Graders
Come celebrate the holidays with us and our community with an exciting “double feature” play experience! Your kiddo will be cast in either Frosty the Snowman or A Charlie Brown Christmas, two absolutely fun, adorable, and classic stories. Each play includes some favorite Christmas-time songs as well, for a full experience of acting and singing. We will perform these two 30-minute plays back to back to make a whole performance. No matter what your holiday season looks like, this will be a wholesome and inclusive experience for all to celebrate joy together.

Deadline: October 31, 2022
Parent Meeting: November 7, 6p, Zoom
Auditions: November 8, 4-8p at Springer Cultural Center


Rehearsals | Day | Time

11/15-12/6 | Tuesday | 6-8p


Rehearsals | Day | Time

11/16-12/7 | Wednesday | 6-8p

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

No Class: November 23
Fee (R/NR): $121/$171
Min/Max: 20/25
Rehearsal Location: Springer Cultural Center

Tech Week: December 12-14, 5-8p, location TBD
Performance Dates: December 15-17, 7p and December 17, 12p, location TBD
Questions: alexis.webb@champaignparks.org or 217-398-2376

Parents are required to volunteer a minimum of 10 hours per family and help with some of their child’s costumes.


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