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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

SCENE STUDY ACTING CLASS

6th-12th Graders 
This acting class will be a deep dive into scene work with partners and small groups. We will be learning acting techniques, script analysis, and getting up on our feet every day to work on multiple scenes with classmates. This is a great active class for anyone wanting to try a variety of acting work, and accessible for anyone who is new or experienced.

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

Date: March 20 – March 29
Time: 6-8p
Day: M/Tu/W
Location: M/Tu – Springer Cultural Center; W – Hays Recreation Center
Fee (R/NR): $50/$75
Deadline: March 13
Questions: alexis.webb@champaignparks.org or 217-398-2376

  


AMÉLIE

7th-12th Graders 
This musical is an incredibly beautiful and highly underrated production based off of the world-renowned, Academy nominated movie of the same title. Amélie is an extraordinary young woman who lives quietly in the world but loudly in her mind. She covertly improvises small but surprising acts of kindness that bring joy and mayhem. But when a chance at love comes her way, Amélie realizes that to find happiness she’ll have to risk everything and say what’s in her heart. With a gorgeous new score and the same charming story as the film, this musical is witty, imaginative, touching, and lyrical as the ensemble knits together the power of connection and possibility. 

*Please note this is the teen version, meaning modifications have been made to the script to alter any inappropriate content in dialogue. None of the music or story has been altered.

Deadline: Monday, December 26
Parent Meeting: Tuesday, January 3, 6p on Zoom
Auditions: Thursday, January 5, 4-8p at Springer Cultural Center
Call-Backs: Friday, January 6, 6-8:30p at Springer Cultural Center

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

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

No Rehearsal: January 16*
Rehearsal Location: M/Tu – Springer Cultural Center; W – Hays Recreation Center
Tech Week: February 27 – March 1, 5-9:30p at Virginia Theatre
Performance Dates & Location: March 2-4, 7p and March 4, 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

  


WILLY WONKA JR.

3rd-6th Graders
The wonderful adventures of Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory light up the stage in this captivating adaptation of Roald Dahl’s fantastical tale. Featuring the enchanting songs from the 1971 film, in addition to a host of fun new songs, Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka JR. is an incredibly fun musical guaranteed to open all imaginations, as well as deliver some lovely lessons on friendship and family along the way.

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

Deadline: Monday, March 27
Parent Meeting: Monday, April 3, 6p on Zoom
Auditions: Thursday, April 6, 4-8p at Springer Cultural Center
Call-Backs: Friday, April 7, 6-8p at Springer Cultural Center
Fee (R/NR): $121/$171
Min/Max: 30/40
Rehearsal Location: M/Tu – Springer Cultural Center; W – Hays Recreation Center
Tech Week: May 22-24, 5:30-8:15p at the Virginia Theatre
Performance Dates & Location: May 25-27, 7p and May 27, 12p a the Virginia Theatre
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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