Although TWS is not a children’s theater, resident staff have had a long-standing history of and commitment to including young actors and technicians in the process of live theatre. The YOU*THeatre division was formed in the 1990s and was designed to help young performers to explore theatre technique, and more importantly, to engage with others and to discover their individual and ensemble talents. Every YOU*THeatre project provides new topics and material, and so happily we have many actors who audition for us even when they are ready for the “next level” of experience. Titles such as Peter Pan, The King and I, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, The Children of Eden, The Miracle Worker, The Music Man, The Secret Garden, and Annie were included in TWS’ subscription series and student matinee performances were offered to Monterey County schools to bring the experience of a live performance to those who may not otherwise be able to attend.
The YOU*THeatre Division has also had a wonderful history of presenting projects that require young participants to discover, stretch, grow and “test their wings.” Past titles include The Witch of Blackbird Pond, The Curate Shakespeare As You Like It, Liza & the Riddling Cave, The Crane Wife, Jugger’s Rain, A Thousand Cranes, Painted Rain, Still Life with Iris, Bugsy Malone, Animal Farm, Crow and Weasel and Afternoon of the Elves. In addition, we have produced original works written by the acting ensemble, guided by TWS professionals such as: Wind of a Thousand Tales, The Andersen Project, Not So Grimm, Canteen, MacMystery, Master McCormack’s Vaudeville Revue Part II, Songs and Stories, and SPCA Talks. Every parent has a multi-talented child, and we have a place for them! On the average, 200 young people are involved each season at the minimal cost underwritten by generous grants from the Sally Hughes Church and the S.T.A.R. Foundation for Monterey County, making it affordable for everyone to be part of our dynamic theatre program. Add a Little Drama to Your Life… Come Play! -Melissa Chin-Parker, TWS Artistic Program Director
Performance & Production Classes TWS has several performance programs for students age 5 to young adulthood that provide age appropriate opportunities to learn the art and craft of performance or technical theatre.
- JRTheatre is a Creative Dramatics program for ages 5-8
- Plays-the-Thing is a playwriting program for ages 9-16
- Young Company Presents is a rehearsal and performance program for ages 9-16
- Summer Camp provides a quick introduction to various theatre skills through week-long sessions in the summer. Learn more about Summer Theatre Camps on our “Get Involved” page.
- HS2JC focuses on older high school students and introduces them to
- Hartnell and college-level work.
- HC Presents is for full-time Hartnell students and gives them hands-on experience with producing a theatrical work.
- 2x4BASH is a new TWS program that provides a platform for young adults – “the next generation of theatre actors/directors/designers” – to produce challenging and more mature projects.
Teaching Artist Training High School Apprenticeships and College Internships are offered to former Young Company members and other local youths each summer. Apprentices and Interns, mentored by TWS and guest artists, are involved in the practice of both teaching and performance each summer, including positions in production, costume & scene shop, and administration. They are asked to go through an application and interview process, and to prepare a showcase at the end of their experience. Go to our “Opportunities” page and view the flyer for the program. For more information, please Go to our “Opportunities” page and fill out this application for participation and Contact the Artistic Program Director.
Our Supporters TWS Youth Outreach programs have been supported by generous donations from: The Sally Hughes Church Foundation The S.T.A.R. Foundation for Monterey County The David & Lucile Packard Foundation and individual donations from parents and friends.