Youth Programs

  • Mr. Toad’s Mad Adventures

    Grades 5 - 8
    • Rehearsals

      September 15 – October 8th (at Woodland Park Zoo)

      Mondays & Wednesdays

      4pm – 6pm

      Saturday Zoo Days (at Woodland Park Zoo)

      9am – 12pm

    • Tech Week

      October 13 – October 17 (at Seattle Public Theater)

      Monday through Friday

      4pm – 6pm

    • Performances

      Friday, October 17, 7pm

      Saturday, October 18, 2pm & 7pm

      Sunday, October 19, 2pm

    Directed by Emily Purington
    Written by Vera Morris

    Woodland Park Zoo and Seattle Public Theater’s Youth Program join forces in an exciting new partnership!​ ​Young actors explore the animal kingdom as they develop their characters in rehearsal for a full production at Greenlake’s Bathhouse Theater. Knowledgeable Zoo staff and professional theater artists ​lead a unique adventure combining theater arts and animal anatomy and natural habitat education.

    Join us for this classic story of friendship and adventure, based on Kenneth Grahame’s Wind in the Willows! Good-hearted Water Rat, shy and curious Mole, and sensible Badger team up to save the wildly impulsive and irresistible Mr. Toad. Will the animals be able to convince Mr. Toad to give up stealing human beings’ motor cars and return to being a simple Toad before the devious weasels, ferrets and stoats take over Toad Hall? The charm of the story and the love the animals share for their world is brought to life in this exciting new theatrical experience.

    • Cost

      $325

    • Enrollment

      Min: 8 Max: 20

    • Registration

      Registration opens August 18, at 11am.

  • Lear

    Grades 9 - 12
    • Rehearsals

      September 15 – October 23

      Mondays & Wednesdays

      4:00pm – 6:15pm

    • Tech Week

      October 27 – October 30

      Monday through Friday

      4pm – 6:15pm

    • Performances

      Friday, October 31, 7pm

      Saturday, November 1, 7pm

      Sunday, November 2, 2pm

      Friday, November 7, 7pm

      Saturday, November 8, 7pm

    Directed by Shana Bestock
    Written by William Shakespeare

    “I love you as fresh meat loves salt”. Sometimes it only takes a moment to fracture a family, ruin a nation, destroy a mind. What on earth happened in that moment? Why can’t it be taken back or fixed? Who is to blame for the fatal consequences? A wrenching story rich in psychological complexity, told in Shakespeare’s glorious and powerful language.

    Be prepared to dive in to betrayal, loss, passion, insanity, calculation, fear, the activation of self and the loss of self – all with the best Shakespearean insults ever written.

    • Cost

      $350

    • Enrollment

      Min: 8 Max: 15

    • Registration

      Registration opens August 18, at 11am.

  • Theater Lab: Script Solutions

    Grades 6 - 9
    • Rehearsals

      September 15 – October 13 (at SPT Offices in the U-District)

      Mondays

      6:30pm – 8:30pm

    • Final Showcase

      Saturday, October 18, 4pm

    Directed by Kelly Kitchens

    Let’s get in the lab and experiment with scripts! Look at scripts under the microscope with master teacher Kelly Kitchens as she helps you analyze a character’s circumstance, objective, and obstacles. Combine all the elements, and see the action explode! Shake up your acting with these contemporary scenes, all chosen to reflect our season theme: “the moment that changed my life.”

    • Cost

      $175

    • Enrollment

      Min: 8 Max: 15

    • Registration

      Registration opens August 18, at 11am.

  • Theater Lab: Battle Royale

    Grades 6 - 10
    • Rehearsals

      September 16 – October 9 (at SPT Offices in the U-District)

      Tuesdays & Thursdays

      4pm – 6pm

    • Final Showcase

      Saturday, October 11, 2pm

    Directed by Amber Wolfe

    Join us for a Hunger Games-style mixed weapon stage combat battle. Students will begin the class by designing and building their own weapon, and continue by choreographing an epic, mixed-weapon battle. This class will focus on exposing students to basic armed and unarmed stage combat principles in a safe, controlled environment as well as teaching acting technique and dramatic structure. Appropriate for both beginning and intermediate students.

    • Cost

      $175

    • Enrollment

      Min: 8 Max: 15

    • Registration

      Registration opens August 18, at 11am.

  • King Corn

    Grades 2 - 5
    • Rehearsals

      September 20 – November 8

      Saturdays

      10am – 12pm

    • Performances

      Saturday, November 8, 12:30pm

    Directed by Steven Sterne
    Written by Jennifer Dice

    This comic-tragic farce combines the finest elements of King LearThe Children of the Corn and The Omnivore’s Dilemma! When John Deere, King of the Iowa corn producers, decides to retire he must choose one of his three daughters to take over the family farm. The false dealings of those he loves drives him mad. But it’s not his fevered imagination that created the strange creatures discovered living on the property. This production promises to be every bit as weird, and as fun, as it sounds; hope you can join us!

    • Cost

      $200

    • Enrollment

      Min: 8 Max: 15

    • Registration

      Registration opens August 18, at 11am.

  • Servant of Two Masters

    Grades 7 - 10
    • Rehearsals

      September 23 – October 15

      Tuesdays & Thursdays

      6:30pm – 9pm

    • Tech Week

      October 20 – October 23

      Monday through Thursday

      6:30pm – 9pm

    • Performances

      Friday, October 24, 7pm

      Saturday, October 25, 2pm & 7pm

      Sunday, October 26, 2pm

    Directed by Shawn Belyea
    Written by Carlo Goldoni

    “There’s luck! There are many that look in vain for a master, and I have found two. What the devil am I to do? I cannot wait upon them both. No? Why not? Wouldn’t it be a fine thing to wait upon both of them, earn two men’s wages and eat and drink for two? ‘Twould be a fine thing indeed, if neither of them found it out. And if they did? what then? No matter! If one sends me away, I stay with the other. I’ll try it. Whatever happens I shall have done a fine thing. Here goes!”

    When Truffaldino says “yes” to serving two masters, a hilarious farce is set in motion, about how a rash decision born of hunger can lead to terrific unforeseen consequences. This is a great opportunity to work on the craft of action – the style of high farce requires incredible energy and precision!

    • Cost

      $325

    • Enrollment

      Min: 8 Max: 15

    • Registration

      Registration opens August 18, at 11am.

  • Bang!

    Grades 9 - 12
    • Rehearsals

      October 13 – November 5

      Mondays & Wednesdays

      6:30pm – 8:30pm

    • Final Showcases

      Saturday, November 8, 2pm

      Sunday, November 9, 2pm

    Directed by Steven Sterne
    Written by Scot Augustson

    The constitution gives us the right to bear arms. But where do we draw the lines? And what if those arms were……tigers?

    This is a world premiere play commissioned especially for Seattle Public Theater’s Youth Program, from local playwright Scot Augustson. In Augustson’s humorous, slightly twisted and quirky perspective, we get to ask hard questions about guns and violence, and equip ourselves with the emotional resilience and intellectual perspectives to build a stronger, safer future. Theater is our language – let’s talk about something important – without losing our sense of humor.

    • Cost

      $250

    • Enrollment

      Min: 8 Max: 15

    • Registration

      Registration opens August 18, at 11am.

  • Sherlock Holmes

    Grades 3 - 5
    • Rehearsals

      October 7 – November 6

      Tuesdays & Thursdays

      4pm – 6pm

    • Tech Week

      November 10 – November 14

      Monday through Friday

      4pm – 6pm

    • Performances

      Saturday, November 15, 2pm

      Sunday, November 16, 2pm

    Directed by Shawn Belyea

    Sherlock, Elementary – from Jeremy Brett to Benedict Cumberbatch and back again to Conan Doyle. What is it about these stories and characters that delights and tickles our story-bones? Join us for a highly entertaining adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s famed detective story, combining mystery, romance, action, danger and laughter. The game’s afoot in this thrilling theatrical adventure!

    • Cost

      $325

    • Enrollment

      Min: 8 Max: 15

    • Registration

      Registration opens August 18, at 11am.

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    Playwriting in the Park

    Grades 6 - 10
    • Rehearsals

      August 11 – August 15

      Monday through Friday

      1pm – 4pm

    • Final Sharing

      Friday, August 15, 3:30pm

    Directed by Wayne Rawley

    Unleash your inner Shakespeare this summer! Working alongside award-winning local playwright Wayne Rawley, this class will have you play with character, structure and voice to hone your own writing style. Discover the power, freedom, and fun of storytelling! Draw on your own experiences, or create something amazing from the wilds of your imagination. Where will your ideas take you?

    • Cost

      $175

    • Enrollment

      Min: 8 Max: 15

    • Registration

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    Speak

    Grades 7 - 12
    • Rehearsals

      August 11 – August 21

      Monday through Thursday

      5pm – 8pm

    • Final Sharings

      Wednesday, August 20, 7pm

      Thursday, August 21, 7pm

    Directed by Amanda Keogh

    Based on the award-winning book by Laurie Halse Anderson. A tough, tender, and darkly funny story of a teenager who retreats into self-imposed silence after a horrible incident at a party. Isolated and outcast, she finds compassion from her art teacher, and eventually finds her own voice and inner strength.

    • Cost

      $250

    • Enrollment

      Min: 8 Max: 15

    • Registration

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  • Solo

    Grades 5 - 9
    • Rehearsals

      August 4 – August 8

      Monday through Friday

      1pm – 4pm

    • Final Sharing

      Friday, August 8, 3:30pm

    Directed by Amanda Keogh

    Being alone can be difficult; from sitting alone at lunch, to being left home alone. Flying solo can be either frightening or empowering. In this one-week playwriting and drama intensive we will explore how we can better approach the daunting, yet freeing experience of being solo. The class will culminate in a collaboratively written student play, which we will workshop and share with friends and family.

    • Cost

      $175

    • Enrollment

      Min: 8 Max: 15

    • Registration

      This class has filled. To be placed on the waitlist, please email Simon (admin@seattlepublictheater.org).

  • The Hobbit

    Grades 5 - 8
    • Rehearsals

      August 4 – August 15

      Monday through Friday

      9am – 12pm

    • Final Sharing

      Friday, August 15, 11am

    Directed by Emily Purington

    “In the hole in the ground there lived a hobbit…” Thus begins J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic story of adventure and discovery. Come join Bilbo, Gandalf and all the dwarves for this magical, two-week-long theater intensive. The class will culminate with a sharing for friends and family.

    • Cost

      $280

    • Enrollment

      Min: 8 Max: 15

    • Registration

      This class has filled. To be placed on the waitlist, please email Simon (admin@seattlepublictheater.org).

  • The Spear Carriers

    Grades 4 - 8
    • Rehearsals

      August 18 – August 22

      Monday through Friday

      9am – 3pm

    • Final Sharing

      Friday, August 22, 3pm

    Directed by Steven Sterne

    When aging actor and convicted embezzler Victor Duke is released from prison, he is determined to get revenge on the Broadway producer whose testimony landed him behind bars. To do so, he calls upon friends from both his criminal and theatrical past and plans a daring heist that will take place onstage before an unsuspecting audience. But are all of the gang members going to play their parts – or is one of them planning to steal the stage and pull a double-cross? This new play by Jennifer Dice is a crime caper for those who enjoy action, humor and backstage intrigue.

    • Cost

      $260

    • Enrollment

      Min: 8 Max: 15

    • Registration

      This class has filled. To be placed on the waitlist, please email Simon (admin@seattlepublictheater.org).

  • Roles You’ll Never Play, And Songs You’ll Never Sing, From Shows We’ll Never Do

    Grades 6 - 12
    • Rehearsals

      August 25 – August 29

      Monday through Friday

      12:30pm – 5:30pm

    • Final Sharing

      Friday, August 29, 5pm

    Directed by Sonya Shaw

    For years, students have asked us to do wildly ambitious productions. Here’s the class where we say “YES” to the impossible! Want to do a number from Newsies? Sing a duet from Wicked? Do a scene from Les Miz? Do that awesome monologue from a character way out of your age range? The only limit is your imagination! This is your chance to dream the impossible dream – and perform it!

    • Cost

      $250

    • Enrollment

      Min: 8 Max: 15

    • Registration

      This class has filled. To be placed on the waitlist, please email Simon (admin@seattlepublictheater.org).